Spike in anti-Semitism; Atheists mourn slaying of 2nd blogger

Anti-Semitism in US spikes after nearly a decade of decline

EXCERPT: Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, unsettling many American Jews who had thought that hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline, at least here at home. The ADL has released a spring report that, for nearly the past 10 years, showed fewer incidents targeting American Jews. That downward trend contrasted sharply to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe [...] “The United States still continues to be unique in history” as a safe place for Jews, said Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director. But this new ADL report casts a shadow on the idea....

Atheists mourn the slaying of a second Bangladeshi blogger in a month

EXCERPT: Atheists, humanists and other nonbelievers are speaking out against the brutal slaying of an atheist blogger in Bangladesh, the second such killing in a month. Washiqur Rahman, 27, was attacked and killed Monday morning (March 30) in the capital city of Dhaka by three men wielding knives or other sharp weapons. Police say they have two suspects in custody, both students at religious schools....

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