November 11, 2014

This is a transcript of the talk I gave last week at the Secularism Conference in London, UK. Update Nov 12, 2014: Full video of the speech here. Since 2008, I have been working with a team of dedicated and resourceful people on the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s online forum and its associated social media, including its YouTube channel that has over 2.2 million views, and its Twitter account that currently has over 13 thousand followers. In September of… Read more

November 11, 2014

Here it is: part 2 of my introductory post. You can read part 1 here. Questions With No Answers It didn’t take long to notice that few people actually took their faith, beliefs, and religious ideas seriously. An uncomfortably large number of people were essentially living double lives, displaying a certain piety for the world, while they gossiped, backbit, flirted, dated, had affairs, drank, smoked, and partook in other practices they would shame others for. The more I noticed these… Read more

November 11, 2014

I’ve read Rachel Held Evans’ blog off and on for a few years now, especially as I was moving away from my faith. She’s definitely a progressive Christian in her beliefs, and she’s taking a little heat from some Christians. I stumbled on an article criticizing her post, “I Would Fail Abraham’s Test And So Would You”. (While writing this post, I searched for the article mentioned above but it has apparently been taken down.) The author writes, “Rachel Held Evans, that former… Read more

November 11, 2014

Walking away from my faith caused significant pain and rejection. In my last post, I attempted to pull back the emotional curtains and expose the raw, painful truth hidden deep inside me. Many have commented that the post was hard to read. Trust me, it was hard to write. The last line of the article encapsulates the depth of my suffering. “I lost it all. Gone in the blink of an eye. All because I no longer believed.” But, that’s not… Read more

November 11, 2014

Are you an extrovert or introvert?  Based on the number of online quizzes, knowing that answer seems to be all the rage today. So where do you fall? Me? I’m a pretty strong extrovert. I absolutely love to be with other people! All the laughing, talking, supporting each other during the tough times, celebrating in the good times, and just plain old hanging out with friends is where I thrive.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a large social… Read more

November 11, 2014

Life takes many strange turns. If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be writing a story about my journey from faith to atheism, I would have called the elders of my church and held an all night prayer meeting for your soul! Yet, here I am. A former pastor, well known, well respected, and…an atheist. I didn’t start out thinking that I would lose my faith. In fact, I believed that my faith was so… Read more

November 11, 2014

When a popular junior girl named Jennifer acted very friendly toward me for no reason whatsoever a month into my new school experience, I accepted her invitation to a “pizza blast” without hesitation. I was blown away. Read more

November 11, 2014

A certain Orientalist thought process, among some Muslims and Non-Muslims, seems rooted in the assumption that religion – in particular Islam nowadays – represents some kind of resistance to capitalism and colonialism. The narrative that Islam is an alternative to ‘Western’ ideas of capitalism, globalization, and neoliberal economics, is sometimes touted as evidence of Islam’s moral superiority – that Islam teaches you to be more concerned with the hereafter, while the duniya (the world of the living) gets you engrossed… Read more

November 11, 2014

f there’s a bright spot anywhere in this week’s events, it is that people are good to each other and help where they can–with no deity required at all to explain any of it. No, no god is involved with anything weather-related in our world, nor in the aftermath of any of it. And thank goodness for that. If there were, if I really thought any god was involved, that being would have an awful lot of explaining to do. Read more

November 11, 2014

My adult self realizes nowadays that to many Christians, Satan is very real–and necessary. Satan’s existence is a lot easier to prove and demonstrate than God’s, and Satan doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty while God clearly is taking a hands-off approach. Like medieval witch-hunters who clearly saw that Satan’s involvement with women indisputably proved the existence of a supernatural world, modern Christians can point to Satan’s clear involvement in their lives as proof that God, too, must exist, for Satan cannot exist without God. Christians are, by absolute necessity, downright obsessed with Satan. Read more

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