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Bonya Ahmed on BBC Sunday Morning Live

From: Arif Rahman.

Do religions diminish free speech?

Blasphemy laws were scrapped in Britain in 2008, but remain in Northern Ireland. Iceland has become the latest country to repeal their blasphemy laws this month. Has Britain got the balance right? Is blasphemy an outdated concept? Does following a religion suppress your freedoms? Or can religion and free […]

Voltaire Lecture 2015: ‘Fighting machetes with pens’

The transcript of Voltaire Lecture 2015 by Rafida Ahmed Bonya

Hi Everybody,

I would like to thank British Humanist Association, such a historical and prestigious organization, for giving me the chance to speak with you.

My late-husband, Dr. Avijit Roy and I were Bangladeshi-American citizens and Humanists, and we are the recent victims of Islamic […]

Reuters Exclusive: Widow of slain U.S.-Bangladeshi blogger lashes out at Dhaka

BY JOHN SHIFFMAN.
Original Link on Reuters website.

On a recent evening in a Midwestern U.S. city, a middle-aged woman with bandaged arms and a missing thumb entered a crowded restaurant. Nearby, children colored with crayons. Waiters rushed by.

The maimed woman, Rafida Ahmed, scanned the room nervously. The Atlanta financial executive has been hiding since Islamic […]

Rafida Ahmed in American Atheists Convention 2015

Rafida Ahmed Bonya; Prominent Bangladeshi science writer and wife of late writer Avijit Roy who was brutally killed by Islamic fundamentalists on 26 February 2015. Here is her video message for American Atheists Convention 2015.

Urge the Bangladeshi government to speak up and pursue a thorough investigation.

March 26th marks one month from the date my husband, Avijit Roy, and I were brutally attacked on the Dhaka University campus. Avijit wrote about science and humanity, critiqued religious fundamentalism, and created the first online Bangla platform for Freethinking. For these reasons, religious extremists hacked Avijit to death with machetes. The attack occurred in […]

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