We would like to express our sympathy for the family, friends, and readers of the Bangladesh-American author Avijit Roy who was brutally murdered last week. Roy’s writings promoted secular humanism, atheism, reason, and separation of church and state; he was also the founder of an online secular community in Bangladesh. Authorities have arrested a fundamentalist religious blogger who had frequently threatened Roy because of his outspoken atheism.
We are very saddened by this terrible act of hatred towards a fellow freethinker, and our thoughts are with his wife, who was critically injured in the attack.
May many more bright stars of secular humanism arise to carry on Roy’s legacy around the world.