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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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