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Pat Condell wants you to wake up

Pat is always interesting to listen to. In this video, he lambasts the UN for trying to include a resolution making criticism of religion a crime. It's legislation we don't quite have to be worried about now, but it definitely sends a scary message that many Islamic countries are completely opposed to some of our most important beliefs (namely, that human beings should be allowed to speak their fucking mind ...

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A culture of child brides

Child brides are a reality in the Middle East. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when this tradition started gaining wide acceptance, but one thing is for sure: Most Islamic countries (especially poorer ones) regard this practice as normal, even beneficial. Why wouldn't they? Their own prophet, Mohammad, consummated his marriage with his favorite bride, Aisha, when she was only 9 years old (there's conside ...

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Happy Blasphemy Day

The Center for Inquiry has decreed that the 30th of September is now Blasphemy Day International to commemorate those Danish cartoons that set the Muslim world on fire.  Which means, of course, that it will be celebrated by dozens of people worldwide... OK, now I'm being a little cruel, but I'm not entirely sure this holiday will catch on. It's cool and all that it falls on my Dad's birthday, especially con ...

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Why is no one listening to this man?

If there's one thing you can credit to fundamentalist Islam, it's their ability to control their flock. There aren't many Islamic fundamentalists that apostatized, and anytime there is, it offers us a unique opportunity to understand the scope of terrorism that shouldn't be ignored. Ed Husain was a radical, brought into this culture in college by other British born Muslims, and it wasn't until he witnessed ...

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The Independent fights the good fight

Now I've often linked from the newspaper on many occasions, but today is a special honor. In January of last year, a young Afghan journalist was sentenced to death for distributing a report criticizing the treatment of women under Islamic Law. Sayed Pervez Kambaksh was sentenced in a 4 minute trial that was closed to the public, but luckily, the Independent got wind of the story and thanks to their efforts ...

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Pakistan getting crazier every day

It isn't good news that a nation with nuclear capabilities is slowly becoming a fundamentalist theocracy. Here is a disturbing article in the Guardian about how the growing intolerance of Muslims in Pakistan is having deadly consequences. A few weeks ago, I reported on a group of Christians who were attacked for allegedly defacing the Koran. Their homes were set on fire with them still inside, killing 9 in ...

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Runaway teen fears honor killing if returned home

In Islam, apostasy is a serious offense. People get more than slaps on the wrist for changing faiths; they get abused, beaten, and sometimes killed. That's not to say the fate of all apostates in the Muslim world is grim, but there is a definite violent precedence, and if you have the unfortunate luck of being born in a fundamentalist family, it can be a death sentence. 17 year old Rifqa fled from her Musli ...

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Don’t rush to conclusions

I received a message to check out a story floating around the bloggersphere about a huge wedding involving hundreds of child brides in Gaza (I thought it a bit weird that the mainstream media had missed that big story). Naturally I wanted to know more, but as I dug a little deeper, I realized the real story was the deep distrust of Muslims in general, and powerful Islamophobia that exists on the web. OK, ma ...

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Hitchens laments the appeasement of fundamentalists

Here's an article from Christopher Hitchens on Yale University Press and their decision to censor their own book out of fear of Islamic violence. Yale University Press announced last week that it would go ahead with the publication of the book, but it would remove from it the 12 caricatures that originated the controversy. Not content with this, it is also removing other historic illustrations of the likene ...

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Bonus Post: Intro part 1

When I was originally writing my book, I had a substantial chunk of it done before I realized that it was not the direction I wanted to go. Apparently, this is quite common when writing books. Still, it would be stupid not to at least share some of it with you guys, especially the patrons, who have been generous enough to fund this crazy project we call The Good Atheist. Every week, I hope to be able to sho ...

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