Category Archive: Islam

Feb 08 2014

Plymouth University Islamic Society – You Really Do Not Get It

This one’s allegedly from the pages of the Plymouth University Islamic Society and it’s rather indicative of what’s wrong with the way a large number of Muslims think. If I were to be a smart arse about this then I would point out that both chickens are nude. Chickens do not wear trousers. Animals do …

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Jan 07 2014

Try to Save A Life

I realise that this would probably eliminate me as someone who could visit Saudi Arabia, not only am I an atheist but I also do not believe that Saudi Arabia’s stance on Islam is healthy, progressive or safe. It’s a deal with the devil that has only harmed Muslims by entrenching fanatacism and legitimising fundies. …

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Jan 03 2014

But We Want Gender Segregation

There is a line between Islamophobia and genuine criticism. The problem is Islam doesn’t take criticism well. In response to criticism Islam tends to label ALL criticism as Islamophobic. So… Let’s take the usual one. There is a rising problem with radicalisation of young Muslims and a fetishisation of Jihad alongside a literal translation of …

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Dec 29 2013

Layla Murad and Her Reasons for Leaving Islam

Reading this made me wonder why we aren’t as willing to tell the stories of ex-Muslims and how they see their own cultural climate change due to the pressure of Islamic changes. Layla Murad is another “Arab Name” of note. She was a Egyptian singer and incredibly popular. If she lived today she would never …

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Dec 24 2013

Laurie Penny does Not Get The Problem With Gender Segregation

Laurie Penny’s article on the fight against segregation gives me an ample opportunity to take on the issue of segregation. I disagree with her. Her statement that the entire atheist community is filled with “White Men” and that the argument has been co-opted by racists is rather problematic since it actually ignores all the people …

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Dec 06 2013

Age of Kali – If We Do Not Criticise Islam

(An FIR is a First Information Report. It’s a little catch all for “told the police and wrote a case up about someone with the idea of pressing legal charges against them”.) If we do not criticise Islam, then the people who require criticism will keep having free reign and will drag Islam down the …

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Dec 02 2013

Central African Republic – Religious Warfare

“If you are not gone by 8 o’clock tomorrow morning we will come back and shoot you and burn down the mission, You are making this a religious war” This was the threat made by about a dozen armed fighters from the Muslim faction who rolled up to the Catholic mission in their technical. There …

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Nov 30 2013


There is an Arabic paper about the concept of frivolous fatwas. See in Egypt there was a period where there was a rising Islamic fundamentalism which was harmful to Egyptian life. Not only does Egypt have a cultural diversity it is also a major tourist destination. And a lot of the Muslim Brotherhood were incredibly …

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Nov 19 2013

The Friendly Atheist – Not So Friendly Guest Blogger

Sometimes an atheist does something bad. We don’t have a moral high ground. The moral high ground that religious people claim to hold doesn’t exist because in order to have a moral high ground you need to demonstrate that your ethos is the path of least harm. I am a fan of Hemant’s work. To …

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Nov 05 2013

Ani J Sharman – Dressing for Divine Success

Introduction For quite a while now, I’ve been planning to write an essay about religious dress codes and discuss some of my own experiences with them, specifically in Islam (as that is the religion my family belongs to). Avicenna graciously asked me to share my experiences after I commented on a recent post of his,i …

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