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Nigeria’s Christian Persecution by Muslims

 By Frank Crimi On November 14, 2011 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

    Boko Haram’s recent attack on the Nigerian city of Damaturu was but the latest and most deadly incident in the ongoing genocidal assault against Nigerian Christians.

    In its efforts to impose Sharia law throughout Nigeria, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram has systematically targeted Nigerian government officials, Christians and those Muslims who dare to publicly denigrate the terrorist organization.

   To that end, over 200 Boko Haram insurgents recently descended on the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu and engaged in a raging four hour gun and bombing attack with Nigerian police, a battle that resulted in nearly 150 deaths and the destruction of churches and police stations.

   However, reports from Damaturu, capital of the Nigerian state of Yobe, indicate that the intent of the attack was specifically designed to target and kill Christian residents of the city. Of the nearly 150 people killed, at least 130 of were reported to be Christian.

    According to Idris Garba, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Yobe State, the Boko Haram assault was a “direct attack against Christians. If you said you were a Christian, they killed you. They were selective. They attacked 11 churches. They didn’t attack any mosques.”

   Not surprisingly, the brutal assault has caused a near exodus of Christians from Damaturu, leaving Boko Haram to claim the city as its new headquarters.

   While Boko Haram’s reign of terror through suicide bombings and targeted assassinations has produced over 400 deaths in 2011, most of the targeted victims have been Nigerian Christians, including nearly100 who were killed over the summer.

   In fact, the attack on Damaturu had been preceded earlier in the week by Boko Haram members opening fire on a church in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, killing two Christians and critically wounding 11 others.

   Of course, killing Christians in Nigeria should engender little surprise given that since 1999 when Sharia law was imposed in 12 northern Nigerian states and parts of four others, Nigeria has been witness to the death of thousands of Nigerian Christians and the destruction of nearly one thousand churches.

   In 2010 alone, an estimated 2,000 Christians were killed in clashes with Muslim extremists, with hundreds of churches burnt to the ground. During that time over 500 Christians were reportedly killed in brutal clashes with Muslims in the city of Jos in central Nigeria’s Plateau state

    That level of violence against Christians has, unfortunately, seeped over into 2011. In January, 35 Christians were killed in clashes with Muslims in the central Nigerian state of Bauchi; in February Jos was witness to 24 Christians killed in targeted attacks; and in May Muslims ambushed and killed 17 Christians in Bauchi state.

    In April 2011, the presidential election of Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from Nigeria’s predominantly Christian south, triggered a series of Muslim rampages which caused the death of 100 Christians and the burning of more than 40 churches.

   So it came as little surprise then that the brutal attack in Damaturu prompted Nigerian Christians to urge the Nigerian president to declare a state of emergency in the northeastern states of Yobe and Borno, scenes of some of the most viscous assaults against Christians.

   While President Jonathan responded to the attacks in Damaturu by saying he had “directed security agencies to ensure the arrest of perpetrators of these heinous acts,” his resolve seemed to have little effect on Boko Haram.

   Shortly after Jonathan’s statement, Boko Haram spokesman Abul-Qaqa stated, “More attacks are on the way.” Boko Haram Imam, Abubakar Shekau, followed up that declaration by telling his followers that the terror group needed to increase the violence, saying “Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we kill for a reason.”

   Of course, its understandable that Boko Haram feels little threatened by the Nigerian president given the response to Boko Haram’s suicide car bombing of UN headquarters in June in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja, an attack which killed 24 people and left another 116 wounded.

   That attack led the Nigerian government to establish a presidential committee which called for establishing dialogue with Boko Haram as the means by which to deal with the terror group. Not surprisingly, that peace overture was rejected by Boko Haram, which chose instead to utilize the intervening time to coordinate a series of suicide bombings and assassinations across Nigeria.

     Yet, Boko Haram isn’t the only ones questioning the resolve of the Nigerian government. International Christian Concern’s Jonathan Racho declared that “The Nigerian government has utterly failed to protect its citizens from attacks by Islamists and the deliberate targeting and killing of Christians.”

    Mohammed Majeed Ali, a police chief from Bauchi, took that same view when he recently said, “I want to make it categorically clear that enough is enough…despite the fact that the Christian community has constantly remained peaceful, it has become a target for these extremist Muslims even when there is peace.”

    Yet, while Boko Haram may publicly stake claim for most of the killings of Nigeria’s Christians, its actions have certainly found support among other Muslim Nigerians. Specifically, accusations have swirled that Boko Haram has been aided in some circumstances by Muslim soldiers in the Nigerian army.

