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Crime scene set up at location of Avijit Roy's attack.
Crime scene set up at location of Avijit Roy's attack.

I clicked open bdnews24.com and saw the screaming headline that Avijit Roy had been hacked to death 50m from the Teacher Student Center (TSC) of Dhaka University. This place has great memories for me: teenage love, laughter, heartbreak, sharing one beer among the six of us, and also sharing one can of Tuna fish among the six of us. Those days always formed a pleasant backdrop every time I thought of TSC, went near the place, or saw a picture. But now and forever, this place will be a dark spot in my heart. I knew Avijit by reputation, some correspondence, and his blogs. He had a special desire to see free-thinking minds interact and share their thoughts.

He has been killed by the dark force that is now blanketing the globe with hatred, venom, murder, and cruelty beyond imagination. It could have been me rather than him. It just so happened that he was more public and the prophets of hate have called for his head in forums like facebook. So who are these murderers that are getting away with murder in the land of my father?

There has been constant chatter in the Islamic world and politically correct Western media that the followers of ISIS and the murderers of the likes of Avijit are not Muslims, but criminals! This is one way for the pious to absolve themselves from responsibility. These murderers are first Muslims and then everything else. What is interesting is that my friends and family members are saying that Muslims will not behave this way and not commit these heinous acts. But, that is exactly what Muslims will do if they follow the Wise Ancestors (Salafs). The Wise Ancestors come from a dark time in the middle of a tribal society and theirs was a world of uncompromising tribal violence and subjugation of humanity. Those ancestors are the shining example why Islam as a religion that needs Reformation like what Christianity went through in the Middle Ages.

Those of you who are still living in denial, let me give you an exact quote from an Islamic Study Group that is working for Islamic State. The group was debating how to handle the various spoils of war according to Sharia in Sinjar, Iraq. This is what they said, “Yazidi women and children [are to be] divided according to the Shariah amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations [in northern Iraq] … Enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Koran and the narrations of the Prophet … and thereby apostatising from Islam.” This Paragraph should send shivers down the spine of all thinking people. This paragraph may sound bizarre to modern ears but this is exactly what Sharia would dictate in similar circumstance some 1,500 years ago.

The Sharia is a set of laws that were part tribal, part empire building, and part governance. It was necessary at the time. Slavery was accepted practice and every one of the Wise Ancestors (salafs) owned slaves and/or traded slaves. Such are the ways of the Muslims who want to follow the Wise and Pure ancestors literally. Taking on concubines by force from the conquered people is not only accepted but encouraged. These are the spoils of war and must be divided among the soldiers. The booty from war is something that they want and they are going to harken back to a tribal time to justify the naked hunger!

The killing of Avijit Roy is no different than the killing of the intellectuals by the Pakistani collaborators (Al Badr) in 1971, the destruction of gravesite of the Prophet’s companions by the Wahhabis, or the destruction of 2,500 year old Assyrian antiquities by ISIS in Iraq. What these guys are doing is following an ancient rule of subjugation fully sanctioned by the practices of the Wise Ancestors including the Prophet and his companions. The ancestors lived in a time when such practices were commonplace and acceptable. The modern day Muslims (I am loathe to call them radical) by refusing to accept the changes in society and humanity want to call the ancient practices wise and moral. These practices are anything but moral and acceptable in today’s context. The actions, mayhem, and murder simply ignore 1,500 years of human development and progress.

The battle line is clearly drawn. It is among the Muslims, and not outside the religion, and definitely not between Muslims and non-Muslims. Of the nearly 200,000 people killed by violence in the last 5 years, some 186,000 have been Muslims. On one side, the literal followers of the traditions that were valid 1,500 years ago during the empire building phase of Islam. On the other side the vast majority of Muslims who want to live in peace and pray to God and believe in a faith that gives them peace, spiritual connection, and a sense of belonging. The literalists want to convert the 99% of the rest of the Muslims into literalists and have them shun the life as it is in 2015 and embrace the past. This is no passive demand. The demand is accompanied by a virulent and sociopathic compulsion. They are saying either you become like us or you cease to exist. They are literal about their being literal. There is no nuance, no hedging, and no compromise. It is either you give up the life as you know it to be in 2015 and go back 1,500 years, or you perish.

