Nigeria’s Christmas Present: Blown Up Christians

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Several churches in northern Nigeria were bombed December 25, in what has been described as “Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever.” The attacks, perpetrated by the Muslim militant group Boko Haram, killed at least 39 people, “the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church [in Madalla near the capital of Abuja] after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.” Charred bodies and dismembered limbs lay scattered around the destroyed church.

As usual, the world offered the requisite, if perfunctory, condemnations.  Of note, however, is the word so many Western leaders, from the White House to the Vatican, used to characterize this latest Muslim attack on Christians—“senseless”—a word that implies no motive, no goal, no rhyme, no reason.

Although Boko Haram has been bellowing its straightforward and far from “senseless” goals for a decade—enforcing Sharia law and, in conjunction, subjugating if not eliminating Nigeria’s Christians—one can see why so many are decrying the Christmas Day bombings as “senseless”: the mainstream media’s coverage offers little by way of context or continuity concerning the attacks.

Consider the New York Times’ coverage, as reported by Adam Nossiter, in an article titled “Nigerian Group Escalates Violence With Church Attacks.” After stating the facts, Nossiter writes:

The sect, known as Boko Haram, until now mostly targeted the police, government and military in its insurgency effort, but the bombings on Sunday represented a new, religion-tinged front, a tactic that threatens to exploit the already frayed relations between Nigeria’s nearly evenly split populations of Christians and Muslims…

This sentence is fraught with problems.  For starters, Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigerian Christians for years, killing thousands of them, and destroying hundreds of their churches.  Considering that just last Christmas Eve, 2010, Boko Haram bombed several churches, killing nearly 40 Christian worshippers, the New York Times’ characterization of these latest attacks as “represent[ing] a new, religion-tinged front” is not only unconscionable, but unprofessional.

Boko Haram—whose full name in Arabic is “People of Sunna for Da’wa [Islamization] and Jihad [Holy War]”—has, for a decade, been representing a very “religion-tinged front,” that is, an Islamic front, one that is hostile to all things non-Muslim, with Christians at the very top.

In just the last couple of months, Boko Haram has carried out attacks on dozens of other churches, bombing some, torching others.  In one instance, they opened fire on a congregation of  mostly women and children, killing dozens; they executed two children of an ex-terrorist because he converted to Christianity; they murdered Christian pastors in cold blood; they “went to shops owned by Christians, ordering them to recite verses from the Quran,” killing those who could not.

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  • Chiboy

    May God judge you people…

    • PhillipGaley

      Ultimate accountability being a given, and justice, the balance of right and wrong, of confusion and order, the deepest desire of Mankind, I don't see how that, an otherwise unattached "May God judge you people . . . .", thrown in just here-and-there would do anything to settle the difference in the price of Oolong between Berlin and Cairo; but, . . .

  • radicalconservative

    We will all be judged. May God be just and send murderous Muslims to hell.

  • StephenD

    I'm curious to know who writes for our official responses to such atrocities. Do they realize how pathetic and toothless their words make America look? We've come to expect some drivel, some "line in the sand" that once crossed, another is drawn, to continually accommodate these desperados. You come to expect that if anything at all is said, it will be the President or Hillary frowning at the camera, and in a stern voice declare these actions bad, very bad. They will tell the murderers that they should stop, that if they "would unclench their fists we will reach out our hand." Before you know it, we end up promising them money. This just can't continue. We're in trouble.

    • PhillipGaley

      Well, yeah, . . . was it the 17th Amendment? which decoupled nat'l representation from local appointment? Probably, it cannot but continue, . . . until we get back to representative govt, if ever—doncha' think?

  • Arnie

    Islam will be destroyed eventually! What they have arrogantly declared to do to others will fall on their own heads! Messiah Jesus is coming again to destroy ALL of the wicked in the earth. There will be a payback. In the meantime good men everywhere need to resist evil in the form of governments taking action to supress evil in and through many means.

  • Frank95054

    Why don't I read that Boko Haram leadership and their financial supporters are guilty of Genocide as defined under the UN Convention on Genocide. Why isn't the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court pressing for charges against those who took part in the massacre. I simply do not understand why the signatories to the UN Convention on Genocide refuse to take action against Islamist under the Genocide laws for calling for the murder of non-believers; particularly, Jews and Christians.

    This madness must stop. Those guilty of Genocide must be arrested and tried for their crimes.

  • LindaRivera

    The media and government rarely report on the constant Muslim attacks on Christians and other non-Muslims and when they do report, the media and government deceive by making it appear that it is a problem with both sides. It aids and abets terror attacks against innocents and jihad worldwide.

    Government/media immoral silence also keeps the world's non-Muslims unaware of their terrible danger.

  • LindaRivera

    Global Muslim terrorist, Arafat & his cruel PLO were REWARDED for their horrific atrocities and barbaric mass murders of Lebanon's Christians. The unrepentant terrorists were introduced to Israel as peace partners. In the WAR against Jews, they were given mega money, weapons, land & constant U.S. advanced military training.

    Arafat and his PLO/PA did EXACTLY as was expected of them: they severely persecuted Arab Christians placed under their brutal occupation and waged jihad against Israel's Jew

  • LindaRivera

    Billions of dollars have been gifted to Western leaders' top FAVORITE Muslim terrorists, the PLO/Palestinian Authority Occupation Forces. They fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money. No help is given to the many victims of Islam.

