A Letter to the Muslim Action Forum Regarding Blasphemy in the U.K.

This is a guest post by Caleb Powell. Caleb blogs for the Karachi based Express Tribune. He co-authored the book/film I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, published by Knopf and premiering this spring at Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival. He also writes at Arguments Worth Having.

The fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has led to a debate between free speech and censorship. In the United Kingdom, the Muslim Action Forum, funding “Be careful with Mohammad” billboards (seen above), recently issued a press release asking that an upcoming May, 2015 vote include a measure to make certain types of speech a “culpable offense.”

So I wrote them this letter:

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Comedian Patton Oswalt: I See Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins Like Christians See Fred Phelps

Comedian Patton Oswalt and Salon haven’t had a great relationship over the years, with the website writing several articles critical of his statements, and Oswalt rebutting them for not getting what he was saying, and so on.

Earlier this year, Salon editor-in-chief David Daley sat down with Oswalt to hash out their disagreements, and an edited transcript of that conversation is finally online.

I bring this up here because Oswalt was asked about whether Bill Maher ever gets “a little too aggressive” in his comments about religion, to which he replied:

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Deaf Atheist (and Former Pastor) Explains in Sign Language Why God is a Myth

You may recall Pastor Justin Vollmar, who released YouTube videos in which he explained biblical concepts and answered theological questions — all in sign language — as part of his “Virtual Deaf Church.”

A year ago, he came out as an atheist.

In his latest video, Vollmar explains why the Christian concept of God isn’t worth believing in, partly because He’s just a rehashed version of all the gods that came before Him.



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You’re Supposed to Be Smarter Than Us, Canada

Earlier today, I did an interview with Global News (in Canada) about superstition and Friday the 13th.

While most of it ended up on the cutting room floor (as is usually the case), I make a quick appearance near the end of this report:



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This is How Absurd the American Family Association’s Bigotry Map Is

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, explains how ridiculous the American Family Association’s Bigotry Map is.



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