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What’s the problem Islam has with dogs?

Muslims tend to dislike dogs, especially outside the West. In Iran, they “arrest” dogs and move them to “undisclosed locations”, while their owners never receive a response from the police on their whereabouts. Guard dogs and hounds have always been allowed, and for as long as pet dogs were a …

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Satan of the Quran

[at the end of the article you can click to read the relevant verses of the Quran] When God formed Adam and Eve out of mud and blew his spirit into them, he called all of his angels to kneel in front of his creation. The only one who refused …

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Responding to apologists for Islam

As if the world doesn’t have enough experience of religious violence throughout its history to recognize it when it sees it, every time a new Islamic terrorist attack takes place a new debate is raised about whether it had anything to do with Islam or not. It is particularly the …

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Jesus of the Quran

Jesus is mentioned in the Quran in 93 verses but, while the person referenced is the same one as in the New Testament, the differences between the image Christianity provides us and the one in Islam are vast; and include historical and theological incompatibilities. [at the end of the article …

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Alexander the Great of the Quran

Alexander the Great didn’t leave a mark only in history books; soon after his death he entered the sphere of myth. The first mythical narration of the king’s adventures belongs to pseudo-Callisthenes, a name given to the writer of the manuscript called The Life of Alexander (the real Callisthenes, Alexander’s …

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On banning the Muslim veil

The issue of the French ban on the hijab occupies the international public discourse for years now. Many say that it’s a just law, protecting the French culture against erosion through contact with a deeply foreign civilization in the country with the highest percentage of Muslims in Europe, while others …

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Religious censorship – the Salman Rushdie affair

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Salman Rushdie   On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini sent a different kind of love letter to Salman Rushdie through the Radio Tehran station. He issued a fatwa against him calling all Muslims on Earth to …

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The religion of the Yazidis and why it is persecuted by ISIS

The Yazidis (or Yezidis) constitute an ethno-religious group, native in northern Mesopotamia, and speak mostly Kurdish (Kurmanji Kurdish), while few of them speak Arabic. Their origin is unclear, their population reaches 200,000-300,000 people around the world (some say up to 700,000) and their way of life is agrarian. The United …

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