Commentary

Women Banned From Riding Bicycles in Iran

The ubiquity of cycling is one of the reasons for less pollution in the air and less traffic. Many people take up cycling and use it to go large distances. Among the cyclists are a large number of wom...

Iranian Police Arrest Woman for Improper Hijab

The posting of a video depicting the inhumane treatment of a girl by Iranian police has sparked a social media storm. The video shows the woman being arrested, as police used a hook and tools for hunt...

Victims of Blasphemy Laws

Accusations of blasphemy and brutality by religious zealots are a historical phenomenon. Religious fundamentalism always has a tendency of opposing different worldviews and responding with cruelty. Hi...

The Taliban, Afghan women’s worst nightmare

The world was stunned by the Taliban’s quick conquest of Afghanistan. Afghan citizens’ concerns and disappointments, particularly among women and girls, are indescribable. They fear being ...

Honor Killings in Iran

A father stabbed his 16-year-old daughter many times in an honor killing in Iran. The murder of this teenage girl, whose identity was announced as Shakiba Bakhtiar, occurred on Sunday, July 4th, accor...

Christians Privileged by Australian Education Policy

Affiliate member, Rationalist Society of Australia (RSA), issued a press release regarding the Australian government’s multi-million-dollar funding of a chaplaincy program (National School Chaplaincy ...

Gay man brutally murdered by family in Iran

LGBT rights activists have reported the killing of a young gay named Alireza Fazeli Monfared in Ahvaz, Iran. This 20 year old Iranian man was allegedly murdered, or beheaded according to some reports,...

Two Iranians on Trial for Blasphemy

On April 23, the death sentence of two prisoners who are being held in Arak prison in Iran on the charge of Sab-Al-Nabi was announced. According to Islamic law in Iran, anyone who insults the Prophet ...

Burmese Monk Against Human Rights

In a shocking video sent to AAI by affiliate Burmese Atheists, a senior monk derides the protestors and their demands for human rights, particularly over gay marriage which he prays never happens in M...

Flogging to honor Ramadan

In June 2017 and according to the state-run ILNA news agency, officials in Iran’s northwestern province of Qazvin sentenced 20 people to flogging for eating outside during the fasting month of R...

Iranian women protest the obligatory hijab

In early December 2017, Vida Movahed, known as ‘the Girl of Enghelab Street’ stood on a Junction box in Tehran’s Enghelab Street without a veil and lifted her white scarf to protest compulsory v...

AAI Responds to Freethought Prophet Podcast Allegations

Let me introduce myself: I am Jason Sylvester, aka Diogenes of Mayberry on social media. For the past year I have functioned as both the blog manager for AAI and as an unofficial advisor to the board....