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Muslims in Afghanistan going nuts over Koran Burning

Remember last year when 24 people died because a US pastor made a public display of burning the Koran? Despite President Obama begging the guy not to do it, Pastor Terry Jones held a mock trial for the book, found it guilty of 3 crimes against humanity and set it on fire. Huge protests errupted in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and like every crazy protest in these countries, a bunch of people got killed. S ...

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Beat your demons away

In the slums of Khanewal, Pakistan, the poor and indigent who suffer from treatable illnesses are sent, often by physicians wishing to unload their patients, to the Islamic equivalent of exorcists. They are called Pirs (or Peers), meaning "old man", and these "saints" often perform barbaric torture rituals they believe can clean people of djinns, or demons. One victim of their archaic stupidity was a woman ...

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Suicide Bombings are not political in nature

In a large Suffi shrine in Southern Pakistan, two young men with explosives strapped on their backs navigate nervously through a packed crowd. They are looking for an ideal place to murder as many of their fellow human beings as possible. The plan is surprisingly evil: the second boy is there to detonate himself the moment help arrives to care for the victims of the first attack. As chance would have it, Um ...

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Spread the word

If we want to start claiming we're a community, it's time we started acting like one. Here's a great opportunity: it seems two young girls, Asmaa and Fatima, are seeking refuge from both their highly religious country of Pakistan, and their abusive fundamentalist parents. They've been petitioning the government of Sri Lanka for visas to allow them to stay in the country and avoid being deported to their the ...

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Interfaith dialog at its finest

It's pretty rare I agree with the Pope, but he's recently been calling on Pakistan to repeal their insane blasphemy laws, and I'm behind him on this one. His calls were met, unsurprisingly, with a friendly "mind your own fucking business": The pope has given a statement today that has not only offended the 180 million Muslims in Pakistan, it has also hurt the sentiments of the entire Islamic world," said Ha ...

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Islam is totally reasonable

You remember Pakistan right? It's the country currently being ruled by a military dictator who happens to be nice and chummy to Islamic groups who like to get women sentenced to death for blasphemy. They seem to be profoundly confused about what to do regarding the sacredness of the name "Muhammad", as they've recently arrested a man for throwing out a business card of someone who shared the namesake. You c ...

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Bam, that’s justice, baby!

A few podcasts ago, Ryan and I discussed the case of the world famous "blasphemer", Asia Bibi of Pakistan, who faces the death penalty for insulting Islam. She's recently been trying to get a Presidential pardon, which was just rejected by a Pakistani "court" yesterday. The high court barred the President from even attempting to let her off the hook for having supposedly said some hurtful things about a man ...

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UN votes to have Gays lose Protection against Execution

Seems like every other day, the UN proves just how much it's willing to cater to the demands of irrational and prejudiced nations. The latest scandal involves 79 countries that have taken upon that have taken upon themselves the task of "eradicating" homosexuality. The step backwards in human rights was the amendment of a resolution against unlawful executions that removed gays from this prohibition. ...thi ...

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Girl mutilated and left for dead for “shaming” family

I sometimes get depressed writing about all of the horrible atrocities committed in the name of religion. Once in a while I'm tempted not to post anything entirely, simply to avoid having to languish in the anger and resentment I feel towards superstitious belief. If you feel like having a good day, then avoid this story altogether; a young woman named Bibi Aisha in Afghanistan had her ears and nose chopped ...

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Taliban moving closer to Islamabad

I'm not a fear monger, but right now, the whole world needs to pay attention to what is going on in Pakistan. Taliban militants are continuing their assault, and have had a series of victories that continue to move them closer to the capital of Pakistan. It's risen fears the country is on the brink of collapse, and the secular Awami National party is on the verge of being overrun. If you don't think that's ...

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