• April 21, 2024
Death penalty punishment for apostasy

Ex-Muslim: ‘Fear of hell and the death penalty for apostasy kept me from leaving Islam’

(Editor: The following is from a young Pakistani ex-Muslim who wishes to remain anonymous. It is reprinted here with his permission.) I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the work you are doing. I’m an ex-Muslim atheist, meaning I read the Quran and hadith and left…

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What does the Quran say about Jews?

Here is a long list of passages in the Quran about Jews – they are not loving. There is more Jew-hatred in the hadiths and sunnah. (Not vetted – feel free to point out possible errors in the comments below.) Qur’an 2:61 “Humiliation and wretchedness were stamped on the Jews…

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Who is the Mahdi? The Israel-Palestine conflict in religious context

For years, there has been much talk about the Muslim Messiah, called the “Mahdi,” whose arrival is eagerly awaited by the ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, among others. Indeed, the Iranian leadership reiterated its belief that the precious Mahdi would be arriving “soon,” a belief very similar to that of many…

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Ex-Muslim preacher: ‘I say to Muslims, get away from this evil religion!’

A person named “Samir” posted the following comments on my article “Dawkins: Islam is ‘one of the great evils in the world’.” I appreciate his courage and insights, and I have edited his remarks for clarity, spelling and grammar. I grew up in the most conservative Muslim family in the…

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What is Islamic law or sharia, shariah?

What is sharia law?

What is sharia or Islamic law? Sharia is followed by millions of people in Islam-dominant countries. Below are the popular elements of sharia purportedly ordained by Islamic holy writings, including the Quran and sahih hadiths, as asserted by many Muslim authorities over the centuries. Although the law differs from one…

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What is the ummah?

The word “ummah” is used within Islam to describe the global community of Muslims. This term is derived from the ancient Semitic word um or umm, meaning “MOTHER” and “thus hints at the ideal mother-child relationship.” This fact of the word connoting MOTHERHOOD is betrayed by the abject mistreatment of…

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What does the Koran say about nonbelievers?

Ah, the peace, love and tolerance! Here are some delightful sentiments that we should encourage spreading around the world! Why, oh why, are there violent religious fanatics attacking nonbelievers all over the globe?? [/sarc] “About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the…

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Why is Islam so intolerant and violent?

How refreshing to read the article by Yasmin Alibhai Brown excerpted below! A Muslim telling the truth about Islamic intolerance, hatred and violence, and commenters also telling the truth about Islam, for a change – will wonders never cease? Blowback? Note that this “intolerance” – infidelophobia – began with the…

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Help free Egyptian atheist activist jailed in Kuwait on blasphemy charges!

The least we can do for this poor man is to sign the petition, which I’ve done. If nothing else, the attention is giving him hope. http://www.change.org/petitions/government-of-kuwait-free-humanist-atheist-activist-abdel-aziz-mohamed-albaz Blasphemy laws are the mark of a barbaric culture. No one should be imprisoned for questioning religious doctrine. The West has already been…

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American Buddhists celebrate 100 years in Utah

Buddhists have been in Utah for a century, yet we haven’t heard a peep about them, no terrorist threats or acts, no mega-temples designed to intimidate everyone, no advocates infiltrating our governments and law agencies, no clamoring to destroy our federal government and replace it with their own religious order.…

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Islamic fundamentalists destroy 8,000-year-old rock carvings?

