Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today is International Mother Language Day, commemorating Bangladeshi activism against colonialism

The United Nations marked February 21 the International Mother Language Day. The international organization chose this day to commemorate Bangladeshi activism against Pakistani colonialism on Feb 21, 1952.

It seems especially prudent now, as thousands of Muslim protesters in Bangladesh are gathering in what many are calling Bangladesh's Tahrir square, to oppose Islamist politics. They are specifically calling for justice against one of the minority political parties in Bangladesh, which is a sexist, terrorist, Islamist party filled with war criminals convicted of rape and murder. Unfortunately, major media is ignoring the huge protests, since it's easier to paint all Muslims as terrorists than admit that 1.6 billion people in the world cannot be the same. Most Muslims I know want separation of religion and state, including me.

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