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Taslima Nasrin

  • 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.

    • Taslima Nasrin,
    • in Barry Bearak, The New York Times ()
  • There is no such thing as a 'superior' or 'inferior' culture, there are only various cultural patterns which make up this beautiful, multicolored mosaic.

    • Taslima Nasrin,
    • in Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed., Women Without Superstition "No Gods--No Masters": The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries ()
  • ... governmental defense of any theology necessarily weakens the legitimacy of both the government and the theology ...

    • Taslima Nasrin,
    • in Free Inquiry ()
  • 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.

    • Taslima Nasrin,
    • in Free Inquiry ()
  • I strongly believe that no one can be a true feminist without being an atheist. All religions are anti-women. No one can be pro-woman while supporting anti-woman dogmas.

    • Taslima Nasrin,
    • in Free Inquiry ()
  • It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religion. Yet it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed and persecution. ... Flying the flag of religion has always proved the easiest way to crush to nothingness human beings as well as the spirit of humanity.

Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi writer, physician, exile

(1962)