Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy
and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed
were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka (Bangladesh) where they were promoting Roy's latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and "hacked them mercilessly."
Roy died shortly afterwards. Ahmed, who's getting better, has been criticizing the government response ever since.
The Istanbul police's violent response to the local gay pride parade last Sunday is a chilling reminder that the victory for marriage equality in the United States does not necessarily improve the lives of LGBT people around the world. In the short term, it might even make it worse for some.Marchers and onlookers at the parade, which began in historic Taksim Square, dodged rubber bullets and water cannons shooting streams laced with tear gas. When revelers moved the parade to nearby streets, police troops in riot gear followed them, sometimes grabbing marchers and hurling them to the curb, as this CNN video shows.
In 2013, Richard Dawkins
released the first half of his autobiography: An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
.We now have more details on the sequel, the part that will likely focus on his career as a public atheist and communicator of science:
The site World Religion News posted a pretty generic article
about how social media can help religious people spread their message to a younger generation. For the most part, it's what you'd expect: Share sermons on YouTube! Use prayer apps! Quote the Bible on Twitter!And then there's this
The Girl Scouts of the USA have this great habit of doing everything right while the Boy Scouts of America still think gay adults deserve to be banned from leadership positions.
A few months ago, a donor made a $100,000 contribution to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, but it came with a caveat