The rest of humanity, indeed the rest of the Muslims, want to have a spiritual connection, a God that is merciful in words and deed and a sense of belonging to a thriving community. None of these things are possible if amongst the community (Ummah), there is a group of sociopaths who are going to enslave, kill, and murder if one does not totally abandon all those things that make life livable and precious.

Therefore we need to join the battle. None of the politically correct yellow-belly compromise-seeking nonsense that a lot of the people in the West and in the Muslim countries seem to want. This is a battle and there cannot be compromises with these murderers. These guys are not criminals, they are first and foremost Muslims. So the way to confront these murderers is to expose them as clinging to an irrelevant form of Islam and then destroying them and their adherents without mercy. When I say destroy, I mean it literally. There should be no talk, no dialogue, and no peace conferences. We need to hasten their journey to the Paradise that they seek quickly and without much political correctness. The antidote to this virulent ideology is an Islamic Reformation movement like the Christian reformation movement of the 16th century but with an edge, a sharp edge. This will first and foremost require a battlefield victory and then a new narrative where Islam is relevant in people’s day to day life.

A movement similar to Tablighi-i-Jamaat is necessary but the goal must be to counter the Jihadi and Wahhabi narrative and let Muslims figure out that times move on and adaptability is key to a thriving religious and spiritual life.

I started this missive thinking about Avijit and I want to end it thinking about him. He was an avowed Atheist and a brave intellectual. He thought he could reason with the soldiers of hatred and intolerance. He was wrong and he died to prove that. It is time to stop the tolerance nonsense as far as Jihadis go. We need to hunt them down, annihilate them, and anyone who supports them. Let God sort ‘em out when they are dead and unburied.

Kayes Ahmed is a businessman running multi-national operations from Colorado, USA.

26 Responses to “Avijit’s killers, ISIS: All from the same place”

  1. Mohammad Zaman

    (A blog that was written years ago appears relevant)

    As usual love Kayes Ahmed’s stinging writings – he happened to be a fellow-Sylheti 🙂

    On war and religion

    Decoupling our religious sentiment (almost always tilted) is an essential ingredient of a fair discussion. Religious zealots thus often fail to grasp the “whole” while trying their precarious cling to the “Holy”. Zealots under the nonreligious marquee are no different. He believes in “NO-GOD” and he worship“HIM” (William James). In their slanted view religion is the mother-of-all-evil. An attempt or tendency to explain a complex set of facts, entities, phenomena, or structures by another, simpler set is reductionism.

    Like Prof. Sloan Wilson, one may assert that, analogous to a colony of ants, religion (like other non-religious social structures, e.g., a state or a political party) is just one more tool for survival of fellow conspecifics. Despite belonging to the same species, two colonies of ants are no friends. War erupts in case of territorial overlap. One may call it a clash of civilization or a crusade or a jihad, but the underlying matter-of-fact is the same: “a matter of self-preservation”.

    Let us consider a few historical/fictional events:

    Cain, if I am correct, committed the first act of aggression against his own brother for the lust of a woman. And in all the fairy tales the Prince Charming fights for his beloved princess. Asoka killed and maimed and plundered for the sake of power and domination (until he saw the light of a religion). Alexander reached the perimeter of India for the fun of conquest and nothing else. Babur Shah left the barren hills and valleys of Afganistan and established a Mogul dynasty, not because of his love for Islam, but because of his wish to have an empire in the midst of the lush riches of India. If delved carefully, in the putrid alleys of history, tyrants with no religious affiliation shall abound. In the immediate past century, the world has seen the sinful wrath of two world wars and none of those are religiously motivated. It’s all the same old story: territory, power, wealth and domination.

