Islamic Strife… Over Whether or Not Muhammad Wiggled His Finger

Sectarian strife within Islam is in the headlines every day. It’s more than enough to make you cry. At times, you just have to laugh.

Take that phrase “sectarian strife,” for instance. What’s that really about, anyway? I stumbled upon one answer recently on YouTube, where I discovered that many Muslim clerics are posting passionate – and sometimes angry – videos fiercely debating one particularly weighty “Islamic Issue.”

On how to advance Islamic nations toward greater peace? Or how to improve human rights?

No. This is important! The imams are distressed by “wrong” Muslims who delight the devil by incorrectly moving their finger during prayer!

Yes, it’s Islam’s Great Finger-Wiggling Schism!



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Andrew Sullivan on ‘High-Minded Nonsense’ of Liberals on Tsarnaev Brothers

There has been a swirl of debate around what might or might not have been the motivations behind the Boston bombing attacks allegedly carried out by the Tsarnaev brothers, but one voice has stood out to me in this discussion: that of Andrew Sullivan‘s.

Sullivan began by confronting the garment-rending of Glenn Greenwald, accusing him of “left-liberal self-parody.”

[T]o dismiss the overwhelming evidence that this was also religiously motivated — a trail that now includes a rant against his own imam for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. because he was not a Muslim — is to be blind to an almost text-book case of Jihadist radicalization

To state today that we really still have no idea what motivated him and that rushing toward the word Jihadist is some form of Islamophobia seems completely bizarre to me.

When will some understand how dangerous religious fundamentalism truly is? And when will they grasp that a religion that does not entirely eschew violence (like the Gospels or Buddhism) will likely produce violence when its extremist loners seek meaning in a bewildering multicultural modern world? This was an act of Jihad.

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Brave Libyans Attack Compound of Muslim Radicals Over Death of American Ambassador

When U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed by terrorists in Benghazi a week and a half ago, the people of Benghazi condemned the attack. They gathered to demonstrate against the violence and to send their condolences to the American people. But the protests didn’t end there. While still angry about the insulting “Innocence of Muslims” film, the people [Read More...]

Memo to Atheists in America: Don’t Ignore Islam

I wish I’d watched Cristina Rad‘s video Raping Islam before posting about how little attention atheists direct towards Islam. (My only defense is that there’s so much amazing content out there, and so little time!) In the comments of my previous post, many mentioned their fears of being lumped in with the extremist bigots who [Read More...]

“Dear Atheists, We Ex-Muslims Are Waiting For You”

Reddit user zulaikha_idris makes a good point: Dear Atheists, we ex-muslims are waiting for you guys to get over Christianity and start waging war against Islam for a change. Yeah, sure it’s really fun and all bashing the Bible, fundies, priests, young earthers, the pope, etc, but really don’t you guys think that it’s time [Read More...]


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