In the Latest New Yorker, a Closer Look at the Murders of Several Bangladeshi Atheists

American author and atheist activist Avijit Roy (below) was murdered this past February during a visit to Bangladesh. His wife, who was also attacked, escaped with her life. Since then, many other atheists (and those with connections to atheists) have died in the country at the hands of Muslim extremists.

In the latest New Yorker, Samanth Subramanian looks at the details of Roy’s death, the 84-person hit list that included his name, and the government’s pathetic response to all of it:

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Podcast Ep. 85: Michael De Dora, CFI Public Policy Director and UN Representative

Our latest podcast guest is Michael De Dora, director of the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy and CFI’s representative to the United Nations. He’s currently the president of the UN’s NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

I spoke with him about what we can do about the bloggers currently under attack in Bangladesh, whether our government is doing anything to protect atheists overseas, and what his conversations are like with the Saudi Arabian representatives at the United Nations.

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Icelanders Turn to Religion to Get Away from Religion (and the Taxman)

Ever heard of Zuism? It’s based on Sumerian religious texts, and thousands of Icelanders are bringing back a version of the ancient faith, albeit it with tongue planted firmly in cheek — and palm outstretched.



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Town Rejects Solar Farms After Complaints That They Would “Suck Up All the Energy from the Sun”

One of the reasons skeptics fight so hard to defend science education is because we recognize the value of understanding the basics of the subject. You don’t have to be an expert to realize the consequences of science illiteracy. When one of the GOP frontrunners is a brain surgeon who believes in Creationism, we have problems.

That’s why it’s frustrating to hear that the Woodland Town Council in North Carolina rejected a solar panel farm in part because of how badly people in the community understood what that meant.

Just listen to residents Bobby and Jane Mann:

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House Republicans Have Proposed a Meaningless Resolution to “Protect” Christmas

Don’t you dare say Republicans belong to the party of “no” when they’re getting things done!

In fact, House Resolution 564, which was just introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), is designed to save Christmas from… um… you know… those people.



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