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Terror in Paris and Beirut: An ISIS Reading Guide

Who is ISIS and how has the militant group grown to wield so much influence? We’ve rounded up some of the best reporting on the origins of ISIS, their role in the Syrian civil war and ties to terrorist attacks across the world.

What Reza Aslan Gets Wrong about the Nature of Religion

“We have to be able to criticize bad ideas,” atheist intellectual Sam Harris recently said on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. And “at the moment,” Harris continued, “Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas.” Harris delivered his remarks over the shouted protests of fellow guest Ben Affleck, who charged him with Islamophobia. In […]

“O you who love the LORD, hate evil.” (Psalm 97:10)

A few weeks ago Bill Maher, of HBO’s “Real Time,” accused the Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle, who is depicted in the movie, American Sniper, as a psychopath. Maher referenced Kyle speaking of Al-Qaeda operatives as “savages” whom he didn’t mind killing. Maher snidely remarked, “I’m sorry.” Maher postulated, “And if you’re a Christian—I know […]