An Appalling Reaction to Taslima’s Escape from Threats

Kimberly Winston of Religion News Service has a story about our successful effort to get Taslima Nasrin out of danger from India to the United States. The article contains this staggeringly stupid quote from an “expert” at a Connecticut university.

Sufia Uddin, an expert on religion in Bangladesh and director of the Islamic Studies program at Connecticut College, is skeptical about the effort to relocate Nasrin. “She knows Bangladesh is not a place where she can be a blogger who condemns in its entirety the religion of Islam, so why is she blogging about it?” she asked. “What is she trying to achieve besides putting a target on her own head? I am not sure I understand that strategy.”

Uddin is not an expert on religion in Bangladesh, he’s an expert in totally missing the fucking point. First of all, Taslima has not lived in Bangladesh in more than two decades. She was exiled from there because of Islamic fascists who think they have the right to murder people who criticize their religious views. She lived in India for the last eight years, but that wasn’t far enough for those same Islamic fascists, who are still trying to murder her.

And what is this talk of strategy? Why is that relevant at all? Taslima’s “strategy” has been to tell the truth, to expose the barbaric practices of reactionary Islam in Bangladesh and other places. Uddin seems to think that the fact that these barbarians murder their critics means those critics should shut up. Nothing could be further from the truth. That makes it all the more important that we all speak out as loudly as possible against these fascists, not excuse their behavior as this “expert” in religion wants to do.

Fuck Sufia Uddin.

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  • Donnie

    Murderer’s veto > Heckler’s veto….

  • Saad

    I hear this nonsense all the time from many moderates after violence has been committed against those who criticize or mock Islam: “Why do these people keep doing it when they know it’ll get them killed?”

    It’s an attempt to act like they care that the person was murdered while also getting to say that Islam should be off limits, which of course are not compatible. You gotta pick one or the other.

    A minor correction: Sufia is a woman; you used “he” in your post.

    But yeah. Fuck Sufia Uddin.

  • eric

    She knows Bangladesh is not a place where she can be a blogger who condemns in its entirety the religion of Islam, so why is she blogging about it

    Why? So that in the future, Bangladesh will be a place where she and others can condemn Islam and any other ideology they don’t like in its/their entirety…without fear of being murdered for it.

  • StevoR

    Taslima Nasrin is awesome. She deserves so much better. She won’t be silenced nor should she be. More power to her.

  • Abby Normal

    “She knows Bangladesh is not a place where she can be a blogger who condemns in its entirety the religion of Islam, so why is she blogging about it?” she asked. “What is she trying to achieve besides putting a target on her own head? I am not sure I understand that strategy.”

    I know, right? That would be like a black person in the era of Jim Crow going around giving speeches dreaming of racial equality. Sure, some idiots may call it brave or noble. Some may even call such a person a hero. But any expert can see they’re really just throwing away their life.

  • Saad

    Yeah, the answer is right there in her question. What a fool.

  • eric

    I also find it profoundly disturbing that a US college professor on Islam, of all things, should not be aware of the value of free speech. Right now in the US, there’s a howling rightist mob basically calling for Muslims to be deported or thrown in jail and their materials to be censored. The thing standing in their way is the constitutional protections of speech and religion. And yet you don’t see the point of promoting the values of free speech and religion?

  • whheydt

    Interesting that Uddin is saying that from the (relative) safety of the US, and not from inside Bangladesh. Perhaps those quoting her couldn’t find anyone in Bangladesh willing to stand up and comment. Might be risky, after all.

  • neonsequitur

    I guess “total capitulation” would be Sufia Uddin’s strategy.

    No thanks.

  • Pieter B, FCD

    Oh dear, I read the comments on the original article.

    The very act of publicizing stories like this one serves to advance a racist, imperialist, colonialist, Islamophobic and Orientalist narrative…

    In fact, the only reason that athiests exist in a country like Bangladesh in the first place is due to Western imperialism.

  • footface

    We all have our moments (or more than just moments) of cowardice. But to crow about it? Memo to Uddin: it’s nothing to brag about.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Ct. College is not a university. Just sayin’.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    he’s an expert

    Uddin is a woman, so “she’s” what you want there.