Minorities in Bangladesh Gather to Protest Islam as State Religion

Photo credit: The photo shows the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Kuruman, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, religious minorities in Bangladesh gathered for the annual “Black Day” protests. They want Islam to no longer be given the status of state religion, which it has held since 1988.

Vincent Michael of FMI says, “In 1971, when Bangladesh got their independence from Pakistan, the government at the time really wanted Bangladesh to be a secular nation that was Muslim majority, but also friendly towards the West. But in 1988, the leadership of the country changed and the opposition party took control. They passed an amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution, which declared Islam as the state religion.”

Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists in the country point out the original constitution still calls Bangladesh a secular state, contradicting the amendment. Ultimately, they want the amendment removed from the constitution. In the meantime, they want a minority commission established to help protect against injustice.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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