US Elections an Opportunity to Save Bangladesh's Hindus
I can remember talking with a US lawmaker and staff about the ethnic cleansing of Bangladesh's Hindus. At one point, the staff person asked, "If this is such a big problem that we have to do something, why haven't we heard much from American Hindus?" They had to attend to the needs of many constituencies, and ignoring those needs to focus on something not significant to the actual community involved did not seem right. Since then, some US Hindus have made some noise, but it has been rather tepid at best. Two pieces of evidence:
- On April 30, 2015, the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs held hearings about the deteriorating situation in Bangladesh, but it did not recommend action and only slightly addressed the plight of Hindus and the danger it means for all of us.
- Prior to its last visit to Bangladesh, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom asked for contacts who would confirm the persecution of Hindus and government complicity there, but it ignored the evidence it received in its report.
I urge everyone who believes we have to seize these opportunities to contact me through this blog, my web site, facebook, or tumblr account (the latter is under the name bdhindus); or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We CAN do something to save millions of innocents--or we can let the moment pass and see them destroyed.