J.A. Miraj is a former Mormon and Ex- Sunni Muslim who is just finishing her first book, " A tale of two faiths" about being raised a Mormon and converting to Islam, living under Shariah law in Islamic countries, becoming an extremist, leaving with her kids and the pains and joys of deprogramming.
She makes videos about life in and out of Islam and speaks locally at community and religious events and to share her stories, opinions and to educate about and humanize Muslims and other religious fundamentalists. Check out her "Ask and Ex-Muslim" YouTube channel here.
Courtney Heard aka Godless Mom is a blogger, podcaster, and YouTuber that covers atheism and all of the topics that surround the community.
Courtney discusses how she was first introduced to the atheist community and what she has done since she has been involved. Courtney has a fascinating and impressive story. Don't miss this interview!
Hugo and Jake from “The Bible Reloaded” web series and the new “The Quran Reloaded” web series join us on the Mythinformed podcast. Jake and Hugo are very successful public personalities that blend information on religion and atheism with comedy and satire on their platforms. It was truly an honor to get a chance to talk with them. Don’t miss this interview!
Asra Nomani is a journalist who taught journalism at Georgetown University and is also co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigative-reporting project looking into the kidnapping and murder of her former colleague, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The project was published by the Center for Public Integrity.
Nomani is the author of two books, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love. She is also the author of numerous articles, including "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom", the "Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Mosque."
She was a friend and colleague of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was staying with her in Karachi with his wife when he was abducted and later murdered by Islamic militants in January 2002.
Nomani has been hailed by the New York Times for her "Rosa Parks-style activism" standing up for women's rights to pray and lead prayer in typically male-only or male-led environments.
In this interview Asra shares her last memory of Daniel Pearl and how that event changed her life. She covers her visit to the senate in hopes to shed light on Islam extremism with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She also shares for the first time her encounter with Seth MacFarlane and her time on the Bill Maher Panel.
Asra will take part in the Islam in the age of Trump debate at the Mythinformation Conference IV #Mythcon, in Milwaukee Septeber 30th, 2017.
David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All”, “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” and "Jesus: Mything in Action, Vol. I" (The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion) (Volume 2)
David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.
Author Mike Lawrence is an atheist author and activist that is a proponent of the separation of church and state and opposes childhood religious indoctrination. Mike also writes and produces videos on the mythicist position arguing that the Jesus of the gospels did not exist. We discuss his work in the UK as an atheist activist as well as hes many years of research into whether or not Jesus existed. Mike has a slightly different take on the mythicist argument than we have heard from the likes of Dr. Richard Carrier, Dr. Robert Price and David Fitzgerald. Don't miss this interview!
Ali A. Rizvi is a Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician, and musician who resides in Toronto. He has recently completed his first book, The Atheist Muslim.
Ali grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as part of a progressive Muslim family, before he moved permanently to Canada in his twenties. As a physician, he trained in pathology (with fellowship in oncologic pathology) at SUNY Buffalo and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and also holds a master of science degree in biochemistry from Ontario’s McMaster University. In 2011, he switched his career to medical communications so he could focus more on his writing. Ali is an avid and vocal advocate for secularism, science, and reform, particularly in the Muslim community. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and also plays with a rock band in Toronto.
Armin Navabi joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show podcast! Armin is a former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic, a non-profit organization with over one million fans and followers worldwide that is dedicated to offering a safe community for atheists around the world to share their ideas and meet like-minded individuals.
Armin was born and raised in the Islamic Republic of Iran and was indoctrinated thoroughly in the Muslim tradition. After almost losing his life in the pursuit of God’s grace, the devastation of that event motivated him to seek a better understanding of the nature and concept of God and religious belief. Armin’s journey led him to leaving Islam and becoming an atheist.
Wanting to reach out to others like himself, Armin continues to examine religion as well as the notion of God and interact with others to engage in thought-provoking and educational discussion.
Armin is the author of “Why There Is No God: Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God” which provides simple, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the most popular arguments made for the existence of God. Each chapter presents a concise explanation of the argument, followed by a response illustrating the problems and fallacies inherent in it. Whether you're an atheist, a believer or undecided, this book offers a solid foundation for building your own inquiry about the concept of God.
Mythicist Milwaukee (MM) was a proud sponsor of the Muslim-American Leadership Alliance (MALA) Fundraiser in Chicago this week. At the event, MALA recognized nine community leaders with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their dedication, contribution, and commitment to volunteerism. This prestigious recognition is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, celebrating the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world. Funds raised at the event benefit MALA's scholarship program - meant to empower a new generation of leaders by helping them to further their education.
MALA is a civic & community organization committed to promoting individual freedom, diversity, and celebrating heritage. They provide a platform for Muslim-Americans to share their stories, nurture emerging community leaders, and unite Americans of all backgrounds to advance constructive solutions to extremism and human rights abuses. In fact, MALA's founder, Zainab Zeb, is a 2016 UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Service Award recipient - living their values through-and-through.
At MM, we're proud to promote furthering the education of youth. With higher education, students advance their abilities to have rational, intelligent conversations, and to understand commonalities between cultures and religions - narrowing divides and inherent bigotry.
