Student and Atheist Groups Call for Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh

April 30, 2013

From KBIA 91.3:

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest. The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam. Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.

Greg Lammers is the State director for American Atheists and the founder of Columbia Atheists. He said the movement aims to protect free speech, especially speech that is critical of religion. “Our main message is freedom of expression," he said, "and that includes blasphemy, that includes opinions that are not popular certainly, and so the freedom to criticize, the freedom to ridicule, the freedom to critique, we want as absolute human right to freedom of expression and freedom of thought as we can have.”

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