UPDATE: It is being reported by Gulf News that the government of Morocco has released a statement asserting that the Muslim radicals did not destroy any rock carvings. In consideration of the fanatics’ past history, one finds it difficult to believe that someone simply made up this story. The jury…

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Anti-free speech efforts blaspheme MY religion

To the rabid rampagers globally attempting to silence us through their violence and through the imposition of “blasphemy” and “defamation of religion” laws designed to shut up criticism of the very ideology that causes them to rampage violently, your efforts at curbing my free speech are blasphemous against my religion,…

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Muslim clerics call for destruction of Egypt’s Great Pyramid and other antiquities

UPDATE (11/11/12): The Arab newspaper al-Arabiya has reported on the call of another jihadi cleric for the destruction of the pyramids, Sphinx and other ancient artifacts. UPDATE: Raymond Ibrahim, the originator of this news item, has answered the fallacious charges that this story is a “hoax” and “fraud”: Because the…

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Best and worst countries for women

(According to Newsweek magazine, out of 165 countries.) No. 165 is Chad, in Central Africa. Iceland (#1) gets a 100 rating overall, and the U.S. (#8) receives an 89.89, while Chad gets a 0. Israel is #51 on the list, with a 78 rating, not far above Mexico (53) with…

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Did Mohammed exist?

The question dared to be asked and answered in a new book by the indefatigable Robert Spencer: Did Muhammad Exist? And he does a great job of answering that question, very scientific, based on serious documentation. He has all the bases covered well, indeed, from what I have seen, which…

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Confessions of an ex-Muslim

(Editor’s note: We are delighted to welcome the newest Freethought Nation guestwriter, Farhan Qureshi, a brave and thoughtful young man who likes to debate and who has an important voice and experience to be shared in the public arena and supported by all freethinkers.) Confessions of an ex-Muslim by Farhan…

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Muslim authority plans megamosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” -Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan Oy gevalt! When I read the article below about the planned megamosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I buried my head in my hands and said,…

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Arabic word for ‘nakedness,’ ‘shame’ also means ‘woman’

Do we wonder why there is so much sexism and misogyny in the Arab world and elsewhere? It’s embedded in the language: In Arabic, for example, an important word for “shame” and “nakedness” – which represents a grievous sin in Islam – also commonly connotes “woman,” according to Wikipedia and…

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Why Bible critic Dr. Bart Ehrman won’t tackle the Koran

Question: “How about working on the Koran?” Ehrman’s answer: “When I stop valuing my life, that’s what I’ll do.” I believe Ehrman’s response is important to demonstrate the atmosphere in which scholars must operate. The same occurred, of course, within Christianity during the Inquisition.

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What is Islamic law or sharia, shariah?

American Muslims say no to sharia law in America

This is all we need from our Muslim friends: acknowledgment of the issue/problem, and a viable solution that respects our views and insures our human rights. There’s utterly no need for all the “phobia” crazy talk and saber rattling, hate speech, insults and all the rest of the rot. Thank…

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Muslim writer: Muslims must take responsibility for ‘Islamophobia’

Another Canadian Muslim steps forward to tell the truth! Hasan Mahmud is the former sharia law expert for the Muslim Canadian Congress, to which also belong other Muslim truthtellers such as Mahfooz Kanwar and Tarek Fatah. Thankfully, along with the courageous ex-Muslim activists, such individuals may help lead us out…

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What does the Koran say about women?

Following are pertinent quotes from the Koran/Quran regarding women, from the Dawood translation with the side-by-side Arabic. At the bottom of this post appear the sahih or authorized translations from Quran.com, saying essentially the same things, although Dawood is more literal, direct and blunt. Below is also a summary of…

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Dr. Wafa Sultan’s message to America: Fight for your freedoms!

Dr. Wafa Sultan is a very courageous ex-Muslim who knows how hard life can be for a woman in Islamic culture. I interviewed her some years ago: “Dr. Wafa Sultan’s Warning to America.”

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Islam’s disturbing legacy of slavery

We are often told that Islam is “peaceful,” but few know about the long practice of slavery within Islam, which continues to this day. “Slavery is a part of Islam… Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam… [Those who argue that slavery has…

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Muslim reformer supports Congressional hearings on Radical Islam

Why, as a Muslim, I support the congressional hearings about Radical Islam By Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Republican Peter King, of New York, opens hearings on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism in Washington, DC, on Thursday 10 March. Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim, objected to…

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