MM Banned in UAE
Published on July 23, 2005
I've received a message from a member saying that Mukto-Mona site is banned/blocked in Emirates and probably in other Islamic countries as well. Indeed, many living in theocratic states who were never habituated with free-speech are being shocked after they are exposed to the truth for the first time while internet came into play. Our co-moderator Jahed Ahmed thinks United Arab Emirate's (UAE) ban on M-M should be brought to focus for a broader audience and readers; hence this short message for you.
Banning a site like MM in those theocratic states is the old way of killing the rationalists and freethinkers, burning their books and silencing progressive people by terror so that they cannot work. Despite the desperate effort of the vested group, they still cannot stop people from reading our posts. Obviously, this site is making a difference. If your friend is living in a theocratic states, and you may want to send something published in MM, please copy the entire article(s) in an e-mail instead of giving him a specific link, till we find any other viable solution(s).
Truth is extremely dangerous for some people; it is like lighting a match in total darkness that needless to say, does not remove duskiness, rather instill fear in their heart.
That's why probably Oliver Wendell Holmes, one of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century once uttered, "The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.”
Response/Reaction from the members:
It's a sad news but not unexpected that mukto-mona.com, the on-line secular discussion forum and website, would be banned by an Arab country. I have observed that Islam can never tolerate any discussion or writing that does not go along with its doctrine. So, freethinkers have been discouraged, tortured (as Humayun Azad in Bangladesh in 2004) or even killed all over the Islamic world.
I condemn the ban on the Mukto-Mona website.
HassanAl Abdullah Editor,
It is a cowardly act that the UAE has perpetrated and thereby enclosed its citizens in an ignominious cell of backwardness and unreason. Medieval Ages never ended?
-I K Shukla
Co-founder of the Coalition for an Egalitarian and Secular India, author, secular activist.
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