The Revolutionary Guard’s “Cold Coup” Against the Rouhani Administration

Sahamnews, a major Green Movement websites, has released a report which chronicles the attempts of the Revolutionary Guards against the Rouhani administration, which are organized, calculated, and obviously defy the law and people’s vote. The website dubs these organized efforts a “cold coup”, as they don’t intend to overthrow the administration but to make it so crippled and ineffective that there’s virtually no difference. [Read more...]

My Tolerant Moderate Student Is the Reason I’m an Antitheist, Not Fundementalists

So yesterday in the class I asked my students what they thought of death, if they were afraid of it or not, and they all gave various replies. I didn’t bring up this morbid topic. One of them did. Among my students some are deeply religious. One of them is very progressive. She’s always on my [Read More...]

Credible Polling Agency: 86% of Iranians Want a Nuclear Deal

According to a new survey, 86 percent of Iranians support a diplomatic nuclear deal. In addition, 80 percent of Iranian approves the President Rouhani’s administration job in handling the negotiation over Iran’s nuclear activities. [Read more...]

Maryam Namazie Gives Predictable Reply to My Piece

So my article Maryam Namazie Frequently Publishes Misrepresentations about Iranian Politics was brought to Maryam Namazie’s attention, and she chooses to accuse me of being a regime supporter instead of actually addressing the points I had brought up against her. Well, she sort of addresses only one point, except she really doesn’t. It was recently [Read More...]

Then Who Is It About, Exactly?

My dear friend and Patheos co-blogger Neil Carter wrote a blog posts called Why I Broke Up with Jesus. The basic premise is comparing the relationship with Jesus to a romantic relationship and as you’ve guessed one side of the relationship displays absolutely no interest in reciprocating. Another Patheos blogger, however, is not amused. Frederick Schmidt of What God Wants for Your Life has written a piece called It’s not all about you. In that piece he admonishes Neil for his narcissism and taking it all personally thinking it’s all about him. Here I write a reply to that piece. [Read more...]

Reblog: Why Iran Needs Reform and Not Revolution

What Iran needs is reform, not revolution and an overthrow of the regime, although this might sound counter intuitive at first. [Read more...]

My Favorite English Poetry

I love poetry. Friends have asked me to recommend some good poetry to them, and I figured out I could make a list. The list might seem very obvious to people who already love poetry, but if you are someone who is just beginning to enjoy poetry, the list may be useful to you. I [Read More...]

Two Muslim Arguments for Monotheism

The basic argument of a post by Eric Steinhart is that Christian philosophers and theologians have provided no reasoning to prove that there is only one God, and based on their argument’s for God’s existence, there’s no rational reason to assume that monotheism is more rational than polytheism. I quote two Shiite Muslim arguments in defense of monotheism, one based on the unity of the universe and the other an extension of the ontological argument. [Read more...]

Maryam Namazie Frequently Publishes Misrepresentations about Iranian Politics

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It happens often that Iranians who have lived outside Iran for decades or less portray a very misleading and dishonest picture of Iranian politics. Maryam Namazie is one of the worst offenders. She basically gives voice to a narrative that is not only false, but dangerous if people were to believe it. This narrative is that there is no difference between reformists and fundamentalists, and what Iran needs is a revolution that overthrows the regime, and that when that revolution happens, a secular democratic utopia is just around the corner. But those factions are not the same and a revolution might be very disastrous for Iran. Her position in the atheist movement should not enable her to speak about Iran. Because her views are inaccurate and dangerous. [Read more...]

Guest Post by Farah Shah: The Negative Meaning of Tolerance

This was originally a comment on my blog post “Real Tolerance Is Not Understanding: Or Why Empathy Is Cheating” by my friend Farah Shah. I felt it significantly added to my point, so I asked her permission to publish it as a guest post. “I mean, say, that really were the case and all LGBTQ (or most of them) across the board preferred a more “casual-sex” type of lifestyle over “commitment”, how would that actually justify societies not granting them the same rights as everyone else? How would justify looking down on them with condescension?” [Read more...]


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