Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

Very disturbing news about the death of another outspoken writer who promoted science over religious dogma in Bangladesh. This is the FOURTH murder by fundamentalists extremists who object to the non-religious sentiment expressed by these courageous freethinkers.

Another free thinker murdered | The Daily Star

Blogger and an organiser of local Gonojagoron Mancha, , was killed in Sylhet this morning in continuation of attack on free thinkers of the society.

The murder comes in persistence of the recent killings of free thinkers Avijit Roy and Oyashiqur Rahman earlier this year – which have been blamed on fanatics.

Ananta Bijoy was killed at Subid Bazar area in Sylhet city around 9:00am this morning, Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Kamrul Hasan told The Daily Star.

Four assailants intercepted him, chased him down and stabbed him indiscriminately all over, a Gonojagoron Mancha activist sought anonymity to tell our Moulvibazar correspondent.

“Ananta died on the spot,” he said. “Ananta was an organiser of local progressive publication outlet Jukti (logic) and a relentless writer on science.”

ananta-bijoy-das-fbDas contributed to the Mukto Mona (“Free Thinkers”) blog which contains sections on “Science” and “Rationalism.” The blog is critical of religion but Das was mostly interested in promoting science. He was the editor of a local science magazine, Jukti (“Reason”), and wrote several books.

He was recently denied a visa to Sweden because they were concerned he was attempting to permanently leave his home country. Das has been subject to death threats by Islamic extremists.

Two other controversial secular writers were killed earlier this year in the same horrific, violent way: Avijit Roy and Oyasiqur Rahman. Roy was the founder of the blog that Das wrote for.

Another writer, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was killed in the same way in 2013.

Cowards will not argue logic and reason but will barbarically silence the voices instead. We can not comprehend the value of free speech until we see incidents like this.

Bangladesh murdered bloggers: Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman and Ananta Bijoy Das – BBC News

  5 comments for “Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

  1. Peter Robinson
    May 12, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    ‘Cowards will not argue logic and reason but will barbarically silence the voices instead. We can not comprehend the value of free speech until we see incidents like this.’

    It is precisely because they have no logic or reason to back up their faith/beliefs that they resort to violence! The milder form is theology waffle.

  2. Bill T.
    May 13, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    It also reminds one how sensitive their beliefs and faith are to examination.

  3. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    May 13, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    You’d think they’d be satisfied with the belief that their deity will torture unbelievers for eternity – guess they don’t trust him to do the work.

  4. Bill T.
    May 14, 2015 at 4:21 AM

    hmmmm …, now where does that line of argument take us?

  5. Luke The Drifter
    May 22, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Notice anything missing?
    We’re told there were “four assailants”.
    We’re told they were “fundamentalists extremists”.
    We’re led to believe they were “religious” since they “object to the non-religious sentiment”.
    But in spite of all we know, we don’t seem to know which religion they favor.
    Shinto? Roman Catholicism? Scientology?
    Perhaps a Pentecostal, a Methodist, a Baptist, and a Presbyterian, like a bad joke?
    One thing we can be sure of is that there’s no attempt here to equate all religions. No, that would be the height of absurdity in an article championing “logic and reason”.
    By the same token, no one who knows “the value of free speech” could possibly want theists to shut up.
    So we’re left with the conclusion that our reporter has failed us by doing an incomplete job, aren’t we?

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