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Blogger slaughtered for ‘blasphemy’

Blogger slaughtered for ‘blasphemy’

The United States and United Kingdom have condemned yesterday’s killing in Bangladesh of secular blogger and war crimes trial campaigner Niladri Chatterjee, known as Niloy Neel.

According to this report, a group named Ansar Al Islam claimed responsibility for the vicious machete attack that ended the life of the 28-year-old activist.

In an email sent to the media, they said that Niloy had been killed for his “blasphemous” activities, and warned others of similar consequences for demeaning the Almighty and the Prophet.

A US Department of State spokesperson said said in a press release that this heinous act once again underscores the need to work together to counter violent extremism.

We stand with Bangladeshis who reject this vicious act and who work to protect space for freedom of expression.

The US also offer our condolences to his family and our support to the Bangladeshi people.

In another statement, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire expressed his shock at the murder.

I was appalled to learn of the violent murder in Bangladesh of blogger Niloy Neel, the fourth such death this year. It was a horrifying and cowardly crime. My thoughts are with Niloy’s family and friends.

I call on the Bangladeshi authorities to investigate his death urgently, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The UK minister said that freedom of speech is a universal right which must be protected.

The UK stands together with the people and government of Bangladesh in the face of extremism.

Hat tip Ivan Bailey

10 responses to “Blogger slaughtered for ‘blasphemy’”

  1. […] Barry Duke The United States and United Kingdom have condemned yesterday’s killing in Bangladesh of […]

  2. CharlyO says:

    Sort of like our own USA, the KKK in action.
    Right?

  3. nonehere says:

    allah at work again.

  4. Rob Andrews says:

    For Islam to behave moderately
    Would be an act of total insanity
    Islam means submission
    To all, including Muslims, oppression
    Using violence to proselytize, totally.

    As usual human insanity
    permeates the design of a divinity
    Premature backwards jerks
    Try to manipulate the whole works
    Like they are the sole heirs of prophecy

    http://www.jesusandmo.net

  5. Broga says:

    It is a strange kind of God that must be defended by homicidal psychopaths with a lust for blood that seems unquenchable.

  6. 1859 says:

    These acts of premeditated cruelty and murder once again show the malicious power religion can have over people’s minds. That the religion this time is again islam comes as no surprise. How such murdering bigots can re-define freedom of expression as ‘haram’/heresy is a testimony to how all religions organically rot the brain. I hope these murderers are caught and have their foreskins tied to a rocket.

  7. Trevor Blake says:

    the(ir) Almighty and the(ir) Prophet. Not mine.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    Good to see that religious oppression is, however, not as vindictive as it was in Uganda.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33839050

  9. Stephen Mynett says:

    AC, I am glad things are improving, even if only slightly. I expect some of the Christians who were promoting a bill to kill members of the LGBT community will now claim they are being persecuted because this event took place. They will be tortured mentally by it and, after all, killing people out of prejudice is much nicer than allowing two people you have never met to fall in love and marry.

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