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Fundamentalism Doesn’t Discriminate

You can listen to the audio version of the article here   “New Atheism simplicity is the byproduct of collective groupthink, and the internalization of self-congratulatory jingoistic clichés and generalizations. They know because they know, and there’s no reasoning with someone who knows.” – CJ Werleman CJ Werleman’s latest book The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise…

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Religion and Religiosity: An Ailment or Medicine?!

  The following is a translation of an Arabic article written by Dr. Ahmed Al Raissouni and published in December 1, 2014 on his official website. Originally from Morocco, Dr. Al Raissouni is a Maliki jurist having attained his undergraduate degree in Sharia from the University of Al Qarawiyyin in 1978, a Masters degree in the Higher Objectives of Sharia from Muhammad V University in…

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Sunnis and Shias: Between Engagement & Disconnection

    The following is a translation of an Arabic article written by Muhammad ibn Al Mokhtar Al Shinqiti and published in April 1, 2014 on Al Jazeera’s website. Originally from Mauritania, Al Shinqiti is currently a professor of political science, history of religion, and Islamic ethics at Qatar Foundation. From among the worst fruits of sectarian fanaticism is…

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) is shown in a courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts January 5, 2015. A U.S. judge on Monday began the process of selecting the jury that will hear the trial of Tsarnaev, telling the first of some 1,200 prospects to read no more news accounts about the deadly blasts.Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, could get the death penalty if convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 others by detonating a pair of homemade bombs placed amid a crowd of thousands of spectators at the race's finish line on April 15, 2013.    REUTERS/Jane Flavell Collins    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4K4UY

Tsarnaev & the Death Penalty

After two years the jury has finally come to agreement that the 2013 Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty. Sadly, it was not surprising to see some of the reactions pouring through on Twitter under the #Tsarnaev hashtag: You get the picture. Of course, this is not to make a claim of having brought…

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The Dumbest Generation?

Given the chosen title, let alone the specific content, it is not surprising that Mark Bauerlein did not garner a lot fans or high ratings for his book “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future“. But that is precisely what he set out not to do. “The Dumbest…

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Abdullah Alkadi: A Freed Soul

(UPDATE at the end) Abdullah Alkadi, a California State University Northridge student went missing on Wednesday, September 17th after selling his car on Craigslist. His mother posted on Reddit a desperate plea for people to find him, explaining he had just graduated from CSUN and was selling his car in preparation to come back. A month…

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Lifting the Veil of Harris & Hirsi Ali

New atheist/ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been one of the people of interest to be discussed as of late. After much outcry, she lost an honorary degree that Brandeis University had intended to award her. They cite in their statement that Hirsi Ali’s “past statements are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” That was their politically correct way…