Cost of Freedom

Muslims protesting against murder of secularist
Muslims protesting against murder of secularist

A few days ago I saw Facebook post which asked: “If 8% of Muslims are radicalized, and 92% are “Moderate”, then why aren’t the moderate majority stopping the radicals from killing Christians, stoning women, waging jihad, committing honor killings and tossing gays from buildings in Muslim majority countries?”

A second post from the same source quoted John Quincy Adams as saying that: “you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

I responded to the first post, in part, with the throwaway line: “maybe the moderates are too frightened to openly oppose a bunch of fanatical murdering thugs”.

… and that was that until I read today that Mohammad Nazim Uddin, a law student, was brutally murdered in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday, 7th April.

It seems that Mr. Uddin, 26, was a Muslim apostate and atheist who had the audacity to express his views on Facebook and for that terrible crime he was killed. A quick review of my own Facebook pages reveals that I committed that same terrible crime less than 24 hours before Mr Uddin was murdered by a bunch of fanatical murdering thugs.

Some moderate Muslims are standing for freedom, and they are paying a terrible price for it. How many of us web  warriors and Facebook fighters would have the genuine courage shown by Mohammad Nazim Uddin if the penalty for our free expression was death?

Click here for Pew research on Muslim views.