Category Archives: Islamophobia

Canadian minister gets all balled up about the meaning of “Islamophobia”

As I’ve written before, there’s a big fracas in Canadian politics about a motion (“M-103”, which is not a law but a recommendation) against religious discrimination, one that singles out “Islamophobia” as deserving special mention. The bill was introduced last December by the Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, a Pakistani-Canadian, and is being discussed now in the […]

Critic of Islam is excoriated by Georgetown students for being “Islamophobic” and promulgating “hate speech”

Nonie Darwish is an Egyptian-American who converted to Christianity from Islam, wrote several books criticizing Islam, its treatment of women and sharia law, and is the director of Former Muslims United. Given that her father was assassinated by the Israeli Defense Force for Islamic terrorism, you’d think she’d be violently anti-Israel, but that doesn’t seem to […]

Sam Harris on Bill Maher

This video, published two days ago, features Sam Harris on Bill Maher’s “Real Time.” The conversation, about Islam and Trump’s orders on immigration, is wide ranging, centering on the need for moderate and ex-Muslims to help effect the taming of invidious Islamic theology. For those who call Sam an “Islamophobe,” this video is required viewing; but […]

Once again: Is “Islamophobia” racism?

Consider, if you will (I hate that phrase!), this headline below from the February 1 Huffington Post; the article is by Craig Considine, a sociologist at Rice University in Texas. Click on the screenshot to go to this horribly muddled article: First, we need to consider exactly what behaviors Considine considers “racist”. First, I won’t agree to […]

Penn Jillette confesses that he’s adopted Christianity, and then discusses “Islamophobia”

Well, see for yourself. Here on The Big Think, Penn Jillette, famous magician and well-known atheist and libertarian, talks for 13 minutes about “Islamophobia.” After meeting a Muslim who became an atheist, but couldn’t admit it to others for fear of his life, Penn apparently realized the problems with Islamophobia, and talks about them for […]

Jeff Tayler on the vilification of Muslim and ex-Muslim progressives

Jeff Tayler seems to have moved his “blog” articles on religion and politics from Salon to Quillette. I approve. In late April, Jeff wrote a widely-read piece on Quillette whose title tells it all: “In defense of Sam Harris.” Now he’s written a new piece that might well be called “In defense of Maajid Nawaz,” except […]

Cowardly Nathan Lean ducks a question about why he attacks Muslim reformers

We’ve encountered Asra Nomani before: in a post I put up showing her short television debate with Jonathan Alter about whether women should be segregated from men in mosques. Nomani, founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, has no truck with the ingrained misogyny of her faith, and handily won the exchange (video here). I have immense respect […]

“Nice Mangos” eviscerates an ignorant critic of Charlo Hebdo

Reader Hardy sent me a link to a SoundCloud discussion between an ex-Muslim artist/activist and a Charlie Hebdo critic; and I found a better version on YouTube that I’ve embedded below. Hardy noted this: You may be aware of an ex-Muslim artist of Pakistani origin, who goes by the Twitter handle @NiceMangos. [JAC: she also […]

Three cartoons

One on atheism, one on religion + authoritarianism, and one on evolution. I’d say that’s a good haul for today. Given the level of rancor on the Internet about such matters, I feel that I need to say something about the cartoon below, one that’s bound to anger some folks and provoke a chuckle in others. It seems […]

Moderate Muslim Maajid Nawaz vilified by Left for trying to reform Islam

I’ll begin by quoting myself on a post I did about Maajid Nawaz this summer—a post about how the British left has vilified him: “If anyone has the street cred and chops to comment on radical Islam, and on the shameful capitulation of Western liberals to the canard of “Islamophobia,” it’s Maajid Nawaz. Born in England, […]