Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn’t alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.
Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.
It’s very difficult to talk about religion in Iran because religion has gotten so mixed up with politics.
Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations, from the state down to the village garden club, end a price in terms of a member’s freedom of thought and action.