3 Islamic militant suspects arrested in murders of secular bloggers in Bangladesh

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Rafida Ahmed's husband, Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, was killed in the February attack in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. RNS photo by Reuters.

Rafida Ahmed's husband, Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, was killed in the February attack in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. RNS photo by Reuters.

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Bangladesh's elite forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants for masterminding the killings of two secular bloggers in the Muslim-majority nation.

  • Jon

    But the murderers hacked people to death due to deeply held religious convictions, which makes it OK, right?

  • Religion = fascism

    Christian: “Execute them” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)
    Jew: “Slay them in the daylight” – YAHWEH (Deuteronomy)
    Muslim: “Slaughter the infidel wherever you find them” – ALLAH (Surah 9.2)

    Death is the end no matter which god you pick.
    Even the religious seem to know it.

    Get over it. Abandon this ancient nonsense.

  • Billysees

    Max,
    ” Get over it. Abandon this ancient nonsense. ”

    Sometimes, after reading the bad things that religious practices condone or encourage, I’m strongly inclined to agree with you.

    But…this ‘ancient nonsense’ ain’t gonna go away any time soon.

    I think it’s better to continually emphasize the ‘good stuff’ that is embedded within this nonsense.

    Maybe, folks will open their hearts and minds if they hear the ‘good stuff’ repeated often enough.

    Example —
    1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.
    2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
    3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
    4. …all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

    Sorry for the redundancy here as I know you’ve read these comments by me before.

    They’re ‘great’ though and the whole world should consider this stuff.

  • @Billysees,

    “They’re ‘great’ though and the whole world should consider this stuff.”

    I think you are awesome, Billysees.
    You are probably a wonderful, empathetic, compassionate person – the sort of person I aspire to be, also.

    Accept one another? Easy! No god is needed.
    But Christ accepted very few: “The way is narrow”

    Don’t pass judgement? Easy – no god is needed.
    But Christ insisted you pass fierce judgement: “Deem them unworthy”

    Be Humble and patient? Easy – no god is needed.
    In the face of nature and in awe of the love I have for my family I am humble.
    But I see not god to be humble to.

    “Live in harmony” – It is easy if you have compassion.
    I do my best and I get along with my neighbors; Men, women, gays, trans, Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus every single day.

    I like the philosophy of Billysees. It has very little to do with Christianity.
    It is a lot like my own.

  • Billysees

    Max,

    Your reasoning has great merit. Thanks for your kind words.