Muslim Radicals Torch Buddhist Temples Because of a Facebook Photo

It’s a day after International Blasphemy Rights Day, and over the weekend, we learned just how dangerous it can be in certain parts of the world when you criticize the Muslim faith — even accidentally.

Here was the scene in Bangladesh:

One of the burned down temples in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (Reuters)

Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims… set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday.

Buddhists?! What did Buddhists do?! What caused all the violence?

Get this: A “local Buddhist boy” accidentally got tagged on a Facebook photo of a burned copy of the Koran.

Blasphemous?

Ok, I don’t know what the actual photo was, but no photo on Facebook justifies anything close to this level of rage.

The newspaper reported that soon after the violence broke out, the boy’s Facebook account was closed and police escorted him and his mother to safety.

This is how bad things are. Anything will set off radical Muslims.

At one point, you actually had to outright insult Muhammad or the entire religion to start riots like this. Now, we’re down to YouTube videos and Facebook photos.

Give it another week and the same Muslims will start rioting when someone plays the letter “Q” in Scrabble or draws a crescent and star anywhere near each other… because somehow, doing those things without honoring Islam is a violation of some rule that they made up in their heads.

If you didn’t do it yesterday, celebrate IBRD today and criticize the religion of your choice.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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