    And the Crusades? To understand the primal underpinnings, one must look at the structure of Christian Church and political milieu of the time. I can bet, if the adventures of Muslims did not bang on the door of Europe, thus threatening the Christian Church and the European kings/queens, there would have been no crusade…

    It is apt to discuss the issue of Palestine. Again the issue is not Muslims Vs Jews. It is rather Israelis Vs Palestinians. The Israelis gathered in a small strip of an ancient land. In the process the latter population suffered an ill-fated displacement. Israelis are fighting for the preservation of their existence as a nation state. And the Palestinians are fighting for right to return, for the scarce water of Jordan river and their right to return. Right to return can essentially liquidate the State of Israel, as it exists now. Palestinians also can not have a viable state in disjointed islands of lands as proposed in the past. Palestinians are known to be pretty secular in their attitude. The religious fervor of the conflict is rather exaggerated. The basic paradigm thus is “one land/ two people”. An equitable and just settlement of those non-religious issues is sure to extinguish this current anguish and turmoil. It should be remembered that during the hiatus of hope in the 90’s, peace and prosperity supervened despite the religious divide. This just affirms the fact that in period of calm and happiness religion burns in the back.

    In Kashmir, the pertinent issue again is the right of a population to have self-determination, freedom from the anxiety of being subjugated. “Kashmir has been wrongly looked upon as a prize for India or Pakistan. People seem to forget that Kashmir is not a commodity for sale or to be bartered. It has an individual existence and its people must be the final arbiters of their future”. (July 06, 1951. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru). If the sane voices are heard, the nefarious hands of the religious zealots are certain to be reduced in a corresponding manner.

    And Finally:

    War predates religion. War, in fact, predates the emergence of our species. Just quenching the thirst or satiating a hungry stomach calls for a struggle. Such individual struggle, morphs into war when collectivized. Irregardless of a religious bent, WAR is here to stay.

    I wish not to totally exonerate the ill-influence of religion in many conflicts. Prima facie evidence, however, is not an absolute proof of guilt. Just have a look at the ongoing war in Iraq. Whatever way one portrays the events leading to this war, it can never be portrayed as a religiously motivated war, if the religious uttering of President Bush is discounted for understandable reason. But there is a catch. Even a secular tyrant like Saddam Hussein, tried to play the religion-card.

    Religion, to my mind, however, is not the prime mover. It is just an abettor.

  2. Mahadi

    it is pretty exciting reading, but i wonder if you have the opportunity just to ask some foreign officials of USA about their thought of choosing between the two ISIS or RED. No wonder what answer you might get.(Hypothetically speaking).
    Now let us bring forth the reality on the ground. ISIS their origin, how they became the center of our discussion today. Did you remember the time when Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who received millions of dollar in cash from our beloved CIA, and invited to London where PRIME MINISTER Margaret Thatcher called him “Freedom Fighter”. Last time we checked on ISIS, they are still waging war with the weapon our western society provided them to save our battle with Muammar el-Qaddafi, Bashar Al Asad and many more arch enemies who has huge reserve of oil.
    Henry Giroux speaks of this phenomenon of ISIS,”ISIS not only symbolizes rightfully an extreme form of fundamentalist barbarism, but also offers the United States a new enemy that fits right into its need to legitimate its own culture and apparatuses of fear, spectacle of terrorism and machinery of militarism.” Looking Lockheed Martin’s burgeoning military contract ISIS is a timely partner. USA fingerprints are all over ISIS. What is so interesting about them is that they wanted to control oil refineries in oil rich Kurdish territory. Just like their master don’t you think.
    But sorry to say considering the pattern of their violence like crucifixion, beheading, waterboarding, and amputation, I am confident ISIS is not here in Bangladesh. Avijit Murder case doesn’t ring any bell when “Chapati Soldiers” are so afraid of rampage on the street of Dhaka. They fled while police was just around the corner. Right wing party in Bangladesh trained their student followers to get things done like this. like the one case of Bishojit. I know its too different but grotesque video shows you how things are done in Bangladesh.

  3. badal

    While talking over the killing of Ajiviit comprehensively is
    appreciable, one more point is also demands attention. Behind the
    killing obtaining of pretext to meddle in the internal affairs of
    Bangladesh for targetting Madrassas finally can’t be ruled out,
    which is being seen in India and other countries.

