Schism: A Muslim’s video response to Geert Wilders’ anti-Qur’an film Fitna

Barry Duke of The Freethinker writes: “IT had to happen – a Saudi man has hit back at films criticising Islam in a Fitna-style video which portrays Christianity as a religion of violence. The film, entitled Schism, was made by Raed al-Saeed. It splices together Bible verses and Iraq war images – including British soldiers … Continue reading

Summary of Geert Wilders’ anti-Qur’an film Fitna (SPOILER ALERT)

This review will largely be a summary of the film. I will make some appraisals, but because I am by no means an expert on the Qur’an or the domestic and international relations history of the Islamic world, I do not feel sufficiently informed to make a great deal of value judgments. Picture of Geert … Continue reading

Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam film, Fitna, HERE

View Netherlands MP Geert Wilders’ newly-released anti-Islam film Fitna here. Wilders’ name has been popping up rather frequently over the past few months, as he is a very vocal critic of Islam. He has gone so far as to press for the banning of the Koran in the Netherlands, saying that it is in conflict … Continue reading

Murder plot against Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard

JP.DK reports that Early this morning Danish police arrested several individuals of Muslim background suspected of conspiring to kill Kurt Westergaard, one of the 12 Danish cartoonists who on September 30, 2005 published cartoons of alleged Muslim prophet.

If they’re so concerned about modesty, why do these Muslims think they’re so special?

The UK-based Telegraph reports: Muslim medical students* are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion. Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing … Continue reading

Is one arrogant if they point out the irrationality in believing in leprechauns? What about God?

A query to the rationalist community: Don’t you just love it how religious people believe that their beliefs are somehow special? And that to point out the irrationality in believing them and to refer to the beliefs as having all the tell-tale signs of a fairy tale until proven otherwise is arrogant?

Free Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh (My email to the Afghani US Embassy)

To whom it may concern: I am writing to express my deepest disgust at the decision to put Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh to death for reading and distributing literature that opposes the Koran’s expressed views on the treatment of women. This is absolutely deplorable. Any belief system worth the paper on which it is written should … Continue reading

Sharia banking: Not unsecular, but deceitful to Muslims?

I first heard of the introduction of sharia loan programs at North American banks this past summer. It didn’t bother me, and why should it have? It’s not like having sharia banking options is going to affect the options of others. It’s not like we are all going to have to engage in sharia banking. Some … Continue reading

SocialRank.com’s #1 atheist blog post for January 20, 2008

The Frame Problem was honoured today by SocialRank.com, a ranker of blogs and blog entries. SocialRank.com‘s atheist blog tracker ChallengeReligion.com has recognized “Freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend”; Dutch government bracing self for violent Muslim protest to anti-Muslim film as the #1 atheist blog post for January 20, 2008.

“Freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend”; Dutch government bracing self for violent Muslim protest to anti-Muslim film

False. Freedom of expression does entail freedom to offend. In fact, in many ways freedom of expression is the right to offend. No one ever fought for the right to say nonoffensive things. No one ever censored nonoffensive statements. The ludicrous suggestion that freedom of expression does not apply to offensive statements—it sounds even more ridiculous … Continue reading