Sharing & presenting some links that I found interesting. 🙂
Most of them came to me through twitter over the last few days.
Atheism on the rise in Egypt
Far from all disbelievers are part of any urban elite.
Seven countries that still kills “witches”
Until I read this article, I only knew there was two such countries. Turned out to be five more. 😦
Evolution – What Darwin Never Knew – NOVA PBS Documentary
A documentary about how genes affect each other and what role that plays in the execution of natural selection.
The Psychological Power of Satan
As it turns out, the belief that some people are “absolute evil” does indeed contribute to mistreating people. Up to and including large scale “preemptive” military attacks.
Experiment shows English people are eager to support female genital mutilation as long as they get a cue that it is the socially appropriate position to take.
And, one might add, as long as the victims are not white. That’s when the phrase “it’s only mutilation” sounds reasonable to these people.
Is it “islamophobia” to oppose forced gender segregation and the parctice of stoning “adulterers” to death”?
Sadly, some would argue that it is: Conservative Muslims and political Islamists claim to speak for all Muslims, and argue that it is “islamophobia” to not see their barbaric version of Islam as the one true Islam. Meanwhile, people who are bigoted against Muslims are all too eager to agree on this. Both sides of this argument strengthens my conviction that the inherently corrupt word “islamophobia” needs to be replaced with the more neutral term “antimuslimism”: It is people (in this case Muslims) who deserve respect and rights, not religions and ideologies (in this case Islam).
Furthermore, it is bigotry and discrimination to accept that people (for example people who happens to be Muslims) get oppressed, tortured and even murdered (for example in the name of Islam) as if they didn’t deserve better.
Interview about persecution against ex-Muslims and non-dogmatic Muslims
Includes some excellent advice, such as not perceiving any religion as a monolith.
London street thugs attacks tourists, appointing themselves Sharia “police”
This kind of behavior is despicable no matter what political or religious belief it is done in the name of. And regardless of what ideology or religion they do it for, these creeps are always convincing themselves that they are The One And Only Truth.