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Increasing calls for Islamization in Bangladesh, including death penalty for blasphemy

April 29, 2013

A Bangladeshi Islamist group is threatening a massive May 5 march on Dhaka, the nation’s capital, unless the government agrees to 13 demands, including the death penalty for blasphemy and the outlawing of women working with men.

Calling Bangladesh a secular democracy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she would not to accede to the demands.

“In general, people have a spirit of harmony and peace in society,” said Bishop Moses Costa of Chittagong, the nation’s second largest city. “During this period, the question of sharia has leapt to public attention, but many Muslims themselves want a secular state. Only some groups strongly promote it.”

“We as a small minority are being accused of proselytizing and conversion,” the bishop added. “But we are so few, less than 1% in society, which is difficult to support such allegations. Despite all, we live faith with joy. The Church is appreciated by the government and by the people, for our works and our credibility. Many believe in us and thank us for our social and educational work.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 29, 2013 10:58 AM ET USA

    More Arab Spring???

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Apr. 29, 2013 10:53 AM ET USA

    There are "ripples in the pond" in regard to violent Islam. This will not go away anytime soon and the Catholic Church just as in the Middle Ages is a target. The same can be said of events which will soon happen in the United States as a follow up to the Boston bombing.