    • Kayes

      Badal: The madrassahs are the font of hatred and intolerance. The situation is far more acute in Pakistan. The way to deal with it is to chooke off the funds from the Saudi zealots and then put on regular and meaningful carricula for the students who can parley their education into jobs. This require political will and I am afraid the Begums are too busy fihgting with each other to deal with the breal threat to Bangladesh.

      Kayes

  4. Sumit Mazumdar

    I am amazed by the clarity of thought in Mr Ahmed’s article. Nearly identical arguments are made about the ISIS in this month’s Atlantic Monthly, published from Boston, USA.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

    That said, Mr Ahmed: I am afraid for you. I am not a Muslim, but killings of Bengali intellectuals have become a mundane affair now. I fully agree that Mr Roy’s murder was not different from the murder of Bangali intellectuals on the eve of the liberation war. I hope you stay safe.

    • Kayes

      Sumit Da:

      Thank you for your concern and good wishes. We all got to go someday. Hopefully, I will not go lying in bed with tubes coming out of my ass. If the Soldiers of of Hatred do dispatch me I am afraid I will be unalone! I am just not the type that gives the other cheek or run away from a good fight. I am not a intellectual and better description maybe a reformed Mastan from the wrong side of the tracks. I really appreciate your your concern and wishes. Thank you.

      Kayes

  5. Tanvir

    Comparing a bloggers death to the to following is a sheer ignorance and utter disrespect.
    “destruction of gravesite of the Prophet’s companions by the Wahhabis, or the destruction of 2,500 year old Assyrian antiquities by ISIS in Iraq”

    This Ahmed guy came to western country and made a better living and got a little taste of different culture but forgot where he came from and no no idea what he is talking about (certainly no knowledge of Islam). The blogger Avijit is a lone individual and although his murder is a heinous crime but can not be compared with all other important figures used by this Ahmed guy. What a shame and emotional piece.

    • Kayes

      Beg your pardon! There are classes of life? A blogger is worth less than Prophet’s companion? You think the Prophet would agree with you? Serving the ordinary folk is the hallmark of true greatness of prophets. Jesus washed the feet of beggars and so on.

      I understand your rage but should you not take the opportunity to teach an errant guy like me something about Islam? I am always trying to learn. I even put in a year or so in a Divinity College in one of the better places of learning. Why don’t you teach me how Avijit is any less than the Prophet’s compnaion or some August Sheikh or the King of Saudi Arabia or Jordan? I am sure there are Shuras that will show us that. if not Shuras maybe Hadith which is just a compilation of practices by the Prophet. Educate us ignornst folks Tanvir Sahib!

  6. Sukhamaya Bain

    You are pretty confused, Mr. Ahmed.

    For example, could you explain your contention that the killing of Avijit Roy, or of the intellectuals by the Pakistani collaborators in 1971, was no different than the destruction of gravesite of Mohammad’s companions? Are you trying to appease the followers of the prophet of Islam here?

    You think killing off of 1% of the fanatics among the Muslims is the solution for the Muslims! Well, being a non-Muslim, I would not plan or advocate killing any Muslim for cleaning up the hatred and garbage that the Muslims are emerged in. You need to educate not 1%, but may be 98% of the Muslims.

    For example, when a PhD degree holder in a science subject wears burqa to follow her religion, you know what; she has something common with the ISIS. Both parties are idiotic to the extent of following their religion without using their brain. BTW: What made you or that burqa clad woman Muslim? Did Allah brand you that way at birth? Please try to reason that if it was really the act of what you believe, you should not have needed humans to circumcise you. The bottom line is: Muslims are far behind any other major religious group in promoting themselves to “Humans”, where all humans should belong. Ideally, there should be no fanaticism or clanship due to the imaginations called religions.

