I have been holding my breath for, I don’t know, maybe a month, waiting for Taslima to get to the US. It’s been in discussion for a while, but it was made to happen only recently. Taslima was named as a target by the same people who’ve killed 3 Bangladeshi atheist bloggers and I’m so, so excited that we got her safe. It was a covert rescue operation, and it was successful.
Of course, Taslima is now in the US without a job and relying on the support of atheists for her basic needs. The CFI is raising money to help support her and, once they’ve met the financial goal for that, they’re going to put the money towards getting more atheist bloggers out of unsafe spaces. The tragedy, of course, is that we’ll never be able to raise the money to get everyone out who is in danger, but no one deserves to be killed for their beliefs.
Because of the very real danger to her life, Taslima has decided to leave India. We at the Center for Inquiry are doing all we can to keep her out of harm’s way. But we need your help.
Please give now so we can help Taslima and other courageous defenders of free expression and secularism.
If we raise more than is needed for Taslima, we will use the remainder to establish an emergency fund to help assist other dissidents in similarly perilous situations. Without going into detail, CFI has already been contacted by other writers on the subcontinent who have received threats against their lives and who have requested assistance. We are withholding their names for their own safety.