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A comment at Secular Right: Ever since the Revolution the Mullahs have wanted to erase all traces of the pre-Islamic Persian society. They realized they couldn’t go and raze Persepolis and other relics without losing the support of the people. I’ve heard that it is common for people in Iran to complain openly that worst…

Reflections on The Jihadist Next Door

The New York Times Magazine has a long profile of an American from Alabama, Omar Hammami, who is now fighting for the Islamists in Somalia, The Jihadist Next Door. The optics of his family background seem tailor-made for a compelling narrative (or a TV-movie). A father who is a Syrian immigrant, a standard-issue American Muslim…

Over in secular Europe

Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws: Secular campaigners in the Irish Republic defied a strict new blasphemy law which came into force today by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations online and promising to fight the legislation in court. The new law, which was passed in July, means that blasphemy in Ireland is now a…

Diary of an ex-Muslim

A friend of mine pointed me to an interesting weblog, Here in Glitner. From the “About” page: Reflections from my life as a Muslim, perspectives on Islam in my true life as a non-Muslim. I was a Muslim woman, a Muslim wife, a Muslim mother, a Muslim sister. I wore hijab, abstained from pork, obeyed…

In the post below I pointed to an article which claimed: It’s hard to say exactly how much support the theory of evolution enjoys in the world’s Muslim countries, but it’s definitely not very much. In one 2006 study by American political scientists, people in 34 industrial nations were asked whether they agreed or disagreed…

Watch what you depict!

No Islamic Landmarks Were Harmed in the Making of ‘2012’ (via Unreligious Right): The trailer for 2012 plays like a highlight reel of civilization falling apart all over the world, but it’s religion that gets the brunt of Emmerich’s digital pounding: A Buddhist temple gets hit by a tidal wave. The Sistine Chapel crumbles to…

From the comments: Jizya is only a financial tribute / aid to the Muslim State which is in-charge of safeguarding the security of the state and non-muslim’s lives and properties on their behalf. Non-muslims pay Jizya BUT they are EXEMPTED from any other taxes which muslims pay in a Muslim State i.e. Zakat, Khums etc.…

Eunuch for love

Family axes wedding plans, Egyptian cuts off organ: A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday. This kind of reminds me of self-castration for religious reasons. It is a reality that in many…

Thabet points me to a new survey of Muslims and the European public. The focus is especially on the UK, France and Germany. In short Muslims in these three nations are more “conservative” than the general population when it comes to social values, but, it is interesting to note that there seems to be an…

Pakistan is already an Islamic State

So claims Ali Eteraz: Most people in the world, including some Pakistanis, live under the illusion that the country is secular and just happens to have been overrun by extremists. This is false. Pakistan became an Islamic state in 1973 when the new constitution made Islam the state religion. Under the earlier 1956 constitution Islam…