    • Kayes

      Sukhamaya: Thnak you for a very thoughtful response. You bring up a valid question and let me try to answer it as best as I can. The Al Badar i 1971 and the people that destroyed the gravesites and the people that killed Avijit and the people that killed Charlie Hebdo folks and the 186,000 Muslims have a point of view. A Perspective. They want to bring purity as they understand it from 1,500 years ago. Thinking people, and intellectuals are the major roadblocks. I was there in 1971 (in my native Sylhet) and I knew some of the intellectuals that were killed. The narrative then was simple, the intellectuals are Hindu vassals and against Pakistan and hence Islam. They should be killed. They are afraid of people with ideas because they know that that is a battle they cannot win. I am a Muslim too! I grew up in a adapted and tolernat Muslim family. These Jihadi guys are called Takfiris. They first declare you aposate and then kill you. The Takfiri doctrine was used by the Badr Bahini in 1971. The jihadists has twisted the heavy burden of proof for Takfir and by so doing they have themselves become kufr! Their blood is now Halal. There is no reasoning with these guys. If you look back at history there has been great bloodshed about ideas. The Shias and the practicing and non-Takfiri Muslims will face a Ocean of bllod. We should not shrink from it. We should join the battle and do our duty, soak ourselves in their blood and give these guys what they want, end of time for them.

    • Sabrina Khan

      Hello Sukhamaya,

      It seems like you have made up your mind about any women who decide to wear a burqa or a hijab as some mindless dimwit.

      What if a woman, regardless or her faith (or, lack thereof), decided to wear a covering, would that be “okay” by your standard? You know there are scores of women in Egypt that cover their face NOT because of their faith but because that’s how they feel “safe” or “protected” when walking down the dusty streets of Cairo. In fact, it was the scholars at Al-Azhar who wanted to issue a fatwa banning the niqab (the face veil) in Egypt; but the women THEMSELVES protested against it.

      The very freedom of speech and expression that gives you the right to exercise your faith or lack thereof*, is the very freedom that enables a woman what to wear, whom to marry and whether or not she chooses to have children.

      I was very appalled with your comment that equates what a women chooses to wear to her mindlessness.
      My wardrobe, my business. Right? You may stay out of it.

      Also, some digging around tells me that you work at the FDA. Just a friendly word of advice – US government most likely will not look at any employee in positive light if such employee makes bigoted comments in random media outlets. I am just saying that part of your job description includes being a “role model of a citizen”.

      Another question – I have a degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. FDA was always an employer of choice for me, though I decided to do something else. In a lot of ways, it saddens me to see bigotry well and alive in hearts and minds of the educated people that are privileged to be working for the US Govt. I am also glad that by a chance of mere luck I am not sitting side by side any colleague with this kind of disrespect and disdain for someone with whom they may disagree. The America that I call home doesn’t endorse nor tolerate bigotry. But then again, I guess, your Bengaliness speaks a lot louder than your American identity, if you have any at all.

      Yours truly,
      Sabrina Khan

      * Atheism is a faith. It’s a lifestyle, and a set of rules, much like Shariah. In the words of David Foster Wallace, “Because here’s something else that’s true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. “

      • Jawshan

        Dear Sabrina Khan,

        I would like to oppose your idea of atheism. Atheism is not any faith, not any set of rules like Shariah. Atheism is the disbelief in the existence of supreme being like God. Disbelief is not another faith, rather it indicates that the idea of God is not convincing enough to believe. And there is no set of rules or code-book for atheism. The lifestyle of an agnostic or atheist depends on the conscience of the person.

        Though Harvard University is one of the best school in the world, Harvard graduates might also have limited understanding of philosophy.

        Best,
        Jawshan

      • Sabrina Khan

        Jawshan,

        Because your philosophical discourses ends at point A to B doesn’t mean that we need to limit our discourse to such simple conclusions. Lack of faith IS a kind of dogma, at the of the day, and hence just acts like just another faith.

        When Aheists, in the name of anti-theism go and kill, they are in the name of their dogma. And, trust me, I have seen enough violent atheists in all places.

        The point I was trying to make is that religion or lack thereof – any such belief and/or faith with absolutism and disrespect for human lives in general result in violence.

        Saying and eventually acting upon bigoted feelings under the guise of such name “mukto-mona” are NO different and no less extreme than ISIS or some random loon beheading someone or stabbing someone to death in the name of a religion.

        But, I let go because it would be way too hard for you to look in the mirror.

