Post-electoral Fear mongering

The sheer scale of sociopathology at work here is almost more amazing than that betrayed by the so-called average Trump supporter: The first one to really go viral involved a Muslim female student at the University of Louisiana who claimed to have had her hijab ripped off and her wallet stolen the day after Trump’s election…

End the blasphemy wars, now

There have been a string of brutal killings against those who are said to have “blasphemed” or have shared political and religious views that are contrary to the views held by the Islamic extremists perpetrating the attacks. Human rights groups are fighting back – but it’s an uphill struggle against the a political culture that…

Fairy Tales and Horror Stories

The other night I was having a philosophical disagreement with an acquaintance at a bar (which, contrary to popular belief, is less reckless than it sounds) over the subject of comparative religion- Islam and Christianity, in particular. Much to my expectations, the position of guilty white liberalism was immediately assumed from the opposing side; Islamic…

Jordanian writer killed for blasphemous Facebook post

A Jordanian writer who was arrested for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam has been shot dead. Nahed Hattar was assassinated in front the Supreme Court in Amman with local media reporting he was shot three times in the head. The shooter has reportedly been arrested by security forces. Mr Hatter had turned himself in…

Remembering Avijit Roy, by defending individual freedom of thought

I cannot think of any other words to supplement this anniversary eulogy of Avijit Roy (see below).  However, beforehand I would like to take this opportunity to add a few remarks about the struggle against international Islamic theocracy and the moral ambiguity that has come to enshroud any rational debate about it. The tragic fate of Roy and the…

The Famished trail of Socialism

Socialism is the road to serfdom.  Americans have no idea how good they’ve had it.  Given the chance, a Trump or Sanders “revolution” would erode all of that prosperity away in a heartbeat. The American students growing interested in “socialism” today are too young to remember what the world actually looked like the last time socialism held sway. In their…