Conversations with an ex-radical Islamist – Why did he change his mind? 2

Maajid Nawaz (pictured above), a former radical Islamist, now a liberal counter-extremism activist, and author of his autobiographical book ‘Radical’ , held an AMA (ask me anything) over at /reddit/r/books a few days ago, here are some of the questions and answers from that session. The Introduction to the AMA opened with this … My name is Maajid Nawaz. Some of you may have read my book ‘Radical’ (, others may have heard of the organisation I run called Quilliam, or indeed […]

Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The Hidden sexual message on the latest Charlie Hebdo cover

I never saw it and would have never seen it, that is until somebody pointed it out to me. The latest Charlie Hebdo cover (below) features an Image of Mohammed crying and holding up a sign that reads “Je Suis Charlie”. On the surface this appears to be saying that what happened is completely at odds with peace loving tolerant Mohammed and everything he stood for, hence he is crying about what happened that such a horrendous crime was enacted by […]

Leaving islam for many is a death sentence

The normal social expectation is that religious beliefs are in many ways akin to joining a social club, and is a place you can come and go as you please. Nope, sadly it is not like that at all. Many variations of belief, not all, play the guilt card and so they psychologically manipulate people … If you are not attending regularly on a weekly basis, then they will explain that you are not supporting god in the manner that you should […]


Teenager sent to jail in Turkey for the crime of calling for secularism

You may have heard about the story of a teenager in Turkey who was sent to jail for apparently insulting the president. Now the words “teen” and “insult” might conjure up in your mind some rebellious kid yelling unprintable abuse at a well-respected politician, but that is not what went down here, this is something quite different. This is a story about a brave kid (pictured below) who read out a statement hailing the principles of secularism as enshrined by the Turkish […]


Islamic sense of humour failure 1

Citizen Khan (pictured above) is a family-based British sitcom produced by the BBC and created by Adil Ray. It is set in Sparkhill, Birmingham, described by its lead character a Pakistani Muslim Mr Khan (Adil Ray) as “the capital of British Pakistan.” Citizen Khan follows the trials and tribulations of Mr Khan, a loud-mouthed, patriarchal, self-appointed community leader, and his long suffering wife (played by Shobu Kapoor) and daughters Shazia (Maya Sondhi) and Alia (Bhavna Limbachia) … … and yes, that name is of course a hat tip to Citizen Kane. OK, let’s […]


The Quote Mining of Sam Harris 1

If you have ever debated a Creationist then the concept of Quote Mining will be familiar. This is where a specific quote is lifted out of its original context and then presented in isolation in order to verify the quote miner’s view. For example, Darwin wrote the following in the Origin of the species … To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction […]