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Secular Jihadists from the Middle East is a podcast with atheist, exMuslim hosts.

May 11, 2017

Lalo explains how Palestinians who don't fit the mold are considered fake Palestinians and schools us on the less talked about Christian Arab migration to South America. Listen to our conversation.

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Peter
over a year ago

Greetings from Canada! I just found you guys and I think you're all brilliant!
What do you think about Raheem Raheel Raza and her Muslims Facing Tomorrow? Keep up the good work btw. :)

Sehnga
over a year ago

I just wanted to comment regarding the part of the discussion that was talking about the kind of Americans who hate anyone brown, with an Arabic-sounding name, etc etc.

I saw a similar thing during the Vietnam war, and I think it's replaying now, in this context. During the US involvement in Vietnam, almost anyone Asian-looking became a 'gook', a 'slant' - the enemy. There was no nuance, and few attempts to distinguish between Asians. Many Americans, once they perceive someone as an opponent, take the easiest way out and generalize, tossing everyone into the same box- as was mentioned in your discussion. Where the commonality lies between that Vietnam experience and todays Islamic issues is that Americans are not particularly well-traveled, and are not taught much about other countries, let alone the complexities of geopolitics. While there are racists in the US, I think it's much more the simplistic all-or-nothing approach that many Americans take, being intellectually lazy. Most knew/know little about the Middle East at all, except for the polarized propaganda repeated by their chosen political parties (and that's a big part of the problem with the so-called progressives). The xtian Fundies, of course, will have a built-in bias, because their religious beliefs dictate that they must support Israel, no matter what, or their god will be angry with them.

All that being said, I think for your podcast message to gain a lot of traction, I think you need a full, regular YouTube show, with the visuals; perhaps in the style of The Young Turks or similar (I don't follow them, I reference only the setting and how it's presented.) Podcasts are great, but people will want a full show for this to gain ground. I realize some people or guests might not be able to show themselves or give their real names, but they could be hidden behind a screen or similar.

I realize this is not easy nor free to do, but is there a chance of perhaps several ex-Muslim groups coming together on this? If a YouTube show gains enough ground, you WILL begin to be noticed by mainstream media, celebrities, and other shows. You are saying what needs to be said, and many need to hear this.