The Horror of Another Blogger Murdered in Bangladesh

Another atheist blogger in Bangladesh has been murdered by Muslim terrorists, the fourth one in the last year or so. Every time this happens, I find myself left in shock. I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked anymore. Maybe horrified is more the right word.

A Dhaka, Bangladesh, Internet blogger was killed by suspected Islamist attackers Friday, the fourth such incident this year.

Niloy Neel, who the police identified as Niloy Chakrabati, was hacked to death with machetes by a group of five or six men who visited him in his Dhaka apartment on the pretext of seeking to rent an apartment of their own.

“Two of them then took him to a room and then slaughtered him there,” deputy police commissioner Muntashirul Islam said. “His wife was in the flat but she was confined to another room.”

Neel was a proponent of secularism and a progressive agenda in heavily Muslim Bangladesh, and was regarded as a voice of reason on his blog. Like the three victims before him, he identified himself as an atheist; all four were on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” identified by Muslim groups in 2013 with the hope the government would try them for blasphemy.

We got Taslima Nasrin out of India to the United States after these same murderers threatened to kill her, but that was relatively easy. She has an American green card, so we didn’t have to jump through all sorts of INS and Customs hoops. It’s much harder without such advantages. But it needs to be done. We really must set up some sort of organization that does nothing but arrange to get these people out of harm’s way if they want to be. It would require a lot of funding, but people are being slaughtered.

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  • John Pieret

    In order to get asylum in the US a person has to prove that he or she fears persecution; that he or she would be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group; and that the government is either involved in the persecution, or unable to control the conduct of private actors.

    I’m no immigration attorney but it seems to me that, when 4 people, on a published list of 87, have been brutally murdered with little or no government action, the rest of the people on the list should qualify for asylum. Get them here, even on tourist visas, and work from there. If you set up an organization, I’ll help as I can.