In the 41 years since its independence, Bangladesh has made great strides. Until recently one of the poorest nations on Earth, poverty is fading. The country has made remarkable gains in reduction of hunger, and now ranks among Goldman Sachs’ “Next Eleven” list of the up-and-coming developing nations. This change has been due, in part, to the country’s sole Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank founder who reduced poverty by offering microloans to poor women.
Inside the country, however, gratitude for Yunus is spare these days. Last month, Malona Moniruzzaman Rabbanni, a cleric at Dhaka’s National Mosque, announced a protest against Yunus for October 31, telling AFP, “We have asked all Muslims to be united against Yunus’s move to destroy our family and society.” The group alleged Yunus is “un-Islamic” and “promoting homosexuality.”The direct antecedent to the allegation of “un-Islamic” behavior was a move considered highly unusual in majority-Muslim Bangladesh: public support for gay rights.
To think of how eagerly he would be accepted and loved as a savior to the people if only his compassion didn’t extend to gay people. Because in many religions, apparently you’re only a decent savior if you’re a savior to some, to the righteous (though not necessarily the good or the competent). If you’re helping everybody, just because you think suffering sucks, they want no part of you.
So even though Muhammad Yunus has helped the Muslims of Bangladesh escape poverty, he is seen as a destructor because he also wishes to help the homosexuals of Bangladesh achieve equality. Clearly, he has it in for Bangladesh. Jesus Christ, religion can twist a mind.