Tag Archives: religious violence

On looking like a duck.

Okay, so I’ve been debating whether to write this post, as for my normal readership, I feel like this is really preaching to the choir.  However, it’s also really stuck in my head, so I figure getting it on paper … Continue reading

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Imaginary Islamophobic Strawman: Isn’t Islam a violent religion?

So I’ve been considering for a while doing a series of blog posts on “conversations with an imaginary Islamophobic strawman.”  The problem I run in to, trying to answer a lot of the questions that come through on this site, … Continue reading

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Tone and trolling

Happy New Gregorian Calendar, everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed Christmas, New Year’s and the Mayan apocalypse (personally, it was my favorite apocalypse this year!). So I’m going to answer a couple of questions that were left on other pages, … Continue reading

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On the study of the Qur’an in the West

It’s difficult to say quite what I want to say about the events of the last week.  I feel sympathy for the families of those killed, and also for the thousands of people in Libya and Egypt who are once … Continue reading

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Is there a Qur’anic basis for ‘honor killings’?

Jim asked: With all of the reports of ‘honor killings’ in the US and abroad – is there actually any Qur’anic basis for this practice? Good question!  ‘Honor killings’ have started to appear in a lot of newspapers recently, usually … Continue reading

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Religious Violence II: What is Jihad?

So as promise, this will be a continuation from my post last week about religious violence and the nature of jihad.  But I’ve now realized that this was pretty much the silliest timing imaginable for this post, as this is … Continue reading

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Religious violence Part I: Violence in History

As the world continues to discuss the attacks in Oslo last week, it seems that much of the discussion has returned to the question of whether religions are violent, and whether some religions are more violent than others.  I have, … Continue reading

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