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The Cultural Relativism of the Christian Majority

A faith which still celebrates its lonely, martyred forebears two thousand years later is fertile soil for persecution complexes, and they have indeed developed. But a persecution complex is a little difficult to sustain legitimately among what has been, for centuries, a dominant majority in society. Christians in the United States are not under siege. They do keep […]

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The Sam Harris Outrage Industry

It started for me (and for many) with the angry words frothing out from above that famous cleft-chin. The one which now resides — at least cinematically — under Batman’s cowl. A quiet atheist and new to the movement, I saw and heard many grumblings about Sam Harris’ tussle with Ben Affleck on Real Time with […]

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Why I Am a Free Speech Absolutist

I was recently reading an article by Ulrich Baer, in the New York Times, entitled “What Snowflakes Get Right About Free Speech.”  The author defended the actions of students who disrupted recent appearances by controversial speakers like Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson, by drowning out their voices with loud chanting, megaphones and noisemakers and, in […]

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Estrangement, the Ex-Muslim’s Original Sin

“You graduated from Harvard. You have made us very happy, son.” Reverberating across the Atlantic, these few words made me stop halfway through Eliot Bridge to compose myself. That afternoon of June 26th 2017, I looked down at the Charles River and sobbed for the better part of an hour. My father was calling from […]

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