An online Bangladeshi bookseller hasÂ pulled the booksÂ of an American writer after receiving death threats from a radical Islamist.
Â “Atheists are nothing but insects, and it is best that insects should die”
“This is not fair,” Roy said. “These books have not been banned by the state or by a government.Â Because someone is threatening, how can you withdraw these books?”
Qur’an 5:33â€”The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.
What qualifies as “mischief making”? All kinds of things. An atheist trying to spread secularism is making mischief, just as a terrorist trying to blow up the king is making mischief.
Oddly enough, many atheists continue to assure me that Christianity is no different from Islam.
Daily Mailâ€”Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam.
The regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch and Saudi Hezbollah.
Under the new decree by King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia will jail for up to 20 years anyone who fights in conflicts abroad – an apparent move to deter Saudis from joining rebels in Syria.
But the law also applies to any Saudi citizen or a foreigner residing in the kingdom that ‘calls for atheist thought in any form or calls into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.’
The laws have been denounced by human rights groups for making no distinction between religious expression and violent extremism.
‘Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,’ said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. (Continue Reading.)
Atheists, if allowed to promote critical thinking and secular values, are a great threat to all that we’ve known. They’re going to fill people’s heads with all sorts of nonsense that cannot be entertained….Â (Luavut Zahid is a journalist based in Lahore.Â She has an amazing sense of humour.)