The Guardian Reports Catholic Murder in Bangladesh – NY Times Shrugs
By Jim Davis
Bangladesh, with its new wave of atrocities over the last half-week, has gotten fresh attention – but not balanced attention.
“Christian murdered in latest Bangladesh attack,” says The Guardian of the Catholic grocer who was hacked to death outside his store.
And the New York Times reports the throat-slashing murder of a Hindu priest in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the two stories are not equally good. The Guardian ran the better one, for its sweep and for connecting religious and political facets.
The narrative of the death of Sunil Gomes is as brutally efficiently as the crime itself:
A Christian was knifed to death after Sunday prayers near a church in northwest Bangladesh in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
Police said unidentified attackers murdered the 65-year-old in the village of Bonpara, home to one of the oldest Christian communities in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. “Sunil Gomes was hacked to death at his grocery store just near a church at Bonpara village,” said Shafiqul Islam, deputy police chief of Natore district.
And the paper doesn’t just stop with the police-blotter facts. It interviews Father Bikash Hubert Rebeiro of the Bonpara Catholic church. He says Gomes attended Sunday prayers, used to work as a gardener at the church and was “known for his humility.”
“I can’t imagine how anyone can kill such an innocent man,” the priest says…
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