Ayaan Hirsi Ali Wants to Know if Ben Affleck Would Play Muhammad in a Movie

In a new video for Big Think, Ayaan Hirsi Ali reflects on the “debate” between Ben Affleck and Sam Harris over what constitutes Islamophobia.



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Notable Atheists and Scientists Are Disassociating from the Secular Policy Institute

It was just over a year ago when Edwina Rogers (below) was fired as Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America.

It’s important to know exactly what the SCA is so you can make sense of what’s happening in this story:

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Christians Ditch Anonymity and File New Lawsuit to Keep Giant Cross in Grand Haven, Michigan

It was just a few days ago when I posted about the latest development in the ongoing saga in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Long story short, the giant hydraulic cross that had been going up several times a year was going to be transformed into a neutral anchor… but local Christians were furious that they were losing a privilege they didn’t deserve in the first place. So a group called “Citizens of Grand Haven” filed a lawsuit asking the court to reverse the city council’s decision.

Their lawsuit was dismissed this week in large part because the organization wasn’t real (it was only created to file this lawsuit) and because the members of that group were anonymous.

So now they’re trying again by shedding their anonymity:

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Egyptian “Council of Churches” Will Hold Meeting This Week to Discuss How to Combat Atheism

Finally — finally! — religious leaders in Egypt are going to figure out how to combat all those vicious atheists in the country:



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Quebec Government Grants Certificate Allowing Raif Badawi to Live There… If He Can Get Out of Saudi Arabia

Now that the Saudi Supreme Court has upheld Raif Badawi‘s punishment of 1,000 lashes, 10 years in prison, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000) for the crime of “insulting” Islam, there’s a looming question of what, if anything, can be done to rescue him.

On Friday, his flogging was delayed (yet again, thank goodness) for some unknown reason. But until he’s freed entirely, there’s still reason to worry.

In the meantime, I’m happy to say that the government of Quebec has now taken the necessary steps to bring Badawi to their country:

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