Horrible religious backlash against atheists is taking place in Bangladesh.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union has issued a call to actio.... It’s gotten worse than I thought.


Islamist political parties have provided government with a list of 84 "atheist bloggers" and are demanding the death penalty for "insulting religion". Several bloggers have already been arrested and a government official promised to pursue all those listed.

Crowd at Islamist rally against atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

Last week, we said the government would be "walking into a trap set by fundamentalists" if they gave any succour to these demands. But they did. And on Friday a rally on the order of 100,000 Islamists marched in Dhaka (video) calling for a new blasphemy law and for the execution of the atheist bloggers. Earlier this year a prominent atheist blogger was murdered in a machete attack at his home, so we are also concerned about the safety in public of those accused of "blasphemy".

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The weird thing is, the bloggers in question may not even be atheists (they claim not to be). They are political activists demanding investigation of old war crimes. They may be Ahmadiyya Muslims which apparently is the wrong sect to belong to there.

Can you imagine what it must feel like to be one of those, yet to be arrested, bloggers in Bangladesh?  100,000 of your fellow countrymen lusting for your blood?  Is this really 2013?




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