        Take care,
        Sabrina

      • Jawshan

        Hi Sabrina,

        I am not the person who classify people based on their religion. I see good in human and I am also aware of the fact that some people carry the evil in them with fanaticism. I do not justify the act of violence, neither in support of atheism nor of religion.I describe myself as a practitioner of humanism. I agree with your statement,
        “The point I was trying to make is that religion or lack thereof – any such belief and/or faith with absolutism and disrespect for human lives in general result in violence.”

        I am talking about the basic concept of atheism. There is people who logically reason the existence of supreme being/need of supreme being based on scientific understanding, instead of believing the existence of God without asking any question. When I am saying, they logically reason, that means if the scientific evidence like evolution indicates tomorrow, evolution is not spontaneous- needed the assistance of a supreme being, then their perception of the existence of themselves and God would also change.This does not reflect any dogma or “faith”, logical reasoning does not coincide with the faith culture of religion. Who becomes dogmatic about atheism, that is not a problem of the philosophy based on logical reasoning.

        The person who have been killed by the fanatic Islamist was a person of science, his philosophy was logical reasoning. I would urge you to go through his writing. And I would request you not to disrespect his philosophy by indicating that it is another form of extremism like ISIS. When people tend to equate a decent person’s logical writing with the brutal activities of ISIS, then they actually indirectly justify the brutality of ISIS.

        In a personal note, you know nothing about my mirror, please try not to impose your vision on my mirror.

        Take care,
        Jawshan

      • Sukhamaya Bain

        I am not a politician, and do not care to be politically correct. My mind is free and honest, with no hatred against any kind of people. Please try to comprehend that criticizing humans for not using their brain is not hatred. Your Harvard degree would not necessarily convince me that you are capable of adding reasoning to your religious belief. I am totally convinced that ISIS is an expression of religious belief without using common human sense and compassion.

      • Sukhamaya Bain

        BTW: Sabrina, never mind your advice on the US government. It is only a matter of time that the US and the rest of the civilized world would realize and act upon the fact that terrorism does not grow in vacuum; it needs an environment where irrational brainwashing prevails.

      • Kayes

        Sabrina:

        For once I agree with some of what you say. Your Hijab, your business. Similarly, I do not have to deal with your Hijab in my life. Right? I should just avert my eyes as I am seeing something awful, like vomit on the street!! To be wearing religion on your sleeve (like your Harvard degree) is a loathsome thing. Just shows you are insecure about your sense of belonging. Your faith and knowledge should be strong enough that you do not have to adertise it Like Coke the Real thing. Your acts and contributions should define your place in the world.

        Yes, I think Atheism is akin to religion, a dogma as you say. Not to belive in God evokes great passion just as to believe in God. In my book they are virtually the same thing just the opposite sides of the same coin. Mazeltov! We agree on something.

        Show me the shine of your Harvard degree someday when you have done something meaningful as opposed to just whining and moaning and bringing it out from the sack like snake charmer. BE well Sabrina.

        Kayes

      • Sabrina Khan

        Oh wow – I had no idea the H-word was such an offensive thing to hear. The WHOLE reason I talked about Harvard, and might I add, specifically, School of Public Health is because we are a big feeder school for the FDA. And, that school is THE bastion of diversity. We are the most diverse amongst all the schools within the University.

        I was immensely hurt and offended by Mr. Bain’s comment because he was a “Senior Reviewer” at the FDA. And, I wonder how he would treat me at an interview because I assume he might be given such responsibility of interviewing and mentoring the next generation. I wonder how he would get along with my Chemist friend who was a post-doc at the HMS. Would he give her hard time because of her hijab and fail to perform his duty? Clearly, he’s paying more attention to someone’s garb than merit. I spoke about Harvard because he speaks about his FDA affiliation in all his sites so shamelessly and yet propagate bigoted sentiment.

        Now there comes the issue of home.
        Imagine what people like me, who also choose to practice whatever the heck (hey, if I were a Goth and have a bunch of tattoos, is it any of anyone’s business?) I want, do you think I would have any chance of advancing in Mr. Bain’s office? If he were to discriminate against me, wouldn’t that violate a very core American value?

