An Ex-Muslim Talks About Growing Up in Hezbollah Culture

Marwa Berro is an ex-Muslim blogger whose writing has enlightened me whether she’s talking about transitioning out of Islam or why she continues to be an activist.

Her latest piece may be the most eye-opening of them all. In it, she writes about growing up in “Hezbollah culture” and how thinking of the group as a “terrorist Islamist organization” doesn’t quite encapsulate its power and effect:



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Candidate for Apopka City Commission: ‘My Opponent is Not a Christian’

The people of Apopka, Florida love their Jesus.

That’s why, last year, a local school board gave permission to a Christian group to hand out Bibles to students (leading a young atheist activist to counter with a freethought literature distribution of his own).

It’s also the city where there’s a tight race for one of the seats on the board of commissioners. The election between incumbent Marilyn Ustler McQueen and challenger Diane Velazquez takes place in two weeks and it just took a nasty turn.

After a candidate forum Monday night, McQueen took to Facebook to post thoughts about her opponent. Her biggest complaint?

Velasquez doesn’t appear to be a True Christian™!

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Ken Ham Says Noah’s Ark Theme Park Now Has Enough Money to Begin Construction; Bill Nye Says It’s ‘Bad for the World’

Years after initially being proposed and after scores of funding snags, the Creation Museum says it can now begin building Ark Encounter, it’s Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park.

Exactly how much money they’ve raised is unclear, though, since Answers in Genesis’ Ken Ham spent much of yesterday’s question-less press conference railing against bloggers and other members of the media for criticizing his plans:

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Egyptian Military Unveils Cure for AIDS… That Looks Remarkably Like a Fake Bomb Detector

Egyptian military leaders have found the cure for AIDS. And Hepatitis C.

Or so they say

I defeated AIDS with the grace of my God at the rate of 100 percent. And I defeated hepatitis C,” said Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the head of the Cancer Treatment and Screening Center, in CNN.

The C-Fast devices that are doing all the “curing” supposedly work by detecting infections without the use of blood samples. How does it do that? Short answer: Electromagnetism. Long answer: No one knows

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Once Again, an Atheist is Denied U.S. Citizenship Because of Her Secular Ethics

Last summer, 64-year-old Margaret Doughty was denied citizenship in America because she was an atheist.

The issue involved the part of the citizenship application that asked if she would “take up arms in defense of the United States.” Doughty had answered:

… The truth is that I would not be willing to bear arms. Since my youth I have had a firm, fixed and sincere objection to participation in war in any form or in the bearing of arms. I deeply and sincerely believe that it is not moral or ethical to take another person’s life, and my lifelong spiritual/religious beliefs impose on me a duty of conscience not to contribute to warfare by taking up armsmy beliefs are as strong and deeply held as those who possess traditional religious beliefs and who believe in God

This was basically a conscientious objection to fighting based on her moral beliefs. But the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) told her that “conscientious objections” had to be made on religious grounds, not moral ones.

After a lot of media attention, and with the help of Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Doughty’s status was quickly changed:

This Service hereby withdraws the request for evidence (RFE) issued on June 7, 2013. This Service accepts your detailed statement in satisfaction of the information requested by the RFE. Your application for naturalization has been approved.

You’d think, after all that, that this sort of story wouldn’t happen again. Unfortunately, it has, this time in California.

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