Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Now why would I put his name up here? Well, first off, he is the kind of person we need more of in the world: namely one who is trying to promote dioalog, instead of violence, between Islam and other religions including Judaism. This is pretty rare, especially in his countryof Bangladesh. For his work, he recently received the Moral Courage Award from the AJC.

The other reason why is because he is now about to stand trial for sedition in Bangladesh. Why? Because he published some articles which criticized radical Islam and the threats it poses. To hear some of his views, there is the audio here.

For his views, the government has arrested him before. Recently, he was lynched by an angry mob. Fortunately, he survived the attempt only to be arrested and charged with sedition.

I think anyone who can survive being lynched for speaking out against hatred deserves at least a few seconds of your time. Over the AJC, there is a way to send letters to Secretary of State Rice and Ambassador Hamsher M. Chowdhury in support of Mr. Choudhury.

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