The Dean Obeidallah Show: New Atheism, Russia in Syria, Sikhs and more!

On my live show this Saturday morning, we will be making sense of why Russia is now bombing targets in Syria. Laith Alkhouri, NBC News counter-terrorism analyst and Director of MENA analysis & research at Flashpoint Global Partners, will discuss what Russia’s involvement means for the region and for the people of Syria. Will we see even more refugees fleeing? Does Russia care about anything else but propping up the current leader of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, and exerting more influence in the region? Those questions and more on Saturday’s show.

The New Atheist threat?  When I was growing up the atheists I knew simply didn’t believe in God or religion. But there’s a new strain in atheism called New Atheism per author CJ Werleman, who will be on to discuss his new book, The New Atheist Threat.  As Werleman, an atheist himself, explains in his book, these New Atheists led by the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, are not simply content to rejecting (or even hating) organized religion, they truly are waging a battle to convince others to do the same. And some of these New Atheists have also disturbingly been very active in stoking hate versus Muslims. (I’m looking at you Bill Maher!)

Why do people really join ISIS? Manal Omar, an associate vice president at the United States Institute of Peace, will join me to discuss what she found in discussions with former Muslims radicals. I think many will be surprised to hear that the sales pitch is less about Islam and more about making something of your life. Plus, she’ll field any questions you have in our “Ask a Muslim” segment.

What is a Sikh? I bet many people have seen Sikhs. (The men wear turbans.) But do you know why the men wear those turbans? Or any other facet of the faith? And sadly many Sikhs have suffered violent attacks – even being killed- by anti-Muslim bigots who confused them for Muslims because of the turban. Well, Manvir Singh, a Sikh and a very funny comedian, will join to me answer these questions and any others you have about Sikhism.

I hope you will not only tune in Saturday morning to the show, but give me a call during the show at 877-974-7487. I want to hear what you think about these issues.

My show airs live every Saturday at 10am to noon ET on SiriusXM Insight (Ch 121) and repeats several times over the weekend. It is also available On Demand. Hope you check it out and better yet give us a call during the show to “Ask a Muslim” a question, discuss issues of the week or even be contestant on our weekly segment “Name That Religion.” And as always, I want to be your Muslim friend – so if you don’t have one follow me on Twitter at @deanofcomedy and I’ll follow you back or ask me questions at

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