Rational Discourse Weekly - Episode 29 "Muslims Love Jesus"

This week, we talk about a Muslim named Reza Aslan that writes a book about Jesus (and proceeds to get interviewed on Fox News about it - they can't comprehend a non-Christian writing about Jesus) and how Pope Francis feels about gay people.

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Intellectual Honesty or Islamophobia?

Intellectual Honesty or Islamophobia?

Islamophobia: this term has been cropping up a lot recently, particularly in the wake of Murtaza Hussain’s article in which he labelled prominent atheist Sam Harris an Islamophobe (which I discuss here). While the dust seems to have settled after that particular spat, we are left with a serious question: is focusing on Islam above and beyond the other major faiths of the world intellectually dishonest and does that focus stem from other, more unsavory traits like racism?

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Arguing Fairly: Sam Harris, Murtaza Hussain & Twitter Fights

Arguing Fairly: Sam Harris, Murtaza Hussain & Twitter Fights

It amazes me just how much crap can be thrown between people in small intervals of time. The recent flap focusing on the words and works of Sam Harris, sparked by this article written by Murtaza Hussain, has lined up commentators on both sides who ready to launch the next volley of excrement at their intellectual opponents ... I believe this charge is relevant to the interests of all atheists and secularists and, as such, the lessons we can learn from this incident are important.

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The 'Innocence' of Muslims

There is a strong tendency within Western society to do damage control for groups of people who have not earned the privilege to be automatically protected. This undermines the public response that would normally be appropriate in these situations. While this is something that can be applied to a wide variety of cases, the recent (and past) protests across the Muslim world against miniscule events in the West are the most vivid and relevant example at this time. I am strongly against any attempt to skew the view of these events as that prevents us from fairly judging them for what they truly are, which, in turn, prevents us from being able to attack these events in the strong morals terms for which they call.

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