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A miscarriage of justice

A little over a year after being charged with assault and torture of 11-year old domestic worker Mahfuja Akhter Happy, cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife Nritto Shahadat are acquitted by judge Tanjila Ismail of a tribunal for prevention of women and children repression in Dhaka.

Happy was found in the street of Dhaka, crying, with […]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Activism, Free Speech, Human Rights, Secularism, Women|0 Comments

A violation of child rights

Like every other Bangladeshi kid, I also had to study Islamic religion throughout my high school years while my Hindu friends were studying Hindu religion. The Christian boy of the class Bobby Di Costa was the only exception as the school didn’t have a Christian teacher.

During that 45 minutes of religious education the students of […]

Bring the evil “Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat” to justice

Plagued by anger and grief, I updated on Facebook, “Sylhet is the capital of Bangladeshi version of political Islam where Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia almost ceremonially proclaims the power of political Islam, prior to every national election. This government neither willing nor have the political capital to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

This was just […]

The Predecessors of ISIS: A History

With the advent of ISIS, the world is witnessing one of the most brutal carnage in recent history. This latest branch of Salafism has turned a dystopian fantasy into reality. Nevertheless, the so-called Islamic state is not the first fringe Islamic group that seeks to allure the Muslim mindset with their prophecy claims and bring […]

Time to take stand in defense of free speech

Recently on Facebook, Taslima Nasrin, our own icon of freedom, accused several Bangladeshi Newspaper editors of being cowardly for refusing the publication of an article written to commemorate the tragic murder of the Jordanian satirist and writer Nahid Hattar. I can honestly feel Miss Nasrin’s frustration, but however, I personally do not think it […]

Bonya Receives Freedom From Religion Foundation’s ‘Forward’ Award 2016

Thanks to Freedom from Religion Foundation for the Forward Award. Thanks for being a partner at this critical time, helping the freethinkers in Bangladesh from half the world away. Let me introduce myself first and then I will come to the situation in Bangladesh.

I am Rafida Bonya Ahmed, I normally write with my middle name […]

The Wall of Separation

On January the first, 1802 the president of the United States Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut ” Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers […]

By |October 15th, 2016|Secularism|0 Comments
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