That is an awesome story!!! I'm glad you have the guts to speak out about the truth of what went on in your heart and mind. Some people find these thoughts scary, but one thing is for sure, after you open up your mind and understand what a good and honest thing free thought is, there is NO WAY to ever go back to the way it was. Religion knows that, and in some cases does whatever it can to protect its hold on people. I love that you share your thoughts on this!! Well done!
I to a much lesser degree know how you feel. I'm from the south, (bible belt) and having the view I do, comes with its own set of problems, like being socially unacceptable, and even accosted and threatened with violence on one very rare occasion. Nothing like the struggle the people of Iran have. Historically, they are a very intelligent culturally rich and philosophical people. Hopefully, they can overcome their forced religion and return to their more historically enlightened selves. I happen to believe that MOST cultures were progressive until religion choked the life out of them.
Thanks Kelly and everyone for the nice words! I live on the west coast - in southern California so I am sure the bible south is much more of a tough life when it comes to religious freaks as southern California in which even though we are more to the right politically (in Orange County) and in which people may call themselves Christians - they are pretty much all secular and not the type of religious right wing freaks that I can imagine in the south...so I am not trying to disparage the types of difficulties that you may go through or live with in the south - just that in Iran, it takes even more extreme forms. In addition, I find Christians for the most part be peaceful and not want to kill you - they may want to be ignorant and force religion down your throat (which is bad enough) and focus on issues such as abortion and birth control (which is horrible as it is a women's right) - but I find Christianity overall to be much more benign than Islam. And Kelly, you are so on point with your assessment on cultures...the one and only good thing about this regime in Iran is that it has allowed the Iranian people to see what Islam truly is. Under the Shah - the people inside of Iran could not be so anti-Islamic as they are today. Once this regime goes - I truly believe, Islam has no future inside of a free and democratic Iran.
And Misty Dawn Sparkman, wow, only 3-weeks. What made you change at that age?? I am your age too..would be interested in your story since the change you discuss happened for you so recently..
Not much time ago...just a bit new...