Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $37,094 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

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

Catholic World News - 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.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,623 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,377.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Pope is not the problem 12 hours ago
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. 13 hours ago
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6