April 13, 2014

James Croft has written this article, called “Responsible Religious Criticism: Part One – Questions of Power” back in May 2013, but he has reposted it on his Facebook wall because of the recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I give my own reply to it here. I’m personally a huge fan of James Croft, I love his work. In this post I disagree with what he says, and I’m going to address him – it feels more comfortable. I’m not… Read more

April 12, 2014

First off, I didn’t know siblings day existed. Happy siblings day! I don’t have any siblings, so I’ll celebrate with this picture instead: Now on to the links! (more…) Read more

April 11, 2014

I have a thought experiment! Take a look at these sentences. A: “I’m a libertarian. I believe in free market. I think free market only happens when everybody is taxed at least 90%, and the government owns everything and there is no private sector. That’s what Ayn Rand really meant.” B: “I’m a Marxist. I believe that the correct interpretation of Socialism is to make sure workers have no right and that profit is more important. Like what happens in… Read more

April 10, 2014

I posted this originally on James Croft’s Facebook page. It included other people too, but I’m only posting my own thoughts. Might be an asshole move, but I feel what I said is important and I want to share it. Sorry for the one-sided conversation. (more…) Read more

April 9, 2014

This is simply outrageous. Via The Times of Israel (thanks to Colnago80 for sharing the link): After taking heat from some of its own over a decision to grant an honorary degree to an advocate for Muslim women who has made comments critical of Islam, Brandeis University withdrew the planned honor Tuesday night. The university said in a statement that Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali would no longer receive the honor at the May 18 commencement. Ali, a member of the… Read more

April 9, 2014

This weblog is some kind of megaphone for me, a single Iranian ex-Muslim atheist. I thought I could use it to tell the story and amplify the voice of other Iranian ex-Muslims, so from now on I’m going to interview some Iranian atheists anonymously and ask them to tell their story. This is the first one, Shayan, a friend of mine. I have asked the questions and he has answered them. (more…) Read more

April 8, 2014

Via Washington Post: A measure that would ban Iran’s recently appointed ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate Monday evening, a legislative victory for its lead sponsor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Several aides confirm that Cruz talked over the weekend with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), the chamber’s third-ranking Democrat, who also has been pushing aggressively for sanctions against Iran and for the Obama administration to block granting a visa… Read more

April 7, 2014

Not all the policies of the Islamic Republic are bad. Sadly, it seems that the Islamic Republic is intent of changing course and adapting stupid policies. Firstly, Iran had a very adequate family planning policy. Birth control was available, cheap, and encouraged. The abortion, while still illegal in most cases, was available for an Islamic country. The education of women was encouraged and made easy. All of this led to sharp decrease in over-population, and although Iran is still suffering… Read more

April 6, 2014

If I were to imitate Ed Brayton and come up with a list of “Things that Atheists shouldn’t say”, I would look for material in many articles and lists and speeches that tend to clear up misunderstandings about atheism. Usually I feel on the side of the misconceived atheist, and it seems that I do fit the bill when it comes to how some religious people imagine atheists pretty neatly. I do hate god, although I don’t believe in him,… Read more

April 5, 2014

I’m going to do this on my blog from now on. Dan Fincke reviews God is Not Dead in detail. Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Now all these are as long as a novella, but Dan’s articles are worth much more, make sure to read them. Peter Mosley brings seven reasons why saying “I will pray for you pisses off atheists”. Marwa Berro takes care of her Muslim critic quite successfully. An article by Michelle Goldberg… Read more

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