Young Atheist Blogger Stabbed in Bangladesh

A 29-year-old Bangladeshi man is in critical condition after getting attacked:

Asif Mohiuddin

Asif Mohiuddin, 29, was attacked on Monday night by three unidentified men near his office in Dhaka’s upscale Uttara district.

“We operated on him for more than three hours. He is improving but still not out of danger. He has six deep cuts including two grave ones in the shoulder,” Haridas Saha, a surgeon at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told AFP.

Why was Asif attacked like this? What horrible thing is he guilty of that caused his assailants to go after him?

He writes an atheist blog. That’s it. (Headlines are referring to him, not surprisingly, as a “militant atheist blogger,” though there is no evidence whatsoever of him writing with any violent intentions.)

His blog’s title page called the god “Almighty only in name but impotent in reality”.

In July last year, he ridiculed Muslims and the Koran in a satirical piece on “the mass conversion of supermen to Islam”. Ninety percent of Bangladesh’s 153 million people are Muslims and Islam is the state religion.

Asif did absolutely nothing to deserve this. Even if he had insulted people instead of ideas, he wouldn’t have deserved this. This is faith-based madness, and every decent person should stand in his defense. To accuse him of doing anything wrong means supporting his attackers for using violent methods to control non-violent speech.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • coyotenose

    but Hemant, we don’t KNOW that this was done by Muslims angry at his beliefs, so obviously it was REALLY the work of conspiring atheists like himself!

    Oh wait, the dimwits only trot out that conspiracy theory when Christians do harm towards atheists? My bad.

    • meekinheritance

      As you rightly point out, we don’t know it was done my Muslims; it could very well have been Xians.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589413824 Simon David Thomas

        Or it could be nothing to do with his views and was just a random assault or robbery. I’m not putting money on it though, “religion of peace” my fat, hairy arse…

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Morrison/1469333344 Heather Morrison

          If you follow the “Headlines” link, the article mentions friends that witnessed the attack claiming it was motivated by religion.

  • Phil Cleaver

    I just sent him a get better soon email, shared this link, and let him know that there are lots of us around the world who support him. asif.mohiuddin@msn.com

  • GodlessPoutine

    This is horrendous. And he’s doing nothing more than what we do. He is a brave man and I hope he gets better soon.

  • Octoberfurst

    Despite our constant frustrations with having to deal with theists trying to force their religion down our throats we are so much better off here than atheists in other parts of the world where being an open atheist can get you killed. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be an atheist and live in places like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. We need to support them in any way we can.

  • http://twitter.com/Broken_Harangue Thomas Swan

    You don’t know who attacked him and why. It’s too soon to call this a religiously motivated attack or “faith based madness”. I agree with you that adding the word “militant” to his description is horrendous propaganda.

    • coyotenose

      Check out the article itself. And Bangladesh’s homicide rate is practically trivial; It is extremely unlikely that he got attacked by three men intent on murdering him over something else.

  • Jennifer

    Three on one? Their god sure is powerful that it needs those kind of odds.

  • Pluto Animus

    The Religion of Peace strikes again. Amazingly, no one died.
    Next time, though.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Why does The Omnipotent always need lowly thugs to protect his reputation? Why does The Omniscient always need mewling and bloviating interlocutors to speak his thoughts? Why does the Omnibenevolent always need threats of ostracizing, harassment, mayhem, imprisonment, suffering, and death to coerce and enforce his love? Why does The Omnipresent always need academics to build intricate and fragile arguments for his very existence?

  • Nure Alam Masud

    What makes you so certain that he was attacked because of being an atheist ? He (the blogger) has his own political, religious and social views. It could be any of the reasons (though nothing justifies the attack). It could also be a robbery.
    All I see is that this article is atheist-biased.

  • xie

    Please let him know that there are Christians praying for him & his family.
    Christians may not agree with his views, but do care, hope and pray for a quick recovery. Just as Atheists don’t have to agree with Christians to accept well wishes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acharyas Acharya Sanning

    Thank you for your commentary on this poor man. I wonder if you will call attention to the plight of another atheist blogger in Kuwait, if you have not already done so?

    http://freethoughtnation.com/contributing-writers/63-acharya-s/763-help-free-egyptian-atheist-activist-jailed-in-kuwait-on-blasphemy-charges-infidelophobia.html

    “BenBaz” has been arrested for “blasphemy.” He may face the death penalty. There is a petition his friends are asking people to sign to the Kuwait government. He could use many more signatures.

    Thanks!

  • Justin8172

    who does he have to hold on to now….?


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