March 5, 2014

Ben Baz Aziz introduces himself on our own Avicenna’s blog, Million Gods. Here you can read his introduction. Also, Ophelia Benson has interviewed him before, and you can read the interview here. I of course have unending admiration for Ben Baz and his bravery. I don’t know if posting this really helps or not, since I’m the new blog linking to two well-established (and fantastic) blogs. So maybe everyone who sees this already knows Ben Baz. But, if this helps… Read more

March 5, 2014

A bit of warning: this post contains some frank discussions about fear of death, and also some detailed description of violence. If you feel you might be disturbed, please don’t read. One of the claims that theists make, that is not rational at all is that religion helps people cope with death. Which means that atheists must have a difficult time coping death. This argument is not rational, because that doesn’t put any forward any evidence that religion is true…. Read more

March 3, 2014

Today I had a debate with an atheist friend who’s very lenient towards religion, and says that religion is a very valid need of humanity. He says: “Nowhere you hear the word ‘god’ more than in a cancer ward. When people who are lost in a frozen land, seek a shelter, why do you try to take that shelter away from them?” And then he accused me of disrespecting and humiliating theists, and ignoring people’s legitimate need for a shelter…. Read more

March 3, 2014

I’ve seen many arguments again pot legalization and I have found none of them convincing. The prize for the strangest argument goes to the liberal governor of California, who seems to be a very admirable politician in all other regards. HuffPo reports: California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday that he is not convinced legalizing marijuana is a good idea because the population needs to “stay alert.” “The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay,” Brown said on NBC’s… Read more

March 2, 2014

I’m not 100% certain that there is no god. I AM certain that there is no god, but not 100%. However, I’m 100% that Yahweh, Allah, or the historic gods such as Amon Ra don’t exist. I dislike the attitude of people like Jonathan Haidt, and I find it an annoying, simplistic, and superficial fad. Which is to claim every “certainty” is bad, that people are either fundamentalists or spend their entire life in a state of constant uncertainty and… Read more

March 2, 2014

I think the consensus among the critics and pundits is that tonight we will have another split between best picture and best director for the second year in a row. It seems that – if the prophets of the Oscars are to be believed – that 12 Years a Slave will win best picture and Alfonso Cuaron will win best director for Gravity. I personally would be very pissed if that happened. I have some reasons for my opinion: (more…) Read more

March 1, 2014

My problem with the term “New Atheists” is that there’s nothing “new” about us – there has always been very vocal opponents of religion, imagine Baron d’Holbach, Percy Shelley, Feuerbach, Ernestine Rose, Schopenhauer, Marx, Nietzsche, Russell, and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, or even some deists like Diderot and Hume, they have said some strong things about religion that puts people like Dawkins and Hitchens to shame. There has always been scientific atheism. There has always been politically passionate atheism. There has… Read more

March 1, 2014

To a western reader it might seem strange that a strong radical atheist like me has devoted his political life in supporting the reformists, who are a faction of Islamic Republic, and not seculars. The answer can only be understood in the geopolitical situation of Iran, and the impression I have that the reformists are best for Iranian people, while the seculars are more interested in pursuing their own political agenda at the cost of ordinary people. Of course, all… Read more

February 28, 2014

Enlightening, eye-opening, and extremely moving writing. Published in the superb blog, Between a Veil and a Dark Place, it’s called “What it is like to grow up in Hezbollah culture”. It’s a long article, but it’s worth your time, it’s also very hard to read at times but it’s worth your emotional investment too. You can read it as an excellent memoir, the author’s understanding of her own situation and description of events is so compelling that I would happily… Read more

February 28, 2014

The response to some of my earlier posts about Islam pointed out that there is some essentialism in my articles, and that I should simply say that Islam is “practiced” this way, or Muslims “believe” it this way, and to me all of this doesn’t necessarily point to a disagreement about Islam but a more fundamental disagreement about how ideology works. Without the intention to disprove the criticisms leveled at my previous posts, I simply want to express my own… Read more

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