Check Out My Guest Appearance at Naked Diner Podcast

I was on the Naked Diner Podcast with Andrew Hall and his friend Jack. I had a really great time chatting with these guys. I really enjoyed it. You should definitely listen! I talk about Iranian elections, Iranian politics, the experience as an atheist in Iran, an interesting anecdote about my involvement with Iranian Satanists, [Read More...]

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The Unbearable Toxicity of “Native Informant”

Anti-colonialist activists must avoid a pitfall. If they want to stand against colonialism and Islamophobia, they should refrain from creating a black and white image in which the Islamic culture is the absolute good guy, and the internal dissidents and critiques become a blind spot of such a worldview, and brushed aside as “Native Informants”. This will ignore the multitudes of people oppressed within those cultures – women, LGBT, apostates, minority religions, etc – and instead of a liberating movement, this type of post-colonialism ends up being the first line of defense in favor of totalitarianism. [Read more...]

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#Prayershaming and Masturbation

I will end my war on prayer when religious people end their war on masturbation. Because that’s how I calm myself in private. [Read more...]

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Why I’m Not Ready To “End” Atheism

Ryan Bell, my neighbor at Year Without God, tried atheism for a year and he liked that year so much that now he’s ready to “end” it, that is, move to some kind of “post-theist” era. Now it might be my prejudice against things that start with “post” – (post-modernism, post-colonialism, post-mortem), but here I am, ready to tell you how I think we are not ready to move from the Age of Atheism to our post-theist paradise. [Read more...]

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Religious Beliefs of Presidential Candidates Must Be a Factor in Voting for Them

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Unlike race and gender and orientation, religion is a factor that a discerning voter should consider deeply before casting their vote. That is, a voter who claims they consider religion a completely private matter and never consider the candidate’s religious beliefs before voting for them, might as well wipe their elegant behinds with the ballot and throw it into the toilet. [Read more...]

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Would I Pray to Make a Religious Person Happy? Hell No.

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In religiously hegemonic countries, the best thing an atheist can do is to not exist. The second best thing is to exist in a manner that makes their existence invisible, like pray. I will never pray for any living or dying person because I refuse to become invisible. I’m an atheist, and I will make you accept it by refusing to act along and to respect your symbolism. [Read more...]

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You Can’t Wash the Blood from the Hands of Religion

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In our history, religion has either caused the tyrant to be tyrannical, or it has inspired him, or it has justified him, or it has provided a convenient excuse for him. And it has done all of these things. So we can confidently claim that religion has been a very harmful force in our human history, and it remains mainly an obstacle in the path of progress to this day. This is the ant-theist claim, and it will not be disproved by inconsequential fact that religion was not alone in its atrocities, or that other factors have contributed to those atrocities. Religion’s hands still remain unwashed from the bloods it has shed. [Read more...]

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Book Review: Parenting Without God by Dan Arel

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Parenting Without God by Dan Arel is a thoughtful and comprehensive book about the challenges of being an atheist parents and it is a perfect read for the casual atheist struggling with raising a children in our theocratic world and it is definitely recommended. [Read more...]

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In Which I “Mansplain” to Muslim Women What Changes They Need

Fatima Bhutto says “It should be perfectly obvious that only Muslim women are qualified to speak/act on the changes they need”, but my freedom as an atheist in an Islamic theocracy is threatened and limited by Muslim women on a daily basis. The well-being of me and all my loved ones is directly tied to a feminist revolution in Muslim countries and Islamic theology. [Read more...]

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Answering Children: “Can I Draw Muhammad?”

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People like the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo are the vanguards of the battle for freedom. While here at Patheos we want to host a civil friendly conversation on faith, that conversation would never take place without people bravely pushing forward the boundary of “permissible” and “acceptable” speech, people bravely breaking taboos and defiling sacred idols. I welcome our civil discussion, but I never forget that our discussion takes place next to the corpses of those who have died for our freedom to have this discussion. And that’s why you should draw Muhammad. [Read more...]

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