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Islamists protest women's rights in Bangladesh
April 5th, 2011
09:53 PM ET

Islamists protest women's rights in Bangladesh

By Farid Ahmed, for CNN

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) - Dozens of people were injured in Bangladesh as riot police clashed with thousands of Islamists protesting women's rights, authorities and witnesses said.

The protesters damaged buses and cars Monday, setting several on fire, while police used clubs and tear gas to disperse the Islamists, who were wearing skullcaps and burial cloths.

"We'll die for the cause of Islam, but (will) not allow the government to disrespect (the) Quran," one protester shouted during the demonstration near the national mosque in downtown Dhaka.

The government recently announced its National Women Development Policy 2011, which ensures women expanded rights in property and education. The protesters said the policy is against the Quran.

Read the full story here about the protest in Bangladesh.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture wars • Islam

soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. PRISM 1234

    @ artist – who said:
    "Of course we have people here in our own country choosing their own self imposed mystical delusion of gods, angels and demons.....'
    If you think that in your own arrogance can call us who believe in our Creator "delusional", here is what you need to get it straight!
    It takes an utter fool to believe idiotic theories, floating around in the world of egoistic, self-proclaimed "intellectualists", whose over-inflated egos have impaired their abilities to reason, and which also blind their sight, so that they can not see further from their own noses.
    Because if they could see , they would take notice that all the Creation, with all it's complexities and wonders, being designed so perfectly with laws that are so precise, that a slight alteration of them would result in chaos; and that all this could never have come into existence without an Intelligent Designer, to put it in such order! ! !

    That should pretty much explain who is really delusional, shortsighted, and well.... dumb sheep , which know NOTHING!

    To tell the truth, if I was one of those fools, I would be embarrassed to let anyone to know what I believed ! ! !

    So, next time you think you want to sound smart, think again and examine your words, before you click on "post" button!

    April 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  2. Adeline

    The West is not becoming less religious. Just plenty of worshippers of self not being honest about worshipping pathetic self.

    April 9, 2011 at 3:52 am |
  3. Artist

    You would think in this age that religion would only be dominant in 3rd world countries? Slow progress but perhaps in the next 100 years, religion will be the minority here. This of course being we havent blown ourselves up with some religious war in the ME.

    April 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Adeline

      Artist, the pattern in history is that atheists with religious zeals will attempt to destroy everyone who opposes them, and atheistic atrocities will be taken down by Christians because people cannot stand the brutality of atheism.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Artist

    Adeline, you nailed it. 60% of the problem is ignorance. Imagine if these fools could actually read and decide for themselves? Of course we have people here in our own country chosing their own self imposed mystical delusion of gods, angels and demons floating around. Quite interesting how simple minds work with combined with wishful thinking and ignorance.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Adeline

      Artist, literacy is useless if combined with godlessness and malice. Mankind needs Christian education in order to produce a safe and enduring society.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  5. Adeline

    The literacy rate in Bangladesh is only 40%. Iliteracy is the woe.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  6. Frederica

    The Frederica above posting about how her name has been hijacked is a fake Frederica who has hijacked my fake name Frederica, which wasn't real anyway.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Frederica (the real one)

      The Frederica right above is a fake and it is not the original Christian Frederica. I no longer comment under this name except to counter fakes.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • Frederica (the real real one)

      The Frederica who says the Frederica right above is a fake is a fake. I no longer comment either, except I can't help myself so I do. I also lie about where I am from and say all these crazy things, so you know it is me under any name.

      April 8, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  7. Frederica

    My user name is being hijacked again, so I won't use the name "Frederica" here again after this post. @Christian HeavenSent, now they are doing this cowardice even to atheists. I guess we cannot retain our identification for long here. Our user names are not our real names anyway. I wish CNN would fix this problem for everyone.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  8. Frederica

    Western men mock Muslims on virgins waiting in heaven because they don't have any virgin girls with them.
    By the way, the Bible declares there is no s-e-x after death and beyond. It's a different world.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  9. Frederica

    Decent Muslim men should write what it is like to marry a maiden because Western men or boys have forgotten what it is like being able to marry such a one. The reason Westerners don't understand their own ancestors' writings anymore.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Reality

    "Islam’s widespread practice of amputating the cli-to-ris and sometimes part or even all of the vul-va from the ge-n-ita-lia of Muslim women, affirmed in a hadith by Mohammed himself, most likely also traces back to the founder’s deliberate abuse of se-x to lure pagan males into his cu-lt. The more the male s-ex drive is purposefully aro-used, the more the female s-ex urge may have to be proportionately suppressed, lest org-iastic he-ll begin to spread.

    Hadith:

    n. Islam, pl., hadith, or -diths.

    1.
    a.A report of the sayings or actions of Muhammad or his companions, together with the tradition of its chain of transmission.
    b.The collective body of these traditions

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  11. sarah

    why would you cover something like this? it would be like a bangladeshi coming to america, and reporting only on terry jones, the westboro baptist church, sarah palin and white supremacists. Is that an accurate depiction of America? I certainly don't believe so (although I'm not sure to be honest, with the direction this country's taken). Also, who cares if they were wearing skullcaps? Jews wear them all the time.
    Newsflash: bangladesh has a population of over 100 billion – these backwards men are in the minority. also, there are zero restrictions on education in the quran.

    April 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Doug

      NEWS FLASH: You don't check your facts very well, do you. Bangladesh has a population of "over 100 billion"??? Seriously? The population of the ENTIRE planet is around 6.9 billion. Rather negates the point of your entire post if your facts are so obviously incorrect.

      April 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  12. civiloutside

    " However, freedom is not equal to secularization. Secularism is a misapplication of freedom."

    While the first sentence is true, the second is merely an opinion. One with which I and many others would vehemently disagree.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Normon

      I think you're almost right. I would say they are not connected or not correlated. You can have a society that is secular and not free, like USSR, or a society that is not secular and is free, like much of Europe, or both free and secular, like US (in my opinion), or neither, like Saudi Arabia (in my opinion).

      April 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Frederica

      There must be a free and godly society where right kind of equality also dwells, even for a time. That's what Christians aim, though the godless, hateful people oppose it. Every human empire is a mist.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
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