We Need More Liberals Willing to Critique Islam, Says Ex-Muslim Leader

The American Humanist Association just uploaded several videos from its recent conference in Denver. I’ll post a few of them over the next day or so, but the crown jewel so far has to be Sarah Haider‘s speech about the necessity of liberal critiques of Islam.



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Locked Out of My Own Facebook Page… Please Help?

I don’t know what to do. Maybe someone out there can help me out?

Last night, my personal Facebook account was hacked. I went through the site’s security protocol and regained access to my account this morning.

But it looks like whoever got into my account removed both me and my co-administrator from the Friendly Atheist Facebook page. While it looks like the spam has stopped posting, we can’t access it at all. This is a page we’ve spent a lot of time developing and have even purchased ads for. It has nearly 100,000 subscribers right now.

I’ve reported the page as my intellectual property, but I’m worried they’ll just shut it down, which is not what I want. Even though I created the page, there seems to be no way to show Facebook that it should still be mine. I didn’t relinquish control voluntarily, and there’s nowhere to tell Facebook “I was hacked last night, and that’s when the admin privileges were changed, so please revert back to what it used to be!”

My only option, the site tells me, is to contact the page’s admins and try to “resolve” our dispute. That doesn’t help me. I also left a post through the site’s official Help forum. No response yet.

Every route Facebook asks me to take to secure my account point back to my personal page, which I’ve already done and which isn’t fixing this matter. I’ve changed the password and can do the multiple-factor authentication, but that’s not at issue here.

If you have any advice, or know anyone at Facebook who can fix this (one of you have to be reading this, right…?) I would really appreciate your help. I’d be happy to make a donation to your favorite charity, too.

I’m about to get on a plane right now. But if you have any suggestions or I’m missing something obvious, you can reach me here. I’m just frustrated this is so difficult to fix when the problem seems so easy to resolve.

One easy way to help would be to upvote this question on the Facebook help forum so that maybe someone will see it.

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Young People Aren’t Leaving Christianity Just Because They’re Apathetic About Faith

Adam Ford, a Christian cartoonist, made this comic that I’ve seen several people sharing online:

The full strip is here and you should read the whole thing to understand his perspective.

In short, it acknowledges what the studies have been showing: Christianity is losing people while the “Nones” are growing. But Ford suggests that the shift has everything to do with people who never really cared about religion one way or another — the “cultural” Christians — and simply use whatever label is most convenient at the time.

There’s probably some truth to that. But I think Ford dismisses a very real concern that Christians ought to have: Not everybody leaving the faith is simply apathetic about faith.

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A YouTube Introduction to Street Epistemology

I’ve posted a number of videos by Anthony Magnabosco on this site, in which he speaks to strangers about their religious beliefs for just few minutes and then deconstructs the whole conversation afterwards.

Now, Socrates Jones has offered a lengthier introduction to how you can do this sort of “street epistemology” yourself:



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India College Will Now Accept Openly Transgender and Atheist Students

This is pretty neat, especially in a country known for its traditional and cultural norms: India’s Jorhat College (Amalgamated) will now accept openly transgender and atheist students, becoming one of the first schools of its kind to do so (if not the first):



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