In Bangladesh, if you tell the truth about Muhammad you will be demonized, vilified, threatened, and marginalized. In the United States, you’ll just be demonized, vilified, threatened, and marginalized. “Bangladesh teacher suspended for ‘insulting’ Prophet Mohammed,” by Marina Joarder for Deutsche Welle, August 3 (thanks to Twostellas):
A government teacher in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, has been suspended for making ‘insulting’ remarks about Prophet Mohammed’s married life.
Madan Mohan Das had been teaching at the Dhanmondi Government Boys High School since 2010. On July 26, he allegedly made some insulting remarks at a teachers’ meeting where he commented on the Prophet’s pilgrimage and his numerous wives, which infuriated many teachers, students and parents.
The comments led to severe protests around the city. The protesters came around the school and ransacked the office building, broke flower pots and vandalized the garden. Mr. Das has also been accused of insulting Islam in previous occasions. He came to the school after he made such comments and mocking the other teachers by saying, ‘there is nothing you can do to me’….
Immediately after making such comments, Mr. Das was transferred to a remote school in the country’s northern region as a punishment, but that did not calm the protesters down. They demanded immediate suspension and punishment. As a result the state education authorities had to take further action. Finally, Madan Mohan Das was suspended last Sunday.
This is not the first case where teachers have been accused of making such insulting and disrespectful comments about the religion Islam and the Prophet. Last year a similar case was reported in the district of Gopalganj. A school teacher of G.T. Pilot High School, Shanker Bishwas Mandal, made comments about the Prophet’s beard and compared him with a ‘goat’. He was forced to resign.