Canadian “Religious Freedom Advocates Need to Speak Out on Bangladesh Killings”

by | November 12, 2015

Paul Fidalgo, communications director for the Center for Inquiry, US, has an article published on Religion News Service (RNS) entitled Religious Freedom Advocates Need to Speak Out on Bangladesh Killings”:

In the past eight months, five people have been hacked to death by Islamic extremists associated with terror groups such as Ansar Bangla and al-Qaida. Each victim was targeted for writing or publishing works that advocate for secular democracy and criticize religion and fundamentalism. Many other writers have been injured in these attacks.

While this terror campaign has become a flashpoint for protest and political gamesmanship in Bangladesh, few outside the country have addressed this human rights crisis. Secularist and humanist groups in the U.S. and elsewhere have been among the few to take up the cause….

But, as serious as the bloodshed and terror in Bangladesh is, we have heard little to nothing from many of the major American conservative religious organizations that claim to care so deeply about religious freedom. . . .

As I read the RNS article, it occurred to me that I could send Fidalgo’s message to Canadian conservative religious organizations just by changing the words American and U.S. to Canadian:

the [Canadian] secular humanist [and atheist] community [is] doing all [it] can to save lives and change the course of events in Bangladesh, from the grass roots to the halls of [Canadian] and international diplomatic power. Our resources and reach are limited, and frankly dwarfed by those of [Canadian] churches and conservative Christian organizations.

So we’re asking for their help. Join us in confronting this human rights atrocity. Use your political influence to demand that the [Canadian] government pressure Bangladeshi authorities. Use your resources to save the freethinkers and religious minorities running for their very lives. Use your cultural influence to rally grass-roots support from your own legions of supporters. These persecuted need you now.

Severely injured Bangladeshi blogger, Tareq Rahim and his Canadian wife, Monika Mistry need you now!

One thought on “Canadian “Religious Freedom Advocates Need to Speak Out on Bangladesh Killings”

  1. Heather Hastie

    What’s happening to atheists and secularists in Bangladesh is a disgrace. I’ve added my voice to the cause, but it’s far too small to have any effect.

    I’d love to see something happen at the diplomatic level. Western governments are not too bad at speaking up when Christians are persecuted, but not when the victims are atheists.


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