Monthly Archives: February 2014

Husband beats wife to death, plays recording of Quran in the background

Because I used to live in Beirut, I tend to keep up with the news coming out of Lebanon. Last week I came across this article about a man in the Beirut neighborhood of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh who beat his wife to … Continue reading

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Atheists and the indefinite article: Maybe we should drop the ‘an’

The indefinite article is used to show that there is something else available. For example, we might say, “I am a male,” as opposed to “female.” We could also say “I am male,” dropping the indefinite article. Both are correct, but … Continue reading

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An atheist in Beirut: The beauty of Islamic music

I’ve mentioned before that I used to live in Beirut. I lived in Hamra, in an awful apartment called Residence Haddad, off of Makdessi Street. My room was on the second floor, and I learned to drown out the roar … Continue reading

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The alternate god: Why can’t religious people worship the god they wish existed?

A few months ago I conducted a totally legit scientific poll* of my Facebook friends. I asked a simple question to my friends of faith: “Let’s assume that god exists, but he exists in a different form from what you believe. … Continue reading

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Don’t like your circumcision? Sin. It’ll grow back (according to the Apostle Paul)

On Facebook I follow a page called Godless Engineer. Said “Godless Engineer” often posts humorous criticisms of religion. A few days ago they posted the following image:   Of course, knowing me, I looked it up. And it’s there. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World (Dalai Lama)

I read quite religiously. Last week I picked up a copy of the Dalai Lama’s most recent book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World (2012). In it he makes the argument that the world will be a better place if humanity … Continue reading

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Bible Contradictions #19: Who was Heman’s father?

Heman is not an extraordinary character in the bible. He appears to be nothing more than a struggling street musician who penned a depressingly dark one hit wonder called Psalm 88. Indeed, Heman is quite obscure. A quick look to … Continue reading

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The funniest thing in the bible? Man boobs.

The bible has a lot of hilarious verses. But there’s one in particular that will make you laugh so hard you blow your early morning vodka tonic out of your nose. The verse appears in Job 21:24 and, in some … Continue reading

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