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Vintage Christopher Hitchens from 1989

Christopher Hitchens in high form, speaking out on behalf of Salmon Rushdie in 1989:

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Islamic Militants Seek Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

This today at the BBC: In one of the latest cables to be released by Wikileaks, senior UK Foreign Office official Mariot Leslie told US diplomats in September 2009 that Britain had “deep concerns about the safety and security of Pakistan’s … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi and Qatar Meet Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei: This Too Is Islamic Civilization?

A AAA+++ for effort. According to the New York Times today, the royal leadership of two tiny Muslim countries, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, seeing down the road a time when they’ll need to gather brains into their cisterns rather than oil, are turning … Continue reading

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Faust in the Middle East: I’ll Give You Oil Wells If You’ll Give Me Brain Drains

Here’s a little statistic buried in a long article at the ResetDOC (Dialogue on Civilizations) website on efforts to bring science to (Islamic) regions that are otherwise anti-freedom of thought: [T]he governments of Arab nations (led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt) are investing … Continue reading

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“Jews Look Like Monkeys and Pigs”: Medieval Cultism and Antisemitism in British Islamic Schools

Out of 30,000 schools in Great Britain, 160 are Muslim faith schools. Below is a deeply troubling BBC report on what some of these schools are teaching: So this is what happens when you set out to live a segregated and parallel … Continue reading

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An Agnostic Interviews an Imam: Kamal Tells a Non-Retaliation Story from His Tradition and Discusses the Prayer Rug

In the below clip, Kamal al Khatib offers an anecdote from the life of Muhammad that illustrates (for him) Islam’s general commitment to non-retaliation. I’ve actually heard the story that Kamal tells from another Muslim. I recall the previous telling of the … Continue reading

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An Agnostic Interviews a Muslim Imam

Below is the opening clip of me, Santi Tafarella, starting an interview with American imam Kamal al Khatib at the mosque that he heads in Palmdale, Ca. (October 6th, 2010). We’re outside, facing West in the late afternoon, standing before the door in which … Continue reading

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Atheist Walid Husayin Didn’t Watch What He Was Sayin’ on Facebook—and Has Been Arrested by the Palestinian Authority

An otherwise quiet 26-year-old Palestinian barber who happens to be an atheist did a no-no. He went on Facebook, expressed blunt opinions about his father’s religion (his father is a Muslim scholar), joked that he—Walid—is God, supported atheist views on some … Continue reading

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Asia Bibi: Christian Mother of Five Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Pakistan’s population is 170 million, three million of whom are Christians. The country also has three million Hindus and a miniscule Sikh community (about 20,000 people). Presumably there are no out of the closet atheists anywhere in Pakistan. And no Jews. Below is … Continue reading

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In Baghdad, Muslims Go Ahead and Hate Their Christian Neighbors

If there’s a hell, the Muslims who slaughtered their Christian brothers and sisters in Baghdad over the past ten days have certainly raised their odds of going there. The following was buried in a much longer story at the New York Times yesterday. The … Continue reading

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Eight Things Jonathan Elliot Learned from Having a Meal with a Muslim

On the theory that maybe we should strike up conversations with our Muslim neighbors and not matches for burning their Qurans, Jonathan Elliot in New Zealand found a Muslim to have lunch with this past month, and recounts how he did … Continue reading

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A Muslim Rises to the Existential Occasion, Protecting a Jew from Some “Christians”

A little reminder about making hasty generalizations about people:

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Atheists Top the Religious in Religious Knowledge

A recent Pew Survey on religious knowledge has found that atheists do better on a battery of religious knowledge questions than Jews, Christians, Mormons—indeed, anybody else. Out of 32 questions, atheists, on average, managed to answer about 21 of the questions … Continue reading

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Incidents of non-Muslim Americans Harrassing Muslim Americans in the Workplace are on the Rise

Incidents of non-Muslim Americans harrassing Muslim Americans in the workplace are climbing, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been having to step in with lawsuits. This today in the New York Times: Last month, the commission sued JBS … Continue reading

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The Question Biologist Matt Rainbow Would Ask an Imam

Yesterday, I interviewed an American imam, Kamal Al-Khatib. Originally from Jordan, he has lived in the United States for 24 years and heads a mosque in northern Los Angeles County. Joseph West, a Muslim friend and coworker of mine, video taped the … Continue reading

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International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day: How Did It Go?

Ten days ago, in a blog response to the “International Burn a Quran Day” Florida pastor, I suggested, as a non-Muslim, an alternative day: “International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day,” and I set it for Friday, September 17th, 2010. Based … Continue reading

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Muslims and Non-Muslims Breaking Silence and Bread: James Fallows on Individual Idiosyncracies and Large Group Traits

At the Atlantic’s website this week, James Fallows cautions against making hasty generalizations about Muslims: It is just as possible to say what typifies “Muslims” as it is to say what typifies all Indians, or all Chinese, or all of the world’s … Continue reading

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Your WTF is not necessarily your neighbor’s WTF

A little life reminder that the messages we send, and the messages we think we send, may not be the same: There is an image circulating on the Internet (but that I can’t seem to embed here) of a megachurch promoting … Continue reading

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Why I’m Trying to Get to Know the Muslims in My Community (And Why I Hope You’ll Consider Trying to Do the Same)

Friday, September 17th, 2010 is International Have a Meal with a Muslim Day. Won’t you consider participating? Find a Muslim in your community and say, “Hey, would you like to take a walk, have coffee, or share a bite to … Continue reading

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Muslims in England Burn the U.S. Constitution

The below video represents Herderian politics in action: underground men, as if stepping out of the shadows of a Dostoevsky or Conrad novel, possessed of a collectivist ideology that has made them mad, eat bitterness together. It is a protest in Britain initiated by … Continue reading

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