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Darkly grim irony 11, February 2009

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The editor and the publisher of one of India’s largest English language newspapers have been arrested and charged with “hurting the religious feelings” of Muslims. Complaints ensued from an article that they reproduced from the Independent titled “Why should I respect these oppressive regimes?”

According to the BBC the police have broken up several protests this week outside the publisher’s offices in Calcutta. The original article slammed Islamic and Jewish regimes as well as Christianity and Islam. The central argument was that religions do not deserve unmitigated respect for what the author describes as barbaric practices. The irony, it seems to me, stems from the violence of those rioting claiming that they and their religion are not violent.