This video from Bangladesh is quite distressing - as much for the violence implicit in it as for the message it conveys about Islam's response to websites like ours
Bangladesh considering abandoning Islam as its official religion following wake of extremist attacks
- Supreme Court is considering dropping Islam as country's state religion
- The move is being backed by leaders of minority faiths in the country
- It comes after a string of terror attacks against Hindus and Christians
Bangladesh could drop Islam as the country's official religion following a string of extremist attacks against people of other faiths.
The supreme court in the South Asia nation has began to hear arguments which challenge Islam's status as the official state religion.
It comes after a spate of attacks against people of other religions such as Hindus, Christians, and minorities Shi'ites, which have been blamed on Islamic extremists.
Demonstrators protest against an extremist-related attack in Bangladesh. The country is now considering dropping Islam as the state religion
When Bangladesh was formed in 1971 after the nation split from Pakistan, it was declared a secular state.
However, in 1988 the country's constitution was amended with Islam declared as the state religion. But this is now being disputed as illegal in the latest court battle and is being supported by religious minority leaders.
Meanwhile the US has also warned that ISIS is stepping up recruitment in Bangladesh, even though the government says the extremist problems are home grown.
There have been a spate of attacks against people of other religions such as Hindus, Christians, and minorities Shi'ites, which have been blamed on Islamic extremists.
In a written testimony to the U.S. Senate James Clapper noted the claims of responsibility from ISIS for 11 high profile attacks on foreigners and religious minorities, and claims from the Ansarullah Bangla Team and al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent for killing at least 11 progressive writers and bloggers in Bangladesh since 2013.
Islam knows two conditions. Peace where only Islam exists. Jihad to get there.