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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Maz, I'm a 27 year old linguist/teacher. I was born and raised in "Islamic Republic" of Iran, and moved to Australia in 2013. Although I have been an atheist for a few years, I have recently overcome my inner and outer struggles of being an atheist publicly! So here I am!

    All those struggles rooted in my fear of god, hell, damnation and chastisement and the Iranian government, which is the scariest one of course.
    The Iranian education system is based on the doctrine of fear of God and his punishment. So schools and media are constantly bombarding people with the pessimistic ideas of Islam.
    I believe that no one must go through what I have.

    My deconversion was not an abrupt process. As a child I believed in Allah out of fear. I remember praying for my parents and begging God not to send them to Hell. I remember crying out of fear, I remember doing rituals during Mourning of Muharram when I wore black clothes, did chest beating and swung chains onto my shoulders until they bled. Later, in high school, I became familiar with Nietzche, Bertrand Russell, Kafka and Richard Dawkins. Then, I entered a prolonged stage of skepticism. Finally, during my undergrad years, after publishing an article about rationality, I was arrested by the intelligence ministry, taken to a secret prison where I was left in a solitary cell with one book, Quran. Since I had nothing to do during those 28 days, except listening to a guy crying in the ajoining room, I read The Quran more than a few times. The first couple of times, I read it as a holy book, word of Allah, but then I read it as a pure work of fiction. That's when I realized I had become a rational atheist who believed in science rather than a poetry scripted by some men who listened to an illiterate man 1500 years ago in the Arabia.

    Sorry for the long post.
    Regards,
    Maz

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    Welcome, Maz.

    It's been a hard road, by the sound of it.

    I hope we can make you welcome here.
    EJB

    I’m not one of the dead ones yet. - Ms Fishie.


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    Welcome to the forum Maz, I look forward to your input.

    '[They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.' ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

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    Hello and welcome. Quite a journey you have had.
    The meaning of your life, is what you choose to make it.

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    welcome Maz, i wish you have a great long life free from religion and Allah

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    Welcome Maz. Don't worry about the long post, it was great reading.

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    Hi maz, welcome to the forum.
    Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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    Welcome Maz, you are one very brave person.
    Just stick to the idea that science tests falsifiable hypotheses to destruction.

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    Welcome Maz, its great to meet you.

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    Hi there
    “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ― Warsan shire
    “Human beings have rights and are entitled to respect. Ideas, books, and beliefs don’t, and aren’t.” ― Ali A Rizvi

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