What do Muslims pray for five times a day?

What do Muslims pray for five times a day? Some of the praying sounds “reasonable,” unless you are an atheist, but for the most part, Muslims are petitioning the Arab tribal god Allah not to make infidels of them. In other words, every day Muslims are engaged in infidelophobic behaviors, designed to be divisive and …

Western Religious Pluralism?

(The following is a contribution by Freethought Nation guestwriter Brian Schmied.) After witnessing the holocaust, Western governments slowly began to hang up their age old religious hatreds in favor of peace, advocating instead for secular government. People, however, did not hang up their religious biases. Governments are unfortunately made up of people, including people who …

The Star of Bethlehem, Three Kings, Sirius and Orion

At this time of year, interest begins to increase in the motif of the “Star of Bethlehem” and “Three Kings” who supposedly followed it to the birth place of the baby Jewish messiah. The depiction of the “kings,” “wise men” or magi as three comes not from the Bible specifically but represents a tradition based …

Did Jesus have a wife? So says an ancient Egyptian papyrus

A Egyptian papyrus fragment describing Jesus Christ as discussing his “wife” has been making the news globally of late. The idea of Jesus having a wife is many centuries old, having been circulated beginning in the late second or early third century and popularized in modern times by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. In …

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Iranian woman speaks out on ‘respecting religion’

Thank you! This is very well written and important, coming from an Iranian woman whose native culture has been usurped by an oppressive foreign invader cult. I hope many more Iranians are able to loosen these binds of bigoted religious oppression. —– Mansoureh Nasserchian Soroor: We hear a lot about respecting ideas of other people. …

FAQs

“Islamophobia?” Inevitably in any discussion of Islam, there are those “infidelphobes” and “dhimwits” who start shrieking about “Islamophobia,” as if that’s a bad thing.  A healthy fear of Islam–knowing its actual history and what it continues to do globally, rather than remaining in a bubble of ignorance–would be a good thing for any sensible person. …

Was there a historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?’

Hi there! Just a reminder of my ebook/PDF special, in case you haven’t gotten a copy yet. If you have, thanks! I hope you are enjoying it. If not, don’t forget that I’ve included in this collection of nine (9) of my PDFs a brand-new article entitled: Was There a Historical ‘Jesus of Nazareth?”The Use …

Good new from the Islam front?

Based on a couple of small but hopeful developments as outlined in my Freethought Examiner article, “Why Muslims don’t speak out,” is there good news about Islam for a change? I’d like to think so, although others remain skeptical. Let’s give these particular folks the benefit of the doubt for now.  Let us also hope …

Is ‘Zeitgeist’ a cult?

Because of the “Zeitgeist” film series being associated in the mainstream media and blogosphere with Jared Loughner, the disturbed individuals who committed the heinous murders and injuries in Tucson, Arizona, the Zeitgeist Movement is now being deemed a “cult” by various writers on the internet. But is the Zeitgeist Movement or “TZM” as it is …

Prison inmates request books by Acharya S/D.M. Murdock

Here is one of the funniest emails I have ever received – and, oddly enough, one of the most hopeful! I have removed the particulars, but you get the point. And if anyone wants to donate money so I can fulfill this person’s request, I’d greatly appreciate it. The message appears to be for real …

Scholar challenges academia over Christ myth

In the wake of my release of my ebook “The Origins of Christianity and the Quest for the Historical Jesus, the daring Danish scholar Dr. Christian Lindtner has come for with a bold statement regarding academia, the Christian church and the mythicist position. Dr. Lindtner received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of …

Afghanistan: Damned if you do or don’t

I am conflicted on the non-Afghan presence in the country of Afghanistan. If, on the one hand, the motive for occupation by Americans, et al., were really about stopping Muslim terrorism and creating a less impoverished, more democratic infrastructure, then I would be all for it.  If, on the other hand, it is largely about …

Jesus the Good and the Chrestians

In his monograph Chrestos: A Religious Epithet; Its Import and Influence, J.B. Mitchell describes the Jewish “agadists” who engaged in midrash or the reworking of ancient ideas and texts, remarking: By [midrash], remove and fantastic analogies, metaphors taken literally, ambiguities of all sorts, punning included, took the place of accurate ratiocination [_____]…. among Patristic and …

American Christian apostates abused and threatened

We are harangued, harassed and cyberstalked relentlessly. Our personal information is exposed against our will on the internet, endangering us and our loved ones. We are ridiculed, slandered and libeled endlessly, with all manner of hate speech and evil epithets. We are ostracized and censored relentlessly [rp] in sustained campaigns of malevolence, silence and shunning …