What does exercising your right to free speech get you in India? It gets you dead, if you have the audacity to demand Islamic leaders guilty of war crimes be punished by death. Skipping the normal punishment — loss of fingers or hands — for bloggers who criticize Islam, an assailant grabbed the weapon of choice for barbarians and used a machete to hack Niloy Chatterjee to death. This is the fourth such murder in six months in Bangladesh.
As the New York Post reports:
Niloy Chatterjee, 40, a blogger who advocated secularism, was killed in his flat in the capital, Dhaka, said police official Mustafizur Rahman.
In his writing, Chowdhury had demanded capital punishment for Islamist leaders convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened an inquiry into war crimes in 2010.A tribunal has since convicted several senior leaders of an Islamist party, who in 1971 opposed the breakaway of Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan, from Pakistan, of various crimes. They denied wrongdoing.
Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million a sharia-based state.
In February, machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, Avijit Roy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.
They were attacked in Dhaka after leaving a book fair.
At first glance, you might be tempted to blame this on years of infighting between secularists and Muslims in a country halfway around the world.
But can you spell S-H-A-R-I-A L-A-W? That’s the real root of the problem, Ladies and Gents. A system of governance that allows self-appointed dictators to decide how life will be lived by the masses. A hellish micromanagement on steroids that confines your thoughts, your actions, your speech, your dress, your social life and your life at work. It takes away your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the antithesis of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It’s the single most important reason that Muslims who live in America must recognize and honor our governing system.
We will NEVER forfeit the freedoms fought and earned for us by previous generations.