CJ Werleman

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CJ Werleman
Residence Southern California, US
Nationality Australian
Occupation Journalist, author, commentator

CJ Werleman (born 18 June 1973) is an Australian American journalist, author, columnist, and political commentator. He has published six books and more than 200 opinion-editorials for The Contributor, Salon, American Herald Tribune, and Middle East Eye.

Werleman provides commentary and analysis on the Israel-Palestinian conflict,[1] transnational terrorism, and US foreign policy, and has appeared on CBC, The Young Turks Network, the Thom Hartmann Show, Al Jazeera, and the Joe Rogan Show.

Published Books

In October 2009, Werleman published his debut book, God Hates You. Hate Him Back, which became an international bestseller, holding the number one ranking on Amazon under category atheism for six months. In September 2010, Werleman's second book Jesus Lied. He Was Only Human was released. Koran Curious: a Guide for Infidels and Believers was published in 2011. Werleman released Crucifying America: The Unholy Alliance between the Christian Right and Wall Street, in November 2013. He published Atheists Can't Be Republicans: If Facts And Evidence Matter in June 2014, and 'The New Atheist Threat: the Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists' in July 2015.


Werleman is an atheist but has denounced the "new atheists" as "secular extremists," "whites supremacists," and apologists for Western imperialism.[2]


In 2005, Werleman witnessed an al-Qaeda led terrorist attack in Bali, Indonesia. He has written extensively about terrorism and violent extremism, and is pursuing terrorism studies at the academic level.[3]

Personal life

Born in Sydney, Australia, Werleman migrated to Bali, Indonesia in 2003. In 2005, he witnessed the twin suicide bomb attacks on Bali's Jimbaran Beach and it was this experience that piqued his interest in studying violent extremism and transnational terrorist groups. In 2012, Werleman emigrated to the United States, currently residing in Southern California.


In October 2014, professor Peter Boghossian brought Werleman's plagiarism of Vali Nasr's The Dispensable Nation to the attention of Stephen Knight of the Godless Spellchecker's Blog.[4] Subsequent investigation by both Knight and Boghossian revealed that Werleman had repeatedly plagiarized the work of numerous writers including Fareed Zakaria, William Broyles Jr., Robert Pape, and Eduardo Porter.[4] Whole sentences and passages from Werleman's published articles in Salon Magazine and AlterNet were found to have been copied or adapted from previously published works without any citation or attribution.[5]

Upon learning of this discovery, reporter Michael Luciano of The Daily Banter began searching for more instances of plagiarism, unearthing over a dozen additional examples drawn from a wide range of sources including works by attorney and secular activist David Niose, author Hedrick Smith, reports by Pew Research Center and by People for the American Way, a speech given by U.S. President Barack Obama, and Wikipedia.[6] Werleman responded to the allegations in a Facebook post, admitting some instances of plagiarism.[7]

AlterNet went on to remove all of Werleman's articles from their archives and issued an apology to readers and those who had been plagiarized.[8] Salon also addressed Werleman's plagiarism in their "Corrections" section under 2014, telling readers that plagiarized passages would be marked with bold text and hyperlinks to the original sources.[9]

Falsified video

In a December 2015 tweet, Werleman falsely cited images of Guatemalan soldiers "roughing up" a teenager as being "...Israeli soldiers beating and torturing Palestinian detainees in occupied West Bank." The original video of the Guatemalan soldiers was first posted by Al Jazeera and shown on Yahoo! News.[10]

Published books

In October 2009, his debut book was published, God Hates You. Hate Him Back, criticizing the character of Yahweh in the Old and New Testament of the Bible. In September 2010, Werleman's second book Jesus Lied. He Was Only Human was released. Koran Curious was published in 2011, using Rashad Khalifa's self-published Koran translation.[11] Werleman released Crucifying America: The Unholy Alliance between the Christian Right and Wall Street, in November 2013. He published Atheists Can't Be Republicans: If Facts And Evidence Matter in June 2014 and The New Atheist Threat: the Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists in July 2015.


  1. "Why BDS is Right Way to Combat Israeli Apartheid". http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/why-bds-right-way-combat-israeli-apartheid-194375325/. 
  2. "Is New Atheism an Anti-Muslim White Supremacy Movement". http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/new-atheism-anti-muslim-white-supremacy-movement-426032443/. 
  3. "Atheists Don’t Get Terrorism". http://www.salon.com/2014/09/17/atheists_dont_get_terrorism_why_sam_harris_fails_to_understand_the_islamic_threat_partner/. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "CJ Werleman: Misrepresentation, Dubious Ethics and Unoriginal Hackery". Godless Spellchecker's Blog. 14 Oct 2014. http://www.gspellchecker.com/2014/10/cj-werleman-misrepresentation-dubious-ethics-and-unoriginal-hackery/. Retrieved 3 Apr 2015. 
  5. "Is CJ Werleman a Plagiarist?". Godless Spellchecker's Blog. 17 Oct 2014. http://www.gspellchecker.com/2014/10/is-cj-werleman-a-plagiarist/. Retrieved 3 Apr 2015. 
  6. Luciano, Michael (17 Oct 2014). "New Atheist-Basher Is Apparent Plagiarizer and Thinks It’s No Big Deal". The Daily Banter. http://thedailybanter.com/2014/10/looks-like-salon-writer-critical-new-atheists-busted-plagiarism/. 
  7. Cara, Eddy (23 Oct 2014). "When did plagiarism become journalism's status quo?". The Daily Dot. http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/plagiarism-journalism-cj-werleman/. Retrieved 3 Apr 2015. 
  8. "Special Note to Readers: AlterNet Regrets Author's Plagiarism". AlterNet. 20 Oct 2014. http://www.alternet.org/special-note-readers-alternet-regrets-authors-plagiarism. Retrieved 3 Apr 2014. 
  9. "Corrections". Salon. http://www.salon.com/about/corrections/. Retrieved 3 Apr 2015. 
  10. "Haters Caught Manipulating Video to Cast IDF as Child Abusers". Jewish Press. 27 Dec 2015. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/haters-caught-manipulating-video-to-cast-idf-as-child-abusers/2015/12/27/0/. Retrieved 29 Dec 2015. 
  11. "‘Koran Curious: A Guide for Infidels and Believers’ By C. J. Werleman – Book Review by Michael A. Sherlock". Michael A. Sherlock (Author). Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160330173507/https://michaelsherlockauthor.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/koran-curious-a-guide-for-infidels-and-believers-by-c-j-werleman-book-review-by-michael-a-sherlock/. 

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