February 21, 2006

Nigerian Christians retaliate against Muslims

As Patrick often points out in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner, you never hear about Christian mobs burning down mosques and generally acting out in violence. You cannot truly substitute "Christian" for "Muslim" in one of the countless news stories you see daily recounting Islamic violence somewhere in the world.

And there is a REASON for this! These violent actions are NOT representative of Christ's teachings!

Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly.

Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.

Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there.

"The mosque at the main market has been burnt and I've counted at least six dead bodies on the streets," Izzy Uzor, an Onitsha resident and businessman, told The Associated Press by telephone. "The whole town is in a frenzy and people are running in all directions."

The violence appeared to be in reprisal for anti-Christian violence Saturday in the mostly Muslim northern city of Maiduguri in which thousands of Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches, killing at least 18 people.

Another Onitsha resident, Isotonu Achor, said one badly beaten Muslim man ran into his office from the streets to escape the violence.

"There is blood all over him and I'm scared they'll come for him here. If he doesn't get urgent treatment he will die," Achor said.

Police and government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of more than 130 million people, is roughly divided between a predominantly Muslim north and a mainly Christian south. Thousands of people have died in religious violence in Nigeria since 2000.

Saturday's protest over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in Maiduguri marked the first violent demonstrations over the issue in Nigeria. Police say at least 18 people, most of them Christians, died, and 30 churches were burned down. The Christian Association of Nigeria said at least 50 people were killed in the violence.

Luke 6:27-31:
"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Posted by Kyer at February 21, 2006 01:27 PM | TrackBack

These are the true isolated incidents that Islamic apologists and Western useful idiots for jihad use for their loathsome moral equivalence arguments.

What cannot be argued (by reasonable people, at least), however, is that such behavior goes against Christ's teachings but is consonant with Muhammad's.

Posted by: patrickafir at February 22, 2006 11:41 PM