There’s a disturbing practice in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish culture known as metzitzah b’peh in which a rabbi (mohel) sucks the blood from a baby boy who has just been circumcised. If that wasn’t disgusting enough, some of the mohels have had herpes simplex, passing the virus on to the children. Since 2000, more than a dozen infants have contracted herpes in this manner and at least two have died.
Then, he began taking the Ann Coulter and Donald Trump approach to atheism, using hyperbolic rhetoric to get attention and lashing out against anyone who criticized him, discrediting himself as a rational voice along the way. He’s compared Sam Harris to Pat Robertson, called the New Atheists “white supremacists,” said that Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins echo “religious crusaders who wish to cleanse the earth of opposing religious beliefs,” and blamed Harris and Dawkins for the Chapel Hill shootings earlier this year.
Things only got worse after he got caught committing plagiarism in a number of his articles. He later admitted screwing up, but not before falsely accusing Sam Harris of doing the same thing. (Harris debunked those accusations with ease.)
Werleman has now released a book called The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists in which he calls New Atheism a “cult” that is “every bit as crude and racist as fascist, neo-Nazi, movements.”
Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger who is currently facing 1000 lashes, 10 years in jail, and a 1,000,000 Saudi riyal fine (about $266,000), all because be began a progressive website that called for, among other things, religious tolerance and women’s rights. He was charged with apostasy.
On Friday, his wife Ensaf Haidar announced the formation of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom, an organization promoting freedom of expression worldwide and supporting journalists in the Arab world:
According to a letter sent to District officials by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, a third grade teacher doesn’t seem to know what the boundaries are when it comes to her faith.