Sunday, 11 April 2010

Taslima Nasrin’s speech from the Global Atheist Convention

The Token Atheist podcast by Kylie Sturgess features Taslima Nasrin's speech from the Global Atheist Convention in episode #16. You can download it here: On One Woman's Struggle For Secularism.
Taslima Nasrin
Taslima Nasrin is from Bangladesh, was raised as a Muslim and has long been targeted by Muslim extremists. In 1994, she was forced into exile from her native country after mass demonstrations demanded her death for blasphemy and the government charged her with ‘hurting religious feelings’. In 2007, after moving to the neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal, Muslim protests forced Taslima out of India. She is able only to visit, and even that seems quite tentative. In an editorial comment on the riots, The Hindu newspaper strongly defended Taslima Nasrin and noted that ‘By violently protesting every instance of publication of her articles, the religious fundamentalists obviously want to force a ban, otherwise legally unsustainable, on her critical and creative works.’
Taslima Nasrin’s official site is at: http://taslimanasrin.com

Originally posted by Ian Woolf

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