‘No one can be a true feminist without being an atheist

TASLIMA Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, physician, feminist and secular humanist. 

She is known for her writing on women’s oppression and criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death. 

Some of her books are banned in Bangladesh and she has been blacklisted and banished from the Bengal region (both from Bangladesh and the West Bengal part of India). 

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She gained global attention in the 1990s owing to her essays and novels with feminist views and criticism of what she characterises as all “misogynistic” religions including Islam.

Nasrin has been living in exile since 1994.

After living more than a decade in Europe and the United States, she moved to India in 2004, but was banished from the country in 2008, although she has been staying in Calcutta, India on a resident permit long-term, multiple-entry or ‘X’ visa since 2004.

Nasrin advocates freedom of thought and human rights by publishing, lecturing and campaigning. She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

She has been unable to return either to her home in Bangladesh or to her adopted home of West Bengal, India.PC

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MAIN PHOTOGRAPH: Feminist and atheist Taslima Nasrin. (courtesy The Guardian)

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2 thoughts on “‘No one can be a true feminist without being an atheist

  1. “Mary his Mother is an undeniable source of light and faith.”

    You haven’t read your Bible: it clearly states that the worship of men (and women) is forbidden.

    “She is profoundly worshipped […]”

    Only by those who don’t know any better.

    “[…] the recipient of a multitude of prayers and requests for intercession […]”

    Praying to the dead is a form of necromancy, and is another thing that is expressly forbidden in the Bible.

    “[…] she is held in the very highest esteem by the Christian Churches.”

    No she is not. She is no different from any other sinner, and was saved only by God’s grace. Every true Christian knows this.

  2. MANY GREAT FEMINISTS HOLD TRUE CHRISTIAN BELIEFS

    God is sexless, God is in everything.

    Jesus is the Son of God, a third of the Holy Trinity, but Mary his Mother is an undeniable source of light and faith. She is profoundly worshipped, the recipient of a multitude of prayers and requests for intercession; she is held in the very highest esteem by the Christian Churches.

    And so to another immutable fact: Nature generally insists that women are the best nurturers and nest-makers, (I’ll add – but not exclusively) and nothing can change that immutable fact. So the Christian Church has been reluctant to take women out of the home and install them into central roles. However, with modern technology changing so much, women now multi-task with impunity and immunity and are able to adopt sensitive and central pastoral roles in Christianity. Thank heavens!

    Jewish women have yet to ascend the lectern, but I do know they are ardent believers in the power of their religion and in the strength and will of their women. They rule the family unit that, – and let’s face the truth here, – so often, combined with strong faith, provides the foundation for successful societies.

    I cannot speak for Islam.

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