Dawkins calls for an Islamic feminist revolution and is bashed for being a white male

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I was kind of surprised to read a post on the Friendly Atheist blog that went after Richard Dawkins for a tweet in which he called for a feminist revolution inside of Islam.Reading attacks on Dawkins is nothing new. Even on a fairly Dawkins-friendly site like Friendly Atheist, if he says something hurtful or wrong, it will be discussed. But this post shocked me, not only because of the implied sexism from the author, but also because of the tweet in question.The post's author, Lauren Ne … [Read more...]

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Texas locals fear a proposed Muslim cemetery will lead to a radical Islam training center

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A proposed Muslim cemetery in Farmersville, Texas is creating quite an uproar from local residents. Farmersville residents are reacting with the same growing anti-Muslim bigotry that has been seen around all around Texas in the last few months."The concern for us is the radical element of Islam," David J. Meeks, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, told The Dallas Morning News. He, like other residents, believe the cemetery would be a first step to expanding a Muslim stronghold in their c … [Read more...]

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Would the historical Jesus approve of marriage equality?

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Since the Supreme Court voted to legalize marriage equality in the U.S., on June 26th, there has been numerous religious articles and opinions circulating in the media. Among them are writings on whether Jesus of Nazareth would approve of the decision, and even whether Jesus, himself, was a gay man.In a Huffington Post interview, several individuals, among them Reza Aslan, a Catholic University of America PhD student Brantly Millegan, and evangelical pastor Mark Tidd, weighed in on the topic … [Read more...]

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Ken Ham blames homosexuals for 9/11 and calls same-sex marriage ‘tragic for children’

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Creationist Ken Ham knows what caused 9/11 and it apparently has little to do with Islamic extremism, American imperialism or religion.It's the gays.In an interview with WND TV, Ham says: You know, that 9/11 event was certainly a dramatic event in the history of America, and it certainly challenged a lot of people. And it reminds people, too, that this is a sin/cursed universe. And, you know, the Bible tells us death is the penalty for sin… there’s evil in the world because of our sin an … [Read more...]

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Reza Aslan asks Muslims to accept LGBT equality because democracy is all or nothing

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The self-proclaimed religious scholar, Resa Aslan penned an open letter with Daily Show writer Hasan Minhaj in which the two plead with the Muslim community to accept the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to embrace equality saying that democracy is an "all or nothing business." “We’re writing to you about the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. The good news is that a whopping 42% of you support marriage equality, as do both of our Muslim elected offic … [Read more...]

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An open letter to CJ Werleman

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The following is an open letter to CJ Werleman, who was at one time a friend and a mentor, but whose actions since October 2014 have forced me to distance myself and break off a friendship that I really enjoyed and at one time cherished. Dear CJ,Since the Chapel Hill shootings I have all but ignored you. After your blaming of new atheists and claiming that those like Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins have blood on their hands, then writing that new atheists are white supremacists, and then an a … [Read more...]

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Lindsey Graham told congress that the Charleston shooter showed ‘Mideast Hate’

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Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham compared Dylann Roof, the shooter responsible for killing 9 people inside a historic black church to Islamic extremists. "I don't know how you can sit with somebody for an hour in a church and pray with them and get up and shoot them," he said. "That's Mideast hate. That's something I didn't think we had here but apparently we do." So if there was any doubt that Graham is a … [Read more...]

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U.N. official says the Islamic State burned a woman alive for not engaging in an ‘extreme’ sex act

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According to a shocking report by the Washington Post, the self-proclaim Islamic State  has been capturing and selling women and girls into sex slavery and according to an eyewitness, even burned a women alive who refused to engage in extreme sexual acts.Zainab Bangura, the U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, took a tour of refugee camps in Syria and Iraq, two parts of the world where the Islamic State has most control, and reported:"They are institutionalizing … [Read more...]

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Maryam’s Story: A Glimpse Inside the “Modern” Middle East

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"In our society, there is no such thing as an independent woman; you are either your family’s responsibility or your husband’s," says Maryam, an intelligent, articulate, and humorous young woman from the United Arab Emirates. As she recounts her story, she is painting me a picture of her world – and it is far from pleasant. It is a world that most of us are aware of; it is hard to imagine anyone being surprised to learn that patriarchy is thriving in the Middle East. Yet, our awareness is super … [Read more...]

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali visits Bill Maher: Why do liberals overlook Islamic extremism?

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Author and Activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher last night and the discussion of course focused on Islam, as this is the subject of Hirsi Ali's new book Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now.I reviewed Hirsi Ali's book on this blog last month and found her argument to be compelling and necessary. Of course her views are written off by pseudo-liberals who see her as racist and Islamophobic and would rather justify honor-killings and female genital mutilation … [Read more...]

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