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Old 21st September 2017, 10:50 AM
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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.

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Maz
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Old 21st September 2017, 09:26 PM
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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.
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Old 21st September 2017, 10:31 PM
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Welcome to the forum Maz, I look forward to your input.
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Old 21st September 2017, 11:41 PM
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Hello and welcome. Quite a journey you have had.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 12:06 AM
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welcome Maz, i wish you have a great long life free from religion and Allah
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Old 22nd September 2017, 06:23 AM
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Welcome Maz. Don't worry about the long post, it was great reading.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 06:55 AM
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Hi maz, welcome to the forum.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 10:51 AM
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Welcome Maz, you are one very brave person.
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Welcome Maz, its great to meet you.
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