My Muslim-debate piece in The New Republic

I’ve heavily revised an earlier post on the television face-off between two Egyptian woman (one Muslim, the other a nonbeliever), and it’s now appeared in The New Republic as “Watch a salafi woman turned atheist get booted off an Egyptian t.v. show.

Give ’em a click for the cause (I don’t get paid for traffic!).



  1. gravityfly
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Nice job, Jerry. This piece is a great re-write of the original post.

    It heartens me that it will reach a wider readership.

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Just three comments over at TNR so far – one rational, one insane & not even on topic, and one childish.

    Fareed Zakaria has written about how much turmoil in the Middle East reflects a struggle between fundamentalist and reform Islam, or something along those lines. It would be interesting to hear his take on this interview. Are there a lot more who feel this way but are afraid to speak out (or even to answer a poll in a non-fundamentalist way), or is it an outlier?

  3. Posted June 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    There’s an Allah uh Upchuck spewing the expected there now. I let him have it, both barrels, point blank. We’ll see if he gets the hint….


    • Hempenstein
      Posted June 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      Essentially: I could easily refute what you said but instead, please read what I already wrote. The stuff you just shot down.


      • Posted June 5, 2014 at 7:35 am | Permalink

        To be fair, the guy believes in flying horses. Sanity, logic, and coherence are not his strong suits….


  4. Diane G.
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Gave ’em my click; and it was well worth it.

  5. Nap
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    You said “It’s quite startling to hear Sahid, seemingly a modern woman clad in Western dress, espousing chopping off the hands of thieves and stoning adultresses to death (of course she doesn’t mention the male partner).”

    Just would like to correct you that adulterers irrespective of gender are stipulated to be stoned to death.. not just female ones

  6. michieux
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Good on you for lending your support to people like Dr Noha. Folks like her deserve all the support we can muster. She is a very brave woman.

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