Religion of peace? September 25, 2016Posted by Ubi Dubium in Rants, Responses.
Tags: atheism, Bonya Ahmed, bravery, cartoon, Islam, Nahed Hattar, religion, WIS4
I spent a good part of this morning at WIS4 listening to a talk from Bonya Ahmed, a survivor of a vicious machete attack by Al-Qaeda Islamist fundamentalists in Bangladesh.
She is an amazing human being. Her husband, Dr. Avijit Roy, was killed and she barely survived. Many people would have just given up and gone into hiding after that, but she has carried on the work, and speaks out strongly and articulately. I’ll be posting my comments on the WIS4 talks at a later time, but I just want to say that she is an inspiration for me, her bravery gives me hope for what people can accomplish.
Then I got home and found this headline.
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was murdered this morning for sharing a cartoon on Facebook, a cartoon that mocked the beliefs of ISIS terrorists. Not even for drawing it, just for sharing it. And he was killed while heading to court to answer for charges of “offending Islam,” also from posting the cartoon. Since I have the privilege of living in a country where we have no laws against offending religion (yet), the very least I can do is share the English version of the cartoon:
Their god is apparently so weak that their beliefs can’t stand up to a little mockery. Their religion is so fragile that its followers kill people just for the suggestion that it doesn’t have to be taken seriously.
Religion of peace my ass.