iERA are back on the Scientific Miracles band wagon

You may recall members of the online atheist community (Captain Disguise, Stop1Spamming, PZ Myers and myself) set about ridiculing the iERA’s claims that the Quran contained “Scientific Miracles”, accurate information that pre-dates scientific discovery by over a millennia. Finally it seems that iERA saw the error of their ways and decided to drop that narrative. Of course, the narrative wasn’t dropped until they could think up a way of being right after all; in summary the approach is “Science is […]

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Does Islam need a reformation? – iERA: Don’t hate, debate!

I recently attended a discussion in London hosted by iERA. It was entitled “Does Islam need a reformation?”  I was pleased that, as I expected, the iERA crew were very friendly with me. The whole video can be watched here. If I recall correctly, the discussion basically went like this Question about Islam Answer: Islam is already great, if we did more of it then everything would be brilliant. PS, look at how bad the non-Islamic world is (a.k.a. “The […]

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Al Andalus and the golden age of Islam (Convivencia)

I’ve just read this cringe worthy article by Mehdi Hasan. Then there is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The Somali-born author, atheist and ex-Muslim has a new book called Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. She’s been popping up in TV studios and on op-ed pages to urge Muslims, both liberal and conservative, to abandon some of their core religious beliefs while uniting behind a Muslim Luther. I have not read Ayaan’s book so I don’t know exactly what the core […]

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Abdullah Al Andalusi, BBC The Big Questions and Islamic apostasy

Abdullah Al Andalusi was a guest on BBC’s The Big Questions show this Sunday (15th of March 2015, Series 8 episode 10) to discuss the subject “Do British Muslims have a problem with apostates?”  He was clearly unhappy with how things went on the show and was quick to write a blog post criticising reviewing the experience. I thought I would criticise his criticisms review his review. I’ve just finished the BBC ‘Big Questions’ program. It was, as expected, an anti-Islam […]

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Just for the record – Memorising the Quran

During a discussion with a guy named Shabir he proposed the Quran was a unique book because it had been learned off by heart by so many people.  He argued this was because it’s divine author had deliberately made it easy to learn. Although he said he didn’t think this proved the divine origin of the book he argued that it begs the question. Obviously this is non-sequitur. If the book is easy to learn it doesn’t prove anything other […]

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Scorning the Prophet is an act of violence – Tim Winters in The Telegraph

Tim Winters, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, is a British Muslim theologian and broadcaster. To some he might only be known for video footage in which he explains how homosexuality is an “inherent aberration” and how homosexuals themselves are “ignorant people who don’t know what their bodies are for” (See here) The video footage is 15-20 years old and Timothy Winters has apologised for the offence caused by his statements and has distanced himself from them, although I’ve yet […]

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Blasphemy and the BBC

Recently I read this excellent article on the BBC news website by the historian Tom Holland.  Once again the BBC have not published  examples of the cartoons that caused the offence.  Personally I think it is important to show these kinds of images so that people can get a fuller idea of what exactly what was perceived as so offensive that it resulted in the murder of twelve people,  It is important that people see these images so they can be […]

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Apostasy in Islam

Here are my notes on apostasy from my recent discussion with Abdullah al-Andalusi Quran verses Q4.89 They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them Q4.90 Except those who […]

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The curious case of iERA and homosexuality

The Council Of Ex Muslims recently wrote a report on the various statements of staff of the iERA, the report claims they are a far-right extremist hate group. This report coincided with an announcement from the UK Charity Commision that they are investigating the iERA for its policies on invited speakers and payments to the charity’s trustees. The iERA have on numerous occasions had to distance themselves from comments made in the past by employees and even its own directors and founders. […]

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Is the Quran necessarily incompatible with evolution?

I recall the hostility received by Dr Usama Hasan when he suggested the Quran was compatible with evolution, and specifically with human evolution.  I never did read what he wrote on the subject, and was deeply disappointed and very frustrated when he appeared on The Jinn & Tonic Show back in January 2013 and I didn’t get a good enough opportunity to discuss with him the details of his views on the subject. As far as I am able to tell […]

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