Why Rushdie was stabbed: an absorbing video by the Ex-Muslims of North America

This note and a video link came in a mass email from Muhammad Syed, the co-founder, executive director, and president of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA); Sarah Haider was the other co-founder. Now that Salman Rushdie has finally been attacked, it’s time to think about the act, ponder the history behind it, and and … Continue reading Why Rushdie was stabbed: an absorbing video by the Ex-Muslims of North America

Iranian schoolgirl reportedly killed by regime for refusing to sing the national anthem

We already know about Masah Amini, a 22-year-old woman beaten to death by Iranian authorities after the “morality police” arrested her for an improperly worn hijab. That itself has ignited protests throughout Iran— protests not just against the mandatory headscarf, but against oppression and Iranian theocracy in general. Women and girls, risking arrest (and even … Continue reading Iranian schoolgirl reportedly killed by regime for refusing to sing the national anthem

Manchester Museum to add “multifaith” space (presumably largely for Muslims)

Reader David Milne, chair of the Greater Manchester Humanists, got the letter below from the “Engagement Manager” of the University of Manchester’s Museum (I use David’s name and position with permission). It announces the creation of a “multifaith space” at the Manchester (University) Museum. Read it and see if there’s any justification for this project. … Continue reading Manchester Museum to add “multifaith” space (presumably largely for Muslims)

Minnesota art-history faculty, as well as a Muslim organization, support fired instructor who showed her class a painting with Muhammad’s face (and a new video with the instructor)

As I’ve written about several times, Erika López Prater, an instructor at Hamline University in Minnesota, was fired by the school for showing a 14th-century image of Muhammad’s face in her art-history survey course. (She also showed a painting of the Prophet with his face veiled but rest of his body complete). The instructor warned … Continue reading Minnesota art-history faculty, as well as a Muslim organization, support fired instructor who showed her class a painting with Muhammad’s face (and a new video with the instructor)

Bari Weiss in conversation with Masih Alinejad

For a long time I’ve been admiring and touting the work of Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American women’s rights activist (and general political activist) as well as a journalist. She’s absolutely fearless, even though she was arrested in Iran for agitating against the government.  She’s particularly opposed to head and body coverings, and here’s a video … Continue reading Bari Weiss in conversation with Masih Alinejad

Hamline University assailed for firing professor who showed images of Muhammad’s face in class (with a trigger warning)

As I’ve reported, Hamline University, a small liberal-arts school in Minnesota, recently fired an unidentified professor who showed two images of the body and face of Muhammad to one of his/her classes. The prof even warned the students in advance that the images would be shown, giving them a chance to opt out. And despite … Continue reading Hamline University assailed for firing professor who showed images of Muhammad’s face in class (with a trigger warning)

Professor fired for showing art class image of Muhammad with his face visible (something not unusual in the history of Islamic art). Students and university go wild with crazy allegations of “Islamophobia”

This story is unbelievable but is true. The summary piece in New Lines Magazine describes how a professor at Hamline University, a private liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota, was fired for showing an image of Muhammad’s face to their [the prof apparently uses plural pronouns) class. The professor and class are unnamed. This … Continue reading Professor fired for showing art class image of Muhammad with his face visible (something not unusual in the history of Islamic art). Students and university go wild with crazy allegations of “Islamophobia”

Masih Alinejad discusses her women’s and human rights campaigns on Bill Maher (watch before they remove the video).

By now, thank goodness, people are growing aware of what is going on in Iran, particularly how the Islamic theocracy oppresses its women; and we are learning how anti-government protests, by both men and women, are spreading across Iran. The original cause of these protests, now being covered by Western news, was the death of … Continue reading Masih Alinejad discusses her women’s and human rights campaigns on Bill Maher (watch before they remove the video).

Iran will build a bomb no matter what

If you think that Iran, under its present theocracy, is willing to halt the production of nuclear warheads and missiles, then you are deluded. In fact, even Tom Friedman in the NYT is deluded in his column asserting that “Trump’s Iran policy has become a disaster for the U.S. and Israel.”  Why? Because, according to … Continue reading Iran will build a bomb no matter what

The NYT finally writes about the Hamline University/Muhammad story, and Kenan Malik offers his take

“Respect for the observant Muslim students in that classroom should have superceded academic freedom.” —Fayneese Miller, President, Hamline University And so Hamline University joins the Big Two of other liberal-arts schools that have embarrassed themselves via the administration’s defense of the indefensible: The Evergreen State College and Oberlin College. Evergreen defended thuggish students who were … Continue reading The NYT finally writes about the Hamline University/Muhammad story, and Kenan Malik offers his take