On June 13, 2015, famed author-feminist Taslima Nasrin, a senior editor of Free Inquiry, made an unscheduled appearance at the Center for Inquiry’s “Reason for Change” conference in Amherst, New York. She was there because CFI had just played a pivotal role in bringing her to the United States from India, where she had faced death threats from al-Qaeda. Amid heavy security, she was interviewed by Lindsay Beyerstein, cohost of the CFI podcast Point of Inquiry. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.—Eds.
Lindsay Beyerstein: Can you talk about how you came to secularism within a very religious society?