Born in Iran, and leaving in 1980 after the Iranian Revolution was expropriated by the Islamists, she began her human rights activism via refugee work in the Sudan & Turkey. These efforts won her the Julia B Friedman Humanitarian award and the International Rescue Committee medal in the late 1980’s. Her passion for freedom & human rights won her many more awards than we have room for in this blog.
She has spoken at countless events regarding women rights, free expression, Islamism, and secularism – and has been interviewed by all the major media news outlets. She’s an advisor to the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom She is the Spokesperson for “One Law for All” and “Equal Rights Now” campaigns. She also hosts the television program “Bread & Roses TV”
Maryam took a break out of her very busy schedule to join us for a podcast interview. We discuss the practices and negative effects of the Sharia Court system in the UK. She also shares with us the work she is doing with the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. Maryam Namazie is truly an inspirational leader that is challenging the negative impact that religion has on people that do not have a voice. Do not miss this interview!
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, computer geek and a Human rights activist.. He is an advocate for Secularism, human rights and the free market of ideas.
Faisal is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement: and Secular Post.
He has written in many different publications including the Huffington Post, The Humanist, Free Inquiry Magazine, The National Post in Canada, Big Think, The Richard Dawkins Foundation of Reason and Science, Secular World, Secular Nation Magazine and many others.
He spoke at venues and conferences such as Google, Cornell University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the American Humanist Association. He is on the speaker’s bureau of Center for Inquiry and Secular Student Alliance in the United States.
He is on the editorial board of Applied Sentience, which is a multi-university project, and platform for the next generation of Humanist & Secular thinkers and activists, their mission is to find beauty in the world and explore how to live in it.
Applied Sentience works in cooperation with all six university Humanist chaplaincies and Communities: Harvard, Yale, American, Columbia, Rutgers, and Stanford.
We hooked up with Faisal in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was giving a lecture at the University of Wisconsin Madison for the Freethought Festival 5. He sat down with us for a very intimate interview that covers how and why he became a secular advocate and activist. Faisal has a very powerful story and is an inspiration to many in the secular community. We covered many important topics that surround current global religious and political issues. What does Faisal think about Muslim immigrants to the west? How can Islamic extremism be combated? What did Iraq look like in 1960? We discuss all of this and much more. Don’t miss this interview!
Michael Sherlock on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show
Michael A. Sherlock is an atheist author who, was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and spent many years in Tasmania. He studied social Anthropology and Sociology, Political Science, and Law at the University of Tasmania and became fascinated by the myths of our ancient ancestors. This fascination led him to study comparative mythology, which in turn led him to investigate the non-Judaic origins of the Bible.
Sherlock's aim as an author is to expose the "sacred" lies, frauds and forgeries of religion. Sherlock says: "Before we can clear a path to finding truth, whatever that may be, we must first neutralize the filth which has infected the minds of so many...supernaturalism, superstition, pseudo-science, and religion, all embody this mental filth, and the scientific method, with its humble, honest and evidence-based approach to questions of probable truth, represents the neutralizer." He is the author of the 3 part book series “I am Christ”, and “The Gospel of Atheism and Freethought: according to Sherlock”. His new book is entitled “Blasphemy” and was published by our friends at Atheist Republic.
Michael takes us through some of his new book and explains why he states “ISIS is Islam or Islamism”. He also explains what the “atheist atrocity fallacy” is and why it is used to make atheism look like a negative ideology. We put to bed the nasty and very false accusation made by CJ Werleman that Michael Sherlock influenced the Chapel Hill shooter to kill three Muslims over a parking spot, because the Chap Hill shooter liked Michael’s Facebook page. We cover all of this and more! Don’t miss this interview!
D.M. Murdock, aka Acharya S was an independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology She was classically educated at some of the finest schools, receiving a degree in Classics and Greek Civilization, from Franklin & Marshall College. DM Murdock was also a member of one of the world's most exclusive institutes for the study of Ancient Greek Civilization, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.
Murdock served as a trench master on archaeological excavations in Corinth, Greece, and Connecticut, USA, as well as a teacher's assistant on the island of Crete. Murdock was proficient in English, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese just to name a few.
DM Murdock is the author of several books, including The Christ Conspiracy and Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection among many others. She was a proponent and leading scholar of the Christ myth theory. Her latest Book “Did Moses Exist?” provides a massive amount of information from antiquity about the world's religious traditions and mythology, including how solar myths, wine cultivation and fertility cults have shaped the Bible and Judaism. This book is revered as the most comprehensive study to date on the subject of Moses.
She was all of this and much more to many. She was a leader in the freethought movement and challenged the status quo. She showed us that it was okay to speak out against the unfair treatment of women in heavily religiously indoctrinated cultures. She challenged us to question everything including Jesus’ historicity. She inspired many people to learn more about the mythological origins of modern day religions. The Mythicist Milwaukee team will miss her very much.
To pay tribute we wanted to reflect on what she meant to others and listen to their stories and experiences with this amazing individual who has passed away on December 25, 2015. To honor her legacy, a panel made up of Aron Ra, David Fitzgerald, Miguel Conner, and Dr. Robert Price along with the Mythicist Milwaukee team, discussed the impact that Acharya’s work and friendship had on their lives.
If DM Murdock has inspired you throughout the years please consider donating to her family. Her immediate family is in need of support to cover funeral costs and many more expenses. You can donate here by purchasing her e-books. Her family will get 100 % of your donation and you will receive digital copies of her e-books.