Kamel Daoud: Islam-Inspired Racism in Algeria and Elsewhere Is “Unprecedented In Its Violence”

It’s a smug truism in Islam that racism has never gotten much of a toehold within the Muslim faith. In fact, racism is often considered to exist only in the West.

Recently, Allah’s purported anti-discrimination message hasn’t exactly resonated in the Maghreb and Arab countries, though, writes the Algerian novelist and essayist Kamel Daoud (below, at right) in the New York Times. He sees pervasive racism, and “a wave of xenophobia” that is “unprecedented in its violence.”


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“Philly Jesus,” After Getting Booked For Trespassing and Disorderly Conduct, Is “Free At Last!”

This is how bad the persecution of Christians has gotten: You can’t even drag a large cross into a store anymore and leave it blocking an aisle. And when you’re told to scram, and you demonstratively stay right where you are, police officers will come and take you to the station.

Is nothing sacred anymore?


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Skidmark Jesus Depicts a Celebrated Atheist Who Finds Christ… In His Underwear

If you have Showtime on demand, don’t miss the first and only season of Happyish, a smart U.S. comedy with the British funnyman Steve Coogan, who’s long been a favorite of mine. The series is also available on iTunes.

Coogan plays Thom Payne, a disillusioned middle-aged advertising executive. Trying to stay sane in a world he helped create but no longer understands, Payne often dreams up amusing stories and movies in his head. The most remarkable one among those is Skidmark Jesus, which Coogan and his crew shot in beautiful black and white and interspersed through the season finale.

In five minutes total, Skidmark Jesus tells the story of the conversion of Simon Blackwall, described as “kind of a Christopher Hitchens / Richard Dawkins type.” Blackwall is a brilliant but quietly miserable man. When we meet up with him, his bowels are giving him trouble, right before a big speech. Examining his underwear after making it to a bathroom just in time (or maybe not quite), he is dumbstruck to find a shit stain that looks like a photorealistic brown-and-white portrait of the Christian Savior.


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Self-Proclaimed Christian Truth-Teller Jerry Newcombe Tells a Bald-Faced Lie About An Opponent

Maybe it’s difficult for Jerry Newcombe (below), a Townhall columnist and producer of Christian TV fare, to come up with things to preach about. If he can’t find a suitable topic to tackle, he may decide to look for the tiniest thread of truth and spin it into a colossal straw man. At least, that’s what he did here.


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Gay Imam Nur Warsame Steps Out of the Closet

Conservative Islam is even more intolerant of homosexuality than conservative Christianity. LGBT Muslims tend to stay in the closet, lest they are assaulted, imprisoned, or killed.

Australian imam Nur Warsame, who hails from Somalia, is no longer a closet dweller.


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