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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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Can god lead to global peace?: Maybe, but not in the way religious people think

I studied international politics, both in my undergrad and my graduate studies. We were less concerned with international relations (diplomacy and the inner workings of the state in global affairs) as we were with international studies, which is differentiated from international relations … Continue reading

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SCOTUS: Christians can monopolize “short” prayers in city halls (Don’t worry non-Christians, it’s no big deal)

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that short prayers lead by “chaplains of the month” (in other words, civilians) do not violate the separation of church and state, even if those prayers are strictly Christian. By the same vein, those prayers … Continue reading

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9 books for the thinking atheists’ summer reading list

Because there seems to be at least a small correlation between non-belief in supernatural agencies and interest in physical sciences, I want to present you all with a list of science-based books from my own specialty–political science. Although my field … Continue reading

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According to the Quran, Allah tricked everyone into joining a fake religion (Christianity)

Jesus is a very important figure in Islam. Muslims believe that the bible is 100% correct regarding everything about Jesus, except, of course, the things the bible got wrong. Namely, Jesus was not the son of god. He was merely … Continue reading

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Religions cannot claim a monopoly on objective morality: The debate is based on flawed definitions

(If you don’t feel like reading this whole post, scroll to the purple text, which is the main point of this post). I generally stay out of the objective morality debate between theists and atheists because the conclusion that atheism … Continue reading

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Casting off god in the name of faith: Should more believers leave their religions to search for truth?

Late last year we heard about the pastor who was taking a break from god, trying out atheism for 365 days to see what it has to offer. Ryan J. Bell’s decision sparked a few controversies: From his church (who … Continue reading

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The battle over gay rights: Terrorism is no longer just for terrorists

With all of the progress made in recent months for equal rights for the LGBT community, we’ve also seen a reactionary movement. The recent Arizona bill that was–thank god—vetoed yesterday by Gov. Jan Brewer was the most extreme reactionary force against … Continue reading

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My Muslim friend on evolution: “What’s evolution?”

Many who’ve read my blog might be surprised to discover that I live with two ultra religious Muslims. One hails from Afghanistan and is pursuing his undergraduate studies, and the other comes from Algeria, where he received a M.S. in … Continue reading

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The devil is in the details: Why some Christians reject empirical evidence

This post is to help non-believers understand why some Christians reject empirical evidence. Most Christians accept the evidence for evolution, genomes, cosmology, germs, and the big bang, etc. Most Christians divorce their faith from the physical universe. Most Christians are … Continue reading

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