Are we "getting" Islam?

A little more than two years ago, I invited Sean Faircloth to speak to members of the Yale and New Haven nonreligious communities. At the time, he was the executive director for the Secular Coalition of America, and he struck me as one of the most compelling and persuasive political advocates for issues such as Church-State separation and countering the religious right.[ref]I should note that my opinion hasn't changed.[/ref] He's since published a book, Attack of the Theocrats!, and joined the R … [Read more...]

In the Huffington Post: 'Faitheist': Social Change Through Storytelling

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Below is a link to the full original article.The first thing I tell people about Chris Stedman's "Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious" is that it made me cry, and books don't make me cry. But there I was -- in public no less -- teary-eyed and puffy-cheeked as I read someone else's encounter with conservative evangelical Christianity and subsequent deconversion. It sounded strikingly similar to my … [Read more...]

The Subtle Bigotry Towards "Peaceful Muslims"

Slowly, a clear sequence of events has come together. A fifteen minute trailer for the poorly produced anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims" was released on YouTube on September 8th, under what appeared to be the account of an Israeli real-estate developer, Sam Bacile. By September 13th, no records of an Israeli by the name of Sam Bacile could be found, and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Coptic Christian and former meth cook, became attached to the film after the cellphone number used by Sam Bacile … [Read more...]