Christopher Hitchens once wrote in his book that if he saw a group of men coming from a religious observance approaching him in the street, he would feel threatened. His immediate fear came from his different experiences in different cities. As an example, in Belfast, he observed streets burnt down by Christian groups and interviewed... Continue Reading →
So this awesome event is coming up in Melbourne. Grab your tickets below. A conference on the plight of ex-Muslims, their persecution and their human rights. Losing your religion can be hard, but for some, it can be fatal. For a Muslim, punishments for abandoning the faith range from ostracism and rejection by the family,... Continue Reading →
So Islamic republic of Iran is a fascinating regime. What's more fascinating is the media in Iran. Being run by the state and controlled by the supreme leader's direct supervision, heavily censored, full of propaganda, zero tolerance and so on... are only a few peculiarities of the Islamic republic of Iran's media. A few days... Continue Reading →
Horrifying news comes out of Iran everyday. However, in the past two months, it's gone crazier. Arresting free thinkers and environmentalist, "accidental" deaths of environmentalists in prisons, numerous executions, shooting down protesters, and now arresting teenagers who post pictures and videos on Instagram. Today, I found out that the police has arrested a 17 year... Continue Reading →
As an Iranian, coming out was not easy. I had struggled for almost 8 years before I stated my views on god and religion publicly.
I was born and raised in “Islamic Republic” of Iran, and moved to Australia in 2013. Although I have been an atheist for a few years, I have only recently overcome my inner and outer struggles of being an atheist publicly! So here I am!
All those struggles rooted in my fear of god, hell, damnation and chastisement and the Iranian government, which is the scariest one of course.
The Iranian education system is based on the doctrine of fear of God and his punishment. So schools and media are constantly bombarding people with the pessimistic ideas of Islam.
My deconversion was not an abrupt process. As a child I believed in Allah out of fear. I remember praying for my parents and begging God…
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Growing up in Iran, I had been exposed to constant Islamic indoctrination, and I had questions, lots of them. Mostly simple ones. What has always fascinated me was the questions of Why god is so angry at us? If he loves us (which I found that he doesn’t love anyone but himself in the most... Continue Reading →