There is an ongoing jihad in Bangladesh against all those who dare to dissent from the Islamic sharia line or criticize Islam in any way. Zafar Iqbal is a longtime proponent of free speech and secularism. For all too many Muslims in Bangladesh, that makes him an “enemy of Islam,” and deserving of death. This is the future of the West, if we don’t recover an understanding of the importance of free speech, and begin to defend it.
“Top Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar because he’s an ‘enemy of Islam,’” South China Morning Post, March 4, 2018:
Saturday’s attack on Zafar Iqbal in the northern city of Sylhet was just the latest in a series of stabbings of secular or atheist authors and bloggers in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Iqbal, a long-standing champion of free speech and secularism, remains in stable condition in hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds to his head.
Police detained 21-year-old Faizul Hasan, a former Islamic seminary student, and were investigating any ties to radical groups.
Colonel Ali Haider Azad Ahmed from the Rapid Action Battalion police unit said Hasan told investigators it was “his duty as a Muslim to resist those who work against Islam”.
“He has said Dr Zafar Iqbal was an enemy of Islam,” Ahmed said.
Police said Hasan, whose father was a teacher at an Islamic seminary, may have had links to extremists blamed for attacks on secular and atheist writers in the last four years.
Suspected Islamist radicals have killed around a dozen such writers and bloggers, including an American atheist blogger of Bangladeshi origin.
Police have blamed home-grown Islamist extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team – also known as Ansar al Islam and linked to al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent – for most of the attacks….
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