Islamic Protests in Bangladesh Turn Deadly

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At least 20 people were killed in Bangladesh as Islamic protestors took to the streets Monday, demanding the government to enforce strict Islamic law.
Despite the demonstrations, which began Sunday, the government has stated they will remain secular and won't enact laws, like an anti-blasphemy law. Such laws are often used to persecute people of other faiths.

CBN News recently spoke with Knox Thames, director of Policy and Research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, about the danger of these laws.

"I think Pakistan is the worst situation for blasphemy laws," he said. "In our report we identified 16 individuals in Pakistan who are on death row for allegedly blasphemous statements, and another 20 individuals serving life sentences and they're not all Christians. There are also Muslims."

"But we've seen increasing cases in countries like Egypt and we've seen them in other places like India and Greece so it's a challenge to freedom of thought, freedom of religion, when you have governments deciding what is or isn't true, what it or isn't offensive," he explained.

Click here to watch more of Thames' interview.

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