    In one such incident in August 2011 in Plateau state, Islamists killed nine members of one Christian family and whose lone surviving family member claimed, “I can swear to God Almighty that the attack was carried out with the support of the soldiers; I saw them.”

    That view was apparently confirmed by Plateau’s Governor Jonah Jang who called for the immediate withdrawal of the Nigerian army because he believed Muslims in the army “have started taking sides in this religious crisis, and if they are not called to order it will be dangerous for the country.”

    That danger was on full display in Plateau the following month when Muslims reportedly aided by men in Nigerian army uniforms butchered to death eight members of a Christian family in the village of Tatu; seven Christians in the village of Zakalio; ten Christians in the village of Tsohon Foron; and 14 Christians, including pregnant women, in the village of Vwang Kogot.

   Unfortunately, the brutal trend continued in October in the town of Yelwa in Bauchi state when Muslim soldiers reportedly shot and killed a Christian mother of five after they had been called in to restore order after Muslims had attacked Christian residents and set their homes on fire. According to the dead woman’s husband, the soldiers broke into his home and “shot my wife twice in the chest.”

   While the intent of these murderous actions by Boko Haram and its fervent Muslim adherents seem so awfully clear, to others they still remain a mystery. That view was perhaps best expressed by a Christian survivor of Damaturu who pleaded, “I don’t think I have offended anybody to suffer this. I am appealing to Boko Haram to consider the joy and happiness of living together as one.”

   Tragically, as events continue to dictate, Boko Haram’s happiness can only be achieved by viciously eradicating a Christian presence in Nigeria.


Mientras Obama sigue calificando Islám como "religión de paz", continúan a través de toda Africa la masacre de cristianos a manos de los musulmanes mientras el presidente Obama guarda un silencio cobarde y cómplice ante tan abominables crímenes.

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Muslim Terror for Christmas

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Two years ago as two-hundred eighty-nine people sat on a Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit studying their watches, flipping through their Kindles and hoping they would make it home in time, among them sat a devout Muslim with a packet of Pentaerythritol tetranitrate sewn into his underwear.

At his trial Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab said,

“In late 2009, in fulfillment of a religious obligation, I decided to participate in jihad against the United States. The Koran obliges every able Muslim to participate in jihad and fight in the way of Allah, those who fight you, and kill them wherever you find them.”

On Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “found” hundreds of people returning home for the holidays. Had he spent more time studying explosives and less time memorizing verses of the Koran, his plot to murder them might have succeeded. But had he spent less time reading the Koran perhaps he would have never tried to carry out his act of religious mass murder.

Next year at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon, tens of thousands of people crowded around a massive Douglas fir tree decked with lights. Waiting with cell phone in hand was Mohamed Osman Mohamud.

Earlier that year Mohamud had urged a friend of his traveling to Mecca to pray “that I will be a martyr in the highest chambers of paradise.” Mohamud’s plan was to attack Americans “in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays.”

While fathers lifted up their children on their shoulders and music filled the air, Mohamud was smiling for a different reason. “You know what I like, what makes me happy?” he had told undercover agents. “You know, what I like to see? Is when I see the enemy of Allah, then you know their bodies are torn everywhere.” As American families were enjoying the moment, Mohamud was picturing their bodies ripped to shreds by his bomb.

Choosing a spot next to a light rail terminal, Mohamud waited for a train to arrive in order to inflict the maximum number of casualties on the families arriving at the ceremony. But instead of murdering thousands of people at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, he was arrested and dragged away while screaming, “Allahu Akbar.”

Muslim Christmas terror predates September 11, the War on Terror, the War in Iraq, or any of the other excuses used to justify Muslim violence.

The Christmas Market has been held in Strasbourg, France for over four hundred years. A year before Al-Qaeda flew planes into the World Trade Center, European Muslims began scouting the site for a terrorist attack. Salim Boukari filmed the market, remarking at the people passing by outside the Strasbourg Cathedral. “Here are the enemies of Allah as they stroll about. You will go to hell, Allah willing.”

While that attack never came to pass, on Christmas Day that same year thirty-eight bombs exploded in churches across towns and cities in Indonesia wounding over a hundred people and killing nineteen. Cathedrals, convents and schools were all targeted. Jemaah Islamiyah, the Congregation of Islam, was responsible for the attacks on Indonesia’s Christian congregations.

