May 12, 2015 8:00 am -


A secular blogger was hacked to death by a gang on Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The incident is the third such attack on the country’s independent writers. Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by masked men “with machetes” in the city of Sylhet, about 147 miles northeast of the capital Dhaka, Faisal Mahmud,…


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31 responses to Atheist Blogger Hacked To Death

  1. Anomaly 100 May 12th, 2015 at 8:52 am


  2. fahvel May 12th, 2015 at 11:28 am

    don’t give pat robertson any ideas – the ass might like to swing a machete.

  3. Jimmy Fleck May 12th, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Why was he promoting such hate against his attackers? He pretty much drove them to attack him right?

    • OldLefty May 12th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      No one ever implied any such thing.

      Don’t attack straw men.

    • dewired4u May 12th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Are you freaking for real?

      • Anomaly 100 May 12th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

        You misspelled *tweaking.

        • dewired4u May 12th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

          You misspelled twerking………..

          • Anomaly 100 May 12th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

            Heh. That too, that too.

    • glennst May 12th, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Anyone who thinks the man incited the attack is off their rocker! That’s like blaming the dressed up, nice-looking woman walking down the street for inciting a man to sexually assault her. That notion was debunked many decades many ago.

      This case is no different.

      • Jimmy Fleck May 12th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

        It is like blaming a drawing of a person as a valid reason to shoot up a contest.

        • glennst May 12th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

          Yes. If you’re offended by a drawing, draw up your own comical representation of the “offender.”

  4. ChiCity4life May 12th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Because religion!

  5. glennst010 May 12th, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    islam is a religion? It’s a political movement among muslims. Nothing more.

    • bpollen May 13th, 2015 at 5:45 am

      Proof, please. Because I don’t see why YOU would be the only one who knows it’s NOT a religion. Just like with Christians, people can couch their political agenda in the trappings of religion. Here’s an example:

      • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:06 am

        You want proof? If you are asking for proof, you have not even read “the koran.” “the koran” exhorts believers to set up a caliphate and eliminate all non-believers or “infidels.” Look up caliphate and that will complete my proof.

        Expressing opinions about a religion and defending it when you have not even read its “holy book” is the height of irresponsibility and arrogance.

        • OldLefty May 13th, 2015 at 6:13 am

          Basically the same as the Old Testament.

          I always love how those who supported and nurtured the radicals over secular governments as a hedge against communism are suddenly both shocked and experts.

          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:26 am

            Somewhat, yes. But look at the time when the old testament was written (about 3,000 years ago?) and then consider when “the koran” was written (7th century?). If that does not pose a difference for consideration, look at which one still has elements within acting like we are still supposed to be living in the 7th century.

            I am not a christian and I am not posing a defense on the part of christians or jews. I am simply making observations on what I see in the here and now.

          • OldLefty May 13th, 2015 at 6:33 am

            Everyone knows that, and Islam is chronologically behind in the move towards reformation.

            (And don’t forget, the radicals here, like the Dominionists are the same. The late Rushdooney, (who only died in 2006 ) was calling for stoning of homosexuals.

            Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren’t just
            devout—both have deep ties to the fundamentalistDominionist movement , which says Christians should rule the world.

            The only thing that keeps them at bay here is the wall of separation.

            My charge is that we have hampered that reformation while elevating the radicals.

          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:39 am

            I understand your points, lefty, and I don’t think our views are really that far apart.

          • OldLefty May 13th, 2015 at 6:59 am

            Probably not.

            (My husband is a Hindu from India. When was growing up in “Bombay” in the 1950’s and 60’s, they were so jealous of the
            Pakistanis because they has all the best American stuff, while India was obeying Ghandi’s edict, “home spun cloth only”.

            While India was shunned by the US as a Soviet satellite, American and Saudi money poured into Pakistan, supporting the theocratic despots.

            Democracy blossomed in India while this distorted religious poison rotted Pakistan.

            There was a Pakistani guy named Saadat Hasan Manto (his family moved during partition) who wrote in “Letters to Uncle Sam” in the 1950’s warning us of supporting the worst elements in Pakistan just because India was trading with the USSR. He basically said, ‘why not just arm the mullahs?;

            “If this gang of mullahs is armed in the American style, the Soviet Union that hawks communism and socialism in our country will have to shut shop….”

            Reading the comment sections of The Dawn.

            The Pakistani Intelligentsia (the only English version readers) are beside themselves while the Indians, (of all religions), are often mocking.

