[About here is the right place to start cranking up your stunned silence]
In the picture on the left, the three bloggers pictured in the middle are Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob and Russel Parvez. Asif Mohiuddin was also arrested but is not featured in this photo. The guys on the extreme left and extreme right are DB (Detective Branch)
The bloggers, who were first arrested in April, will now face up to 14 years imprisonment and hefty fines. They are the first people to be tried under the country’s new Information Technology Act, which bans the publication of online material that “causes hurt to religious beliefs.”
The Metropolitan Sessions Court in the country’s capital Dhaka decided yesterday that the bloggers will face trial in November. Asif Mohiuddin, Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Moshiur Rahman Biplob and Rasel Parvez are free on bail at the moment after spending almost three months in jail. They pleaded not guilty at the hearing on Sunday, and petitioned forthe charges to be dropped. The court nevertheless rejected the petitions and ordered the trial to begin on November 6. The evidence given by the police on Sunday claimed that the derogatory posts of the four bloggers caused “a slide in law and order that led to anarchy.”
The bloggers were arrested amid heating tensions between Bangladeshi Islamists and anti-Islamist activists. In February, a blogger critical of Islam and the country’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami was murdered.
You would have thought that Allah would be would be capable of “punishing” them in his own good time, but no for some reason he needs earthly thugs to interpret and carry out his wishes. In response, I have a few words for the authorities in Bangladesh … “hey guys, your Mohammed is a violent intolerant misogynistic paedophile” … so have I “hurt” your religious feelings yet?
Actually, the above is factual criticism …
- Mohammed was indeed very violent and also grossly intolerant, you only need to read the Quran to work that fact out
- As for the charge of being a paedophile … also factual, at the age of 50 he “married” a six year old called Aisha, and that fact comes from traditional Islamic sources.
So when it comes to the idea that criticism of bad ideas has “hurt” religious beliefs, the fact that these thugs in Bangladesh have arrested Subrata, Mashiur, Russel and Asif has in effect done a great deal more to generate “hurt” feelings because it has thrown an international spotlight upon their intolerant batshit insane religious beliefs; many such as myself are now blogging about this – the arrest and trial has caused a considerable degree of real harm to the reputation of Bangladesh.