A Secular Bangladeshi Blogger Fights for His Life — My Latest for Splice Today

While the murder of Jamal Khashoggi brought more attention to Saudi Arabia, it’s not the only country where writers are in danger. Secular humanist bloggers in Bangladesh are often murdered by radical religious extremists simply for promoting secular humanist values online. One such blogger currently fighting for his life is Md. Sazzadul Hoque, a 21-year-old man who was forced to flee to India due to threats against his life. “I now fear for my life,” he recently told The Times of India. “I could also be killed in India by fundamentalists who support the goings on in Bangladesh… I have nowhere to go.”

Raised in a conservative Muslim household, Hoque began questioning his religious beliefs and started blogging about secular humanism in 2016. A year later on Facebook, he publicly announced his atheism, and while the post went viral, his account was suspended and sparked countless death threats. “People who were my best friends are my worst enemies now,” Hoque told the Times of India, “and would turn me over to the fundamentalists at any time.” He tried to seek shelter in Bangladesh, but to no avail. After getting kicked out of college, he fled to India with a tourist visa in May of 2017. As he recently told the Press Trust of India (PTI), “Even now, I keep receiving threats on Facebook, but the situation here is not as fearful as it is in my country.”

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Bi Any Means Podcast #167: Islam, Secularism, and Intersectionality with Sam Farooqui

My guest for today is Sam Farooqui. She’s an ex-Muslim and an organizer who was a campus organizer for Secular Student Alliance in college, and has interned with both CFI and the American Humanist Association. Today I have her on the show to talk about her life, her work, and her thoughts on secular activism and intersectionality.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #159: Escaping Islam with Zerin Firoze

My guest for today is Zerin Firoze. She’s an atheist from Bangladesh who faced death threats and got thrown out of her house simply for being an atheist. Thankfully she was able to move to the United States as a student, and she’s here with us today on the show to tell her story.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #132: The Iranian Protests with Kaveh Mousavi

Returning to the show today is Iranian atheist blogger Kaveh Mousavi to talk about last week’s Iranian protests. As you’ll hear in this interview, Mousavi is a bit more skeptical of the effectiveness of the protests than Armin Navabi was last week on The Thinking Atheist. Consider my conversation with Mousavi as a companion piece to Seth Andrews’ conversation with Navabi. Hopefully between these two interviews, listeners will have a better understanding of the political situation in Iran.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #124: Confessions of an Ex-Muslim with Yasmine Mohammed

My guest for today is Yasmine Mohammed, co-host of the Secular Jihadists from the Middle East podcast. She grew up in Canada in an extremely conservative Muslim family, and was in an arranged marriage with an Al-Qaeda agent. She escaped both the marriage and Islam, and her memoir about her journey, “From Al-Qaeda to Atheism,” will be released this December. Today we’re going to talk about her story, plus a little bit about what the Left and Right get wrong about Islam.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #112: Islam, Atheist Republic, and Malaysia with Armin Navabi

My guest for today is Armin Navabi, ex-Muslim and founder of Atheist Republic. He’s also the author of the book “Why There is No God,” and co-host of the Secular Jihadists of the Middle East podcast. Today we’re going to talk about his backstory, the Atheist Republic, and the blacklash they’ve received.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #26: From Russia with Love

On today’s episode, we talk about Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, and whether or not it’s enough to get his ass impeached. We also discuss the Manchester bombing, a Mississippi representative who wants to lynch people, and why that shitty social construct penis hoax article doesn’t prove the entire gender studies field is bullshit. To top it all off, the Social Justice Galaxy Warriors take a trip to Wootopia and discover it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #82: Leaving Islam and Toxic Concepts with Farah Shah

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My guest for today is Farah Shah. She’s an ex-Muslim born in Pakistan who now lives in Canada, and she contributes to Kaveh Mousavi’s blog On the Margin of Error. Today we’re going to talk about her backstory, her writing, and why cultural appropriation is a toxic concept.

As a head’s up, the audio in this episode isn’t the best. Farah kept breaking up on her end—and yes, even with Zencastr—so I tried to salvage the audio as much as I could. You can hear about 85% of what she’s saying, but there’s about 15% that’s still hard to decipher, especially the part where I asked her about her about the article she wrote on cultural appropriation. Here’s a link to that article so you can fill in the gaps yourself.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #4: Why Pride Month Matters

Today’s episode comes in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando. Plenty has been said about it already, but being that this happened during LGBTQ Pride Month, it’s time to remind our listeners why the struggle isn’t over yet. We’re gonna discuss news items, blog posts, and stories from listeners, so you don’t want to miss this!

(And I promise to write an actual blog post in the near future. I’ve just been busy right now)

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Bi Any Means Podcast #57: An Ex-Muslim in Iran with Kaveh Mousavi

My guest for today is Kaveh Mousavi. He’s an ex-Muslim living in Tehran, Iran, and his blog On the Margin of Error can be found on the Patheos network. Today we’re going to talk about his story, what it’s like being an atheist in Iran, and how to be better allies for ex-Muslims.

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