New Atheists: Scientific racism makes a comeback

Popular author and neuroscientist Sam Harris’ pseudoscientific characterisations of Muslims dovetail nicely with his extreme right-wing views on military intervention in Muslim-majority countries … More New Atheists: Scientific racism makes a comeback

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Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

Religion not compatible with constitution, says anti-immigration party which also proposes banning minarets and burqas. Members of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the constitution. Delegates at the party’s conference on Sunday also supported a call to ban minarets on mosques and … More Far-right AfD says Islam not welcome in Germany

Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

This week, a right-wing populist delivered fiery speeches in North America, inveighing against political correctness, globalization and the threat of radical Islam. The politician, who could even be elected president one day, said the powers-that-be were not taking the Muslim peril seriously and warned of the dangers of letting in Syrian refugees. “Whoever condemns Islamic fundamentalism is accused of Islamophobia,” … More Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

Right-wing populism in India: Same as the West

When Penguin abruptly accepted defeat in an Indian court and withdrew a controversial book, the backlash was so ferocious it took almost everyone by surprise. A small, hardline Hindu group said it had found the book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, by the academic Wendy Doniger offensive towards their religion, forcing the mighty conglomerate to … More Right-wing populism in India: Same as the West

The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees

As the Syrian refugee crisis mutated from a regional problem to a global one, security concerns have increasingly been cited as a justification for keeping borders closed and refusing to resettle migrants. This argument has gathered momentum in the wake of the attacks in Paris in November, after a Syrian passport with the name Ahmad al-Mohammad, a 25-year-old … More The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees

Trump Supporters Even More Racist Than You Thought

As if we didn’t need any more proof that racist bigots live among us, some questions from a YouGov poll brings the insects into the light of day. Even the Exit Poll data from the South Carolina Primary exposes them for what they are. Via Fox13 (I know, just hold your nose): A YouGov/Economist poll asked respondents … More Trump Supporters Even More Racist Than You Thought

What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia

Much has been written about the unprecedented wave of Islamophobia currently sweeping the United States, with Muslim Americans falling victim to an ever-increasing number of threats, assaults, and attacks on their houses of worship. The groundswell of hatred has appalled and confused many on the Left, with some wondering how a nation such as the … More What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia