Here is yet another tragic bit of fascism. The government in Bangladesh has arrested three atheist bloggers for blasphemy and “defaming” Islam, after weeks of demonstrations and riots by Muslim fundamentalists demanding their prosecution. But damn, this bit of framing irritates me:
Bangladesh police have arrested three atheist bloggers for defaming Islam and the prophet Mohammed, police said Tuesday, amid demands from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown.
The arrests of the three, who were paraded in hand-cuffs at a press conference Tuesday, came after pressure from Islamists who have organised a march to the capital to demand the death penalty for atheist bloggers.
“They have hurt religious feelings of the people by writing against different religions and their prophets and founders including the Prophet Mohammed,” deputy commissioner of Dhaka police Molla Nazrul Islam said.
The three could face 10 years in jail if convicted under the country’s cyber laws, which outlaw “defaming” a religion, Islam said…
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 in February when an atheist blogger was murdered.
Uh, no. This isn’t a debate between “militant” atheists and fundamentalists. Those “militant” atheists only expressed an opinion.