Thursday, May 14, 2015

Je Suis Ananta Bijoy Das Aussi

Ananta Bijoy Das, image via British Humanist Association
Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by masked men with machetes in Sylhet, police say. He is said to have received death threats from Islamist extremists. 
Mr Das wrote blogs for Mukto-Mona, a website once moderated by Avijit Roy, himself hacked to death in February. 
Dear All Countries Of The World,

When a secularist blogger from Bangladesh -- or any country (e.g., Saudi Arabia) where religious extremists run amok and secularists are threatened, routinely butchered, or otherwise oppressed -- asks for a visa, could you please grant it?

If their embassy suggests you deny their visa request because they "might not return," that should be a red flag -- one that prompts you to wonder why they think a reasonable person wouldn't want to go back.


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