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UK Prime Minister to Form New Government With the DUP — a Party of Intolerance and Social Backwardness

By Adi Chowdhury In the wake of last night’s snap election — which resulted in an elated Jeremy Corbyn and a rather miserable Theresa May — the Conservative party has lost a majority in the House of Common and now bestows a hung parliament upon the UK. However, in an unprecedented move, Conservative leader Theresa… Continue reading UK Prime Minister to Form New Government With the DUP — a Party of Intolerance and Social Backwardness

Essay · Points to Ponder · Politics · Society

It’s Ironic, But Only a Secular Democracy Can Ensure Genuine Religious Freedom for All

By Adi Chowdhury From the Catholic priest in China who can only stand by as government officials censor his lessons to fit convenient political agendas, to the Buddhists in Indonesia watching their temples going up in flames at the hands of local Islamists, to the young Muslim girl who has her hijab snatched away and… Continue reading It’s Ironic, But Only a Secular Democracy Can Ensure Genuine Religious Freedom for All

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Donald Trump’s Promise to “Destroy” the Law Restricting Churches’ Powers Is His Next Threat to Democracy and Equality

By Adi Chowdhury     “Trust me, the repeal of the Johnson amendment will create a huge revolution for conservative Christians and for free speech.” These words were uttered by Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of the notoriously pseudo-scientific and evangelical Liberty University . Falwell is an avid advocate for creationism and has amassed quite… Continue reading Donald Trump’s Promise to “Destroy” the Law Restricting Churches’ Powers Is His Next Threat to Democracy and Equality

Essay · Politcs

The United Nations Must Strengthen Its Efforts for Defending Same-Sex Marriage

By Adi Chowdhury “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”    … Continue reading The United Nations Must Strengthen Its Efforts for Defending Same-Sex Marriage

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The Ideology of the Anti-Gay Movement Is an Ideology of Inconsistency and Hypocrisy

By Adi Chowdhury Regardless of the fact that they trip over themselves insisting that their actions and words are not “hatred” or “bigotry”, the anti-gay crusade that calls much of the world home persists in its state of naivety, intolerance, and outright denial of reason and compassion. Lurking behind the limp facades of “sanctity of… Continue reading The Ideology of the Anti-Gay Movement Is an Ideology of Inconsistency and Hypocrisy

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Happy Birthday to Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi Freethinker Slaughtered for His Atheism

By Adi Chowdhury     “Our aim is to build a society which will not be bound by the dictates of arbitrary authority, comfortable superstition, stifling tradition, or suffocating orthodoxy but would rather be based on reason, compassion, humanity, equality and science.” — Avijit Roy Tomorrow marks the 45th birthday of Avijit Roy, an icon of… Continue reading Happy Birthday to Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi Freethinker Slaughtered for His Atheism

Essay · Society

Happy Birthday to Taslima Nasreen: Feminist, Atheist, Rationalist, Activist, and Champion of Free Speech

By Adi Chowdhury   Happy Birthday to Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladeshi icon of freethought and progressive activism, striving towards an image of the world very few can dare to imagine: a world devoid of superstition and prejudice, a world blooming instead with appreciation of reason and scientific reflection. Ms. Nasreen is a paragon of the ideals… Continue reading Happy Birthday to Taslima Nasreen: Feminist, Atheist, Rationalist, Activist, and Champion of Free Speech