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On “Religious Symbols” and the Politics of Perception

by Matt Sheedy On September 10, 2013, the government of Québec made international headlines with a controversial proposal, Bill 60, more commonly referred to as the “Charter of Values.” The Bill would see restrictions on the wearing of “religious symbols,” … Continue reading

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I Know Exactly What That Is: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 3

by Donovan Schaefer American atheist Sam Harris recently responded to the swirl of celebrity surrounding Pakistani girls’s education advocate and assassination survivor Malala Yousafzai by claiming her as one of his own.  Harris, who holds the most stridently anti-Muslim position … Continue reading

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Bill Maher and the Bowl of Common Sense: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 2

by Donovan Schaefer Comedy makes me uncomfortable.  Comedy starts with the creation of a zone of common sense, then defines whatever happens outside that zone as laughable.  This boundary-line of common sense is not drawn through a patient elaboration of … Continue reading

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The Canadian “Terror Plot”: Same Scripts, Different Heroes (well, sort of)

by Matt Sheedy News broke this past Monday about a “terror plot” that was foiled by Canadian law enforcement and security units, where two men with alleged links to al Qaeda in Iran planned to blow up a passenger train … Continue reading

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Shelter in Place: How to Talk about the Alleged Boston Marathon Bombers?

by Donovan Schaefer White.  Foreign.  Muslim.  Young.  Traumatized.  Conservative.  Isolated?  Americanized. The Tsarnaev brothers, believed by law enforcement to have been responsible for last Monday’s bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, fit poorly into existing media scripts about the perpetrators … Continue reading

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On the Muslim Question: White Atheism and Islamophobia, Part 1

by Donovan Schaefer Karl Marx’s “On the Jewish Question” is a systematic critique of the particularism of religious commitments as an obstacle to the coalescence of the true community of a non-sectarian state.  Both Christianity and Judaism are slotted in … Continue reading

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Now Published – Bulletin for the Study of Religion 42.1 (February 2013)

The February issue of the Bulletin has been published and is available in both print and electronic versions. Below is the table of contents of this issue, which includes a set of papers emerging from the 2011 Society of Biblical … Continue reading

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