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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Islam' (23)

Putting 'Absolute Truth' into Context

Slavery is wrong. Rape is wrong. Homophobia is wrong... The list goes on - and there aren't too many around in 'enlightened' society who'd disagree, because, generally speaking, people are better than their holy books (and their Gods).

This is obviously a very good thing. If it weren't the case, civilisation (if we could call it that) would be an immensely violent, fearful, unjust place. Your daughter gets raped? Marry her to the rapist. Someone steals a…

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Added by Carnun on July 27, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments

Causing Offence

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Picture courtesy of http://www.worth1000.com/contests/9726/visual-puns-3, used without permission.

"While I don't…

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Added by Carnun on July 12, 2013 at 1:28pm — 5 Comments

Good Without God?

"I think the idea that it is immoral not to believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children. It is what makes it so difficult for people to question the existence of God once they have acquired the ability to think and reason for themselves..." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a very common theist standpoint, pairing off immorality with…

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Added by Carnun on July 2, 2013 at 2:28pm — No Comments

The Problem of Children, and Inter-faith Love

"Most religions insist that you do not marry someone of a different faith. This is a good way of ensuring the propagation of the religion, but it is something which must have led to millions of broken hearts throughout history." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's tragic, really, that what you happen to/choose to believe should dictate who you're allowed to love. From my own godless perspective, I…

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Added by Carnun on June 28, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

'Atheism is for white people'

"My friends joke that I am a coconut: brown on the outside, but white on the inside." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I wrote a post fairly recently for the Rationalist Association's blog (soon set to be in New Humanist…

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Added by Carnun on May 8, 2013 at 3:12pm — 9 Comments

The Scriptural Illiteracy of Believers

"I find it astonishing and depressing that many people who lead their lives according to the ideas and rules laid down in these books have not read them" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

You may have guessed it, but faith often has a lot to do with religious belief. Strip even the most 'educated' theological argument down to its core, and what you're often left with is 'we just don't know - therefore God'.

The 'we…

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Added by Carnun on May 1, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

"I once met a Texan who..."

"I once met a Texan who bragged that he had only ever read one book from cover to cover: the Bible" - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

I've read the Bible; and if I'm honest, the prospect of having it come along with me, by default, to a celebrity/music-filled island is, to say the least, a little disappointing.

Don't get the reference? I'll explain... Desert Island…

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Added by Carnun on April 23, 2013 at 3:35pm — 4 Comments

Being a Good Person

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"Despite not believing in God, and not believing in an afterlife where I might be rewarded or punished for my behaviour, I try to be a good person. That's the most any of us can do." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a favourite argument of the Theists: 'How can you be good without God?'

Even supposedly 'enlightened' Theologians (mean?) like William Lane…

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Added by Carnun on April 16, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Are Atheists 'Obsessed' With Religion?

For all practical purposes, I am an Atheist. I lack belief in a God (or gods).

It is that, and only that, with which I can confidently say that I share with other Atheists. We're a diverse group.

While there certainly are trends, we're all…

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Added by Carnun on April 12, 2013 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

Arab Spring Brings the Decline of Secularism in Tunisia

A leftist student holding the Tunisian flag argues with Muslim students, unseen, at the Manouba university in Tunis,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 after scuffles erupted between Salafists students and members of a leftist students union,…

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Added by Apostate Mohamed on April 23, 2012 at 3:13pm — 6 Comments

A God Who Hates

Laws alone cannot safeguard a society. For a law to be effective, there must be a moral foundation in the populace, and a nation has to attain a certain moral standard before it can either make laws or apply them. It is a society’s morals that formulate its laws and guarantee their enforcement. Interpersonal relationships within a society are complex, and the laws that govern that society may not be able to deal with every individual case. Only morality can do that. When I moved from a still…

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Added by Apostate Mohamed on April 7, 2012 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Arabs Hated The Quran

It may come as a surprise to the reader, and certainly was a surprise to me, to learn that religious fervour as we know it today was far less prominent in the Islamic societies of the past. Islam’s role was mainly highlighted and utilised during conflicts. Pure and true Islam, as it is applied today by the the Wahhabis and Talibans, was seldom put to full practice after the death of Mohammed and his companions. Although the Islamic dynasties were generally oppressive, but there have…
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Added by Apostate Mohamed on March 20, 2012 at 12:09pm — 10 Comments

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world.html

Ayaan Hirsi Ali:The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

Feb 6, 2012 12:00 AM EST…

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Added by Sassan K. on February 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Zombie Muhammad? Atheist Attacked by Muslim During Halloween Parade

Zombie Muhammad? Atheist Attacked by Muslim During Halloween Parade

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Added by Sassan K. on October 14, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Al Qaeda Calls On Mahmoud Ahmadinejad To End 'Ridiculous' 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

I had to share this with y'all...I found it to be hilarious and to be another ridicule against the 9/11 conspiracy theorists

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/al-qaeda-ahmadinejad-end-911-theories_n_985265.html

Al Qaeda Calls On Mahmoud Ahmadinejad To End 'Ridiculous' 9/11…

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Added by Sassan K. on October 2, 2011 at 11:43pm — 20 Comments

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says "Islamicism biggest threat to Canada" & Tony Blair says "Iran is our Real Enemy"

It is refreshing to see that our northern border ally has too come to see the true threat facing humanity in the 21st century. It is also refreshing to see the visionary and bold former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom taking a clear stance against the illegal regime of the Islamic Republic - especially since he has strong influence with the Quartet - I am feeling more and more confident that the international community will soon stand more firmly with the Syrian people…

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Added by Sassan K. on September 10, 2011 at 1:48am — 14 Comments

Not again...Father guns down 6-daughters in Islamic "honor killing"

While the tragedy in Norway happened by a lone wolf - let's not forget the true horrors of Islam. Please tell me people - when does something like this happen among Christians? Let's not be politically correct in realizing the real threats facing humanity as a whole is not "Christian" or "right-wing" terror but Islamic terror...

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Added by Sassan K. on July 28, 2011 at 5:30am — 25 Comments

Sassan K. Sam Harris - Christian Terrorism and Islamophobia

Christian Terrorism and Islamophobia

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At certain points near the extremity of human evil it becomes difficult, and perhaps pointless, to make ethical distinctions. However, I cannot shake the feeling that detonating a large bomb in the center of a peaceful city with the intent of killing vast numbers of innocent people was the lesser of Anders Behring Breivik’s transgressions last week. It seems to me that it required greater malice, and even less…

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Added by Sassan K. on July 25, 2011 at 11:55pm — 3 Comments

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