Bangladesh atheist bloggers arrested

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Bangladesh police have arrested three atheist bloggers for allegedly defaming Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, police said Tuesday, amid calls from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown.


The arrest of the three, who were paraded in handcuffs at a news conference, followed pressure from Islamists who have organised a march from all over the country to the capital to demand the death penalty for atheist bloggers.

“They have hurt the religious feelings of the people by writing against different religions and their prophets and founders including the Prophet Mohammed,” said deputy commissioner of Dhaka police, Molla Nazrul Islam.

The three could face 10 years in jail if convicted under the country's cyber laws which outlaw “defaming” a religion, Islam said.

He denied the arrests were linked to the planned march to Dhaka set for Saturday.

Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan said the three arrested men were among 84 “atheist bloggers” named in a list handed over by an Islamist group to a government panel probing alleged blasphemy against Islam on the Internet.


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18 COMMENTS

  1. where can I post things to defame Islam as well I will maximum defame Islam in there place.In the most childish manner possible name calling. Amene

  2. These fucktards can’t seem to realize that if their “all-powerful” sky fairy gave a rat’s ass about blasphemy, it would be a simple matter of a divine “drone strike”. No need for collateral damage of any sort. No need for any human intervention.

    Oh, wait… this is the imaginary being who drowned almost everything in the world to avenge himself for creating everything in the world. The “authorities” don’t realize that either. Hopeless.

    Steve

  3. Story brought to attention by atheist.asif’s Discussion (Atheism) topic ‘Freethinking in Bangladesh’, Thanks to him for reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  4. You could almost certainly arrest those same islamists for offending religous feelings, either by stating atheism as a religous position (even if that position is a negative one by definition) or by finding some hindus, bhuddists, or christians in the area. Not that difficult, except for the violence thing of course.

  5. Oh the burden of opinion.

    If you can’t argue them, fight em.

    Here’s a scribble on the matter

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  6. Aren’t islamists a hateful, whinging, disgusting, deceitful, intolerant, immoral, nasty group of spoilt brat shits.

  7. There’s no room for the totalitarian in the 21st Century. Why aren’t leaders of the developed world jumping on these issues and demanding recompense for those who have been punished for daring to think for themselves?

  8. In reply to #10 by Virgin Mary:

    There’s no room for the totalitarian in the 21st Century. Why aren’t leaders of the developed world jumping on these issues and demanding recompense for those who have been punished for daring to think for themselves?

    I so agree with you. What’s wrong with them. They get paid well enough.

  9. How long does the Western World have to wait for the Eastern World to catch up??????

  10. In reply to #9 by Os:

    Aren’t islamists a hateful, whinging, disgusting, deceitful, intolerant, immoral, nasty group of spoilt brat shits.

    Short answer – “Yes”

  11. Defame: To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel.

    It seems to me that thinking up untrue statements in order to discredit Islam is unnecessary when its so much easier to achieve the same result by simply telling the truth

  12. In reply to #10 by Virgin Mary:

    There’s no room for the totalitarian in the 21st Century. Why aren’t leaders of the developed world jumping on these issues and demanding recompense for those who have been punished for daring to think for themselves?

    I think you know the answer to this already… Western governments are scared of Islam.

    Not so much scared of Islam itself (that’s like being scared of Harry Potter or any other fantasy story) – they are scared of getting into a long protracted war against over 1 billion members of a brainwashed psychotic drone army… Kill one clone and another just pops up in his place…

    So they appease them instead (it helps that they have lots of oil too, not to mention the Bangladeshi slave children that make much of the clothing we wear)…

    One bright spark from this article though – it’s good to know that there is an atheist movement in Bangladesh, however small…

    Maybe there is hope after all…

  13. Update:
    they arrested three more and most of them are placed on remand!
    To protest, major secular Bengali community blog sites are on blackout.

  14. In reply to #11 by ConnedCatholic:

    In reply to #10 by Virgin Mary:

    There’s no room for the totalitarian in the 21st Century. Why aren’t leaders of the developed world jumping on these issues and demanding recompense for those who have been punished for daring to think for themselves?

    I so agree with you. What’s wrong with them. They get paid well enough.

    They are politicians and politicians have a particular way. They know bugger all of their own business but will set about righting the business of others only, and only when it shows them in a good light or distracts attention away from their blundering. Perhaps Warsi could explain the lack of intervention?

  15. In reply to #9 by Os:

    Aren’t islamists a hateful, whinging, disgusting, deceitful, intolerant, immoral, nasty group of spoilt brat shits.

    With their arrogance and ignorance they ought to be the happiest larry’s around

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