FreeThoughtOpinion

Walking by Moonlight: My Journey Out of Islam

Amira is a medical professional from Texas. As a bibliophile and science enthusiast, she’s passionate about the pursuit of knowledge. This is her first publication as an Ex-Muslim. Greetings, As an ex-Muslim, the first action I would like to extend is an offering of peace, or salaam. Apostasy from Islam …

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OpinionReligion

Principles and Politics: The Southern Poverty Law Center Loses the Plot

In addition to threats of violence by Islamic fundamentalists, liberal critics of Islam are increasingly abandoned. At best, we are inconvenient afterthoughts, at worst, bigots and hate-mongers. The intellectual confusion and moral paralysis plaguing the Western Left around the religion of Islam has done much to add credibility to the …

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Painting: Oedipus at Colonus, by Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust. Dallas Museum of Art
FamilyOpinion

The Husband-Son Hybrid

There is a class of men that exist in society. They may look like normal men, they may act like normal men; in certain aspects they may actually be pretty normal. However, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that these men live under very peculiar circumstances at home …

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OpinionVoices

The Secret Lives of Immigrants

I’m an immigrant. No, not one of those 2nd generation, born and raised in the West sort of immigrants. I’m the real deal. I was born and raised in a middle-class family in Lahore, Pakistan, to a businessman father and a homemaker mother. After 9/11, my family feared for our …

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Opinion

WTF *happened* to the Arab World?

Full disclosure: I’m a bit more than sufficiently intoxicated right about now, and it’s roundabout 5am, when perhaps I ought to defer to better judgment and keep from posting these things. But WTH, perhaps this blog deserves *one* impassioned drunken post. So yes, I’m drunk, and my normally amusical self …

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FreeThoughtOpinion

Islamophobia? Muslimophobia? Anti-Muslim Bigotry? A discussion between Ex-Muslims on appropriate neologisms

Have you ever had the desire for a sneak-peak into ex-Muslim groups to see what we commonly talk about together? During the last day or so, community members at the Ex-Muslims of North America have been having a discussion regarding the terminology we ought to use to differentiate between undue …

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Human RightsOpinion

The racism of the white wolf who cried Islamophobia

  There’s a bee in my bonnet. Let’s talk about the racism of the white wolf who cried Islamophobia. I’m tired of a certain faction of Western liberals, especially white guys, Westsplaining about how anti-Muslim bigotry and Western colonialism and imperialism and international geopolitics provide *essential context* for understanding the …

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OpinionReligion

A Tirade of Snark to My Clueless Muslim Critics

Herein I unleash the snark. I can’t always wax gently lyrical. Context: My last blog post was about having conversations regarding sex and virginity with family, a musing exploration of the disconnect in exchanging ideas while trying to understand each other. This morning I approved a new comment on the …

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Opinion

Reading Radical: Initial Reactions

I usually prefer reserving judgment on any piece of writing until I’ve completed it. Nonetheless, Maajid Nawaz’s captivating book, Radical, has so far stoked so many memories and sentiments in me that I feel an almost urgent need to commit some of these thoughts to writing, if only to allow …

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Opinion

Talking Across the Pond — How getting hung up on form and mechanics turns people into assholes.

This is not a post on parenting per se but I am discovering how any and every thing can be linked to the shrill cry – “but think of the children”. You will not, however, have to deal with an appeal to emotion or an illogical argument. In a recent …

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