This month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a select group of students will show their humanitarian spirit by participating in the Bleedin’ Heathens Blood Drive. Later in the month, they will eat cake to celebrate Darwin Day, and earlier this year, they performed “de-baptism” ceremonies to celebrate Blasphemy Day, attended a War on Christmas Party, and set up Hug An Atheist and Ask An Atheist booths in the campus quad.Read More
Just as the Arab spring has upended conventional understanding of Arab and Muslim societies, so a new report on the issues faced by LGBT Muslims challenges the stereotype of Muslim communities in the U.S. and abroad as monolithically closed to conversations about sexuality.
Judge refuses to block zoning approval of Murfreesboro mosque
RD’s weekly review, nearly as hoary as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.Read More
RD’s weekly review, unafraid to lose Facebook friends since 2010.Read More
A poll showed 7 out of 10 New Yorkers opposing Park51 but this intolerance doesn’t square with the city’s history.Read More
We must listen to our neighbors.Read More
That the kindergarten logic of “hear no evil, see no evil” is being used in order to sway public opinion in favor of the Center, but while the success of these maneuvers remains to be seen, its damage is immediately apparent: if Park51 ‘sounds’ nothing like mosque, claims to ‘be’ nothing like a mosque, and, ‘looks’ nothing like a mosque, then, and only then, does it emerge a defensible endeavor within the United States.
Lurking behind suspicion about the new Islamic Center planned to be built near Ground Zero is something much more ominous than would appear.Read More
The consequences of fusing the sacred and the secular.Read More