Taking The Myth – 26 June 2016 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and Iram Ramzan discuss the big topics with guest callers. A guest caller reviews Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ documentary for us. We also talk about the Orlando shooting, polygamy, Yasir Qadhi, Adnan Rashid, Islamic purity tests, Ex-Muslim cake controversy, Turkey and more! 

This episode was recorded before the EU referendum.

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Ep#84 – Dave Rubin Returns

Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) returns to The #GSPodcast this week. He’ll be telling us all about the exciting new future ahead for The Rubin Report. We also talk about digital news media, crowdsourcing, giving a platform to ‘controversial’ figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islamism, the Orlando shooting, Ben Affleck, Donald Trump, Brexit and more!

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Wegmans Bakery Apologises For Refusing ‘ex-Muslim Cake’

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I love the fearless work Ex-Muslims of North America are doing to promote human rights and provide support for minorities within minorities. I’ve especially enjoyed the pleasure of speaking to members of their executive board Sarah Haider and Muhammad Syed.

As reported over at exmna.org:

Wegmans, a chain of 89 grocery stores, refused to bake and decorate a cake for a private celebration for those who have left the faith of Islam.

The request included a picture of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) name and logo, with a caption of “Congratulations on 3 years!”, but was refused by an associate from the Fairfax branch of the popular chain, stating that the request was “offensive”.

Below is the EXMNA logo:

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As you can see, there’s nothing there which would usually set of the offense brigade such as depictions of Muhammad, or slogans critical of the religion for instance. Exception appears to have been taken to the mere mention of ‘Ex-Muslim’.

“I’m shocked by the denial,” said Muhammad Syed, the president of EXMNA. “There is nothing about our name or logo that can be considered offensive to any reasonable individual. There are some, however, who take our very existence as an affront to their faith, and to them I have only this to say: We have every right to exist and be proud of who we are, and we won’t back down.”

After this story hit the internet, many an outraged humanist vented their dissatisfaction in the direction of Wegmans’ Twitter page which resulted in an apology.

I look forward to seeing the finished cake from the bakery. Provided free of charge of course.

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FBI Redact Orlando Gunman’s References to ISIS

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During Omar Mateen’s shooting spree at a gay Orlando nightclub which left 49 people dead, reports began to surface that at some point during the slaughter he had dallied 911 to pledge his allegiance to ISIS.

Today, the FBI have released partial transcripts of Mateen’s conversations with the police, but with certain parts redacted – namely his pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu bakr al Baghdadi.

Below is a portion of the released transcripts:

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Australia And The Hateful Muslim Cleric

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In the wake of the Orlando shooting where Omar Mateen targeted patrons of gay nightclub Pulse, killing 49 and wounding over 50 more, questions are finally being asked about attitudes towards homosexuality within Muslim communities.

The data alone is incredibly troubling. Staying close to home for just a moment, 100% of British Muslims say that homosexuality is unacceptable. Over half of British Muslims say that it should be criminalised. Attitudes elsewhere in the Muslim world do not make for comforting reading either:

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The Orlando Shooter’s Sexuality And Islamic Purity Hypocrisy

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Each time a Muslim fanatic clocks up a body count, which is to say all too often, Muslims and non-Muslims alike flock to expunge the perpetrator of their Islamic credentials.

He liked the booze? Not a Muslim. He didn’t visit the Mosque regularly? Not a Muslim.

As information begins to surface indicating that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen may have been gay, the champions of Islamic purity come out of the woodwork.

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