Taslima Nasrin
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"Taslima Nasrin" is a Bangladeshi author and former physician who has lived in exile since 1994. From a literary profile as a poet in the late 1980s, she rose to global fame by the end of the 20th century owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of religion.

Since leaving Bangladesh in 1994 on account of threat calls, she has lived in many countries; for eight years after she was forced to flee the Indian state of West Bengal she lived in New Delhi, now she has been relocated to US after death threats by islamic radicals In 2015 she was threatened with death by Al Qaeda-linked extremists, and so the Center for Inquiry assisted her in traveling to the United States, where she now lives.

She advocates secular humanism, freedom of thought, gender equality, and human rights by publishing, lecturing, and campaigning.. She has been unable to return either to her home in Bangladesh (since 1994) or to her adopted home in Bengali-speaking West Bengal in India (since 2008)

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The fundamentalists are increasing. People, afraid to oppose those fundamentalists, shut their mouths. It is really very difficult to make people move against a sensitive issue like religion, which is the source of fundamentalism.

I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law.

Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?

Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says women are human beings, men cry out no!

I believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith - who want to go backwards instead of forward, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought - then the world would become a truly civilized world in which to live.

I don't believe in God. The religion mongers segregate women from the human race, I too am divided, I too am defrauded of my human rights.

Women are oppressed in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north. Women are oppressed inside, outside home, a woman is oppressed in religion, she is oppressed outside religion.

If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps women in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance, then I can't accept that religion.

I came from a country where religious fundamentalists, including governmental authorities, denied my freedom to have thoughts that are different from their own. As a punishment, they demanded my execution by hanging. I was forced to leave my own country. I had to pay heavily for the sole reason that I believe in human rights and freedom of expression.