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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 55 Written : 08/02/94 03:45pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Gusty Secular Statement Gutsy "Secular Students" We doubt that you will ever find that much courage in the United States. Bangladesh is a country of 120 million persons, where 90 percent of the population is Muslim. And, a general strike was called there on July 30 by Awami League party and _secular student groups_ to protest the killing of six people by activists of the Muslim extremists (from the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party). That party, on the other hand, was demanding stricter blasphemy laws and a death by hanging sentence for physician-turned-writer Taslima Nasrin, the female author of a statement critical of Muslim. The United States is 90 percent Judeo-Christian and no "secular student groups" would ever show their faces in protest against the control of the nation by that religion. In the end, everything comes to principle and whether or not a finger will be lifted to sustain rational thinking. The Bangladesh students show amazing courage. During the demonstrations on July 30, fifty-five persons were injured and sixteen were arrested, with both bomb-throwing, and clashes between the students and the fundamentalists in the southern port city of Chittagong. American Atheists commend the students. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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