I believe in absolute freedom of expression. Everyone has a right to offend and be offended.
... governmental defense of any theology necessarily weakens the legitimacy of both the government and the theology ...
I dont agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam... To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational, logical minds.
I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986.
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home. Taslima Nasri
Iâ€™m an atheist, and I believe religion is totally against human rights and womenâ€™s rights.
Koranic teaching still insists that the sun moves around the earth. How can we advance when they teach things like that?
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Na
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books. Taslima Nasri
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.
The focus of my research is how secular movements originated in West Asian countries and subsequently changed to pan-Islamic movements. The role of Western countries in this aspect is also a part of the research.
I was well acquainted with the Calcutta literary circle since I was 17, when I lived in Bangladesh and published and edited a little magazine called 'Sejuti,' for which young poets from both Bengals wrote. If you look at my life, there is no question of using anyone for anything. I have only got ban
Sheikh Hasina's government is one of the best Bangladesh has ever had. She is taking action against fundamentalists. But even she refused to let me return. I don't think I can ever return home.
Every religion oppresses women. I talk about the Koran because I know this book best. It allows for torture and other mistreatment, especially for women. And I despise the Sharia laws. They cannot be changed. They must be thrown out, abolished.
I studied in a medical college and qualified myself as a medical graduate.
I was born in a middle class Muslim family, in a small town called Myonenningh in a northern part of Bangladesh in 1962. My father is a qualified physician; my mother is a housewife. I have two elder brothers and one younger sister. All of them received a liberal education in schools and colleges.
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.
Among all the 'awards' that I have hitherto collected, I consider the title of 'patita' or 'fallen woman' to be the highest. This is an achievement of my long-struggling life as a writer and as a woman.
I support the rights of all people to practice their religious beliefs privately, but I oppose the idea of respecting religions. In truth, I have no respect for any religion. I believe religion is not compatible with human rights, women's rights, or freedom of expression.
I have lectured at the U.N. and travelled widely, giving lectures on human rights and gender inequalities in universities. But this is a life I do not wish to live. I don't want to be a showcase, I want to be in a battlefield where I can stand beside the oppressed and the poor.
I am not scared of anyone. I will write and publish my books. Taslima Na
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist.
When I write, I don't allow the fear of consequences to interfere with the writing process. I have in the past paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life. I am prepared to pay more if I have to.
When Bangladesh refused to renew my passport, I used U.N. travel documents. You can't disown your country.
All I ever want is to return to either Bangladesh, my motherland, or India, my adopted home.
I have had fatwas issued against me, some three in Bangladesh and another five in India. I will not be cowed by these threats and shall fight for my rights.
Religion, society and state - from none of these do women get their proper honor. It is religion, which has created an unparalleled disparity between men and women.
It is unfair to label me anti-Islam. I am an atheist and a secular humanist. Taslima Nasri
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.
Religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh have always argued for a ban on my books.