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Bangladesh Islamic Groups Hold Nationwide Protest of Nobel Laureate for Pro-Gay Remarks

Islamic clerics across Bangladesh held small protests against Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer, over remarks he made in 2012 in support of gay rights.

AFP reported: Yunus

Maolana Moniruzzaman Rabbani, secretary of a committee that helps run the national mosque in Dhaka, said organisers would distribute 600 000 leaflets outlining Yunus's statement against violence and opposing discrimination against gay people.

The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates in April 2012 following prosecutions of gay people in Uganda.

“We'll hold a massive rally against Yunus in the capital on October 31,” said Rabbani, who is also secretary general of the Islamic Oikyajote political party, which claims to be allied with the government. “We have asked all Muslims to be united against Yunus's move to destroy our family and society,” he said. Homosexuality is outlawed in Bangladesh.

A spokesperson for Yunus declined to comment because of the sensitivity of the issue. He is currently not in Bangladesh.

The campaign is the latest aimed at discrediting and attacking Yunus in Bangladesh. He was sacked in 2011 from Grameen Bank, the micro-credit pioneer he founded, after he angered the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by joining politics briefly.

The rallies were held today but only attracted small numbers of people, AFP followed up.

"Yunus has become an apostate for supporting homosexuality," said one imam, Maolana Mohammad Noman, who took part in a protest in the eastern town of Comilla.

Local police chief Mohiuddin Mahmud told AFP that scores of imams joined the rally in Comilla and demanded Yunus's execution

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  1. One of the poorest countries in the world. One of the biggest recipients of Euro-diaspora countries' charity. And they have the money for 600,000 leaflets pissing and moaning about gay people? Even at a penny per leaflet that would be tons of rice.

    Posted by: Bodagatha | Oct 1, 2013 11:31:39 AM

  2. So in other words, they're attacking gays because they have other political motives. How typical for these disgusting, evil creeps.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Oct 1, 2013 11:34:09 AM

  3. "scores of imams joined the rally in Comilla and demanded Yunus's execution" for supporting gay rights. These are the same people who thinks it's acceptable to throw acid in the faces of young women who "embarrass" their families.

    Posted by: Gigi | Oct 1, 2013 11:37:51 AM

  4. I keep saying it, religion is the root of all evil in the world...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Oct 1, 2013 11:49:35 AM

  5. Islam, the religion of peace and unity.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 1, 2013 12:06:44 PM

  6. Islam is exponentially more destructive and eval than any othe religion, and Muslims are not to be trusted - ever !

    Posted by: No sharia law ! | Oct 1, 2013 12:31:10 PM

  7. Like B'desh didn't have colossal problems to worry about, like starvation, disease and the next monsoon?? Yet they get their panties in a twist and threaten mayhem over an economic pioneer who showed them a way to pull their nuts out of the fire, just because he protested the state murder of gays somewhere else? No wonder Yunus fled to another (non-fuckedup?) country.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 1, 2013 12:32:20 PM

  8. @ "...and Muslims are not to be trusted - ever !"

    Does that include Mister Yunus?

    It's so easy to condemn EVERYBODY, isn't it?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 1, 2013 12:36:02 PM

  9. It's easy to be emotional about news like this, and fall into the same category as those stupid imams. Didn't the article also says that the rally only attracted small number of people? Please don't judge the whole nation just because a bunch of rotten apples.

    Posted by: darkorient | Oct 1, 2013 12:39:26 PM

  10. Are these the same people who, a few short years from now, will be begging the world for a place to resettle, after the Bay of Bengal floods their country out of existence? Why is the Islamic answer to every disagreement is kill, kill, kill?

    Posted by: RWG | Oct 1, 2013 1:57:15 PM

  11. bangladesh is less fanatical than other muslim countries.

    Posted by: woody | Oct 1, 2013 2:27:10 PM

  12. He helped so many people in the 3rd word countries. Saw him on the Oprah show 5 years ago.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Oct 1, 2013 2:39:47 PM

  13. An American organization now has a Bangla branch--OneMillionImams?

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Oct 1, 2013 2:44:10 PM

  14. Sounds like a great place to host the Olympics.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 1, 2013 6:44:36 PM

  15. All Muslims need to be executed. They are just a waste of space and resources.

    Posted by: Art | Oct 2, 2013 2:55:44 AM

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