Fear of Prejudice May Have Killed The Enlightenment Project


To be called racist or prejudiced in our society is among the worst slanders to be borne. It's also the cheapest. Its power combined with its tawdriness makes it an irresistible tool for many to use when they've run out of rational arguments or applicable facts. So are the Ben Afflecks of the world made.The primary purpose of the Enlightenment Project has, admittedly, Platonic aspects. That is to say: there has been an attempt to define a universal morality by which the civil liberties of a … [Read more...]

The Worthlessness of Prayer in Crisis


Given recent events, there is much that the religious community feels is worthy of prayer. Between the rising death count in Nepal, the state of violence in Baltimore, and the general level of entropy that seems to be the status quo for our world, there is more prayer sentimentalized on Facebook, Twitter, and in casual conversation than I remember hearing before. It would be too easy, I think, to slap down prayer for its obviously blasé method of contribution. Besides, that is a song that has b … [Read more...]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be executed and America must abandon capital punishment


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a monster. When he and his brother set off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon and later killed a police officer that resulted in a manhunt and shootout, they endangered the lives of so many Bostonians and the world watched on and wanted these men caught.There is no doubt that this young man is responsible, along with his brother, for the death of four innocent men and women and injuring countless others and ruining an unprecedented amount of lives.I was relieved the su … [Read more...]

Atheists are not the most hated group in America, but no one really likes us

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Recently, especially since the CNN special on Atheists in America in which American Atheists President David Silverman claimed that atheists are the most hated group in America, a heavy debate has picked up to either support or negate this claim.As it happens, back in July of 2014, I wrote such a piece for AlterNet titled, America's Overwhelming Contempt Toward Atheists and Muslims, and in the piece I looked at a recent survey done by PEW Research that looked at religious demographics and … [Read more...]

Washington Times columnist says Common Core is an ‘Islamic Infiltration Of America’


The Washington Times is a hotbed of conspiracy theory nuts, in fact I had a spat with them last year during the Cosmos series when they believes the show was nothing more than a left-wing conspiracy.Now it seems as though they wish to take on Common Core as an educational standard. The Washington Times published a piece back on April 7, by Fox News Radio analyst Bethany Blankley titled, "Common Core ties to Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia," in which she claims that Common Core standards are an " … [Read more...]

Heretic lays down a logical and achievable path to reforming Islam

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants you to know she was wrong. In her 2010 book Nomad, she argued that Islam could not be reformed and ultimately should no longer exist.However, she says that watching the Arab Spring and the two revolutions that took place in Egypt she has changed her mind and has new hope that Islam can be and is ready for reformation. This becomes the overall thesis of her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs Reformation Now.For anyone who has followed the career of Hirsi Ali you will … [Read more...]

Christian terrorist groups exist and we often simply ignore them

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So much attention is put on Islamic terrorist groups these days that we often forget Islam is not alone in its extremism.Raw Story posted an article today that looked at six of the top Christian terrorist organizations around the world. Something we must not forget about. While Islam may be the most prominent at the moment, we must not ignore other terrorist groups of any kind.Not to repeat what Raw Story has already said, I want to quickly rundown their top six list.1. The Army of … [Read more...]

Sorry faux-liberals but Ayaan Hirsi Ali did not defend the terrorist attack by Anders Breivik

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Can we put this idiotic quote mining nonsense to rest once and for all?Time and time again the anti-new atheist brigade come marching out to smear the name of Ayaan Hirsi Ali by claiming that she has spoken out in defense of Anders Breivik, the mass murdering terrorist who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.The problem is, she didn't once defend the killer and has many times spoken out against his heinous actions.Here she explains her comments in an interview with Sam Harris, Well, … [Read more...]

Why The Number of “Good Followers” Of A Faith Doesn’t Matter

Muslims self-flagellating during Muharram. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

There has been a talking point that has recently become the clarion call of religious apologists and New Atheist witch-hunters like Reza Aslan and CJ Werleman, which is that it doesn't matter that Islam is interpreted by evil people as a license to do evil things, as 1.18 billion other Muslims follow the same creeds and don't commit atrocities. This is also loosely lumped in with the "it has nothing to do with Islam" sentiment. "Atrocities," I suppose, has a wide definition. One can see how tem … [Read more...]

Afghan President asks Muslims to speak out against terrorism

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Speaking to Congress today in Washington, DC, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asks Muslims to speak out against terrorism and declared that "silence is not acceptable." Ghani told congress that groups like the Islamic State pose a "terrible threat" to the region. He also stated their hatred must be challenged from "within the religion of Islam." This is the exact kind of dialogue being pushed by many who want to bring an end to Islamic extremism but know that to do so moderate Muslims and r … [Read more...]