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  1. Western World

    Look past the headlines and most people in the west are just trying to keep a roof over their heads and rear their children well, just like people everywhere else. Clothes are just clothes, a westerner in a miniskirt and a topless lady in Africa are just wearing their clothes. Governments and elites are almost universally bad, including in "the Muslim world" imo. Power corrupts etc.
  2. #4 Are you a Coffee Drinker?

    I love it, and a little superficial searching on Google reveals that it's some kind of magical elixir that prevents cancer, diabetes and senility if you only drink enough of it (5 or more cups a day)
  3. I don't know enough about logic or physics to take a hard position on whether or not a creator is logically or scientifically necessary. I'm inclined to lean towards the atheist view point but personally I don't care or think it matters whether there is or isn't a creator. Something that I do find interesting is the path that leads from a logical/scientific process that concludes that there must be a creator of some kind to the acceptance of a specific definition of this creator such as the Christian version, the Muslim version or whatever other ones there are. Is this a thing? Are they joined up or is creation the point where faith takes its own faith?
  4. I usually just pick a username off the top of my head when signing up to things
  5. I left as a teenager as soon as circumstance forced me to step back from the flock and think it through for myself. First of all I had personal issues with what the priests in school were saying about small-scale right and wrong stuff. Should I take them seriously or not? To answer this I had to go back to clarify a few other questions for myself and I found out pretty quickly I'm not a christian: Do I believe in the immaculate conception? No Do I believe Jesus was the son of god? No Do I believe he walked on water or turned the loaves in to fishes or anything like that? No Do I believe in the resurrection? No Do I believe in Heaven or Hell? No Life after death? No A day of reckoning? No God? Not really, at least not a god that anyone on earth knows anything about and certainly not the mish-mash of human attributes that Christianity projects on to the concept of God.
  6. Australia Austria Belgium Benin Burkina Faso France Ghana Hungary Indonesia Iran Ireland (home) Italy Lithuania Malaysia Mali Mauritania Netherlands New Zealand Niger Senegal Singapore Spain Switzerland Togo UK USA I want to go back to Iran and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Oman are high on my wish list.
  7. Where is your novel?

    I've never tried to write a novel but I think it is hard, particularly if you want to write a good one with consistent voices, narrative etc. Getting it published is not easy though. A friend of mine has written several novels without any indication from publishers that they've read even a word of the manuscripts he sent to them.
  8. This is a debatable point, at least. There are scientific reports that state the opposite - that ejaculating (whether solo or in company) is good for fertility, helps avoid premature ejaculating, helps you sleep, possibly helps reduce risk of prostate cancer. Obviously if your reasons for avoiding it are religious then these are not relevant considerations.
  9. Question about languages in Iran

    What about Dari? I've read that it is something like an older form of Farsi than is spoken in Iran at present. Is the difference mainly apparent when it is spoken? I have exchanged some written messages with Afghans online and their written responses seem like normal Farsi to me. Admittedly, my Farsi is very weak.
  10. Tips on learning Farsi

    Forvo is good for finding out how to pronounce words you might encounter in your reading https://forvo.com/languages/fa/
  11. The Big Gay Iftar

    A mosque in Dublin invited gay people to iftar last year https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/lgbt-people-invited-to-muslim-community-meal-in-dublin-1.2702802 I guess these are probably sunni muslims at this mosque, I don't know if there is much difference between sunni or shia attitudes to this matter. Some muslims were not happy about this dinner and I think some gay people were not happy when they found out that the Imam had not changed his views about homosexuality after all https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/muslim-leader-criticised-over-insulting-invite-to-gay-people-1.2707041 As a gay non-muslim I thought it was a nice move. We have to live in society together so we might as well be civil about it.
  12. What to do in Iran

    I was worrying too much. Such a beautiful country and such nice people.
  13. PressTV?

    Do you guys read AL Monitor and if so what is your opinion of it? I like it because it seems to be reasonably unbiased and concise but I have no way of judging the quality of the information it provides.
  14. What to do in Iran

    I'm going on a trip to Iran soon and I am really excited. I started learning the Persian language a couple of years ago and I think it's time to go and give it a try out. I hope my question is not inappropriate but it is a what-to-do-in-iran question. I have noticed in online language exchanges that the topic of family and children is very popular and often a starting point for a friendly chat. That's fine and I like to hear about peoples lives but I am gay with no wife or family. This is not a subject I'd generally bring up in conversation myself and online it's usually easy enough to deflect the conversation away from myself but I'm worried this might be more difficult in person. How should I deal with these questions in Iran? e.g. You are that age and you are not married?!! Why?! Would you not like a family? Don't you like children? Normally I'd be up front and just say it, it's the simplest solution but maybe it's not safe to do so in Iran? I prefer to be honest in conversation but I also want to have a nice trip and return home in one piece. Am I worrying too much?!
  15. What makes you think that homosexuality is contagious?