Thursday, November 16, 2006

Keeping the Interfaith by Midnight

Initially covered in The Litmus Test for the West, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a Bangladeshi journalist who has advocated relations with Israel, went on trial on Monday for sedition, treason, and blasphemy. He is accused - among other things - of "praising Jews and Christians". Bangladesh is allegedly a moderate Muslim country.

The question was asked then:

Five minutes to midnight - who is asleep and who is awake?
The answer is: not enough are awake. Exceptions include:

1. The New York Sun interviewed Choudhury last week prior to the commence of his trial. They also had an Editorial here.

2. Janet Albrechtsen wrote about Choudhury in The Australian here.

3. Michael Freund's article Bangladeshi editor says little chance of him receiving fair trial appeared in The Jerusalem Post

4. Canada Free Press published this piece by Anitha Mathur

... and a handful of others.

It's now one minute to midnight and barely a peep.

Will those who advocate interfaith relations and tolerance of other religions stand up and support Choudhury?

UPDATE: Sign the petition to free Choudhury here.

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