All you need for an arrest is hurt religious sentiment

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for the writer of a 2003 novel “Bhanga Math” (“Broken Temple”). The book has already been banned for insulting Mohammed. The court issued the order in response to a petition from an Islamist accusing the author Salam Azad of hurting religious sentiment.

And did you hear about the 26 year old Kuwaiti who has been given a ten year (yes 10 year) prison sentence for insulting Mohammad on Twitter?

There’s also the atheist Turkish pianist who faces imprisonment for insulting Islamic values.

Islam kills, mutilates, segregates, dehumanises and all it takes for an arrest and prison sentence is ‘hurt religious sentiment’.

Talk about an upside down world.

(Top Link via Anne Marie Waters)

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Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.

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Atheists needs to be more critical of Islam

Seth Andrews of the Thinking Atheist who I met at the Kamloops Imagine No Religion conference a few weeks ago has put together his reflections on the conference and also my talk.

He hits on an important point – that atheists need to be more critical of Islam.

Yes please!

He’s really wonderful to listen to. Here’s the podcast from the conference:

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(Link via Jim)

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I’m blogging every half an hour from 9am to 3pm GMT in support of the Secular Student Alliance blogothon. The SSA is trying to raise £100,000 by 16 June.

Try to support the SSA if you can. If we’re going to beat the religion industry, we need to support organisations promoting secularism and reason.