I am a jihadist and I am tired of not being given credit.

– – It must be incredibly frustrating as an Islamic Jihadist not to have your views and motives taken seriously by the societies you terrorize, even after you have explicitly and repeatedly stated them. Even worse, those on the regressive left, in their endless capacity for masochism and self-loathing, have attempted to shift blame inwardly on themselves, denying the Jihadists even the satisfaction of claiming responsibility. It’s like a bad Monty Python sketch: “We did this because our holy texts exhort us to to do it.” “No you didn’t.” “Wait, what? Yes we did…” “No, this has nothing to do with religion. You guys are just using religion as a front for social and geopolitical...

Why Raif Badawi Matters

” Inspired by Raif Badawi’s story and struggle—as well as people like him—I am working to support the human rights of liberal dissidents through Movements.org, a project funded by Google that allows me to crowd source skills and a way to match those who need help with those who can. I have built a database that includes activists in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and many other countries in the Muslim world (many in which secular activists face death sentences if they are apprehended by the government). I genuinely believe that everyone has a role to play. Whether you are a journalist, a policymaker, an artist, a technologist, a public relations expert, a writer, an editor, a translator, or just someone who cares about this issue, you can lend your voice in...

Introducing “Applied Sentience” project and why it’s important

    I received a call last month from Paul Chiariello inviting me to join the editorial board of his project Applied Sentience. At first I was hesitant. I have to admit that I’ve backed off a bit since June from the American Atheist / skeptic community due to what I noticed to be a huge distraction to accomplish things, like in-fighting among bloggers and much drama of he said/she said which goes against my main principle of life which is “getting shit done”       Also it has to do with the fact that I got another job focusing on human rights internationally and foreign policy as well as being asked by the International Ethical and Humanist Union to be one of their delegates at the United Nations headquarters in New...

How to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) 101

  I just got back from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  after speaking about the danger ISIS poses to the region and the globe and explained to the audience the main tenets of ISIS and how it differs from Al Qaeda.     and here is what I said:   “The Islamic State is considered “Extremist” by al-Qaeda, so imagine how terrible and barbaric you must be to the way al-Qaeda consider you an extremist. I want to explain what is the main difference between al-Qaeda and the Islamic state is conflict of vision, al-Qaeda is promising the eventual establishment of an Islamic state, while ISIS leadership, (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) is about: let’s do it now while the conditions to create a state are there. Since the United States pulled its military...

Use your head, vote Secular.

/   I remember voting for the first time in my life in Beirut/Lebanon for the Iraqi elections a few months after I escaped my country of birth.     I was filled with excitement that my vote meant something. Being a Secularist myself, I voted for the party that I thought encompasses most of the religious and ethnic groups because I believed in religious freedom and diversity, and I thought that having a government that is free of religious privilege and bias would reduce the effects of the continuous civil war in Iraq.     Well, the party that I voted for won, but they didn’t actually win.   The Islamist Shia party, led by Al Malaki , formed a coalition right after the elections and got the majority of seats and, therefore, they got to be the...

How do I see the Global Secular Humanist Movement in 10 years?

 / “How do I see the Global Secular Humanist Movement in 10 years?”   I think this is the most interesting question a journalist has ever asked me, aside from, “EVOLUTION IS A HOAX! If humans come from monkeys, then why there are monkeys???” I wish I was joking about getting questions like that.       Almost 4 years ago when I was studying for the Cambridge International Examinations, I had an idea to unite humanists all over the world in order to bring positive change. I called this idea the, “Global Secular Humanist Movement.”   For the first month, the Facebook page had only two followers; my main facebook profile, and also my second profile, which I used because anti-Humanist extremists often reported my main profile as “offensive” and...