Reblog if you’re an atheist, agnostic, or otherwise non-religious person who hates what happened to the children and teachers in Pakistan and knows this is not even remotely the right time to condemn religion as a whole while innocent families are grieving. We may not be praying, but we stand with you, and we are so very sorry that this happened.

Religious explanations are unsatisfactory. They don’t take me anywhere; you either believe them or you don’t, and that’s that. Scientific theories of the origins of life are open to questions, to tests, to revisions, to replacement with new and more insightful theories. One path leads to a dead halt. The other leads to thrilling, limitless forward motion.
—  Bill Nye

Michigan’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act would mean more hardships and discrimination

Have you ever heard of a rabbi who was against religious freedom? I certainly hadn’t until last week when I became one. Well, I’m not really against religious freedom per se, but I am against the “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act” (RFRA). That bill, known as HB 5958, was passed by the Michigan House of Representatives on December 4 and could soon be passed by Michigan’s Senate and then signed into law by the Governor. I am concerned.

It would seem that any congressional bill that advocated for religious freedom would be a good thing. After all, I believe that one of the most cherished benefits of living in a democracy like the United States is that we all have the right to practice our own faith. However, this bill, if signed into law, would have many negative consequences. (A similar bill was ultimately vetoed by the Governor in Arizona.)

HB 5958 seeks to “limit governmental action that substantially burdens a person’s exercise of religion,” which includes “an act or refusal to act, that is substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief.” This language would allow individuals to choose not to service other individuals on the basis of their religious beliefs. Imagine if a bakery owner was asked to produce a wedding cake for two homosexual men who were getting married. Claiming that his deeply held religious beliefs forbid homosexuality and therefore gay marriage, the bakery owner would be able to legally refuse to sell this couple a cake. In other words, his bigotry would be upheld by state law.

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Are men and women seen as equal anywhere in the world?

I’ve heard several people attack Reza Aslan when he made a statement about the media’s biased attacks on Muslims. One of the statements he made was how in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, men and women are equal. I don’t agree because I don’t think as much as we’d like to think equality exists, we still have a lot more work to do to get there everywhere, so Indonesia would be a part of that.

But here is the sad part, many people, especially those with strong anti-Muslim views, have been attacking Aslan for that statement saying it’s far from true, while they themselves take pride in believing we live in a society where men and women are equal. It doesn’t surprise me that these statements are almost always made by men! 

Many of us live under the illusion that men and women are treated equally in our society because we can all vote and apply to the same jobs, though these changes in the last century have been positive, hardly ever do we put things in perspective. How many men ask themselves why there exists a stigma where women are reluctant to report rape and sexual assault? It’s rate to actually take the time to think about why women are highly under-represented in many fields, when in reality they would make great contributions, better than most men who occupy those positions! Why has our society made it so uncomfortable for women to talk about sexual assault, when we should be the first ones rushing in to help?

Do people think about how within the multi-billion dollar porn industry there exists a genre of sexual violence against women that some people get aroused over? Do men take the time to understand how much inequality still exists between men and women, how much misogyny and sexism still plagues the very societies that we like to hold up as the champions of women’s rights!

The ignorance is not only disturbing, but it says a lot about the sociological problems of our society. One of the biggest problems in our world is when we fortify our pathetic ignorance with the comfort of our arrogance. So long as we keep this up, we will not see much progress.

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Sheikh Mahmoud El Masri: “You can lie to people to make them convert to Islam then tell them the truth when they can’t go back”

Pakistani Mob of Thousands Tortures Christian Couple to Death For Allegedly Burning Pages From the Qur’an

Good thing they have a holy book to tell them what’s moral. Imagine how these people might behave without Allah’s divine guidance.

An enraged Muslim mob beat a Christian couple to death and burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked on Tuesday for allegedly desecrating pages of the Holy Qur’an. …Sources privy to the details of the incident told Pakistan Today that Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama worked in a brick kiln owned by a man named Yousaf Gujjar since the last 3-4 years. “The couple were originally from Clarkabad, a Christian village a few kilometeres away from Raiwind but they had been working at Yousaf Gujjar’s brick kiln for the last 3-4 years and were living in a quarter in the premises,” a relative of the deceased couple told Pakistan Today on the condition of anonymity.




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