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How Donald Trump May Just Rescue the Republican Party

BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks with the media on his way to his car after delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Let’s get two things out of the way. First, I disagree with Donald Trump on most issues. Second, I don’t think he’ll be elected president, even if he does win the Republican nomination. But I’m having trouble buying the idea that Trump is the “crazy one” in this year’s gaggle of GOP candidates. It’s amusing […]

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Do you find yourself feeling personally insulted or targeted when someone criticizes or satirizes your religion? If yes, it’s likely that your faith isn’t about the ideas in your religion as much as how you’ve incorporated them into your identity — individual, family, cultural, and more. This is why it feels so personal. If it […]

Why Atheists Like Me Grieve for the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

The execution-style shooting of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill is tragic, disgusting, and should be denounced by every human being of conscience. The killer, who was reportedly motivated by a parking dispute, also happened to be a vocal atheist. Being an anti-theist who grew up in three Muslim-majority countries — as part of […]

How Terrorism Won

Here’s part of an internal CNN memo sent out by senior editorial director Richard Griffiths last Wednesday: Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet considered offensive by many Muslims, platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail. This is key to understanding the nature of […]

Moving Past the “Bradley Effect”

The ‘Bradley Effect’ is named after Tom Bradley, an African-American candidate in California’s 1982 gubernatorial race who, despite consistently polling well, lost the election. Ever since, the term has been used to describe the phenomenon of people who say to pollsters that they will vote for a non-white candidate, but don’t follow through in the […]