January 19, 2010, - 2:11 pm
Much is being made about how Northwest Flight 253 Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s father tried to turn him in and how he was radicalized in the West (the UK) and Yemen. And, along with those news items, ignorant commentators tell us that this is very much unlike the “peaceful, moderate” Muslims of Nigeria, whom his father, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, is supposed to epitomize.
The “Moderate” Muslims of Nigeria Murder 50 Christians, Displace 5,000
But , in fact, over the weekend, Nigerian Muslim “youths”–any of whom could have been Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab–set fire to a church filled with worshippers, starting a riot that killed at least 27 people in Jos, Nigeria. That doesn’t include the church worshippers who ran out and were greeted by Muslims with machetes. In all, 40 were murdered (the Red Cross says more than 50–see below). Note that five of yesterday’s Muslim “youths” were wearing Nigerian military uniforms.
Yeah, let’s hear it for the “moderate, civilized” Muslims of Nigeria. And don’t think that when they reach critical mass there’s anything to prevent them from doing this at a Saint Luke’s or a Saint Michael’s Church in America (since there were several churches attacked, including ones with both of those names, in Nigeria):
In Jos city, Plateau state, about 200 Muslim youths attacked Christians near St. Michael’s Catholic Church, according to local sources of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The human rights organization reported that Muslim youths congregated to renovate a house next to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, owned by a man who allegedly killed three Christians in the November 2008 sectarian violence in Jos.
But instead of renovating, the youths reportedly assaulted a female passerby before attacking St. Michael’s Church. They also set fire to several churches, including a Christ Apostolic Church and two Evangelical Church of West Africa churches, as well as local houses and businesses.
Jos came under a dusk to dawn curfew on Sunday, imposed by the Plateau State Government, after the city returned to the boil when Muslim youths attacked Christians on their way to Saint Luke’s Church in the Nasarawa Gwom neigbourhood. . . .
The state Christian Elders Consultative Forum (CECF) condemned the attack, describing it as Moslem terrorism on churches on the Plateau.
A statement signed by CECF National Co-ordinator, Andersen Bok, and Secretary General, Musa Pam, said the attack, “coming after the normal Christian services in churches was premeditated, wicked, deliberate and terrifying.
“Our fellow brothers and sisters were just coming out of churches in the Nasarawa area of Jos when some Islamic youths pounced on them with machetes and other dangerous weapons.
“Shortly after the attack, we were made to believe that some Islamic fundamentalists were engaging themselves in some fracas after some disagreement which spilled into churches leading to Christian casualties.
“Why must it be churches and Christians who will suffer from an all-Muslim affair? In the last Jos crisis, the same Christians became casualties after some Muslims protested an election result that was intended to elect local government Chairmen.
“Why will Islamic fundamentalists engage themselves on a Sunday morning shortly after the service if the ‘terror’ act was not premeditated?
“While thanking the Plateau State Government for its prompt reaction, which quickly restored peace to the city, we call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to see this as the last of such provocation on the Christians in the state. Enough is enough.” . . .
Even some people not affected by the violence have taken shelter at state police headquarters in fear. . . .
Police Commissioner, Greg Ayangting, informed journalists that it was too early to say whether places of worship were destroyed, but added that Muslim youths who started the trouble by throwing stones at Christians have been identified.
He confirmed the arrest of 35 suspects, five in military uniform who killed and maimed.
And Islamic attacks on Nigerian Christians have spanned at least a decade
Rioting in September 2001 killed more than 1000 people. Another Muslim and Christian conflict killed up to 700 people in 2004. More than 300 residents died during a similar uprising in 2008.
Security sources say more than 50 people may have been killed since Sunday when clashes started. Red Cross officials say 5,000 people have been displaced by the rioting.
Yup, these are the “moderate” Muslims in Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s country–the ones we’ve been told would never condone terrorism against innocent civilians . . . unless those innocents happen to be Christians at or near a church.
Wow, the definition of “moderate” certainly has “evolved” over time. And not in a forward way. More like back to the stone age.
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