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.


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