The man behind the Congregation of Islam, Abu Bakar Bashir, a leading Muslim cleric, was tried twice for his involvement in the Christmas Day bombings and the Bali bombings, and got a slap on the wrist both times. When an interviewer asked him what America could do to bring peace, Bashir told him. “Islam must win and Westerners will be destroyed…If they want to have peace, they have to accept to be governed by Islam.”

“Muslims who don’t hate America sin,” the cleric said, “There is no iman [belief] if one doesn’t hate America.”

Unsatisfied with those atrocities, the Congregation of Islam plotted a 2005 wave of pre-Christmas bombings that was averted only when Dr. Azahari bin Hussein, the mastermind of the previous bombings, was surrounded and killed in a safe house along with his Jihadist associates.

And now another year, another Christmas and another round of Christmas bombings. This time in Nigeria where Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad or “Community Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad” bombed churches in five Nigerian cities. This came after similar Christmas bombings by the same group last year.

The “Community’s” statement after last year’s church bombings read in part: “In the name of Allah the mighty who has power over everything, who made fighting the disbelievers an obligation until justice is established on earth.” Justice being synonymous with Islamic law and power.

But Christmas terror is not limited only to Christians. Muslim violence has a way of coinciding with the holy days of the religions of their victims.

In 1991, Muslims targeted Diwali celebrations in Toronto’s India Center Cinema and Vishnu Hindu Temple. The temple would have been filled with thousands of people attending the Hindu festival of lights. Jamaat Al Fuqra, the terrorist group responsible for the plot, was led by Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, founder of the Muslims of the Americans organization. While that attack failed, the Delhi Diwali bombings did not.

When Middle Eastern Arab Muslim made their final major bid to exterminate Israeli Jews, they did so on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. And one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent memory was the Passover Massacre of senior citizens at the Park Hotel. On December 29th, 2005, an Islamic Jihad suicide bomber plotted to strike a children’s Chanukah pageant, but was stopped at a checkpoint and detonated there killing one Israeli soldier and several Muslim civilians.

On Rosh Hashana 2003, a knock came on the door of a Jewish family at a holiday dinner. On the other side was another Islamic Jihad terrorist. The father of the house opened the door and was shot, but managed to close the door and keep him out before dying. The terrorist nevertheless managed to murder a seven month old baby on her swing before he was shot and killed.

In 1996, Hamas carried out multiple attacks during the holiday of Purim. Bombs studded with nails tore into the bodies of men, women and children celebrating the holiday. And Purim was all but cancelled that year. On hearing the news of the terrorist attacks, in the West Bank, Muslim crowds cheered and cried out, “Allahu Akbar.”

From Christmas to Diwali to Purim, it is hard to ignore the fact that Islamic terrorists are fighting a religious war against Christians, Hindus and Jews. It is not only a war driven by religion, it is a war against other religions, and its ultimate goal is Islamic supremacy over all religions. From North America to Africa and from Asia to the Middle East, the wounded moan, the dead are silent and the cry of “Allahu Akbar” comes from the mouths of the murderers.

There is no path toward peace but through honesty. Unless we address what is happening, we cannot hope for anything but more of the same. It is not only Nigerian or Indonesian Christians who must be on alert as they go to church. The same terror that has struck in Asia and Africa has come to America and Europe as the revival of an ancient religious war written in blood in the pages of the Koran. And there can be no peace during Christmas or Chanukah or Diwali or at any other time of the year until we confront it for what it is.

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El pogromo de El Cairo

Jeff Jacoby

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Muchos cristianos coptos optan por abandonar Egipto en lugar de vivir bajo esta persecución cada vez más intensa. La Unión de Organizaciones Egipcias de Derechos Humanos calcula que hasta el mes pasado más de 90.000 cristianos habrían huido del país.

¿Ha visto usted un pogromo alguna vez? Sarah Carr sí.

“El Hospital Copto se empleó a fondo para dar camas al flujo súbito de ingresos”, escribe Carr, periodista y bloguera afincada en El Cairo, en su crónica de los mortales ataques del domingo 9 de octubre contra los manifestantes cristianos a manos del ejército egipcio. “El suelo estaba pegajoso de sangre y apenas había espacio libre para moverse entre los heridos”.

En una estancia del depósito de cadáveres del centro hospitalario, Carr contaba 12 cadáveres de personas asesinadas, algunas cuando los soldados de los blindados cargaron contra la multitud, disparando de forma indiscriminada y aplastando a los manifestantes que se encontraban al paso de los vehículos. Una de las víctimas era “un caballero cuyo rostro estaba retorcido con una expresión imposible. Un sacerdote... me enseñó los restos del cráneo del caballero y trozos de su masa encefálica. También había sido aplastado”.

