Human Rights

Charges filed against Egyptian atheist Sherif Gaber

Egyptian religious conservative Al-Nour party (Party of light) has filed a blasphemy claim against atheist, free-thinker and activist Sherif Gaber. The salafi Al-Nour party has allied with the military dictatorship of Sisi and campaigned for him in the recent 2018 elections. Al-Nour’s lawyer Haitham Hashim Saad has filed a complaint …

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Human Rights

Like Water on a Cabbage Leaf: Islam and Mental Health Stigma

An examination of mental health stigma as a necessary product of maintaining Muslim norms Content note: physical abuse, imprisonment, interrogation, forced hospitalization, and overmedication.  My analysis concerns mainstream conservative Muslim societies as described in the below culture and context and is not to be taken as universal to all forms …

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Human Rights

Love & Hate: A Muslim community’s response to a gay wedding

Islam in North America is increasingly finding itself in deep “intersectional identity” quicksand. Recently, we have seen religious conservatives like Linda Sarsour simultaneously lauding theocratic law while selling the world on “Muslim Feminism”. Oxymoronic as that may seem, it is nothing compared to the cultural chasm that has opened up …

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FreeThoughtHuman Rights

It’s about time we listened to those speaking honestly about Islam

Obaid is a free speech advocate and Ex-Muslim. He was born in India and grew up in Canada. His love for science eventually lead to his abandoning Islam. Obaid can be reached via Twitter @obaidomer. Islam is a religion of peace; this has nothing to do with Islam, not all Muslims, …

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Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: Ahmad Al Shamri’s appeal denied, sentenced to death for atheism.

Ahmad Al Shamri, a young man in his early 20’s from the city of Hafr Al Batin has been sentenced to death after his appeal was denied by Saudi Appeals and Supreme Courts. Many on twitter were celebrating and lauding the penalty with the hash tag #مرتد_حفرالباطن stating that it was …

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Human Rights

Voices of moderation and #HangAyazNizami

Despite reams of evidence, it is difficult for the average Westerner to comprehend the state of religious fundamentalism in Muslim countries. The truth is savage and unyielding – and we have no chance of changing reality if we refuse to even face it. Here is the face of religious “moderation” …

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GenderHuman Rights

Women’s Rights vs Anti- Muslim Bigotry: An Unfortunate Tension

Today the Arab American News begrudgingly reports, “We hate to do this but…investigators say that the Muslim girl lied about getting attacked by Trump supporters on a NYC subway. She was out drinking with friends and made up the story to ‘distract her angry father.’ She ran away from home …

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Documentary on “ex-Muslims” sparks contentious debate at Portland State

This is a guest post by Andy Ngo. He is a graduate student in political science at Portland State University. His academic interests include political Islam and secularism in the Middle East and North Africa. He can be reached on twitter at @MrAndyNgo and email at [email protected] . On Nov. …

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That meme comparing hijabis to nuns needs to die in a pit of fire

On the madonna of false equivalences…. Hey hey! I keep seeing this meme going the rounds so I will take the liberty of sharing my spiel about how blatant these false equivalences are: Point one: Well, wouldn’t this just mean that these religions are then all… equally sexist? Even if …

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GenderHuman Rights

The Burkini-Bikini False Equivalence and Your Disproportionate Outrage

What if I told you that you can condemn bans on the hijab while still acknowledging the very real and urgent mechanisms of coercion underlying it? FANCY THAT. In this piece I present a two-part thesis: I, a woman who was coerced into hijab from prepubescent childhood, for 15 years, wholly …

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