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Buddhist Temples Torched Over Alleged Insult to Islam

By October 4, 2012

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In Bangladesh, hundreds of Muslims have launched what can only be described as a pogrom against Buddhists: burning down Buddhist temples, destroying Buddhists' homes, and sending Buddhists into hiding. Why? Because they believe that a single Buddhist man uploaded a picture to Facebook which they think insulted Islam.

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Do these Muslims all claim to have seen and been personally insulted by the image? No. Do they even know what the image shows? Perhaps, but there's no evidence of that. All we seem to have is an accusation being made on top of already-existing anger and outrage - and, presumably, poor relations between Buddhists and Muslims.

At least, I hope the relations between the communities was already poor or fragile. If this is how Muslims in Bangladesh treat people they already like, I'd say it's time for every non-Muslim to flee the country and find somewhere safer to live.

"We brought the situation under control before dawn and imposed restrictions on public gatherings," said Salim Mohammad Jahangir, Cox's Bazar district police superintendent. ...

Sohel Sarwar Kajal, the Muslim head of the council in the area where the arson took place, said he was trying to restore communal peace.

"We are doing everything possible to quell tension and restore peace between the communities," he told reporters.

Source: Reuters

Not all Muslims can be blamed for this, but Islam and the culture which it has fostered in this region can certainly be held as being partially responsible. Just about every religion objects to some degree to things labeled as blasphemous or insulting, but Islam has been going to much greater lengths in this regard.

Put bluntly, Islam in many places is causing people to be killed over alleged insults. This means religious feelings are being made more important than human lives, which is putting Islam in these places in the category of anti-human and anti-life ideologies. No ideology which says that human lives are worth less than someone's religious feelings or religious beliefs is a system that deserves even a modicum of respect.

October 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(1) Faisal says:

Buddhists terrorize Muslims in Myanmar, while Muslims do the same thing to Buddhists in Bangladesh

October 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(2) John says:

Islaam is about where Christianity was 600 yrs ago. (It is 600 yrs younger). Muslims destroy Bhuddist temples. Christians used to do things like that, but not so much now. They are more subtle instead. Christians fight it out in the political arena(trying to put holes in the wall between church and state), in the education arena(trying to get creationism established in local school boards’ curricula), and in the personal arena(shunning those who don’t adhere to faith in their doctrines).

October 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm
(3) Cliff Willard says:

The rioting and vandalism leading to people’s deaths is the trouble caused when children are indoctrinated (virtually from birth) by way of parents and religious schools into believing that they belong to a religion that is the only “true” one. That members of all other religions and also atheists and apostates will “go to Hell” and be tortured forever.
This encourages fanaticism in some people who then consider that the lives of “unbelievers” are not worth much (if anything). Murder and looting becomes acceptable and even possibly desirable.

October 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm
(4) eg says:

Ha, muslim will say its only the minority,the pious will say they werent muslim at all.I SAY GOD IS MORE ANTI HUMAN. I would rather love a dog more than believe in god,aka good on death!

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