David Harsanyi, Discussing the Chapel Hill Murders, Rejects the Equivalence Between Atheist and Muslim Violence

I’ve been following David Harsanyi‘s always thought-provoking writings for five or six years now. A former staff columnist at the Denver Post, Harsanyi is currently a senior editor at the Federalist. In his latest piece, he gives his take on the Chapel Hill shooting by an atheist gunman that left three young Muslims dead. His central point is that, as he says in the headline, “Atheists have nothing to apologize for.”

There is no excuse for any hate-motivated violence, but there is an enormous difference between the isolated murder of three people and the substantial theocratic movement within the Islamic world. The most obvious difference is that in the United States murders are condemned by nearly everyone without stipulation. Those murders are prosecuted by the state, they aren’t funded by it, and the murderers certainly aren’t celebrated as heroes.



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Atheism is Spreading, Even in Massively Catholic South America

An article at Worldcrunch, under the chipper headline “Nothing Can Stop The Spread Of Latin American Atheism,” points out that

There are currently 60 million Latin Americans who identify as atheist or agnostic, according to a November 2014 Pew Research Center poll. That’s 8% of all Latin Americans, though non-believers are more numerous in some countries in percentage terms: 11% in Argentina, 16% in Chile, 18% in the Dominican Republic, and 37% in the continent’s most secular country, Uruguay.

Other studies — in Chile, for example — suggest growing numbers of non-believers and shrinking numbers of Catholics.



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In Ongoing Religious War in the Central African Republic, Christians Are Slaying Muslims by the Thousands

Some Christians think that they, and all Jesus lovers, can literally do no harm (I’m looking at you, Eric Bolling of FOX News).

But of course, every day brings new evidence to the contrary.

Take the ongoing bloodbath in the Central African Republic, which I previously wrote about here. The Washington Post has the latest.

Tens of thousands of Muslims are fleeing to neighboring countries by plane and truck as Christian militias stage brutal attacks, shattering the social fabric of this war-ravaged nation.

In towns and villages as well as here in the capital, Christian vigilantes wielding machetes have killed scores of Muslims, who are a minority here, and burned and looted their houses and mosques in recent days, according to witnesses, aid agencies and peacekeepers. Tens of thousands of Muslims have fled their homes.



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A Random Collection of Shootings Over Parking Spaces, and What They Tell Us About Violence and Beliefs

I stopped searching after 10 minutes. In other words, this is hardly an exhaustive list.

If you’ve clicked through and skimmed the articles, did you notice anything?

How about now?



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Prominent Moroccan Atheist Imad Iddine Habib Says He Feels Betrayed By the West’s Political Left

Imad Iddine Habib is only 24 years old, which might seem too young to be a pessimist. But Habib, who founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco and got hounded, harassed, and threatened because of it (he now lives in hiding), has a somber assessment of the future of secularism in Muslim-dominated parts of the world.

“I have lost hope for the Arab and Muslim world. Look at what the region was like in the 1970s. How much progress have we made in 45 years?”

He spoke at the Secularism Conference in London last week, where he said he’s had to do battle with people who he’d assumed would support him. That includes, Habib charges, “Islamism’s apologists on the Left.”

“The Left wants votes, so they have to look Islamic,” [he said].

Habib added that he had expected more support in the West, but had been disappointed by Liberal and Leftist groups that were reluctant to rally to his cause, in one case even labelling him an ‘extremist’ for his views on religion.



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