Link Round-Up 10/26/2014

From IS to Truman Copote, from Hirohito to Malala Yusafzai, this is the most recent round of link-round-ups. [Read more...]

Iranians Pour Into Streets to Protest Against Acid Attacks Against Women

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Four women were attacked by acid last week in Isfahan. Iranians are now protesting in the streets against this violence against women. [Read more...]

Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani (1931-2014): The Tragedy of Traditional Conservatism

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Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, died today. He was the face of Iranian traditional conservatives. His life, therefore, means much more than him, it is a symbol of the traditional conservatism in Iran. A movement which was sidelined by reformists who wanted to move towards more modern values and by extremist conservatives who hijacked conservatism. He always wanted to be the “White-beard” who takes the middle ground between the different conservative factions, but Iran’s political climate had long ago passed the point, the white-beards were not useful, and Mahdavi Kani found himself at the end yet again a symbol of traditional conservatives: an old sickly man who should have retired years ago. [Read more...]

Foreign Policy Fails at Journalism Regarding Khomeini and Nuclear WMDs

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Foreign Policy publishes a piece about Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa against WMDs. But the source is a known liar and the story contradicts known facts. [Read more...]

A Rebuttal to NonProphet Status’s “Atheist communities need religious ambassadors”

Wendy Webber argues that we need to have religious messengers of peace and acceptance to come over to atheist communities. But this proposal argues the real need for purely secular spaces and more importantly, there seems to be a profound misunderstanding of the life experience of some atheists at the heart of it. [Read more...]

4 Fictional Arguments that the Liberal Defenders of Islam Have Thoroughly Debunked

There are many liberals on the web (it’s not you, I swear, it’s someone else), who courageously joined the online collective to protect the religion of Islam from its many powerful foes (such as ex-Muslims). So bad that these arguments are – you know – fictional, since actually no critic of Islam outside a bunch of Neo-Nazis on Twitters have made them. [Read more...]

Liberty Interview Episode 5: Helen Dale

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In this fifth episode of liberty interviews, I talk to Helen Dale is Senior Advisor to Senator David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democrats Senator for New South Wales, Australia’s first libertarian federal parliamentarian elected on a classical liberal ticket. Previously, she practiced corporate law in Edinburgh, Scotland. She qualified in English law at Oxford University, and in Scots law at Edinburgh University. She now lives in Sydney. [Read more...]

Bill Maher is No Bigot

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Many people accuse Bill Maher of Islamophobia, but his criticisms of the religion and the Muslim majority countries are not racist, and there are no examples of real bigotry and prejudice towards the Muslim minority in the West in his career. [Read more...]

Nobel Prize in Literature’s Wrong Obsession with Anonymity

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The French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is very famous in France, but almost nowhere else. Even if Modiano deserved his Nobel, I generally find this practice of giving the Prize to obscure authors wrong and here I argue why. [Read more...]

Hello to Patheos

Hello everyone! I’m the new atheist blogger at Patheos. I thank everyone and I’m proud to be here among some of my favorite bloggers and close friends. Here I introduce myself to you. I’m and Iranian and I still live in Iran. I’m an ex-Muslim atheist. I used to blog for Freethought Blogs until I [Read More...]


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