“Hang Atheists”

This is what peace looks like. Brought to you by Islam

This is what peace looks like. Brought to you by Islam

Well, it’ s good to know that Islam is a peaceful religion that is merely misunderstood. Just look at how misunderstood nearly 200,000 people were in Bangladesh last month when they stormed the streets of Dhaka rioting, injuring and even killing people, asking that atheists and all those who offend Islam be hanged or else executed  I totally feel the love here. Don’t you?

Officers were forced to use stun grenades to break up a rally by the group Hefazat-e Islam (Protectors of Islam) that so far has left at least 15 people dead and more than 50 injured.

According to police, more than 200,000 protesters marched the city centre to demand the government take a more Islamic stance on domestic policy. Many of the protesters had come into Dhaka from rural villages, making their way to the city’s largest mosque. However, the gathering quickly turned into a riot as shops and cars were set alight, government building attacked and police officers targeted. Clashes outside the mosque saw police react to stone throwing with tear gas and rubber bullets fired from armoured vehicles.

Kamrun Nahar mourns in front of a morgue as her husband Shaheed Hossain, 45, an activist of Bangladesh Awami League, died in a clash with Hefajat-e-Islam in Dhaka

Kamrun Nahar mourns in front of a morgue as her husband Shaheed Hossain, 45, an activist of Bangladesh Awami League, died in a clash with Hefajat-e-Islam in Dhaka

According to the AFP, the protesters were heard chanting: “One point, one demand, atheists must be hanged.” Sky News reported a protester, saying: “This government does not have faith in Allah. This is an atheist government; we will not allow them to live in Bangladesh. Muslims are brothers, we must protect Islam.”

In contrast, how many people went on the streets in this very same city protesting the death of over 700 workers,  many of whom made little more than the national minimum wage of about $1.20 per day under horrible, 16 hour day working conditions? A few hundred people? Compared to 200,000 who marched on the streets asking that atheists and those who disagree with them be killed?

Yes, I can see all the love shining through the smoke, and soot and smell of dead bodies at the hands of god-fearing and also god-loving believers.

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  1. #1 by BARRY on March 15, 2014 - 8:48 PM

    Where ever this religion goes, so does violence rape and unemployment

  2. #2 by Zahra on May 15, 2013 - 8:32 PM

    this situation is far more complex than your opinion would attest. People’s understanding of Islam both in and out of the Muslim world is sadly confused at best for many, you said they are rural, what that generally means is a lack of education both in reading and writing and in Islam, this does leave the door open for the totally un-Islamic Wahabi groups to come in and brainwash a response that is not according to Islam. When the Prophet was insulted and even threatened his response was patience not anger. In saying that it is not ok to ridicule the other faiths and their symbols, we as Muslims are commanded to not do that, the Declaration of Human Rights is very clear ‘ your freedom of expression ends where the other’s rights for peace and security begins’ – so the notion that hate speech is free speech is not correct legally or ethically.

    People’s anger and frustration at poverty and government injustice can indeed be expressed through one issue, you will find there is much more to what is happening in Bangladesh than ‘not feeling Islam is being represented’.

    The issue of Sharia is very complex and I am not qualified to say more than those punishments you cited are out of context of time and jurisprudence.

    As for not protesting the deaths of 700 people.. indeed may they all be in the highest ranks of Jannat and their families given peace and strength in their loss. But that criticism is rather unfair and not logically consistent, how many protests of all manner of injustices are Atheists promoting? Are you to suggest that protesting one thing is negated if you have not protested other things? I would like to run that past the many Secular or other Faith protest campaigns and see the response as to that assertions reasonableness.

    It is best in life if we are going to express opinions on topics we clearly have little knowledge on, to then actually seek the knowledge before feeding into the already full landfill of misinformation and hate speech.

    • #3 by popreflection on May 15, 2013 - 11:58 PM

      Regarding protesting the death of 700 people: the point is that these pious, peace loving, god loving and god fearing Muslims went onto the streets in the tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – to ask that people who criticize their prophet be killed. KILLED. As in DESTROYED. THEIR LIVES ENDED. Do you understand that? In contrast, only a couple hundred of people showed up on the streets protesting the death of 700 innocent workers. THAT is the point. If you religion is supposedly misunderstood and all about love and forgiveness, then why do you assemble in hordes to wish others death but in minuscule amounts to protest the unjust death of 700 people? I am sorry that the wrongness and hypocrisy here is not apparent to you.

      Name me one violent protest by atheists? Name me one protest in which atheists have gathered together asking for the death of an opponent. Name me one policy that have been affected by atheists and which had adverse effects on society. In fact, name me any wrong doing done by atheists? And please, do not recite to me Hitler and Stalin. Those people were dictators whose actions were informed by tyranny not by atheism. The only reason they opposed religion was because it was a competing institution next to communism and not because they really did not believe in a god.

      I understand the effects of poverty and destitution on people. However, that doesn’t change anything about the fact that 200,000 people went out on the streets demanding that people who disagree with them be killed. And this is not something that is just confined to Bangladesh. Islam did a good job by itself everywhere.

