Bangladesh censorship: gotta stop militant atheists.

Bangladesh is increasing the breadth of its censorship of atheist bloggers.  This is pretty offensive to liberty, and so it’s pretty offensive to me.  But there was a line in the article that leaped out at me as particularly infuriating.

The move comes after Islamic groups and clerics, who have staged a series of deadly protests against atheist bloggers in recent weeks, threatened to march en masse to Dhaka on April 6 unless the bloggers are prosecuted.

The debate between militant atheists and fundamentalists has been a popular subject in Bangladesh’s blogosphere and on social media for years, but it took a deadly turn last month when an alleged anti-Islam blogger was murdered.

In just the previous sentence you referred to Islamic groups using deadly tactics, including the murder of an atheist writer last month.  And then, somehow, you can call atheist bloggers “militant” with a straight face.

And how does the government of Bangladesh react?  By saying “Murdering people who disagree with you is the only crime here.”?  Nope!  They share the blame with the atheist writers, as if they’re reaping what they sow for saying “Islam is wrong and dangerous” in public.

I swear, the next person who tells me religion makes people better…

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • sqlrob

    Relgion makes people better
    April Fools!

  • iknklast

    Of course, you have to look at the depth of the argument. In many religions, the definition of “good” is “follows God’s laws”. In that context, religion does make people better. It’s just that we’ve redefined good, and now people continue to parrot an argument initially made about something else. If “good” means that you bow down and pray, go to church on Sundays, and generally do what the clerics tell you to, then they’ve got a really good case. Atheists are pretty bad at all of that. ;-)

  • Loqi

    My comment seems to have gotten eaten…
    If saying “your beliefs are wrong” on the internet makes one militant, what does that make these butchers?

    Oh, right. “Faithful”

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Stop murdering yourself! Stop murdering yourself! Hey, I told you to stop murdering yourself!

  • John Smith

    All the while the government jails and even kills people who are Islamic inclined in the same country. While there is the aspect of freedom of speech, there is also hate-speech that incites violence.
    As it stands the atheists have sided themselves with the corrupt government which is doing all this to simply eliminate the political opposition.
    Please look up at the situation before you start jumping to conclusions.

    • Loqi

      Didn’t the government just declare Islam as the official religion just a few years ago? And isn’t it like 95% Muslim? I’m not buying the idea that Islam is being oppressed.

      • Joe

        89.5% in 2010, according to the Bangledesh Bureau of Statistics. It’s held pretty steady since 2001 and is up about 3% from 1991.

    • Loqi

      And I’m reading stories about atheist bloggers being jailed every week. Yet they’re on the same side? I don’t believe this for a second.

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