Lo sucedido en Egipto el domingo es una masacre. Las fuerzas del orden atacaron a los cristianos coptos mientras se manifestaban pacíficamente camino de la sede de la cadena pública de televisión. Protestaban contra la reciente quema de la iglesia de San Jorge, un templo copto ubicado en el valle de El-Marinab, en el Alto Egipto. Pero las emisoras leales a la junta militar en el poder exhortaron “a los honorables egipcios” a ayudar al ejército a sofocar las protestas.

“Poco después, grupos civiles de jóvenes armados con piedras, palos, espadas y bombas incendiarias empezaron a aparecer por el centro de El Cairo, atacando a los cristianos,” informa Associated Press. “Las tropas militares y las fuerzas antidisturbios no intervinieron”. Los vídeos gráficos de la violencia inundaban rápidamente la red. También las imágenes aún más gráficas de los manifestantes asesinados.

Allá por los tiempos de las manifestaciones de la Plaza de Tahrir contra el dictador Hosni Mubarak, el ejército egipcio fue elogiado de forma generalizada por no utilizar la fuerza para aplastar las protestas y mantener a Mubarak en el poder.

El entonces Secretario de Defensa Robert Gates, por ejemplo, dijo que el ejército egipcio “se ha desenvuelto de una forma ejemplar” y ha realizado “una importante aportación a la evolución de la democracia”. También popular fue la noción de que el levantamiento iba a catalizar una nueva era de solidaridad interreligiosa. “Las tensiones religiosas de Egipto han quedado al margen”, informaba la BBC el pasado febrero, “mientras los musulmanes y los cristianos del país unen fuerzas en manifestaciones contra el gobierno”.

Pero “el espíritu de la Plaza de Tahrir” no ha desatado ni la democracia liberal ni el renacimiento de la tolerancia hacia la antigua pero acosada minoría cristiana de Egipto.

Uno de los principales reformistas liberales del país, Aymán Nour, decía el lunes que con el último baño de sangre, el ejército ha perdido cualquier buena disposición que se granjeara la pasada primavera. Es difícil creer que le vaya a importar al Consejo Supremo de las Fuerzas Armadas.

En los ocho meses transcurridos desde la caída de Mubarak, el ejército ha juzgado y condenado a unos 12.000 civiles egipcios en tribunales militares, a menudo tras obtener confesiones mediante tortura. Las odiadas leyes de excepción del país, que permiten que el sospechoso sea detenido sin presentar cargos, no sólo siguen en vigor sino que han sido ampliadas para abarcar delitos tan vagos como “difusión de rumores” o “bloquear el tráfico rodado”. Y exactamente igual que hacía Mubarak, los Generales insisten en que la represión del gobierno es todo lo que se interpone entre Egipto y el caos social.

En cuanto a los cristianos coptos de Egipto, su tesitura ha ido de mal en peor. El Egipto post-Mubarak ha visto “una proliferación de actos de violencia contra la minoría cristiana copta”, informaba ya en mayo el canal internacional de información France24. “La indignación se ha transformado en turbas mortales, y en domicilios, tiendas e iglesias reducidas a cenizas”.

Con los fanáticos islamistas cada vez más influyentes, los delitos de odio contra los cristianos no se castigan. Los coptos, que suponen la décima parte de la población de Egipto, están siendo objeto de humillaciones horrorosas. La turba que destruyó la iglesia de San Jorge había exigido primero que el templo fuera privado de sus cruces y de las campanas; después de que los cristianos cedieran a esa exigencia, las autoridades religiosas locales insistieron en que la cúpula del templo fuera demolida también.

Durante varias semanas, los cristianos coptos de El-Marinab estuvieron literalmente sitiados, teniendo prohibido abandonar sus hogares o comprar comida a menos que accedieran a mutilar su templo de casi un siglo de antigüedad. El 30 de septiembre, musulmanes fanáticos prendieron fuego al templo y demolieron su cúpula, sus pilares y sus muros de carga. Por si acaso, prendieron fuego también a una tienda propiedad de coptos y a cuatro domicilios.

Muchos cristianos coptos optan por abandonar Egipto en lugar de vivir bajo esta persecución cada vez más intensa. La Unión de Organizaciones Egipcias de Derechos Humanos calcula que hasta el mes pasado más de 90.000 cristianos habrían huido del país desde marzo de 2011. A ese ritmo, calcula el activista de derechos humanos Naguib Gabriel, la tercera parte de la población cristiana copta de Egipto será historia en una década.

