Topic: Serious Discussion /
Should we tolerate the intolerant?
While on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine posted up a story at the request of another friend of hers:
“Bangladesh…. (a friend of mine live in this country and he told me to share it)
A country that contain allmost 90% of muslims.
It got independence in 1971.
After 40 years of freedom fight, our government has started so called judgement of war criminals to make weaker the opposition party.
But their purpose was clear to the ordinary people.
That is why they established a so called mass awerness stage.
It was secretly run by the Government to cover their crime like Sagor-Runi homicide, BDR killing in Pilkhana, Hallmark corruption, Padma bridge corruption and so many failure due to their time.
This mass awereness stage was leaded by some atheists.
It was not a problem.
But the problem was this atheists were making bad comments about Allah and his prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) and always try to rebuke Islam.
That hurted the religious feelings of our God frearing people.
A non-political party named " Hefajot e Islam" were protesting against this atheist and tell the government to stop this stage and claimed to the government to take steps against them.
But Government didn’t heed to them.
In order to fulfill their deamands, Hefajot e Islam started meeting, combinations in various districts of Bangladesh from 4th march.They ran their every proggramme peacefully.
05-05-2013, Hefajot e Islam called for a combination at Moti jheel Shapla Chattor in capital Dhaka city.
They proclaimed that, they won’t leave this place until government fulfill their demands.
They were about 10 lakhs in number.
By the direction of our Government. Police,RAB, BGB and so many terrorist of present government (AWAMI LEAGUE) attacked them with arms.
People of Hefajot e Islam were tottaly armless.
They tried hard to resist.
But terrorists and police force used thousands of tear shell,lakhs of bullets, rubber bullets and about 3500 sound grenades and riot car.
They cut the line of electricity and and continued their brutality in darkness.
They continued their operation from 9 pm to 5 am.
That is why Hefajot e Islam were obliged to leave the place.
In this war of armed government and non armed Hefajot e Islam,
More than two Thousands of people has been killed of Hefajot e Islam.
And so many people has been injured. Police and other force beaten them up so much. And most of dead bodies has been carried of and kept concealed.
It accros all the brutality.
People of Bangladesh never seen this kind of brutality after 1971.
Government has taken the control of all media of our country.
They aren’t publishing the actual news.
Impartial news paper “Amar Desh” and tv chanel “Digonto” has been banned by government so that people can not know the actual news.
In this circumstance, we need the solidarity of outer world.
Please, save us from this aggresive Government.
Please save us.
Or there is waiting more suffering for us.
- Republic of Bangladesh"
When I looked for more information about this, what I found was the complete opposite. Over 100,000 protesters took to the streets chanting the phrase, “One point, One demand: Atheists must be hanged.” blocking highways and demanding that the secular government of Bangladesh impose stronger penalties for insults toward Islam. This was in response to a few atheist bloggers whom the protesters felt attacked Islam and its beliefs.
As for the statistics and claims from the Facebook post about the Bangladesh government killing over two thousand people in the name of Islam, I have not found any articles verifying it. If anyone would like to provide a reliable source vouching that, that’d be great.
Now, as a disclaimer, I have no argument with the religion of Islam, but I do have an issue when human lives are threatened and taken for things like personal beliefs. That leads me to the topic of this discussion.
Broadening the topic, regardless of race, sex, religion, etc. should we as human beings tolerate those who are extremely intolerant?