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Science, Policy and Funding: A Love-Hate-Need Triangle

May 15, 2017 Suzanna Mason 0

Co-authored with Scott Jacobsen Science is an incredibly important tool for human civilisation, single-handedly responsible for our advancements in medicine, technologies and knowledge that will improve our well-being, long-term quality of life and our ability to live sustainably on the

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women, islam, feminism, feminist
Culture

Sorry, Islam Is Not a Feminist Religion

May 16, 2017 Tom Adamson 11

Every now and then, a story pops up regarding Islam and feminism. Abrahamic religion and women’s rights have always been uneasy bedfellows. The books are not exactly conducive to a feminist spin.  There are lines here and there, but broadly

RELIGION

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Opinion

The Token Ex-Muslim

May 22, 2017 Sara Al Iraqiya 1

“There are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel Taking the Plunge and Living Authentically  I consider myself a lucky ex-Muslim. When I came out to my family about my apostasy, I did not face

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Q&A on Ex-Muslim Experiences – Session 1, Yasmeen

May 18, 2017 Scott Jacobsen 0

I asked the Maryam Namazie, who is a key figure of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, about starting an educational series on the experiences of ex-Muslims, which will be having an event entitled “International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century,” on 22-24 July 2017 in Central London. She liked the idea, and recommended some people. The following sessions are the stories, the personal narratives, of ex-Muslims in general. Yasmeen is the first profile. Here is her story as an ex-Muslim in America.

women, islam, feminism, feminist
Culture

Sorry, Islam Is Not a Feminist Religion

May 16, 2017 Tom Adamson 11

Every now and then, a story pops up regarding Islam and feminism. Abrahamic religion and women’s rights have always been uneasy bedfellows. The books are not exactly conducive to a feminist spin.  There are lines here and there, but broadly

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Interviews

Q&A on Atheism, Women’s Rights, and Human Rights with Marie Alena Castle – Session 2

May 22, 2017 Scott Jacobsen 0

Marie Alena Castle is the communications director for Atheists for Human Rights. She was raised Roman Catholic, but became an atheist. She has been important to atheism, Minnesota Atheists, The Moral Atheist, National Organization of Women, and wrote Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom (2013). She has a lifetime of knowledge and activist experience, which I wanted to explore and crystallise in an educational series. Here are the results.

Ex-Muslim
Interviews

Q&A on Ex-Muslim Experiences – Session 1, Yasmeen

May 18, 2017 Scott Jacobsen 0

I asked the Maryam Namazie, who is a key figure of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, about starting an educational series on the experiences of ex-Muslims, which will be having an event entitled “International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century,” on 22-24 July 2017 in Central London. She liked the idea, and recommended some people. The following sessions are the stories, the personal narratives, of ex-Muslims in general. Yasmeen is the first profile. Here is her story as an ex-Muslim in America.

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Interviews

Interview with Andy Ngo – Formerly at the Vanguard, Portland State University

May 15, 2017 Scott Jacobsen 2

Andy Ngo is a University of California, Los Angeles alumnus. He is a graduate student at Portland State and a freelance journalist. Shortly before this audio interview, he made a recording of a student speaking on Islam at “Unpacking Misconceptions” at Portland State University. Based on his reporting, he was fired by the Portland State University student newspaper, the Vanguard. He wrote an op-ed in the National Review about it. The Vanguard wrote a response to it after this audio interview. He can be reached through Twitter. Here is his recounting of the event and aftermath.