‘It is time to refuse to tiptoe around people who claim respect, consideration, special treatment, on the grounds that they have a religious faith, as if having a faith were a privilege endowing virtue, as if it were noble to believe in unsupported claims and ancient superstitions.’ – A. C. Grayling
It seems a group of Islamists is fighting against another group of Islamists in Bangladesh. The government created a panel to check comments on Islam and the prophet.
The government on Wednesday formed a nine-member committee to identify and take action against those making derogatory remarks against Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) using Facebook and blogs.
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad said Mainuddin Khandakar, an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home, has been made the head of the committee on the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He added that the home ministry would take necessary action on the basis of the recommendations of the committee.
The committee could take help from experts and give secretarial support to the ministry, he said.
The committee would apprise the Prime Minister’s Office of the progress of its assignment.
Members of the committee would be drawn from the PMO, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Law and Judicial Department, Information Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry, while directors-general of the NSI and the DGFI, and the Additional DIG of Special Branch would also be included.
When the Islamists called the anti war-criminals atheists, the anti war-criminals vehemently denied they were atheists. They have been claiming of being pious Muslims. Instead of saving and supporting atheists for their right to be atheists, the government decided to harass atheists. The government and the Islamic terrorists are now sharing the same platform to fight against atheists.
The bloggers left Shahbag out of fear. They have been killed, stabbed, threatened by the Islamists. Now they are going to be hounded by the government.
The terrorists of Jamaat-e-Islami love the prophet, Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister, also love the prophet. Their love for their prophet is so extreme that they can behead or imprison atheists! The Bangladesh government, exactly like the heinous Islamists, do not believe in freedom of expression. They know very well that Islam and freedom of expression can not co-exist.
It was a few atheist bloggers who started Shahbag revolution for secularism in Bangladesh. They are now gone. A group of Islamists are fighting another group of Islamists for their own interests. Whoever wins the fight, will not let secularism win.