Sam Harris vs. Glenn Greenwald on Islam

behead-those-who-insult-islam

As a huge fan of both Sam Harris and Glenn Greenwald, I feel like I ought to comment on this exchange. I’m a little unsure what to say though, because Greenwald’s points are a mixture of plausible and nonsensical. [Read more...]

Yes, some religions (and cultures) are worse than others

Burned the God Delusion

Something strange I’ve encountered in online discussions of religion–and what makes it strange is that I’ve encountered it among people who are not in general defenders of religion–is a resistance to accepting that some religions and cultures are worse than others. [Read more...]

Islam and racism

This is another post written for the book, written to be an immediate follow-up to this post. Feedback on these posts is always appreciated, but this one especially show. [Read more...]

Sharia (and Old Testament) law today

In one of Hemant’s recent posts, he talks about an Economist article which mentions that no fewer than eight Muslim countries currently have the death penalty for apostasy, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. This got me thinking that it might be worth putting together a comprehensive summary of which countries still have such barbaric laws in [Read More...]

Taking it personally and ignoring the bad stuff

I’ve decided not to write anything more directly on Chris Stedman’s “Toxic Atheism” piece, but I think this piece, which I recently wrote to be included in The Book. [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins and other atheists defend Sam Harris

Richard Dawkins just published a piece titled “It’s What Moral Philosophers Do,” which sketches a bit of moral philosophy and then ends by saying: [Read more...]

How to criticize Islam: Russell Blackford and David Silverman

Given recent discussions at Freethought Blogs about civility (latest contribution by Ophelia) I think this quote from Russell Blackford’s Freedom of Religion and the Secular State is worth discussing: [Read more...]

Heina Dadabhoy’s “A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam” Kickstarter

I’ve never contributed to a Kickstarter project before, but I just decided to go ahead and contribute to Heina Dadabhoy’s “A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam” project. Heina is an ex-Muslim who writes for Skepchick and explains her project thus: [Read more...]


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