Identity and religion

Religion is the central foundation in family, community and education in Islamic countries. Iran in this case is my sample. Personal identity is "What makes it true that a person at one time is the same thing as a person at another time?" or "What kinds of things are we persons?" if you ask these... Continue Reading →

Where is the line between criticizing and bigotry?

Recently, I read an article about how Sonia Kruger, a well-known Australian celebrity, claimed that Australia must close its borders to all Muslims. As an atheist/ ex-muslim whol lives in Australia, this sounds like bigotry to me as it is targeted towards a group of people. I have always criticised Islam but I have never... Continue Reading →

Quran, ass, duct tape and I

I’m in the 4th grade of primary school. 8 in the morning, in the schoolyard. We are all in lines waiting for a student to start his tilawat of Quran. You see, in Iran, at schools, it is mandatory to start the day with tilawat of a surah of Quran. Usually done by a student... Continue Reading →

Hawking’s threat!

Stephen Hawking has passed away. I was in the middle of class, teaching, when a student of mine read the news. I was sad but I continued teaching with a stronger desire. We have this one life to appreciate and flourish, and he certainly did! All of his struggles and all of his accomplishments. And... Continue Reading →

I am the atheist Seyyed

Since I remember I have always had problems with my name! Particularly since I have become an atheist! Not my first name though, but the religious title of “Seyed” which follows me everywhere I go in all official documents! My first name is Maziar. I kinda like it! I prefer Maz though! Maziar originally belongs... Continue Reading →

International Women’s day: the Heroines of Iran

Today's the international women's day. Though some are celebrating or ignoring the real issues, a woman in Iran, who removed her hijab to protest the mandatory veiling during the recent protests, has been sentenced to two years in jail. Most of the feminists groups including the Women’s March have been hypocritcally silent about the women’s... Continue Reading →

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