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Islam: An arduous and unnecessary journey in the 21st century.

This is a guest post by André the Kafir. André is a Midwest-based student studying astrophysics. This is his first piece about Islam. What really irks me about Islam, and other religions, are the unnecessary complexities its followers have to grapple with. I think there might be a way for …

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A Bangladeshi Ex-Muslim on Avijit Roy’s Death

I’ve more or less stepped away from online activism of any sort for a few years now but this is absolutely breaking my heart and I don’t how else to cope. Three days ago, an American blogger and author of Bangladeshi origin was leaving a book fair in Dhaka when …

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The Etiology of Cultural Hegemony

A guest post by Reza Ziai. The Etiology of Cultural Hegemony By Reza Ziai, M.A. Psychology Copyright 2014 The topic of culture has been a serious interest of mine from the time I was barely able to walk up to the present day where I recently finished teaching a semester …

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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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Cartoongate: The Sermon That Wasn’t Given

Today being Friday and all, I dusted off my old khutbah-writing skills to compose a sermon warning against the scandal-mongering we’ve seen following Maajid Nawaz’s tweeting of a cartoon. Brothers and Sisters, as we reflect upon the recent uproar that has engulfed sections of our community following the distasteful depictions …

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The Bottle Opening: A beer drinker’s prayer

1. All praises are due to Ninkasi, Goddess of Beer. 2. The Beloved, The Dear 3. Bringer of joy to those far and near. 4. In YOUR name do we drink and for YOUR sake do we cheer. 5. Raise us to your Highest Tier. 6. The Tier of those …

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A response to “Apostates and cuddly toys”

I’d like to take a moment to compile my thoughts regarding Da Masked Avenger’s piece, “Apostates and cuddly toys,” in which he presents his perspectives on the nature of apostasy from Islam and the behavior of some of those who have left the faith. This is by no means intended …

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Intellectual Judo: Framing the Debate Between Skeptics and Believers

The following post, while it does not deal with parenting per se, is an example of the intellectual training we should be giving to our kids to prepare them for all of the hucksters trying to push their own brand of religious snake oil on them.  Just as we ought …

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The No True Muslim Fallacy

Last week, I received a series of tweets from Adam Deen, founder and director of the Deen Institute. Now, I know nothing about Mr. Deen. I have no clue where he was born or what his nationality might be. I don’t know if he was raised a Muslim or if …

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Religion won’t save your soul but atheism will save your self-respect

I happen to scroll up the chat window, to the very first message my friend had sent me in 2009 and it started like so — Assalam aleikum wa ramatullahi wa baraktuh, I hope you, (husband), and the kiddos are doing well. My best wishes and congrats on the new …

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