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Secular activists in Bangladesh have been petitioning to have Islam removed from its position as the state religion. But the High Court recently threw out their petition (first launched 28 years ago) within a few moments of opening the case. Bangladesh has been officially secular since it came into existence in 1971, but in 1988 Islam was made the state religion. It seems that the High Court seized on a technicality-the fact that the petition was presented by a committee with no legal standing- as a reason to refuse to consider the extremely divisive issue. Pray for a “level playing field” to be restored in Bangladesh so that all religions are treated equally.

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