Islamic tolerance in action in Bangladesh

It seems that the religion of tolerance and peace is again showing its credentials this time in Bangladesh.

Annoyed that the Bangladeshi courts have finally got round to dealing with Islamic war criminals from the Bangladeshi War of Independence in the early 1970’s, Islamic groups attacked Hindus and destroyed their places of worship.

The Roman Catholic news service tells of attacks by Jamaat e Islaami and their associates on Hindu temples in Bangladesh. said:

“Dhaka (AsiaNews) – Scores of homes have been set on fire, women and girls have been assaulted, temples have been desecrated and statues of the goddess Kali have been destroyed.

For days, Hindu communities in some areas of Bangladesh have been targeted by supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic party, after its leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death for war crimes.

Acts of violence against the Hindu minority got worse yesterday during a hartal or strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat’s main ally, to protest against the verdict.

In Khulna (a town in the country’s southwest), various activists from the Jamaat-Shibir (Jamaat-e-Islami’s youth wing) and the BNP led protesters towards Dhopapara, a poor area largely inhabited by Hindus. Rapidly, the Muslim extremists set fire to eight homes and looted ten stores before they were dispersed by police.

“Jamaat members entered my house and beat my mother, my wife and my three daughters,” said Amio Das, one of the victims of the attack. “They took our stuff and then set fire to the rest.”

In the village of Aditmari (in the northern district of Lalmonirhat), some fundamentalists stormed and looted the Hindu temple of Sree Sree Shoshan Kali Mandir, dedicated to Kali, destroying statues of the goddess.

The same occurred to a temple in the village of Lakhirpar and another in Satkania (Chittagong).”

Yet again we see how the word ‘tolerance’ has a completely different meaning for the bearded savages of this world and those of us from civilised communities.  Sadly the less than delightful Jamaat e Islaami are not just a Bangladeshi problem, they now control the London Borough of Tower Hamlets through their ‘elected’ mayor Luftar Rahman and his supporters at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel.

Maybe the sight of the supporters of Jamaat attacking members of other religions will wake up those naieve religous leaders in Britain who see the East London Mosque as an honest broker and suitable partner for inter faith work.  Maybe they should reconsider their association with it owing to the fact that Jamaat e Islaami have a lot of influence with the management of the East London Mosque.


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