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 hypocritically silent about the women’s... Continue Reading →

Morality of religion… NO! Thank you!

It is believed that religion is the ultimate model of morality, and whoever follows a religion is considered as a moral person within that specific religion. Religion texts are ancient, and they reflect the values of the times when they were written”. Humans live and thrive on a corrective feedback system. We improve ourselves everyday.... Continue Reading →

Veiling: God’s fetish (Part I: Evolution)

Recently women in Iran have started to publicly protest against mandatory hijab by the help of My Stealthy Freedom, a social media campaign which encourages women to stand up against the oppressive Islamic regime. Meanwhile, in the western countries, hijab has been fetishized as a symbol of power and autonomity of women. With all due... Continue Reading →

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