Bill Maher’s Use of Opinion Polls of Muslims is Ahistorical and May Justify Violations of Their Human Rights

A friend forwarded me a September 2014 video telling me “you’re swimming upstream in your defense of Islam.” Not knowing I was defending Islam (I see my political stances as defenses of human rights of people, including Muslims.), I replied, “only out of respect for you did I waste 3 minutes listening to Bill Maher.” He then wrote, “Who better than you, to point out where he’s right and where he’s wrong? Please share your thoughts.” Of course, there are many better qualified than me (see after the blog post.) But, after some delay, here they are. Continue reading

Statistical Correlation Between Identification as Muslim and Female Genital Cutting in Africa

I posted the following comment to What’s the relationship between Islam and Female Genital Mutilation? Answer: rs=.54 by Oliver Scott Curry

One possible explanation for the statistical correlation between identification as Muslim and practice of female genital cutting is the history of conversion to Islam and Christianity in Africa. Continue reading