O puede que antes –mucho antes a lo mejor– si el pogromo dominical contra los cristianos es un augurio de lo que se avecina.

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Obama Recruits Qaradawi

By Andrew C. McCarthy

December 31, 2011 4:00 A.M.

The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.

I wrote about Qaradawi at length in The Grand Jihad and, here at NRO, have regularly catalogued his activities (see, e.g., here, here, here, here, and here; see also Andrew Bostom’s “Qaradawi’s Odious Vision”). For those who may be unfamiliar with him, he is the most influential Sunni Islamist in the world, thanks to such ventures as his al-Jazeera TV program (Sharia and Life) and website (IslamOnline.net). In 2003, he issued a fatwa calling for the killing of American troops in Iraq. As he put it,

Those killed fighting the American forces are martyrs given their good intentions since they consider these invading troops an enemy within their territories but without their will. . . . Although they are seen by some as being wrong, those defending against attempts to control Islamic countries have the intention of jihad and bear a spirit of the defense of their homeland.

Qaradawi urges that Islam must dominate the world, under a global caliphate governed by sharia. He maintains that Islam “will conquer Europe [and] will conquer America.” He sometimes qualifies that the conquering will be done “not through the sword but through da’wa,” but the qualification is a feint.

Da’wa sounds harmless — it refers to missionary work to spread Islam. Islam, however, is not like other religions. The idea is not to spread a set of spiritual principles but incrementally to impose a full-scale social system with its own authoritarian legal code, covering all aspects of life and instituting a caste system in which women and non-Muslims are subjugated.

Nor is da’wa like other missionary work; it is the use of all available means of pressure — political campaigns, lawfare, infiltration of the media, control of the education system, etc. — to advance (a) the acceptance of Islamic principles and (b) the evisceration of principles (e.g., free speech, economic liberty) that undergird competitors, in particular, Western civilization. Moreover, the claim that da’wa is non-violent is frivolous. Much of the mission of da’wa is to rationalize terrorism as divinely mandated self-defense.

Thus does Sheikh Qaradawi champion Hamas, mass-murder attacks, and suicide bombings. “They are not suicide operations,” he brays. “These are heroic martyrdom operations.” Indeed, he elaborates, “The martyr operations is [sic] the greatest of all sorts of jihad in the cause of Allah.”

Thus does Qaradawi urge the destruction of Israel, rebuking clerics who dare counsel against killing civilians. “I am astonished,” he inveighs, “that some sheikhs deliver fatwas that betray the mujahideen, instead of supporting them and urging them to sacrifice and martyrdom.”

As the Investigative Project on Terrorism recounts, when the imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque issued guidance against the killing of civilians, Qaradawi upbraided him: “It is unfortunate to hear that the grand imam has said it was not permissible to kill civilians in any country or state, even in Israel.”

Not surprisingly, then, the sheikh is also wont to invoke what the West refuses to acknowledge: the Jew-hatred that is endemic in Islam because it is rooted in scripture — not in modern grievances that could be satisfied if only the West changed its policies and Israel had the good grace to disappear. As Qaradawi puts it, echoing the charter of Hamas (the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch):

This is what is told in the Hadith of Ibn-Omar and the Hadith of Abu-Hurairah: “You shall continue to fight the Jews and they will fight you, until the Muslims will kill them. And the Jew will hide behind the stone and the tree, and the stone and the tree will say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, Oh Muslim, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’ The resurrection will not come before this happens.” This is a text from the good omens in which we believe.

Qaradawi uses his al-Jazeera platform to preach this message to the Muslim masses. As the Middle East Media Research Institute and Robert Spencer document, in one memorable Friday “sermon” broadcast in 2009, he prayed that Allah would kill all Jews: “Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.” He added that throughout history, Allah had imposed upon Jews “people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Adolph Hitler.”

After thousands of young Americans have laid down their lives to protect the United States from jihadist terror, President Obama apparently seeks to end the war by asking Qaradawi, a jihad-stoking enemy of the United States, to help him strike a deal that will install our Taliban enemies as part of the sharia state we have been building in Afghanistan.

If the Hindu report is accurate, the price tag will include the release of Taliban prisoners from Gitmo — an element of the deal Reuters has also reported. The administration will also agree to the lifting of U.N. sanctions against the Taliban, and recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political party (yes, just like the Muslim Brotherhood!). In return, the Taliban will pretend to forswear violence, to sever ties with al-Qaeda, and to cooperate with the rival Karzai regime.

It would mark one of the most shameful chapters in American history.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.