It was reported by the BBC today that a Bangladeshi publisher of secular books has been hacked to death in the capital Dhaka in the second attack of its kind on Saturday, police say. Faisal Arefin Dipon, 43, was killed at his office in the city centre, hours after another publisher and two secular writers were injured in an attack.
They are the latest victims in a series of deadly attacks on secularists since blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death by suspected Islamists in February. Both publishers published Roy’s work.
While it would definitely be wrong to put all Islamists in the same fanatical and bloodthirsty category, it nevertheless says something about the nature of this religion when it is able to incite some its followers to such barbaric and murderous measures in order to defend their faith.
I seem to recall that Nietzsche said once that “morality is a function of a herd’s instinct to self-preservation” and clearly, the Muslim herd feels under threat here, and is resorting to deadly measures to defend itself against attacks based on reason and critical thought.
Presumably, this demonstrates once again the necessity for certain religious beliefs to be based on fear as opposed to having a foundation in truth, if only because there is none to be found. And when it comes to truth in religion and faith, we might well want to agree with Nietzsche when he said about the latter:
Faith means not wanting to know the truth.