Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bangladesh Ponders Ending Islam as Official Rel.; Supreme Court May Alter Country to Secular State

Bangladesh's Supreme Court will consider if it should drop Islam as the country's official religion, the Christian Broadcast Network News website reports today (March 24, 2016).

On March 27, the court will hear arguments to decide whether Bangladesh should return to a secular state -- a status it gained when it declared independence from Pakistan in 1971.

The court's hearing comes as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claims credit for the stabbing death of a Christian convert -- a senseless killing that the radical Islamic group warns should be a "lesson to others."

Bangladesh is about 90 percent Muslim and 8 percent Hindu, with Christians and other religions filling the remaining 2 percent.

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