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Topics: Activism & Organizing, Education, Politics, Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Critical thinking, Free expression issues, Islam, Leaving religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Separation of church and state, Social media
Faisal is an Iraqi-born award-winning counter extremism advocate, satirist, and speaker. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, enlightenment values and the free market of ideas, and is enthusiastic about the intersection of technology and advocacy. He is also the founder of multiple online platforms that together have more than 400,000 subscribers and millions …Learn more about Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar >
Topics: Cognitive Science, History, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Science (General)
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Leaving religion, Meaning of life, Mental illness, Metaphysics, Naturalism, Philosophy of science, Pseudoscience, Psychology of religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Science denial, Sex & sexuality
Luke Galen is currently a professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. He is currently researching the psychology of secularity and nonreligious individuals especially in regards to moral behavior. He …Learn more about Luke Galen >
Topics: Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Leaving religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Women & gender
Vyckie Garrison was once a prominent member of the Quiverfull community, a rapidly growing Christian fundamentalist movement that bans birth control and encourages huge, “Biblical families” such as the Duggar Family of TLC’s 19 and Counting fame. Garrison edited and published a Christian “pro-life, pro-family” newspaper for 16+ years in northeast Nebraska while home-churching, home birthing, …Learn more about Vyckie Garrison >
Subtopics: History of religion, Islam, Religious extremism
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization JI with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Some twenty-five years ago, he recognized the threat of Radical Islam and the need for …Learn more about Tawfik Hamid >
Topics: Psychology, Religion
Subtopics: Psychology of religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism
Judy J. Johnson, PhD, is a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her ongoing research is on the nature, development, and measurement of dogmatism. She is the author of What’s So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, published by Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009. Dr. Johnson completed a Fellowship …Learn more about Judy Johnson >
Topics: Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Islam, Leaving religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Women & gender
Yasmine is an Arab-Canadian university educator, activist, and author who has a blog called Confessions of an ExMuslim. She is currently working on writing her memoir. In it, she describes how, even though she was born and raised in North America, she endured the same traumas that are familiar to Muslims across the planet. As a child, …Learn more about Yasmine Mohammed >
Topics: Activism & Organizing, Atheism & Secularism, Politics, Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Campus group organizing, Coming out atheist, Community group organizing, Event planning, Free expression issues, History of atheism/secularism, Islam, Leaving religion, LGBTQ issues, Lobbying, Religious criticism, Religious extremism, Separation of church and state, Starting a group
Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born writer and activist. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She hosts a weekly television programme in Persian and English called Bread and Roses. She is on the International Advisory Board of the Raif Badawi …Learn more about Maryam Namazie >
Subtopics: Islam, Leaving religion, Religious criticism, Religious extremism
Dr. John L Perkins is an economist, atheist activist and a regular contributor to Freethought magazines. He has qualifications from universities in Melbourne and London. Outside of his econometric activities he has a keen interest in the effects of religion on societies including economic, social and human costs. He has taken a particular interest in …Learn more about John Perkins >
Topics: Activism & Organizing, Atheism & Secularism, Religion
Subtopics: Coming out atheist, Community group organizing, Leaving religion, Religious extremism
Nate Phelps is the son of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which gained infamy from their protests at soldiers’ funerals around the United States. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and …Learn more about Nate Phelps >
Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Education, Politics, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Free expression issues, Religious extremism, Separation of church and state
Dr. John M. Suarez is a retired Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and the founder and director of the Section on Law and Psychiatry. He is a lifelong social activist, concerned with Civil Rights, Social and Economic Justice, the Environment, Public Education and the First Amendment. He is on the Board of Trustees of Americans …Learn more about John Suarez >
Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Education, Philosophy, Politics, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Religious extremism, Separation of church and state
Robert Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Political Science, and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York Graduate School. Professor Talisse has published widely on political philosophy, ethics, and American pragmatism. His current research focuses on …Learn more about Robert Talisse >