Three Atheist Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested on Blasphemy Charges

It’s been a rough few months for outspoken atheists in Bangladesh. Violence broke out after some bloggers were accused of criticizing Islam. They’ve been censored and threatened to no end. And one citizen has already been brutally attacked.

And now, earlier today, three atheist bloggers were arrested for the crime of saying things that hurt religious sensitivities:

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Catholic Blogger: ‘Atheism is as Intellectually Credible as Holocaust Denial and Racial Theory’

Alright, I hate linking to this, but I can’t avoid it. You have to see firsthand the gall of Thomas L. McDonald, Catholic blogger here at Patheos.

He criticizes atheists based off his own prejudices while wishing us all a Happy April Fools Day:

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Julia Sweeney’s New Book and $5 Film

Following in the footsteps of comedian Louis CK, atheist playwright (and former Saturday Night Live cast member) Julia Sweeney is now releasing the film version of her *incredible* one-woman show “Letting Go of God” on her new website:

Check out the preview below:

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National Atheist Groups Respond to Growing Incivility in Online Communities

In response to the increasingly hostile (and yet incredibly important) online atheist community, where we’re seeing written attacks on anyone and everyone who ever disagrees with you about anything ever (“There’s something wrong on the Internet!” syndrome), nearly two dozen leaders of national non-theistic organizations have joined together to release an open statement addressing the problem.

To many, this will all seem like common sense… and it is. Yet, even in our community, reasonable dialogue is hard to find and humanity is often missing from our humanism. I’m sure some bloggers will inevitably think this applies to everyone but themselves, but those of us who spend a lot of time in the online atheist world (as writers, commenters, or readers) know that a lot of the people who think they’re part of the solution only end up making the problem worse. Personally, I’ve found the best course of action to be avoiding the whole world of drama altogether, but others see that as tacit support for one side or the other. The problem isn’t caused by any one person or even a small group of people. But, together, we can at least work to make the online climate a little more hospitable.

This statement is a starting point. A place of common agreement. The signatories want to help make things better and they should be commended for that. Now, let’s see how the online world responds.

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The Catholic Church Should Kick Out All Those Bibliophiles

Whenever I come across a new word, I try to look it up… it’s a practice banana-man apologist Ray Comfort might want to adopt.

On his Facebook page, Comfort posted a comment about Christians, the Bible, etc. His usual schtick.

And then the following conversation actually happened:

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