Ex-Muslim Denied Chance to Speak at Warwick University Because She May “Incite Hatred”

Maryam Namazie, an atheist and outspoken critic of extremist Islam, was scheduled to speak at the end of October at Warwick University (England) on behalf of the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists’ Society. She was going to talk about “apostasy, blasphemy and nudity in the age of ISIS.”

But the school’s students’ union declined the request (essentially denying the atheist group the resources it needed to bring Namazie there) because:

… after researching both her and her organisation, a number of flags have been raised. We have a duty of care to conduct a risk assessment for each speaker who wishes to come to campus.

There a number of articles written both by the speaker and by others about the speaker that indicate that she is highly inflammatory, and could incite hatred on campus.

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Christian Evangelist Humiliated on National Television for Promoting Bigotry

As Tracey posted earlier this week, the CBS show The Doctors was going to have a showdown between Joshua Feuerstein (the red baseball cap-wearing Christian evangelist) and Mikki Willis (the dad who let his son pick out a Little Mermaid doll for his birthday).

So how did that go?

It turns out when Feuerstein isn’t filmed in vertical video, he loses all of his powers! All four panelists in addition to Willis took turns denouncing the bigot until, eventually, the audience just booed his comments.

It was beautiful. And only partly because Feuerstein wasn’t yelling at the screen.

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A Compilation of Sean Carroll’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s an excellent compilation of physicist Sean Carroll‘s best arguments and comebacks.

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Ex-Muslim Muhammad Syed Discusses His Former Faith

Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist has a really great interview up with Muhammad Syed, the President of Ex-Muslims of North America:

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Why an Atheist “Facing Oblivion” is Optimistic About Life

J. D. Brucker has written books about why Christian beliefs fail and why religion itself is a problem.

His latest book, though, is far more introspective. It’s called Facing Oblivion: Essays on Life, Death and Grieving from a Nonbeliever (Atheist Republic, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Brucker explains why the absence of an afterlife doesn’t damper his spirit:

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