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I’m proud to take part in two panels this Saturday and Sunday (your weekend) in the third FtB Con. I love the idea of internet conventions which let me participate from Iran. I look forward to interacting with my friends from FtB again, and there are many great people I really admire on these panels.

Since I’m a closeted atheist in Iran, I will participate only through audio, and I will most likely use a software to mask my voice. If you have good suggestions about how can I use a software to mask my voice in real time, please leave them below as comments.

These are the panels I’m on:

Understanding Ex-Muslims:

Saturday January 24th, 2015 9:00 am to 10:00 am (central time)

Ex-Muslims hail from different cultures, and just like Muslims they certainly cannot be considered a monolith. But there are still common themes that distinguish the experience of ex-Muslims from those who leave other religions. This inevitably leads to some misconceptions and faulty assumptions on both sides. Sometimes the ex-Muslims do not feel the welcoming embrace of the atheist community; they feel exiled from their own cultures and misunderstood among people who share their new identity. The aim of this panel is to discuss the roots and the causes of these misunderstandings, and to provide a space for ex-Muslims to express themselves and to try and make others in the atheist movement to see religion and the struggle of those who leave it from the point of view of ex-Muslims.

Other participants: Reem Abdel-Razek, Sakeena Almulhida, Heina Dadabhoy, Hiba Krisht

The True Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the “True” Version of Religion?

Sunday January 25th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am (central time)

A debate about the issue of “true” religion: some atheists claim that we can say that some versions (like fundamentalists) of a religion are the “true” version of those religions because of their relative consistency and loyalty to the scriptures, while other atheists bring different reasons to refute this, for example the subjective nature of the religion. This panel is a debate between the proponents of these two positions.

Other participants: Richard Carrier, Dan Fincke, Alex GabrielRussell Glasser

In that second panel I think I’m the only one who’s going for the full-blown “yeah we totally can” approach.

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An Iranian researcher, writer, and teacher who is an ex-Muslim atheist currently living in one of the theocracies in the world, Iran. Interested in literature, philosophy, and political sciences, especially...