Criticism of Islam Is Not ‘Islamophobia’

Sam HarrisThe End of Faith opens with a fictional account of a suicide bomber killing innocent people on a bus with the press of a button. We don’t know much about the bomber… but Harris suggests we do have a good idea of one thing: His faith.

Why is it so easy, then, so trivially easy — you-could-almost-bet-your-life-on-it easy — to guess the young man’s religion?

It’s writing like this, which has only grown stronger over the years, that has led many of Harris’ critics to call him “Islamophobic.” Harris, of course, contends that he’s criticizing faith and dogma, not people — and I agree with him. When I’m reading his books and blog posts, I see a writer who is raising controversial questions and answering them in ways that may not be politically correct, but none of those things are coming from a place of hate. Even when he suggested looking specifically for Muslims (or at least people who look like them) at airport security checkpoints, I didn’t get a sense he was being racist or anti-Islamic. Even if he ended up being way off the mark, his overall suggestion was more tactical and practical than anything racially motivated.

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Young Science Advocate Zack Kopplin Will be a Guest on Real Time with Bill Maher

Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old leading the charge against the Republican War on Science in his home state of Louisiana, will be a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher tomorrow night:

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Pat Condell: I’m Offended By Islam

Pat Condell explains why he’s offended by Islam:

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Behind the Scenes at Atheist Shoes

Last week, the makers of the Berlin-based Atheist Shoes reported that packages marked with “atheist” packing tape weren’t getting to their American destinations as quickly as packages without the tape.

Before that study came out, eNtR berlin got a sneak preview of the Packing Tape Experiment. They also spent some time behind-the-scenes with the company and you can watch the second video to find out how they operate:

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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q2 2013 Slate of Charities

The Foundation Beyond Belief has just announced its five beneficiaries for the new quarter — each charity will likely receive several thousands of dollars, courtesy of atheist donors:

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