SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “FFRF Newsbite: Theocracy at the EPA” / Freedom From Religion Foundation / Andrew L. Seidel ☮

FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel discusses how Scott Pruitt is promoting his personal religion in the EPA, and putting it into public policy that affects the environment and peoples health.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: “Ask an Atheist: Why Doesn’t FFRF Go After Islam?” / Freedom From Religion Foundation / Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker, and Andrew L. Seidel ☮

FFRF is frequently asked why we don’t ever ‘go after’ Islam, despite the fact that FFRF does take issue with the government promoting or favoring any religion, including Islam.

CRITICAL THINKING: “What Ben Affleck Missed in the Islamophobia Debate with Bill Maher and Sam Harris” / Andrew L. Seidel

Andrew L. Seidel

            Andrew L. Seidel

There’s an interesting video making the viral rounds. Bill Maher on his excellent show, Real Time, had on author Sam Harris, actor Ben Affleck, writer Nicholas Kristof, and political operative Michael Steele as guests. The discussion, debate is a better term, was about Islamophobia.

Maher and Harris argued that criticizing Islam is necessary and is not bigotry or discrimination. As is the tendency when accusations of racism and intolerance are flying, the debate got a bit heated.

Affleck said that Harris’s “argument is, ‘You know, black people, they shoot each other'” and “gross and racist.” Kristof said that Maher’s criticism of Islam has “a tinge of how white racists talk about African-Americans and define blacks.”

It is a bit frustrating to watch because the two sides are talking past each other. Maher and Harris are clearly correct. Affleck, Kristal and Steele are making valid points, but not against the arguments Maher and Harris raised.

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