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Islamophobia in Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Travis Finell Apr 22, 2013. 14 Replies

So its been discussed at some other places I visit that many of The New Atheists have a serious and irrational hatred of Islam above and beyond other religions. Sam Harris is perhaps the strongest…Continue

Politics? Well Identity Politics Anyways

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kacie Tsao Sep 2, 2012. 5 Replies

I was having a discussion on a certain activist website and as part of a group of atheists commenting on the behavior of religious groups came into conflict with a conservative, not orthodox, jewish…Continue

Tags: societal, baseline, bias, atheist, christian

Mafia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Shafer-Skelton Dec 16, 2011. 2 Replies

Does anyone want to start a mafia thing? Is there a group or forum for that?Continue

Abortion and Child Abuse

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Nerd Jul 2, 2011. 47 Replies

I was having this discussion on feministing and i wondered what people here would think. The argument for allowing abortion is generally that up until at least a few months if not later but…Continue

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Travis Finell replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"I myself have ready the Koran (anti apoletics is rather a hobby of mine) and while there are many passages throughout leaving no doubt as to the validity of war angasint all who oppose Islam, I am found just as many preaching peace and understanding…"
Apr 22, 2013
Greg replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"Harris may be a citizen of the U.S. but I think his house is much bigger. Besides, while xtianity may be a major PITA over here, it's not in most cases lethal. His comments on islam address a bigger problem. His comments regarding other…"
Apr 22, 2013
jay H replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"I think it's reasonable to say, whatever historic actions, or whatever is said in the holy books, in the present time, in the present world, the barbarism of even popular Islamic leaders is unmatched by any other major religion. The Pope and…"
Apr 21, 2013
Loren Miller replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"That the holy books of both christianity and islam are loaded with violence and over-the-top penalties for sins against their beliefs is a well-established fact.  Both religions have modern-day expressions of such violence as well. …"
Apr 21, 2013
Susan Stanko replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"So, unless Sam Harris singlehandedly defeats Christianity in this county he isn't actually doing anything?  You do know he has written stuff on it, right?"
Apr 21, 2013
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"I know that he hasn't because I live in America and see the influence of the jesus freaks on it."
Apr 21, 2013
Susan Stanko replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"Perhaps Harris would deign to deal with the mess in his own house first. You are assuming he hasn't."
Apr 21, 2013
Michael R replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"I should add the important caveat that recognising Islam's true nature, and how we treat Muslims in light of this knowledge, are two different things. The policy implications are a matter of personal opinion. At a minimum, I think we need to…"
Apr 21, 2013
Michael R replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"To equate Islam with other religions is, wait for it, "barking mad". Let's start with a very basic difference between Muhammad, Jesus and the Buddha. I'm not aware of the latter two engaging in any violence, but the former: The…"
Apr 21, 2013
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"The Koran is not any more violent and hateful than the Bible. And the crimes of Christian states are greater than those of Muslim ones. Perhaps Harris would deign to deal with the mess in his own house first. Most Muslims haven't read the whole…"
Apr 20, 2013
Greg replied to Matthew Shafer-Skelton's discussion Islamophobia in Atheism
"To be entirely fair... http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/response-to-controversy2/#views_on_islam I've read some of Harris work and I agree with much of what he has to say. I will admit I'm not a scholar and have not read the Koran.…"
Apr 20, 2013
Matthew Shafer-Skelton posted a discussion

Islamophobia in Atheism

So its been discussed at some other places I visit that many of The New Atheists have a serious and irrational hatred of Islam above and beyond other religions. Sam Harris is perhaps the strongest example.Given that Islam really had no effect on the lives of Harris and Dawkins as Christianity did, this seems the opposite of rational. Its not based on childhood trauma or even much personal experience.Why is it that many of the most prominent atheists have this issue and why hasn't there been any…See More
Apr 20, 2013
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to James M. Martin's discussion Dawkins Dismantles Mormonism & Says Romney Not Fit to Govern With "Barking Mad" Beliefs
"You are all haters! STL forever!"
Sep 19, 2012
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to EccentricSM's discussion Has anyone else been an atheist as long as they remember?
"My mom was a lapsed Atheist and my dad was a lapsed something I presume. I never went to church, except for weddings, scouting, and to make grandma happy. I remember when I was 6 in KEYS, afterschool/beforeschool program, I told the boss lady I…"
Sep 19, 2012
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to James M. Martin's discussion Dawkins Dismantles Mormonism & Says Romney Not Fit to Govern With "Barking Mad" Beliefs
"Eden was here? How come no one told me. I've never seen it."
Sep 19, 2012
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to Irrelevant People's discussion How Many atheists do you know in real life?
"I lucked out. Even though I'm from St Louis Missouri I live in University City. Both my siblings, at least one or two cousins, my old BFF, my older BFF, several other kids, a whole bunch of Unitarian Universalists, many of my friends parents,…"
Sep 19, 2012

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At 10:20am on June 12, 2011, Pansy said…

i like your choice of words..... non- atheist..... i use that myself sometimes;

it seems to fit better than saying theist....... if i'm an A-theist, xians are NON-atheists........i love that......btw, you seem like a pretty intelligent, well spoken, young man  :)

At 6:07pm on June 11, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Matthew, and welcome to this rational world of Internet atheism---a haven from the superstitions and fictional god of the masses. 

"Well-founded common sense inevitably leads to wisdom and atheism."

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 480 discussion topics and 2700 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terence 

At 6:41pm on June 10, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome to the Nexus. We are certainly glad to have you join us.
At 12:22pm on June 10, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Matthew! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends.

At 12:12pm on June 10, 2011, Brent Feeney said…
Welcome aboard! =)  Hope you're doing well - great to see another St. Louisan here at the Nexus!!
 
 
 

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