Saturday, March 26, 2011

Does Islam Justify Violence Against Christians?

My friend Chris Johnson thinks so.  He suggests that we "not judge a religion based on what it says when it is in the minority. Judge it by what it does when it can do anything it wants to:

Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.

At least one Christian has been killed, many more have been injured and anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 have been displaced in the attacks that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accused of desecrating the Koran.

The violence escalated to the point that federal police forces sent to the area two weeks ago were initially overwhelmed by the mobs. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal told Voice of America police reinforcements had since restored order and 130 suspects had been arrested and charged with instigating religious hatred and violence.

This is the alleged “desecration.”

In the southern town of Moyale, a Christian was sentenced to three years in prison in November for allegedly writing “Jesus is the Lord” in a copy of the Koran, Compass Direct News reported. Christians from the area told the website he had actually written the phrase on a piece of cloth.

And then there’s this.

Additionally, two of his friends were fined for visiting him in prison and taking him food, Compass Direct reported.

Read it all here.


George Patsourakos said...

No religion has the right to commit violence against another religion.

If one religion has done harm to another religion, the matter needs to be taken up in the courts -- not on the streets.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Agreed! However, the courts in this case are governed by Sharia Law which permits abuse of Christians.

The problem isn't really religious, from what I understand. This is motivated, as are the attacks on Christains in Jos, by greed. The Muslims want the land held by the Christians and are trying to intimidate them into fleeing. The attackers are often paid Taureg mercenaries. Gaddafi uses the mercenaries of Chad and Niger to attack his own people.