Catch Me Twice on FTBCon3


I’m proud to take part in two panels this Saturday and Sunday (your weekend) in the third FtB Con. I love the idea of internet conventions which let me participate from Iran. I look forward to interacting with my friends from FtB again, and there are many great people I really admire on these panels. [Read More...]

Conversion Before Deconversion: How I Became a Sunni Muslim


Before I became an atheist, I was born to a Shiite dominated culture, and I was indoctrinated to the Shiite religion at the elementary school and when I began to question my faith, I converted and became a Sunni. And it all began with a single question. “Why can’t we draw the picture of Muhammad?” [Read more...]

#JeSuisCharlie: Link Roundup

This is a special edition of link round ups in which I focus only on articles surrounding the Charlie Hebdo atrocity. Personally, I 100% believe that the magazine was not racist but the very opposite of it, and the murdered satirists are great heroes. I feel I don’t need to argue for this myself as these links do so efficiently. You can use these links to use to dispute people who unfairly defame and sully the memories of these great people. [Read more...]

Iranian Parliament Members Physically Attack Someone So He Doesn’t Demand the Release of Opposition Leaders

Via Today’s Zaman: An Iranian parliament session descended into chaos on Sunday as several hard-line lawmakers disrupted a speech by a moderate colleague criticizing the long-term house arrest of two opposition leaders. Parliamentarian Ali Motahari was speaking out in an open session on the detention orders against Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi. The pair [Read More...]

Take Philosophy Classes with Professor Daniel Fincke


Are you interested in philosophy? This is the best opportunity for you to learn some philosophy. I will quote Dan Fincke himself in this post. Let me just tell you that he is a great teacher and an awesome man to have a philosophical debate with, so make sure to take his classes or if [Read More...]

#JeSuisCharlie: Why I Won’t Let the Muslims Off the Hook

#JeSuisCharlie: Muslim reformists should not deceive themselves into thinking that this extremism is only a tiny minority of “fake” Muslims that is being exaggerated by the hostile colonialists media. While extremists such as these shooters indeed are a minority (though not that tiny) within the Muslim community, they are not the disease, they are merely the symptom of a greater disease that is much more prevalent. And Muslims reformists, in alliance with secularists, have a duty to cure this disease, albeit slowly. The first step is admitting – stop shifting the blame and accept that the demon lies within and not without. [Read more...]

Rouhani Asks for Referendum – What Does It Mean for the Nuclear Program?

President Rouhani has made a very unprecedented demand in a speech, he has demanded a referendum. Rouhani offered no specific thing to be on referendum, but since the entirety of his speech was about the nuclear issue, one can assume he was referring to that. No referendum will be taking place, so the conclusion one can reach is that Rouhani and his enemies are engaged in a heated psychological combat, and Rouhani invokes the specter of a referendum to remind his enemies that he has the popular support of Iranian people on this issue. [Read more...]

Why Campaigns to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Life Were Defeated? An Expert’s View.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was a woman who was murdered a man when all signs point that the man had been attempting to rape her and therefore her action was in self defense. It got a lot of international coverage and many atheists got involved in campaigns to save her life. Unfortunately, the attempts didn’t succeed and she was wrongfully executed. Shadi Sadr is a renowned Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, former political prisoner, and prominent feminist. She was Reyhaneh Jabbari’s lawyer – until she was forced to immigrate from Iran, I think – and she has been active in many human rights campaigns within Iran. You cannot get a better perspective than that, and she has written an article for BBC Persian about why Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in spite of the international and national campaigns to save her life. I thought my readers would benefit from her insight so I present a summary of her main points here. [Read more...]

What Sartre Means to an Iranian Democracy Activist


We like many western philosophers here in Iran, but if no other philosopher has been as influential and as widely read by multiple generations of Iranians as much as the existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre. Few other philosophers’s thoughts are so miraculously Iranian – few of them seem to be directly talking to a repressed nation under a repressed regime, few of them seem to have looked so squarely at our ailments and had written a prescription we sorely needed. [Read more...]

Read This Poem to Understand How Living Under a Theocracy Feels


“The Garden of Love” is a poem written by William Blake some two centuries ago. There are very few poems that speak to me so directly and it seems he had experience living in Iran. I love it and share it here. [Read more...]