            Two examples;
            6 surprises that greet a Pakistani in India2. The other wheel

            The most startling difference you come across as soon as you enter India from Pakistan – women in public space.

            They are everywhere, riding two wheelers, in buses and trains commuting independently and running businesses big and small, including roadside tea stalls and shops.


            And ;

            Rusting anchor: The creation & mutation of a national ideology
            NADEEM F. PARACHA — UPDATED FEB 05, 2015 04:28PM

            “Just a year and a half after Jinnah (The secular founder) had described Pakistan to be a Muslim-majority country where religion and state would be largely separate, the Resolution now declared Pakistan to be ‘an Islamic entity’.

            Then Zia turned him into a fake Muslim, “Jinnah was finally spared the false beard that Zia kept pinning on the founder’s otherwise shaven chin.”


          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 7:25 am

            About 10 years ago I was working side by side, shoulder to shoulder with a few Hindus and a few Pakistanis. One day I felt comfortable enough to put the question to all of them: “How is it that we are all here together, cooperating and helping one another and, yet, there’s all this fighting between people of your respective faiths?”

            They all laughed and basically said, “We can put our religious differences aside without any thought or effort. What you are seeing is what the politicians are making of it and that’s what gets into the news.”

          • OldLefty May 13th, 2015 at 7:37 am


            My father in law worked for a Muslim company for 30 years. (funny, it was a cosmetic company called Afghan Snow. (brought home a lot of soaps).

            Back then, even in the eighties, one didn’t see the headscarves there that they see now, and Indians didn’t work in the Gulf.

            Now these Hindus who work over there say, “blah, blah…. Inshallah”.

            They claim that that and “Allahu Akbar”, are now like how Americans use OMG.

            Odd for the oldsters.

          • Mike May 25th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

            Your ignorance is astounding when it comes to the history of christianity or you would have picked any other time in history than the 7th century for a comparison.

            Read a little about the Second Council of Constantinople…the church was in what can only be described as utter internal turmoil waging numerous wars against other christians because of differences in definitions of the faith.

            I’m guessing you’ve never heard of the atrocities committed later on like the Crusades or Inquisitions.

            Organized religion is nothing more than a license to kill those that do not share your beliefs…all in the name of some sky god. You are simply a brainwashed bigot using Medieval talking points to justify your hate.

            There are 1.2 billion Muslims today, if even 10% were as radicalized as you believe we would be facing an army 170 million strong…we’re not, which makes everything you posted on this thread bullshit…

            Hurry along, Fox News will go broke without mindless idiots like you parroting their silly fear-filled narrative about Muslim hordes threatening world domination

        • bpollen May 13th, 2015 at 6:25 am

          I take that as a no to providing proof. Since you are unable, you can be dismissed as a bigoted troll and loon.

          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:28 am

            You are the loon and this last statement proves you are the troll. Read “the koran” or cease and desist in making a fool of yourself.

          • bpollen May 13th, 2015 at 6:33 am

            Heheh… Well, there’s a fool in this conversation. All you can do is blow smoke. Make outrageous claims with no corroboration, and totally belied by the evidence, and just attack anyone who questions it with the claim they aren’t capable of even being able to understand the answer.

            Claims that can’t be supported by evidence can be dismissed out of hand. Either submit evidence (not simply your interpretation and pronouncements) or show your claims to be baseless. No matter how much you attack me, it provides no credence to your claims. Put up or shut up, bigot.

          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:37 am

            READ “the koran” if you want to see my proof. YOU have not read it, so you don’t have a leg to stand on in your position! Where’s your proof? I have not seen any – not even a noble attempt at it.

          • bpollen May 13th, 2015 at 6:41 am

            Exactly what I predicted. No facts, claims I don’t understand what YOU understand. YOU made the claim, YOU are the one who needs to provide proof to support your claim. It’s not up to me to prove you wrong. Facts do that. It’s up to YOU to prove your claims. Since you have failed consistently, it’s just another wild-ass claim by a bigot.

            Blather all you want. If you can’t support it, it’s BS.

          • glennst May 13th, 2015 at 6:48 am

            Haven’t read “the koran” and yet you pretend you are an authority on the religion it’s based on. Now I understand why that makes sense to you. You want corroboration where you provide none for your stance and that makes sense to you.

        • Mike May 25th, 2015 at 9:48 pm

          The christian bible says the same things….in fact, it uses many of the same words verbatim. Here’s just a taste:

          Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God

          Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.” (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

    • OldLefty May 13th, 2015 at 6:14 am

      That’s what they say about ALL religions.

      So what?