For You the Flag Is Flung: Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

When one has touched as many hearts and has brought joy to as many lives as Robin Williams did, whom we lost yesterday, your life, although a unified whole, will mean something specific to each different person who mourns your passing. In that sense every great man or a woman is like a poem, as [Read More...]

No Justice for the Murdered Iranian Blogger

It was a while ago that news broke out that the Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was murdered under torture. Via Wikipedia: Sattar Beheshti (Persian: ستار بهشتی‎) was an Iranian blogger who died in early November 2012 several days after being arrested by the Iranian Cyber Police unit for criticizing the government of the Islamic Republic on Facebook, and after making a signed complaint of being tortured [Read More...]

On Harm, Truth, and Hegemonies: Another Response to Libby Anne

Libby Anne honored me by responding to my response, and I want to than her very much for taking the time to do this, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue this dialogue. This is her original column, this is my response, and this is her counter-response. In short, Libby argued about why she opposes the [Read More...]

The Intellectual Mandate to Criticize Progressive Theism: A Response to Libby Anne’s Article

I have repeatedly defended the position that atheists have a right to say that a particular version of a religion is “true”, and they have the right to call out progressive religious people as being incoherent and presenting odd defenses of their religions. Of course, since I’m an ex-Muslim I have focused on Islam, but [Read More...]

Welcome All the New FTB Bloggers

Yesterday I welcomed Hiba whom I very glad and honored to call a friend, but FTB has now two new fresh bloggers as well. One is Heina Dadabhoy who used to blog for Skepchick and has a very sharp vision and strong argumentative powers, and also a major voice on ex-Muslim issues. The addition of [Read More...]

Welcome Hiba to FTB!

So, my favorite ex-Muslim blogger is on FTB. I have mentioned Hiba Krisht (previously known as Mawa Berro) on this blog many times before, and if you are interested in ex-Muslims issues, I personally don’t know any better blogger to turn to. This is really an honor for FTB to host her. Read her author [Read More...]

One Year On: Evaluating Rouhani’s Presidency So Far

A year has passed since Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as the president of Iran. I have talked about the meaning of his election before, and I suggest you read that article before this one. In this one, I review his one year as the president, and I will say how successful I consider him [Read More...]

Read My Deconversion Story at A Tippling Philosopher

Jonathan MS Pearce was kind enough to run a guest post of mine at his fantastic blog, A Tippling Philosopher. In it I tell the story of my deconversion. This is the introduction to that piece: I already have written a very long book as my memoir to narrate my experience as an atheist in [Read More...]

The Weirdest Search Terms Leading to My Blog

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The Sin of Joy

Maybe you have come across Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç saying that laughing loudly is not allowed for women in Islam. Women should not laugh out loud in public, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said while complaining about “moral corruption” in Turkey. Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arınç described his [Read More...]


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