    This Christian man has been repeatedly attacked by Muslims since the nineties. It is urgent that he gets specialized medical help in America, or some other country quickly!

    christianpost: Muslim Extremists in Uganda Throw Acid on Bishop
    Burns threaten eyesight of church leader who opposed Islamic courts.

    …He poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, ‘Allahu akbar [God is greater],’”

    “I have to continue fighting this pain – it is too much,” Mulinde said. “My entire body is in pain. Most of the night I miss sleep.”

    His face, neck and arms bore deep black scars from the acid, and his lips were swollen.

    “The burn caused by the acid is so severe that there is an urgent need for specialized treatment,” said area Christian Musa Baluku Symutsangira. “I suggest that he be flown outside the country as soon as possible; otherwise Mulinde might lose both of his eyes, coupled with the spread of the burns. The burns seemed to spread and go very deep. He might need some plastic surgery.”

    A doctor told Compass that acid burns cover about 30 percent of his face and has cost him sight in one eye.

    “We are doing all we can to save his other remaining eye and to contain the acid from spreading to other parts of the body,” the doctor said.

  • Terry

    The UN will put a stop to the murdering of christians by muslim fascists!! We can trust the UN to protect civillised values!!

    After all, it alerted us to global warming, even though that turned out to be a UN scam.

    And it stopped the genoicide in Rwanda by withdrawing its token force of tin soldiers, errmmm enabling hte genocide.

    And it averted genocide in Sudan, by refusing to call it genocide.

    And we all know how the UN fiercely defends the rights of Jews and Israel.

    So no danger of Chrisitans being mudered on the UN's watch, eh?

    even if the UN's continued existence is a danger to every civilised human being on earth.

  • Amused

    A hopeless ,hapless organization , to biased in its views and totally ineffectual in its tasks .A freeloading squatter in NYC , for all of it's use should be moved to Nigeria , or Iraq .

  • Justice

    do these people really think that they are doing good work, and God will praise them for this and send to Paradise, The Almighty God is not sending people to paradise for killing hundreds of people like animals.

  • Fred Dawes

    This will happen until the people see the light.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    A dark cloud of evil spreads over the World and is itself Islam and those who
    support it because they themselves are evil. The New York Times is evil,
    most media companies are evil and degenerate enterprises. Total moral
    collapse is happening around the Globe as our cultural values and ethical
    standards are debased day by day. I often wonder what line must be crossed
    before good men take up arms against this evil and crush it, destroying it
    as most generations have in the past. It is our turn and ignoring truth and
    listening to lying politicians who are bought and paid for sellouts will be
    the death of us and generates ever greater the possability of a World of
    heinous depravity. This is a World war and nothing less……….William

    • Stephen_Brady

      William, you're quite right about this being a world war. This is the Fourth World War (the Third being the Cold War, which the West won). We are fighting a heartless and relentless enemy, which is no less ideological than the Nazis or the Soviets.

      The old ways of "Containment" will not work against this enemy. We must take the battle to them, using all the military, cultural, and technological power we can muster. We may have to temporarily abandon some of most cherished values and traditions, in such a war, also.

      The difference between islam and the Nazis/Soviets is that Islam hides its desire for conquest and domination under a fascade of religion, ensnaring hundreds of millions of people. Until WE learn this, we are as the walking dead, and the slaughter will continue.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        I notice a growing understanding of the lying and hiding behind propaganda
        by Islamists, such as "it is only a violent few", as though those were not a part
        of the whole effort at engendering world domination. American military
        leaders must get it, leftists/Islamists do not stop and are moving within
        the mosque and in their homes preparing to change from peace loving
        people to the barbarian destroying your life. What leader will have sufficient
        understanding that doing nothing and containment will make the inevitable
        all the harder. This is going to become the ugliest it has ever been and
        ever will, I just wonder how long, will I see it or be in the grave? William

  • Amused

    Muslims , in their barbaric ignorance and arrogance are not even trying to conceal their horrendous deeds , so that now even the dummies of the world are beginning to take notice of this savage cult . As Churchill once said , "democracies do not act until there is blood in the streets " , so it is today .Muslims , emboldened by their new found "freedom " [to unrestrained behavior ] will get ever more ferocious in their savagry , this line Ward if not now will soon be crossed , and these savages will be put down .

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The sooner the "savage putdown" the better chance of life without terror
      and mayhem……………………………………………………………William

  • jmz

    the only way to stop this is to get rid of islam. islam is a filthy sub human group that deserves to protection, reverence or tolerance. They have sworn since islams inception with their filthy leader mohammad(rancid dog piss be upon him) to kill and destroy all not islam. can we really thing and state with any logic that modern man or the world can tolerate such a cancer. they want you dead, they want your children dead or enslaved. what is there to talk about or negotiate. islam should be banned. muslims should be hunted to extinction and forgotten, mosques should be destroyed with NO other religions to use the building. for any detractors understand that what i have just stated islam has already sworn to do to you. you can either die and be forgotton as political correct dhimmi, or you can rise up and kill first thoes who are killing you. god has no use for loosers anymore than nature has use for inferior genes. religion or nature both demand fight and kill or die. choose your reason and live or go the way of all lesser beings