Attacked Ex-Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger Sharif Ahmed Speaks Out

Ex-Bangladeshi Blogger Sharif Ahmed suffered attack, torture, religious psychological training and was eventually nearly hung to death because of his atheism. He escaped to Canada as a refuge fearing for his life. He joins Justin Trottier for an exclusive interview on Think Again! TV to discuss his story and the plight of atheists in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has recently been at the center of a human rights crisis as authorities have detained several prominent bloggers for "hurting religious sentiments," followed by the arrest of a newspaper editor who printed quotations from the targeted bloggers, and two more young people for making "derogatory remarks" about Islam on Facebook. Tens of thousands of people have rallied in the country's capital to demand more arrests, tougher blasphemy laws, and have threatened violence if their demands are not met by April 25.

An international coalition of atheist and humanist organizations, led by the Center for Inquiry and our partners the International Humanist and Ethical Union and American Atheists, will protest the arrest and persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissenters in Bangladesh with demonstrations in New York, Washington, London, Ottawa, and other cities around the world on Thursday, April 25.

These global demonstrations will be unprecedented for the freethought movement, as secularists around the world express their solidarity with those jailed for speaking their minds about religion. Protesters will draw the world's attention to the plight of those persecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of belief and expression, and attempt to spur the international community to take action and compel the government of Bangladesh to change course. Up-to-date information on protest events can be found at bit.ly/defenddissent.

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Comment by Luara on July 12, 2013 at 8:54am

True fact: we in the US have it EASY.  Sharif's treatment at the hands of his family and parents is nothing short of horrific. 

Absolutely.  Similarly, living in the US, there is a lot of sexism and sexual violence against women - but in some other countries, girls immolate themselves because they have so little hope, women aren't allowed to drive, women are punished for being raped - there is a level of frank violence against women that we seldom see here. 

There are many places in the world where I as a woman, wouldn't go. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2013 at 4:56pm
The "attack, torture, religious psychological training and was eventually nearly hung to death because of his atheism" "Ex-Bangladeshi Atheist Blogger Sharif Ahmed Speaks Out" reveals the depth of depravity of the human mind infected by religious beliefs that result from notions of obedience and submission.

Human beings do not exist to obey and submit; they exist to participate in life and in the processes of living.
Comment by Robert Young on July 11, 2013 at 4:31pm

I guess I need to talk to my government rep. and tell him the need for atheist rights and protection. Good luck Sharif.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on April 27, 2013 at 10:11pm

La supériorité de Mahomet est d'avoir fondé une religion en se passant de l'enfer.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2013 at 9:27pm

True fact: we in the US have it EASY.  Sharif's treatment at the hands of his family and parents is nothing short of horrific.  It makes me wonder how an atheist would feel living in such a predominantly islamic country.  That his home country is so clearly co-opted by islam is a travesty.

My hat's off to you, Sharif ... very best wishes!

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