Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Islamic Fallacies

iranianatheist:

For those of us who have lived and grown up in Muslim countries, we are told over and over again that Islam is great in every way. They claim just because there were certain scientists many centuries ago who made contributions to the advancement of science by translating the works of other people…

Muslims shut down university screenings of film about Islam and women

We’ve already seen this with the revocation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s honorary degree at Brandeis (shame be upon them) this week. Now we have yet another example of campuses caving into to Muslim threats, and in some ways it’s even worse.

There’s a new film, “Honor Diaries”, in which Muslim women speak out against the oppression of women endemic to their faith. The description is here, and I’ll give an excerpt:

The film gives a platform to exclusively female voices and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth.

Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of oppression. This project draws together leading women’s rights activists and provides a platform where their voices can be heard and serves as inspiration to motivate others to speak out.

It was scheduled to be screened on two campuses: the University of Michigan at Dearborn and the University of Illinois in Chicago. The results were almost predictable. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—the same group that complained to Brandeis University—protested that the film was “Islamophobic”, and the two school duly canceled the screenings…

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CHILD BRIDE FORCED TO MARRY POISONS GROOM

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed a groom and three of his friends with a poisoned meal, police said Thursday.

Fourteen-year-old Wasila Umaru was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia.

Over the weekend, the groom invited a dozen friends to celebrate at his Ungwar Yansoro village, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the northern city of Kano.

The teenager told police she bought rat poison at a village market and used it to prepare a dish of rice.

"The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love," Majia told The Associated Press…

iranianatheist:

Muslim man demonstrates in just 1-minute how sexist the Islamic mentality is

Atheists Classified As Terrorists Under New Saudi Arabian Laws

Atheists are being defined as terrorists under a raft of new Saudi Arabian laws, a report from Human Rights Watch states.

The new laws are accompanied by a series of related royal decrees which appear to criminalise virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism.

“Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at HRW.

Regulations from the Interior Ministry cite “terrorism” provisions to include: “Calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.”

godlessmen:

Kissing Hank’s Ass: This hilarious short video explains exactly how religious logic works.

Fuckin brilliant.

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lanaatdelrey:

uncensoredhijabii:

the-real-t-nasty:

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3.24.14

omfg 

fucking idiots i swear

Jon’s expression is dry af. His patience been expired.

AMERICAN MEDIA MAKES ME PROJECTILE VOMIT.

Jon Stewart redeems us a little bit! … a very little bit. Sigh.

iranianatheist:

Top Saudi cleric, a member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, claims that the sun revolves around the earth. He says that in order to be a true Muslim one must accept this because it says so in the Quran.

I would like to thank all the Muslims out there who tell me to go and see the scholars because I shouldn’t be interpreting the Quran myself and how the scholars know best. Yup, they sure do!

godlessmen:

largely unheard of Arab skeptic, atheist, poet, vegan Al-Maarri
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Tales as any age could have and indeed did produce.

godlessmen:

largely unheard of Arab skeptic, atheist, poet, vegan Al-Maarri

Source: Source and comments

Tales as any age could have and indeed did produce.

"I want to introduce every Christian apologist to the work of every Muslim apologist and vice versa, then watch minds be blown."

"I want to introduce every Christian apologist to the work of every Muslim apologist and vice versa, then watch minds be blown."

Better Know A Religion: Druze

Origins: Al-Darazi in 11th century, Cairo, Egypt. Roots in the Isma’iliyya sect of Shia Islam.

Adherents: (apprx) 500,000 - 1 million

God(’s) and the Universe: One God. Universal Intelligence (al-Aql al-Kulli) or Divine Essence (akin to Neoplatonism), of which al-Hakim is believed to be an incarnation.

Human situation and life purpose: Live a good life for a favorable reincarnation. Await the re-appearance of al-Hakim (a Fatimid caliph who disappeared in 1021), who will usher in a Golden Age for true believers.

Afterlife: Reincarnation. Heaven is a spiritual existence when one has escaped reincarnation. Hell is distance from God in lifetime after lifetime.

Practices: Modest lifestyles, fasting before Eid al-Adha. Beliefs and practices are hidden for protection from persecution. Special group of initiates called uqqal.

Texts: Al-Naqd al-Khafi (Copy of the Secret); Al-Juz’al-Awwal (Essence of the First)

Source

History and Beliefs

Meet the Druze, members of a unique religion in the Middle East who had split from Shia Islam during the 11th century. Their faith began as a movement in Egypt, which was influenced mostly by Greek philosophy and Gnosticism, while incorporating elements from Abrahamic religions and other philosophies. According to Druze tradition the birth of their religion was a re-appearance of an ancient and purified monotheistic faith. From the beginning of its existence, the Druze community was under severe persecutions which caused their emigration to southern Lebanon. Over the years they spread throughout the region, and today the estimated 1,000,000 members of the community are found primarily in Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. The Druze are Arabic speakers with their own unique dialect, similar to Syrian dialects of Arabic.

The principals of the Druze religion are considered a secret and known only to the minority of the Wiseman. The prayer-houses of the Druze are called khalwa and their sacred scriptures are the Epistles of Wisdom (Kitab Al Hikma), which include 111 texts replicated by hand only.

Shrouded in secrecy the known basics of the Druze religion are:

• Monotheism and the prohibition of paganism

• Belief in reincarnation

• Acceptance of the Ten Commandments with “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not commits adultery” as leading precepts.

• Recognition of all Prophets from Judaism, Christianity and Islam with five prophets of the Druze, led by Jethro

• Monogamy

The Druze belief that this world is only a prelude to the afterlife is the reason why Druze have no aspirations for national independence. They believe in being loyal to the country in which they live. In 1957 Israel had officially recognized the Druze at their request, as a religious community. This recognition was unprecedented due to the fact that no country has officially recognized Druze faith as a religion of its own. Since that year the Druze are enlisted to serve in the IDF, with a high proportion of serving officers and excelling warriors.

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iranianatheist:

Outspoken atheist, and incredibly intelligent Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, destroys Islam and organized religion, in front of a huge group of ignorant Muslims.

I love Lawrence Krauss and his intelligence, nearly as much as I despise Hamza Tzortzis’ ignorance, lies, and pathetic comebacks that prove absolutely nothing.