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


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...]

Real Tolerance Is Not Understanding: Or Why Empathy Is Cheating


It’s no big deal to tolerate what is the same as you. Finding ways to convince yourself that others are the “same” is cheating. It’s also no big deal to tolerate what you understand. Understanding is cheating. It’s no big deal to tolerate what you empathize with. Empathy is cheating. You only win the tolerance game if you tolerate what is different, what you don’t understand, what you can’t empathize with. [Read more...]

Link Round-Up 11/7/2014

From the philosophical concept of Qualia to the validity of the concept of gay pride, from Michael Sata leaving the world and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trying to return to it, from poet bandits to Christopher Nolan, and of course the ever present star of link round-ups the terrorist group IS, this is the new installation of link round-ups! [Read more...]

GOP Overtake of Senate: What Does It Mean for Iran Negotiations?


The Republicans completely defeated the Democrats in Midterm elections, and the GOP took over the Senate as well and that means that Mitch McConnell will become the Majority Leader of the Senate. This is especially bad news considering that United States is right now negotiating with Iran as part of the P5+1 to solve the nuclear issue peacefully and diplomatically. Maybe if the Congress wants to pass a new sanctions bill after January 3rd, it’s very likely that the Senate will have the 66 votes to bypass Obama’s veto. Harry Reid was one of the few allies Obama had on this issue, and he used his leadership position to help the diplomatic approach.We know that McConnell will do no such things, and this in itself will make the situation worse. [Read more...]