The Sad Inevitability of Discussion on Belgium

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If sensible people don’t have a sensible discussion, stupid people will have a stupid one.

The conversations and stories after these all-too-common terrorism attacks are also all too common. They’re chillingly similar to the conversations that follow school shootings in America. On the one hand you have people so deep in denial they could be extras in The Mummy. On the other you have people simplistically blaming.

When it comes to the problem of Islamic terrorism, what follows these events is just as tiresomely predictable. On the one hand you have people deep in denial that Islam is part of the problem, who will not even countenance that the ideology entangled with Islam be part of the discussion and who blame everything on the west in an orgy of self-flagellation. On the other you often do have the kind of paranoid ‘white supremacy’ lunatics and racists who latch on to…

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A Man Interrogated Islamic Extremists In Person About 72 Virgins

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So I’m reading Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here By Karima Bennoune.  She interviews Muslims who are challenging Islamic Extremism’s influence through maintaining their individuality and fighting for justice.  I found one interesting incident, about a former radio talk show host in Algeria who directly defied Islamists.  Look below:12592363_10153467716991615_5895144748333822144_n Click to keep on reading!

How much longer will we continue to ignore child abuse and corporal punishment in religious institutions?

Hey everybody read this personal account on Islamic school experience in British society and being subject to physical abuse/humiliation. I’ll write about my own experiences soon 🙂

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At 5am this morning, I read this piece by an anonymous former pupil of an illegal ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Hackney, and my blood has not stopped boiling since. Sadly, I am all too familiar with the experiences described in this article – physical beatings, beatings with sticks, and an emphasis on keeping problems within the community.

Luckily, I did not attend a religious secondary school, though this was not for lack of my parents trying. In fact, I myself went through a brief phase in secondary school where I begged my parents to let me go to a secondary school because I desperately wanted to learn more about the deen and felt this was best done by immersing myself in an Islamic environment. This was around the time I was beginning to grapple with my first doubts about Islam, and I was desperate to try to learn all I…

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The Charlie Hebdo Editorial: My Take

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The Article

A few days ago, Charlie Hebdo published an editorial titled “How did we end up here?”  It was a piece questioning why suicide bombing comes as such a shocker in a social atmosphere that is fearful of criticizing Islam and its practices.

The author brings up three different examples: Tariq Ramadan, an Islamic scholar; a woman in a Burqa; and an elder baker who is a Muslim.   Click to keep on reading!

New Site, New Brand, New Goals

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Welcome to The Secular Brownie.

Why I Switched from ExMuslimRants

I began writing in my other site Ex-Muslim Rants as a way to openly critique daily Muslim life I would observe in my family and society.  However, as I met more secular bloggers, ex-Muslims etc. my horizons on critiquing the role of religion in society expanded.  I realized that a blog title called “ExMuslim Rants” would confine me to merely critiquing the Islamic lifestyle and faith.  Through this new site, I seek to expand my options.

I have copied and pasted all the articles from the previous site to this site.

Goals of The Secular Brownie

In The Secular Brownie, we will examine:

  • The effects of religion and dogma on society
  • Mainstream politics and problematic popular misconceptions of contemporary events.
  • Personal observations from my daily life regarding the effects of religiosity/faith.
  • And more

I am very excited about some of the posts to come.

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