Death to Churches / Christian Holidays in the Islamic World (GateStone Institute) by Raymond Ibrahim 04/11/12)
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While the mainstream media, government officials and so on try to
portray these attacks as products of poverty, the fact is, wherever
there are significant numbers of Muslims, churches are under siege.
Last Sunday, many Christians around the world celebrated Easter,
taking for granted that they can congregate and worship in peace. Not
so in the Islamic world, where top religious officials call for the
destruction of churches, Christian holidays celebrated in church are
increasingly a time of death and destruction, and a time of terror.
Nigeria, for example, saw some 50 Christians killed "when explosives
concealed in two cars went off near a church during Easter Sunday
services in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna….the casualty figure
may go up because some injuries were really critical." The church
targeted was "the Assemblies of God´s Church near the centre of the
city with a large Christian population and known as a major cultural
and economic centre in Nigeria´s north." According to the pastor
holding Easter services at the time, "We were in the Holy Communion
service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a
loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our
fans and some of our equipment in the church."
There is little doubt that the Islamist group Boko Haram ["Western
Education is a Sin"] is behind the terror strike. Boko Haram has long
been targeting churches—most glaringly, last December 25, when
several churches were bombed in the Muslim majority areas of Nigeria,
in what was described as "Nigeria´s blackest Christmas ever: then,
over 40 Christians were slain, "the majority dying on the steps of a
Catholic church [in Madalla, near the capital of Abuja] after
celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive
explosion." As usual, the charred and dismembered remains of
Christian worshippers were seen scattered in and around the destroyed
While the Christmas -- and now Easter -- church attacks may be
Nigeria´s most known, they are certainly not the only ones. The last
six weeks alone reveal:
-Sunday, March 11: A Boko Haram suicide car bomber attacked a
Catholic church during Mass, killing at least 10 people. The bomb
detonated as worshippers attended Mass at St. Finbar´s Catholic
Church in Jos, a city where thousands of Christians have died in the
last decade as a result of Boko Haram´s jihad.
-Sunday, February 26: A Boko Haram suicide-car bomber killed at least
three people, including a toddler, at another church in Jos.
Witnesses said the jihadist drove his car into the prominent Church
of Christ during morning prayers.
-Sunday, February 19: A Boko Haram bomb attack outside a church in
Abuja left at least five people seriously injured and many more hurt,
when a parked car filled with explosives detonated outside the Christ
While the mainstream media, analysts, government officials, and so
on, try to portray these attacks as products of Nigerian poverty, the
fact is, wherever in the world there are significant numbers of
Muslims (Nigeria´s population is half Christian, half Muslim),
churches are under siege (see sections dealing with church attacks in
the "Muslim Persecution of Christians" reports for February, January,
December, November, October, September, August, and July).
Some of the more spectacular ones include the Baghdad church attack
where 58 Christians were killed; similarly, the New Year´s Eve church
bombing in Egypt that saw over 20 Christians killed (when several
more churches were bombed and attacked, and thousands of Egyptian
Christians demonstrated, they were slaughtered by their own
military); earlier, in 2010, eight Egyptian Christians were shot dead
by drive-by Muslims as they were leaving church on Christmas Eve.
Further, Muslim attacks on churches during the holiest of Christian
holidays are not limited to Nigeria and Egypt, but occur throughout
the Muslim world—for instance, in distant, "moderate" Philippines,
where another church was bombed during Christmas.
Of course, there are some Muslim nations—Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan,
and soon possibly Kuwait—where one rarely hears of church attacks;
but only because they have nipped the "church problem" in the bud by
not allowing them to exist in the first place. The hatred for
churches is still there, but in an unseen form.
What an efficient way church attacks are, with worshippers tightly
gathered in one spot, to ensure the deaths of maximum numbers of
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