A visit from Samhi Claus?
The evidence strongly suggests it’s becoming a ghastly holiday tradition in Africa – bombings and mass murder by Islamic fascists against Christians, which leave scores dead.
Yesterday, in the African nation of Nigeria, that continent’s most populous, a radical sect calling itself “Boko Haram,” meaning “Western education is sacrilege (or sin)” claimed responsibility for Christmas day attacks on Christian churches which have left at least 39 dead.
This year’s obligatory visit(s) by the terrorist group killed at least 39 at the sites of two Catholic churches; St. Theresa’s in Madalla, located about 35km west of Abuja, the capital, and the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church in Jos, where car bomb blasts were responsible for the majority of the deaths.
The massive explosions ripped through the sanctuaries as worshippers gathered to commemorate the day celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ, creating the horrifying scene of carnage, littering the area with bodies and body parts.
Additionally, at least one police officer who came to the aid of the victims was later gunned down in a firefight which ensued with the Muslim radicals.
Sunday’s slaughter comes a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in central Nigeria’s city of Jos – considered the dividing line between Islamic north and Christian south – left no fewer than 32 dead and 74 wounded. The group also claimed responsibility for an August 26 bombing of U.N. headquarters in Abuja that killed 24 people and wounded 116 others.
International condemnation of Boko Haram was swift and intense. But in the midst, Barack Obama, enjoying his $4 million taxpayer funded Hawaiian vacation, drew sharp criticism for his characterization of the attacks and for what he didn’t say.
One fellow Examiner pointed out the president’s inappropriate use of the phrase “tragic loss of life,” while another criticized Obama for using the word “senseless” yet refusing to cite the fact that Islamic terrorism was the impetus of the killings, despite Boko Haram’s admitted involvement.
The radical faction is also known by a more formal name, “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.”
If one can discern a logical paradigm by the responses to a recent feature in this column, atrocities such as these are viewed by many Muslims as stemming more from “culture” (as opposed to religion) and are committed by “insane” men, rather than fellow believers following their understanding of Islamic teachings, even if they are tainted.
The idea, it would appear, is to dissociate Islam from the malevolence of some of its adherents, rather than acknowledge the reality that these people commit murder under the banner of religious fervor.
In any event, cries of “Islamophobia” notwithstanding, the fact remains that this is yet another case where men have murdered in the name of their God. And the questions that continue to burn are, “Why do so many claim to do so under the auspice of their sacred text?” Moreover, “Why do so many criticize articles like this for pointing out the facts instead of denouncing the ones who are besmirching their religion, if that is the case?”
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