      See, the difference between the position you promote and the liberal one is that the liberal position does not force anyone to not be religious who does not want one; the Muslim position, however, calls for the death of those who do not want to be Muslim and criticize Islam. Your position prevents people from living their lives as they want, the liberal position does not. The progressive position allows for individual choice; Islam doesn’t. The progressive position expands freedom; Islam limits it. The progressive position treats women as autonomous, rights-bearing human beings deserving of full equality; Islam views women as property and second-class citizens.

      Finally, it is funny you would mention hate speech when talking about atheists, when the only hate coming out here is pious Muslims calling for the death of atheists.

      • #4 by Zahra on May 16, 2013 - 12:42 AM

        Firstly Islam is perfect, Muslims however are not. As for any area of thought, there a some that know the theory and how to apply it, but there are many more who do not.

        Islam does not view Women as Second Class citizens.. get some knowledge and look at with eyes and mind open. ISLAM does not oppress women, however some Muslim men in some Muslim communities are living by the same old Patriarchy found all over the world – these men are NOT living the example of Prophet Muhammad (saw), they are NOT living according to the Holy Quran, and as such they are treating women poorly, just like plenty of other men the world over treat women poorly. The solution is actually Islam.. they just need to be practicing it. Go ask some Muslim women before asserting that point- wow! last time I looked I was a Muslim woman 😀

        Actually Islam decreed more rights of women over 1400yrs ago than even the Declaration of Human rights has afforded today. Many of the rights of Muslim women afforded by Islam were not even gained in the West until the 1970s. We Muslim women do not want Secular Feminist Equality, we are very happy for our Islamic Equity – all that needs to happen is for these already existent rights to be exercised. This will happen with a proper grounding in Islamic studies through out the Muslim world. Like with Secular education, not every student ‘gets it’ by the end of their studies, some of it is individual aptitude, most of it though is how the curriculum is taught (the quality of the teachers) and then access to these quality teachers.

        Anyway do be cautious about generalizing to a population from a sample, I am sure you realize it is hardly scholarly to assert a definitive conclusion about ALL Muslims or even any of Islamic scholarship from the actions of a small sample of the over 2 BILLION Muslims around the world… majority not rioting, but being the Media is all about conflict those stories don’t make the news cycle.

    • #5 by popreflection on May 16, 2013 - 8:42 AM

      The Quran in Sura 2:228 says:

      . . . Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles. Of course, men are a degree above them in status . . .

      The Quran in Sura 4:34 says:

      Men are managers of the affairs of women because Allah has made the one superior to the other…If you fear high-handedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great.

      To say that women in Islamic countires are not oppressed or treated badly or unequally and that it was just a small minority who treated women like that is both factually false as well as deeply insincere of you. You have to be blind to not see what is happening to women in Islamic countires – how little rights they have PER LAW – and how they are at the mercy of men. I mean in Saudi Arabai women only got to drive a car just last year or so. In divorce the children always go to the husband and there was a report about an American woman in Dubai who was raped and sentenced to jail, because under the Sharia laws of UAE, if the perpetrator does not confess, a rape cannot be convicted without four adult Muslim male witnesses. She was charged with having illicit sex outside marriage, and thrown in a filthy jail cell for eight months.

      And this is just one example of millions. In every Islamic country rape victims have such a fate. Not only are they raped and abused, but also the ones sent to jail. Under what law, under what god is sending a victim of such a heinous crime to jail while letting the perpetrators walk, acceptable and a sign of love and perfection? This is justice for you>? This is humanity for you? This is equity for you?

      You are blind, woman.

      If 80% of the things coming out of Islam is oppressive, violent, and bigoted, I am amazed you would have the audacity to stand there and say that Islam is perfect and completely disregard the fact that nothing coming out of Islam over the past century has been perfect. JUst look at Iran and the doenfall since the establishment of the Islamic Republic and a bunch of clerics running the country and controlling people, killing and torturing dissenters. I have worked in human rights, I am perfectly aware of the realities such women face. Or people in general.

      Let us assume for a moment Islam was perfect (it is not), does it matter when everything happening in its name is violence? Bigotry? Oppression? Subjugation? It doesn’t matter Islam used to behave in a certain way 1000 years ago, what matters is what is happening TODAY in its name.

      To deny such realities is not only ignorant but cruel and insulting to those who are subject to them everyday. For you to say you are free is like a slave saying he feels free. You don’t know what freedom is or – you don;t know what true subjugation is. Just because you have been manipulated by the patriarchy to think that the oppression you undergo is in your own favor, does not mean it is so. I feel bad for you but I cannot blame you for being the product of a lifetime of brainwashing and manipulation.

  3. #6 by Sara Kjeldsen on May 10, 2013 - 6:36 PM

    Reblogged this on Girl, Uninterrupted and commented:
    The story of Bangladesh is an ancient one, again made fresh.

  4. #7 by Sara Kjeldsen on May 10, 2013 - 6:35 PM

    This is so, so sad.

  5. #8 by myatheistlife on May 10, 2013 - 4:45 PM

    The god of Abraham loves the smell of burning flesh, the blood of mutilated genitals, and most of all the sound of morons calling his name.

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