I try to take a nuanced and careful approach to criticism of Islam and ensure that I’m humanizing Muslims in the process, but it’s hard not to be disturbed and angry about the recent news about people who are critical of and/or have left Islam — or even who simply aren’t Muslim but live in a Muslim-majority country
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In Bangladesh, we have Avijit Roy and Rafida Ahmed Banna. The former, an author of religion-critical works, was hacked to death. The latter, in addition to now being a widow, was also injured in the attack.
In Saudi Arabia, we have Raif Badawi, who has been so injured by his first round of lashes that doctors under the employ of the Saudi government have deemed him unfit to take any more for the time being. Another man was sentenced to death for apostasy.
In Pakistan, Christians like Asia Bibi continue to face persecution under blasphemy laws and from their fellow citizens alike. It has gotten so bad that the Punjabi local government has decided to defend citizens accused under the laws.
In Denmark, the shooter behind the free speech event murders earlier this month has been confirmed to have considered himself ISIL-affiliated.