After death threats, Bangladeshi atheist relocates to US

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Bangladeshi exiled writer Taslima Nasrin is framed by the stars of the EU logo during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on December 15, 1994. Photo courtesy of Reuters
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ATHEIST-RELOCATE, originally transmitted on June 2, 2015.

Bangladeshi exiled writer Taslima Nasrin is framed by the stars of the EU logo during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on December 15, 1994. Photo courtesy of Reuters *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ATHEIST-RELOCATE, originally transmitted on June 2, 2015.

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(RNS) Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi gynecologist, novelist and poet, made the move after death threats from al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, which claimed credit for the killing of another Bangladeshi atheist last month.

  • Sanjay Tiku

    I think tagging Hinduism with this article is unfair. It was in the predominantly Hindu India that Taslima Nasrin was given shelter / asylum between 1994 and 2015, when she decided on her own to move to US.

    The fact that Ms Nasrin was protected against Islamist bigots in India proves author / publisher of this article Tagging Hindusim with it is bigotry of a racial kind!

  • Be Brave

    India’s “Hinduism” has stains of the caste system that makes any stance of injustice rather weird and hypocritical. That being said, Ms. Nasrin, a militant atheist, wants to come to America to seize her cash cow moment. Let’s not ascribe any nobility to her dreams of power and success.

    Atheism is a political movement and the self-deluded “elites” that drive the forces of this machine want nothing more exceptional than power and control. Let’s not ascribe anything noble to godless fanatics of political power and control.

    While Muslims and death threats are as common as blood flowing in the “Islamic world,” let’s keep things in perspective. Atheists are not in this for tolerance and diversity. They are out for complete control. The Humanist movement that has done just that since the beginnings of the 20th century is proof that atheism is a totalitarian belief system that has only been slowed slightly since the Russians showed us what’s up with it.

  • A Sharma

    Ms Nasreen has clarified that she is not relocating to the US. She has tweeted saying just that. https://twitter.com/taslimanasreen/status/605950447740817408

    This report is, therefore, not true.

  • Larry

    Hinduism was tagged only because India is vaguely referenced in the article. The article pertains to threats of violence coming from Islamicists. It does appear like an unfair association since the article does not pertain to Hinduism at all.

  • So BB agrees with the sentiment of the Muslims threatening Nasrin’s life. He hasn’t gone so far as to agree with the idea of killing atheists but he seems to understand their POV.

    “Atheism is a political movement and the self-deluded “elites” that drive the forces of this machine want nothing more exceptional than power and control.”

    Said the person who wants to upend our non-religious secular government in order to grant Christians special favors under the law. 🙂

  • Michael Glass

    I must say that Be Brave’s contribution reeks of a “blame the victim” mindset. Even if people do not approve of atheism, death threats and the murder of atheists are beyond the pale.

    I also cannot understand where Be Brave gets the idea that atheists are so much worse than others. He certainly didn’t supply anything to back up this idea.

  • Larry

    Its not that he doesn’t agree with sending atheists to their deaths. He just can’t say it in mixed company nor has the ability to act on such feelings.

  • Larry

    Michael I hope you have learned now that bqrq and BeBrave are not posters to be taken seriously. They just feel like spewing whatever nasty-minded rhetoric they can scrape up in support of their fundamentalist Christian beliefs and personal bigoties.

  • Be Brave

    Larry,

    Go reread my post. Comment on more than just your propaganda clown talking points. Or don’t comment at all. Yours is one of the most vitriolic voices in these post replies.

    I’m not even a distant 50th place.

  • Be Brave

    It’s not just that atheists are pompous miscreants of fanatical egotism, it is that our godless society stacks up the bodies in the morgues and causes so much mental illness that my heart aches for the victims of embracing secular morality.

  • Be Brave

    Larry,

    Even if your delusion were remotely true, it would be invisible in the shadow of the intense wall of hatred you have built from which to toss rocks at Christians.

  • Larry

    I am not the one blaming the victim of death threats. That is all you.

  • Larry

    “It’s not just that atheists are pompous miscreants”

    Yeah, I am the one tossing rocks here. /sarcasm

  • Ayesha

    The very act of publicizing stories like this one serves to advance a racist, imperialist, colonialist, Islamophobic and Orientalist narrative that, to borrow a phrase from Glenn Greenwald, portrays “we in the West are the advanced, progressive, enlightened people and there are these kind of marauding hordes, who are primitive and violent and threatening to all things decent, called ‘Muslims’ or ‘radical Islam.'”

    In fact, the only reason that athiests exist in a country like Bangladesh in the first place is due to Western imperialism.

    Religion News Service should think very carefully about reporting stories like this, and what effect it has on vulnerable Muslim minorities in the West.

  • Larry

    I guess not if Bangledeshi extremists have anything to say on the subject. Are you trying to say the threats are justifiable. It looks that way JR.

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  • Michael Glass

    Ayesha said, “The very act of publicizing stories like this one serves to advance a racist, imperialist, colonialist, Islamophobic and Orientalist narrative…”

    Really?

    Is reporting about death threats directed towards an atheist Islamophobic?

    Is reporting about the abduction and rape of girls in Nigeria also Islamophobic?

    And is reporting the destructiion of valuable antiquities, persecuting religious minorities, attacking cartoonists and bombing Shiite mosques also Islamophobic?

    Of course RNS should bear in mind the effect that such accounts might have on vulnerable Muslim minorities in the West, but when you said, “Religion News Service should think very carefully about reporting stories like this,” is this an implied threat to Religion News Service?

    Please clarify what you meant by your comments.

  • Michael Glass

    Be Brave,

    Where is your evidence that atheists are more “pompous miscreants of fanatical egotism” than you?

  • sanford sklansky

    The article contains this staggeringly stupid quote from an “expert” at a Connecticut university.

    Uddin is not an expert on religion in Bangladesh, he’s an expert in totally missing the point. First of all, Taslima has not lived in Bangladesh in more than two decades. She was exiled from there because of Islamic fascists who think they have the right to murder people who criticize their religious views. She lived in India for the last eight years, but that wasn’t far enough for those same Islamic fascists, who are still trying to murder her.
    And what is this talk of strategy? Why is that relevant at all? Taslima’s “strategy” has been to tell the truth, to expose the barbaric practices of reactionary Islam in Bangladesh and other places. Uddin seems to think that the fact that these barbarians murder their critics means those critics should shut up. Nothing could be further from the truth. That makes it all the more important that we all speak out as loudly as possible again

  • The Great God Pan

    Social dysfunction is higher in states where more people attend church. Crime, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, STDs etc. are low in unchurched New England and high in the South (which young Southerners now call “the Dirty South” for a reason).

    The same holds true for nations. Secular Scandinavia has a much higher quality of living and lower rates of various social dysfunctions than here in the home of the Megachurch and televangelism.

    Christianity actually encourages depraved behavior by telling people their sins were already redeemed in advance, thousands of years ago. “Do what you want, just repent right before you die!” Some message!