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An ex-Muslim exposes the “Islamophobia” canard

It’s deeply misguided to criticize the New Atheists for attacking Islam and branding it as an especially pernicious faith. It’s even more misguided to label them as racist “Islamophobes”. Such critics are in fact erecting a double standard for human rights, as Islam is clearly more oppressive than other major faiths, and more eager to […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ “Islamophobia”

The latest Jesus and Mo is on target: Reader Michael, who brought this to my attention, explains what the EDL is: This description is about right:- “MP Jon Cruddas, writing in The Guardian, describes the EDL as “a dangerous cocktail of football hooligans, far-right activists and pub racists… a bigger threat than the BNP… providing […]

Andrew Brown plays the Islamophobia card

Poor Andrew Brown!  He got left behind in the salvo of “Islamophobia” accusations leveled by his fellow journalists against the New Atheists.  To make up for it, he has an especially nasty post in today’s Guardian, with the headling “Richard Dawkins’ latest anti-Muslim Twitter spat lays bare his hypocrisy” (Subtitle: “The celebrity atheist’s Twitter rant […]

The “Islamophobia” canard revisited

Smelling blood, the media has spent the past two weeks attacking New Atheism, going so far as, in the case of Theo Hobson of The Spectator, to label Richard Dawkins as a “joke figure“, which he most certainly is not.  Just two days ago, one Freddy Gray, Hobson’s colleague at the Spectator, piled on with […]

Islamophobia again

UPDATE: I just learned that, by complete coincidence, Sam Harris has just published his own response “On Islamophobia and other libels.” _______ Readers have called my attention to two reports, one from Business Insider and the other from, about Saturday’s demonstration in Bangladesh in which thousands of Muslims called for the execution of  local […]

Playing the “Islamophobia” card

Sam Harris is peeved, and rightly so.  Two recent articles, one in Salon by Nathan Lean and the other in Al-Jazeera online by Murtaza Hussain, have mounted nasty (and misguided) attacks on New Atheism because of its perceived “Islamophobia.” I’ve previously dissected Lean’s piece (see the first link), and Hussain’s is just as bad. Here’s […]

What is Islamophobia?

There are three terms that have been bugging me because their definitions are elusive: “New Atheism,” “scientism,” and “Islamophobia.”  Yesterday we dealt with “New Atheism.” In the past few days, Jason Rosenhouse and Massimo Pigliucci have duked it out on their websites about “scientism” (Massimo here, Jason here and here; read all three because the […]

Muslims shut down university screenings of film about Islam and women

American colleges, it seems, are hardly bastions of free speech, a thesis eloquently documented on the website of FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and in the book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of Debate, by FIRE founder Greg Lukianoff .(I have a spare copy which I’ll soon offer as a prize in […]

Brandeis University cancels plans to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree

This is reprehensible, unconscionable, and ridiculous. Yesterday’s New York Times reports that Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, which was planning to award an honorary degree to author and anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali—one of the bravest women on the planet—has cancelled those plans. Why? It’s pretty clear, especially given that Brandeis is one of the nation’s […]

The worst atheist-bashing article of the year

For some reason, Salon is on a crusade to bash the hell out of atheists, living and dead. Their editors might want to question what the deuce is going on (unless it’s a deliberate editorial decision), for the proliferation of anti-atheist pieces is eroding the site’s credibility. It makes Salon look like an apologist for religion. And the […]


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