Bangladeshi Freethinker Dr. Avijit Roy Killed, Presumably by Islamic Extremists

Last night, as author Dr. Avijit Roy (below) and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they were promoting Roy’s latest work, two assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”

Roy died shortly afterwards and Bonna is in critical condition.

The Center For Inquiry, which worked closely with Roy, is in shock:

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Florida Naturopath Who Treated 11-Year-Old Makayla Sault Charged with Practicing Medicine Without a License

Earlier this year, we learned that Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, had died. Her disease was treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and had a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla wanted to stop with the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.



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Hoax Alert: Father O’Neal, Who Has Met God and Thinks She’s a Woman, Is Made Up (Just Like God Herself)

Not that I’m impossible to fool, but this is certainly a bit rich (all typos and grammatical errors in the original):

A Catholic priest from Massachussetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart. During that time, Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure.



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Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks Is Slowly Dying. True To Himself, He Wrote A Beautiful Piece About It

Oliver Sacks, who is to neuroscience and psychiatry what Carl Sagan was to astronomy and astrophysics, is staring into the maw of death. Cancer has already taken over a third of his liver, and it is certain the disease spells the end for the famed neurologist, now 81, who took us on many a wondrous trip through the marvels and terrors of the human mind.

A prolific, consummate chronicler of other people’s states of minds, he’s now written about his own in what are literally his dying days.

Since hearing his prognosis, Sacks says,

I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.



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The Canadian Supreme Court Was Right to Overturn the Ban on Physician-Assisted Suicide

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses the Canadian Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn the ban on physician-assisted suicide.



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