Category Archives: islam

The SnideShow Episode 010 – Tunisia and the Arab Spring

Listen: 010 – Tunisia and the Arab Spring I speak with Chris Martin, member of the board of directors of Heterodox Academy, an organization of academics that seeks “viewpoint diversity” to offset the perceived liberal slant in American universities. We discuss … Continue reading

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The SnideShow Episode 003 – Islamophobia and Racism in America

Islamic terrorism is undoubtedly a problem, but if you look at the numbers, it kills far fewer Americans than almost anything you can name: cancer, heart disease–even falling out of bed. So why are Americans so obsessed with being killed … Continue reading

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My Interview with Challenging Opinions

Check out my interview in episode 8 of William Campbell’s Challenging Opinions podcast. We talked about my review of Omar Saif Ghobash’s recent book Letters to a Young Muslim, and about the worldwide struggle over the future of Islam. I’m certainly no … Continue reading

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Letters to a Young Muslim

Hardly anyone would disagree that Islam is at war. But who defines what it is to be a Muslim? And who exactly are the combatants? These two questions are almost impossible to answer, and without answers it is nearly impossible to solve the … Continue reading

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Podcast #261 – SPLC vs Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Why has the Southern Poverty Law Center placed Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz on their list of “anti-Muslim extremists”? Certainly both Ali (who was the victim of female genital mutilation and narrowly escaped an arranged marriage before making a … Continue reading

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Podcast #257 – Is Intelligent Design Dead (or Just Regrouping)?

We discuss a recent article by Donald Prothero in Skeptic magazine, in which he looks at the state of the Intelligent Design movement, ten years after its stinging defeat in Kitzmiller v. Dover. The overwhelming majority of scientists are against … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Orlando Massacre

You’ll probably know by now that more than 50 people were murdered overnight in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The gunman (dead after a shootout with police) is identified as Omar Mateen, a native-born American citizen whose parents are from … Continue reading

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May 20 in freethought history…

May 20, 1958 - Radio talk show host and political commentator Ron Reagan is born in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for the fact that his liberal political views contrasted sharply with the conservatism of his parents, the late President … Continue reading

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May 3 in freethought history…

May 3, 1880 – English atheist Charles Bradlaugh, recently elected as a Member of Parliament, requests to be allowed to affirm his oath, rather than take the religious Oath of Allegiance. A political scandal unfolded over the next six years, which … Continue reading

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March 30 in freethought history…

March 30, 1940 – The Supreme Court of New York rules against Bertrand Russell regarding his dismissal as Professor of Philosophy from College of the City of New York. The Court ruled on three grounds: that Russell was not a … Continue reading

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