What is it really like to be an ex-Muslim?

Houston Oasis board member Janey-Ali Rizvi gave a fantastic talk a couple of days about about what it is like to come out as secular within a Muslim culture. He is a really good speaker and so investing 30 mins to listing will be time well spent. He brings you right into it all and gets you to feel what it is like to be an ex-Mulsim. What is Oasis? Their website explains it like this … Houston Oasis is a community […]


The Atheist Taliban 1

A phrase that has entered the public consciousness recently is the term “Atheist Taliban” via a Mr Ted Cruz (if you are not in the US and have no idea who he is, then trust me, you really really do not want to know). So the contextual foundation here was laid by a conservative shock jock, Jan Mickelson, who is infamous for previously suggesting that bringing back slavery would be a jolly good idea. No really, I’m not kidding … Just last week, the conservative […]


Islamic Apologist caught in the Ashley Madison Hack 1

Ashley Madison is turning into the gift that just keeps on giving … and so the latest name to pop up is the rather famous (in some circles) Islamic Apologist Hamza Tzortzis. First a bit of background. Are you are wondering who Hamza is? Well, he is one of the movers and shakers behind the rather dubious hate group known as iERA. A Hate group … really? Yes indeed, you will find a rather extensive report on them here that has been published by the Council of […]


How do you work out what is fact and what is fiction?

Learning how to work out what is fact and what is fiction is all part of growing up, and so a 4 year old who believes Santa Claus is real is cute. If however a grown adult was seriously asserting that Santa Claus was quite real then we would be quite rightly concerned because clearly something has gone wrong. One illustration of a disruptive factor involves religion, and so in that context there is an interesting study that came out last year […]


The true impact of Ashley Madison data leak … is really really bad. 1

I was blogging yesterday about the Ashley Madison data leak, and was also beginning to ponder the thought that it really is not something to laugh about or endorse in any way simply because it exposed some rather glaring religious hypocrisy, and so in that context something additional has popped up that re-enforces that thought. Specifically this … The Ashley Madison leaks, as many observers began noting yesterday afternoon, will have real world, devastating consequences on thousands of users worldwide. When […]


Josh Duggar confesses … ‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever’ 1

Well how could I possibly let it pass, I’m shocked I tell you, totally shocked and devastated … oh OK, I’m not. Background So just in case you missed it, Josh Dugger has been caught with his pants down … quite literally. Gawker has all the juicy details and starts with a good summary … In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in […]