Tag Archives: Beirut

Fares Al-Khodor Is Dead (And So Is a Piece of My Heart)

This post is a combinationĀ of personal anecdote, argument, and tragedy. I’m writing this because a young boy I once knew has died, a victim of the protracted and intense fighting in Northeast Syria. Although I’m not blaming anyone for his … Continue reading

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Burn ISIS Flag Challenge (Part 2)

Yesterday’s burning of the ISIS flag was in solidarity with the people of Lebanon, who are threatened with arrest if they burn the actual ISIS flag (they can only burn flags with no religious words). I used a variation of … Continue reading

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Burn ISIS flag challenge!!

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. There’s a protest against ISIS Monday, 1 September 2014 at 6:00 PM in Beirut. Bring your ISIS flag to burn it. If you don’t live in Lebanon, print one up yourself and burn … Continue reading

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Prominent Lebanese filmmaker and actress, Nadine Labaki, slams religion in Facebook post

I’m a huge fan of Nadine Labaki. Her films tackle serious sociopolitical/religious themes using Lebanon as a scenic backdrop, but the messages she conveys through film are universal. My personal favorite isĀ Caramel, which explores gender roles and sexual taboos from … Continue reading

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My experiences with Hezbollah

I’ve mentioned a few times that I had chance encounters with members of Hezbollah (“The Party of God”) when I was in Lebanon. But I’ve never written about those experiences. So I’ll depart from my usual criticism of religion (although … Continue reading

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6 things about Christians I learned by living in a Muslim country

Atheists (and everyone else) in the U.S. often fail to notice Christian behavior because it’s normal, even if some of these behaviors are absurd. For example, women wearing gaudy dresses with oversized matching hats to church is quite common in … Continue reading

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Divine Intervention: When “god” interferes with our relationships

I recently wrote about how religion is often used to exclude people of other faiths and non-faiths from their romantic relationships, and how this is an example of modern-day religious extremism. But I have much, much more to say about … Continue reading

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