Islam

Flogging to honor Ramadan

In June 2017 and according to the state-run ILNA news agency, officials in Iran’s northwestern province of Qazvin sentenced 20 people to flogging for eating outside during the fasting month of R...

Iranian women protest the obligatory hijab

In early December 2017, Vida Movahed, known as ‘the Girl of Enghelab Street’ stood on a Junction box in Tehran’s Enghelab Street without a veil and lifted her white scarf to protest compulsory v...

Islamic Indoctrination in Iranian Schools

In certain societies, children are indoctrinated in religious values and beliefs and there is an effort to instill unshakeable truths such as God’s existence. Religion, in fact, has a major infl...

Michael Sherlock – Freedom of Expression vs Blasphemy: Islam vs Human Rights

Any doctrine or law that governs “offensive speech” will naturally collide with the fundamental human right to express one’s individual ideas, beliefs and opinions, thereby circumventing the progress ...

Michael Sherlock – Blasphemy in the Muslim World: A Research Essay

This essay will examine the differences between Western and Muslim notions of blasphemy, as well as discuss scriptural justifications and hurdles for the enforcement of blasphemy laws in the Muslim wo...

Why you should rethink your God

I haven’t counted but I’m pretty sure I have asked far more than 1,000 people why they believe in God. And, without a single exception, I have always seen the same result. The result is th...

Why religions don’t care about truth

All religions insist they have found the truth, despite the fact there are hundreds of religions and thousands of denominations preaching contradictory beliefs. This made me wonder, if religions were ...

Jordan

Jordan is a small landlocked country lying along the eastern border of Israel. Sometimes it is referred to as the “East Bank,” while Israel is known as the “West Bank.” Since its independence from the...

Sudan

You’re a young man living in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Because your parents are Muslim, you are a Muslim and must remain so forever. In school, you are indoctrinated into the morals and laws of ...

Saudi Arabia

Which of the following statements is true?   By any measure, Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records of any country in the world.   Atheism in Saudi Arabia is legally defined as terrori...