November 15, 2006, - 4:32 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday was the first day of the Bangladesh criminal trial of journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, one of the scant few moderate Muslims (a term that is largely mythical). As we’ve noted, his crime was wanting to travel to Israel and recommending that Bangladesh establish ties to Israel. Before the trial began, Bangladeshi government thugs beat him.
Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial on the trial exposes his other “crimes.” He’s apparently being charged with “praising the Jews and Christians.” Yup, welcome to the Islamic state, where that sort of thing is not tolerated:
On Monday in a Bangladesh courtroom, a judge read the following charge to a defendant [Choudhury]: “By praising the Jews and Christians, by attempting to travel to Israel and by predicting the so-called rise of Islamist militancy in the country and expressing such through writings inside the country and abroad, you have tried to damage the image and relations of Bangladesh with the outside world. For which, charges under section 295-A, 120-A, 124-A, 105-A, and 108A are brought against you.
Hmmm . . . Why didn’t the introduction of “Sesame Street” in Bangladesh stop this? Apparently–and way too predictably, kumbaya “We Are the World” BS doesn’t work very well.
Time for more elephants to get angry with Bangladesh.
Tags: Bangladesh, Bangladeshi government, Israel, journalist, judge, Praising Jews, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Today's Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal