Godless Spellchecker Reports on What’s Being Said About Atheists in Arabic

The blogger and podcaster Godless Spellchecker has a disturbing post about what's being said about atheists in Arabic. Twitter user @Ahmedaa1k posted a tweet (in Arabic) which said, "Atheism is not a crime." The responses (also in Arabic) contained many variations of "If I could, I would kill or torture then kill atheists."I don't know if there were any self-identified Muslims (or other Arabic-speaking theists) who criticized the threats against atheists. I've asked Godless Spellchecker if th … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 2

One objection to my cognitivist view of religion and Christianity is this popular little bit of stupidity:"Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ."I have three initial responses to this statement: (1) read your freaking bible, (2) read your freaking dictionary, and (3) use your freaking brain.1. READ YOUR BIBLEIn Chapter 26 of Acts, the apostle Paul defends himself before King Agrippa and speaks of "our religion":1  Agrippa said to Paul, “You ha … [Read more...]

Atheist Scholar Phil Zuckerman: OK to Criticize Christianity, but Not Islam

You should read both the article and the comments.LINKI could be wrong, but my hunch is that Zuckerman is probably right. Also, I don't know this for a fact either, but I suspect that the same fear which stifles atheist criticism of Islam also stifles Christian criticism of Islam. Yes, there are atheist and Christian critics of Islam, but it seems very easy to believe that there are less critics than there would have been if Islam did not have the kind of reputation it does.Speaking o … [Read more...]

More Open Questions for Muslims

Note: These are not rhetorical questions. I really would like to know.Q: What is blasphemy against the Prophet? Is any criticism of Islam or the Qur'an or Mohammed considered blasphemy? If not, can you cite any instances of such critiques that are not blasphemous?Q: On the other hand, if even the mildest and most respectful critique is considered blasphemous, does this mean that non-Muslims may not, respectfully, express their reasons for not accepting Islam?Q: What about a religious … [Read more...]

Open Question to Muslims

Let me preface this post by saying I know very little about Islam.After reading the news about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the U.S. embassy in Egypt, I'm really starting to wonder about how the attacks fit together with "mainstream" Islam. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are the facts as I understand them.Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian who lives in  the U.S., made a movie which shows the prophet Muhammad having sex and calling for massacres. At the risk … [Read more...]

New Mosque opens in Dogpatch

I see that after much opposition, including vandalism and arson--committed by "good Christians" I'm sure--a new mosque has finally opened in Dogpatch, er, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/11/after-long-fight-opening-day_n_1768915.html The article notes that the ambient idiots did hire some lawyers (I guess they paid them with chickens and jugs of moonshine). The lawyers argued that Islam is not a "real" religion, and so does not deserve Constitutional … [Read more...]

Free speech for Muslims?

I often complain about how conservative Muslims' overdeveloped sensitivity to religious insult erects barriers to the freedom of speech, and particularly speech criticizing anything Islamic. That's a serious problem for nonbelievers and anyone who cares about freedom of expression.But here in the US, where we so love to posture about how we're so much freer than those benighted Muslim countries, our paranoia about terrorism has created an environment where American Muslims cannot feel free to … [Read more...]

Islam and Evolution discussion from 2010

I just found that the video of a discussion about Islam and Evolution that I took part in 2010 is available on the web. It turned into a more general discussion about science and religion as well. Ehab Abouheif, a biologist, leads off by explaining why evolution and Islam are compatible for him; I come in with a more skeptical point of view.Anyway, since I enjoyed this event, and I think of it as a good example of what can happen in the context of a dialogue between a believer and a nonbeliever, … [Read more...]


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