Bangladesh: A Backgrounder
Everything you need to know about the religious crucible that is Bangladesh.
Crisis in Bangladesh: Secularists Killed by Extremists and Under Legal Threat from Government
Bangladeshi atheists and secularists are under attack from their government and Muslim extremists. In the last year, several leading Bangladeshi secularists have been murdered.
Periyar and India’s Dravidian Movement: A Strident Atheist in the Land of Religion
Though he is now dead, the rationalist activist known as Periyar still influences social change in India.
Krishnasamy Veeramani: Continuing the Fight for Humanism
Krishnasamy Veeramani is a lawyer turned social activist who fights for humanism in South India.
Undermining Democracy and Protecting Religion
As Pakistan’s administration and social institutions have teetered toward collapse along its northwest border, extremists—and the Pakistani public—have encouraged the government to limit religious freedom and move away from secularism.
Skepticism v. the Indian Blasphemy Law: Free Speech, Free Inquiry and Religious Tolerance
Sanal Edamaruku has been campaigning for critical thinking in India for more than three decades. As head of the Indian Rationalist Association, he travels throughout India showing how gurus or “godmen” perform supposedly science-defying miracles by means of simple stage magic. In a country where superstition is backed by poverty and illiteracy, rural Indians often …
Spiritual Healing Revisited
I have been following faith healers for several years, fascinated by the psychology of those who attend and by the performances offered by the “healers.” Of particular interest has been Walter Vinson Grant Jr., who as W. V. Grant achieved worldwide fame in the 1980s and 1990s. During that rise to fame, skeptics looked into …