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Anne Marie Waters

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Submitted by Dennis Middlebrooks (United States), Jul 12, 2018 at 19:08

I am pretty sure my friend, the Bengali secular writer and feminist, Taslima Nasin, would be more inclined to agree with Anne Marie Waters. She had to flee "secular" Bangladesh for her life. Ditto for Ibn Waraq (a pseudonym), author of "Why I Am Not A Muslim."

I had a memorable dinner with him and Beth Lamont, the widow of Corless Lamont, a few days after 9/11 in Little Italy in Manhattan, with the smell from Ground Zero still detectable. Beth, a hand wringing Goody Two Shoes like her late husband, was spouting a "we cannot criticize Islam" line for the attacks, and Ibn was confrontational in his rebuttal, which I concurred with. However, in contrast to Ibn, I was not a guest in Beth Lamont's apartment as he was!

BTW, Ibn Warraq and two other former Muslims are appearing soon in a anti-Islamism panel discussion in Manhattan, venue to be announced. Are you aware of this?

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I was not aware of that event.

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