Another intellectual, a professor of English, Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, was hacked to death in Bangladesh for the crime of being an atheist. The twist here, though, is that he wasn’t an atheist at all.
But according to his daughter, Rizwana Hasin, 23, he was not an atheist.
Siddiquee participated in cultural activities and wanted to open a music school in nearby Bagmara.
“He loved music. A concept is growing in Bangladesh these days that those who are interested in music, culture, are not believers in religion,” she told CNN.
First they come for the atheists, an easy target. Then they go after the artists, the poets, the writers, the musicians, the poets because they love the world too much and are not sufficiently fanatical. Then the teachers and other educators. This is one way to change the culture to make everyone believe as you do: chop down everyone who isn’t as ignorant as you are.
The future Bangladesh of their dreams will contain only people who know how to pray and how to use a machete, nothing more.