challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur

Advocates Are Fighting For A Burqa-Free Europe. Will They Get It?

Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.

Are monotheistic religions inherently violent?

That there is a “religion per se” apart from the social manifestations of that religion is simply presupposed by many people active in this debate.

Command Ethics or Divine Command Ethics?

The fact that Abraham could have made a different choice from the one he actually made does not exculpate the tradition itself.

Can Translation Mitigate All Immoral Passages in Scripture?

For apologists of religion, the violence in Scripture is only superficially there. It has to do with the "translation" of the text in question.

Faith and Ethics: Abraham and Isaac

The story of Abraham obliges us to reconsider the relationship between faith and ethics. It also presents us with many theological questions.

Divine Command Theories

The divine command theory lies at the heart of the three major religions. Atheists are so much hated because they are supposed to be immoral.

Religion has to be subjected to criticism

The attempt to argue that the evil sides of religion are simply “not religious” is not convincing. Religion has to be subjected to criticism.

Self-Defence And Terrorism

We hear it said we are witnessing a “clash of civilizations”. The most important question, however, is the following: can the problem be solved?

Khomeini v. Rushdie

Many people are under the spell of historicism when they tell us that for the Arabic world is it “too early” to expect liberal democracy.

The Challenge of Theoterrorism

The term “theoterrorism” is used because the terrorism we are confronted with nowadays is terrorism based on an idea of the “theistic god”.