Teacher Uses Physics Class as a Training Ground for Social Justice Warriors

 

Moses Rifkin, a high school physics teacher in Seattle, uses his physics classes to teach his students social justice, liberal values, and identity politics.  I don’t remember physics and all the scientific laws that come with it ever being able to answer questions of social constructs. Click to keep on reading!

Check out this Feminist Song Criticizing Misogyny in Islam

a0414843784_10Omnia Hegazy, an indie music artist, wrote a song in 2012 criticizing Islam.

Here are the lyrics:
Cover your face
Before you poison all our souls
Cover your mouth
Before it tells us something we don’t know
Cover your body
For your skin incinerates
The will of weakened men who just might lose their faith Click to keep on reading!

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!

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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Confessions About Dishonesty, And Revisiting Old Research

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So it’s been a while since I have written here.  I have been doing some thinking and reading.  I have much interesting material coming your way!
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So A few years ago I was immersed into comprehensive academic study on Terrorism, namely Islamic Extremism and the processes of recruitment. During the time, I was just leaving Islam and my only real criticism of Islam was that it claims universality which does not exist in any belief system. I was still perceiving Islam as inherently a peaceful religion that extremists exploited for their own political gain (I would analyze the world from the lens of political and economic gains mostly.)
I stressed the theories scholars already have on terrorism and neglected a large part: The ISLAMIC part of ISLAMIC Extremism.  I would blame the rise of Islamic terrorism on the global landscape, and their perception of a neocolonial westernizing process that would harm their traditions.  I would claim that terrorism is often a political movement in response to existing oppression and target the oppressing factors that give rise to Islamic movements.  These are all valid evaluations of global jihad in contemporary times, but they are also incomplete and dishonest.  We need to include Islam the religion, Quran the book, and Muhammad the man as factors that motivate ISIS, Al Qaeda etc.
After my brief time in EXMNA thus far, I’ve become more honest in my understanding of Islam. I don’t think it’s inherently a violent religion like some may think, nor do I think it’s some “pretty bird chirping love everything peaceful religion” like the apologists think. I simply think: It’s a religion of its time that if applied today, can be turned into a violent political movement (Islamism) or a peaceful lifestyle (the moderates).
I’m revisiting my old research and I realized How much in denial I was of the Islamic side of things. I’ve certainly been exposed to concerning occurrences: such as Sharia Courts in UK.
I would say things like “those terrorists aren’t real Muslims.  They’re just misguided.”  What I realize now is by doing that, I was trying to declare what real Islam is.  The Quran and Hadith are so vague, numerous different interpretations have come out over the centuries and there is no “real Islam.”  We even have LGBTQA Friendly Muslim Movements nowadays, along with homophobic Sheikhs on the other end of things.  They all utilize scripture to justify their narrative.  They are all, in their own way, Muslim.  The Fundamentalist and Extremist MUSLIMS are Muslims as well.  They also utilize the same scriptures my peace loving Muslim family use to guide their lives.  But their interpretations are completely different and far more literal.
Of course, I don’t proclaim expertise on the subject matter.
I’m going to revisit my learning of Islamic extremism and approach it more comprehensively. I will also be vocal about Islamic extremism in this blog.  It won’t be tomorrow, or the day after, but for weeks to come.  Stay Tuned!

Book Review: 23 Years By Ali Dashti (Prophet Muhammad’s Biography)

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I have recently read the book: “23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad.”  As mentioned in the title, this is a biography of Prophet Muhammad.  I highly encourage this book to all readers regardless of your views on Islam.  This book aims to neither demonize the Prophet nor overly romanticize his life.  It simply evaluates him and the scriptures he revealed to his community as a product of their time and culture. Click to keep on reading!