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Welcome new Patheos blogs! Ex-Communications is an awesome group of people talking about leaving religion. Also we have Jonny Scaramanga of Leaving Fundamentalism, who run a series called Christian Rock Thursdays, Steve Neumann of Notes Toward a New Chimera, which is about his philosophical jounrney after leaving Christianity not once buy twice, and Jason Torpy of The Human Animal a vegan veteran atheist.

Scott Alexander: I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup.

BBC News – Islamic State crisis: The 13-year-old on ‘righteous path’.

Edward Clint: Carl Sagan’s stumbles.

A series of posts about a man who deconverts after his son becomes an atheist. Read them all.

Brynn Tannehill: 10 Misconceptions Every Trans Ally Needs to Understand.

BBC News – Can Islamic State survive without Baghdadi?

BBC News – And then Ron said to Maggie.

Some of Pakistanis are not that thrilled about Malala Yousafzai winning Nobel.

Dan Fincke: Top 10 Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts.

Why Read New Books? by Tim Park

Great Plains Skeptic: The Truth about Polygraphs. and Are Your Dreams Really Trying to Tell You Something?

NY Times: Obama, Down but Not Out, Presses Ahead.

Turner at Twilight by Jenny Uglow.

Infidel753: Trite supremacy.

Smilodon’s Retreat: 10 Questions… and my responses.

Danielle Muscato: Today, I’m Saying Goodbye to My Old Self. Congratulations, Danielle!

BBC News – What explains the continuing fascination with Charles Manson?

Stephanie Zvan: Not Just Fundamentalism.

BBC News: Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’ drifts towards isolation.

NY Times: Mutual Suspicion Hangs Over Turkish Prime Minister’s Visit to Iraq.

Two Different American Futures: With an Iran Deal & Without.

Avicenna (not the Muslim philosophers): Rape Fantasies and Consent Explained.

Jonathan MS Pearce: Just world theory and oven doors. and Who are the true Muslims – all or none?

Dylan Thomas: Wilderness years in Oxford remembered.

Deacon Duncan: An important distinction.

Michael Stone: Atheism and the necessity of anti-theism for social justice.

No Cross No Crescent: Islam and the Unhindered Descent of Into the Intellectual Abyss

Heina Dadabhoy: Leaving the House of Islam. and Representing One Ex-Muslim Is Better Than Representing None.

An analysis about the firing of Chuck Hagel. Here is another which compares it to Rumsfeld firing.

Wesley Fenza: Most Online Dating Advice is Terrible.

An obituary: P. D. James, 1920-2014.

James Croft: This Atheist is Thankful for the Clergy.

Neil Carter: Why I Quit Believing, Explained.

Please stop calling climate deniers “skeptics”. Thanks.

An obituary: Mark Strand, 1934–2014.

Hemant Mehta: The Best Atheist Books of 2014.

This is a very informative article. ISIS: What the US Doesn’t Understand by Ahmed Rashid.

Chris Hallquist: Roko’s Basilisk illustrates the problems with the LessWrong community.

Alex Gabriel: Jesus was not a queer ally.

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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...