        America, unlike Bangladesh, rewards hard work regardless of sexual orientation, gender, color, and gasp headscarf! We have friends at the White House working with a headscarf on. I have colleagues wearing yamaka, and some of my best friends are agnostics. I celebrate that diversity. I would never say wearing a yamaka equate stupidity, or practicing atheism (yes, it is a practice) results in violence, or such stupid things.

        Anyhow, I am done talking about it. I just ask that if you call yourself a “mukto-mona”, you might want to show that in your words and action. Otherwise, how is Mr. Bain any different from the hacker who killed his friend?

        And, yes, stop hating on Harvard. :-p

      • Kayes

        Sabrina:

        Hating on Harvard is the thing to do. The place produces bunch of pompous assess who talk and talk and when it come to doing anything they end up in Wall street paying homage to Mamon!

        I do not know about government and care less about what they think or do. I think most governmnet folks are vapid drones. My opinion and I am entitled to it, no? If you came to my place for a job interview and dressed in Hijab, Goth or had tatoos showing, ears pierced in million ways I probably would not hire you, period. There are some expectation of work place and one of them is not to freak out other people and coworkers. If and when the society accepts all those forms of expressions as normal then maybe I will change my mind. Right now, these guys should do their thing, work in Tatoo parlors, Pizza joints and night clubs. Or form their own successful companies. I have a very dear friend, a nurse. She is very comptetent and works with a reputable clinic. However, she has to wear long sleeve shirts and turtle necks in the summer even to cover her tatoos. The society is not there and may never get there. Hijab is a whole differn kettle of fish. It is in your face identity politics. Not in my America!

        Kayes

      • Sukhamaya Bain

        Kayes,

        Let me make my final comments on this article related comments.

        I would expect ‘Atheism is akin to religion’ only from people who are too much into religion, not from a rationalist free thinker.

        As for Sabrina Khan’s comments of March 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm, I would ignore everything; because she went mostly out of the subject of the discussion, which is religious terrorism; and I am certain that in order for it to grow and survive, it needs an environment of irrationality.

      • Mohammad Zaman

        Is this Mr. Bain is the Bain of HRCBM. He used to write tomes for Mukto-mona when I used to write there at time. If I am correct, Mr. Bain is very very noxious anti-Bangladeshi. In fact, HRCBM would love to have part of BD curved out to home my friends of Sonatan Religion.

        I hope, I am not right …

  7. RA

    Everyone is weeping for Avijiit including me. In the middle of it everyone seems to have forgotten his wife, the woman who is in intensive care unit at Square hospital with one missing finger and with multiple wounds on her body. The heroics of this wife is something to be admired who went to defend her husband. The couple didn’t come from same faith but they united because of their beliefs and wrote without fear of the extremists but ultimately with evil people one cannot always be the voice of reason. The extremists are messing up the world…causing havoc and terrorizing the world. There is no end and this will keep on going until the end of time…because God created both Iblis & Adam.

    • Kayes

      RA: great omission on my part. Apologies. I wrote the piece in a rage and I am still boiling. Also, I do not know much about Bonnya. My heart goes out to her.

  8. A Qader

    Dear Kayes
    I am 100% with you. I am also a regular reader of his writings. Let us create enormous pressure on the Bangladesh Govt to bring these human look alike beasts to justice. Govt could not yet bring the previous free-thinkers’ killers to justice (3 victims were prominent figures as Avijit Roy) and hence the criminals are getting away with repeated murders. If the Govt fails this time then you can be prepared for more killings soon. Bangladesh as well as the whole world would lose talented free-thinkers and great humanists with reasons. Most importantly, if unchallenged, Bangladesh will soon be full of jihadists (or real Muslims) – one would be surprised if that goes out of control to create a new boko haram/al-Shabaab/IS type. This danger will always be there because the religious Madrasas are spreading ever-increasingly with Saudi’s patronise, which are usually the sympathy base for jihadists. The main teaching of those Madrasas is to memorise religious Arabic texts without understanding any meaning, hatred against non-Muslims and intolerance of other oponions than 6th century’s lies. The other important thing is Avijit is a naturalised US citizen, so hope US government would take a strong stance on this matter. Please do something on your part to push this with US. I am sure Bangladesh authority is either incapable or will not do anything for their vested interests.

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