Militant Atheist: A Misnomer If Ever There Was One

We know the phrase “militant atheist” is almost always an oxymoron. The people bestowed with that title tend to be authors, debaters, and thinkers rather than dictators or murderers.

Nick Cohen, writing for The Observer, takes a much-appreciated swipe against the “intellectuals” who seriously uses that phrase, calling it a “phantom menace”:

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An Article on Charisma News’ Website Calls for Conversion, Deportation, Sterilization, and Death of Muslims

When charges of “Islamophobia” are leveled against atheists, it almost always involves their criticism of Islam, not Muslims. For that reason, I find that charge unfair and a way to deflect from discussing any justified problems with the faith itself. More importantly, when atheists do condemn the actions of some Muslims, they’re very clear about the fact that they’re only speaking about the extremists.

But if you want to see what Islamophobia really looks like, check out Rev. Gary Cass‘ disturbing piece at Charisma News titled “Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic” (sic). Cass, the president and CEO of, is a guy who’s going after Muslims and not Islam. And there’s little (if any) nuance between the handful of extremists and everybody else.

Cass acts like every Muslim is a member of ISIS — or will eventually be — and he proposes three ways of dealing with them:

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So You’ve Left Islam… What Next?

Imtiaz Shams used to be a Muslim. He’s not anymore, and now he wants to help others who have left Islam but don’t quite know where to go from there.

In the third video of his trilogy, he focuses on what to do after you’ve moved on from Islam:

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Non-Religious Students Make Up More Than a Third of Harvard’s New Freshman Class

It’s not a scientific survey by any means, but Harvard’s newspaper, The Crimson, asked incoming freshman to fill out a survey in order to assess various demographic trends. More than 70% of students responded. The section about religious beliefs, in particular, is unbelievable:

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If the Duck Dynasty Guy Can’t Convince Atheists To Watch the Left Behind Movie, Nothing Will…

The Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage just got an endorsement from Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson. If you’re a conservative Christian, I’ll give you a moment to adjust your pants. If you’re like me, you’re still wondering who the hell Willie Robertson is.

Well, he’s the guy who thinks you’re going to convert to Christianity after you watch a movie about the Rapture:

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