Death to Churches

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Last Sunday, many Christians around the world celebrated Easter, taking it for granted that they can congregate and worship in peace.  Not so; in the Islamic world, where top religious officials call for the destruction of churches, Christian holidays celebrated in church are increasingly a time of death and destruction, a time of terror.

Nigeria, for example, saw some 50 Christians killed “when explosives concealed in two cars went off near a church during Easter Sunday services in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna…. the casualty figure may go up because some injuries were really critical.”  The church targeted was “the Assemblies of God’s Church near the centre of the city with a large Christian population and known as a major cultural and economic centre in Nigeria’s north.” According to the pastor holding Easter services at the time, “We were in the Holy Communion service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church.”

There is little doubt that the Islamist group Boko Haram is behind the terror strike.  The group has long been targeting churches—most notoriously, last December 25, when several churches were bombed in the Muslim majority areas of Nigeria, in what was described as “Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever”: then, over 40 Christians were slain, “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.” As usual, the charred and dismembered remains of Christian worshippers were seen scattered in and around the destroyed church.

While the Christmas—and now Easter—church attacks may be Nigeria’s most known, they are certainly not the only ones. Consider just the last few weeks:

Sunday, March 11: A Boko Haram suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church, killing at least 10 people. The bomb detonated as worshippers attended Mass at St. Finbar’s Catholic Church in Jos, a city where thousands of Christians have died in the last decadeas a result of Boko Haram’s jihad.

Sunday, February 26: A Boko Haram suicide car bomber killed at least three people, including a toddler, at another church in Jos. Witnesses said the jihadist drove his car into the prominent Church of Christ during morning prayers.

Sunday, February 19: A Boko Haram bomb attack outside a church in Abuja left at least five people seriously injured and manymore hurt, when a parked car filled with explosives detonated outside the Christ Embassy Church.

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  • scotsirish

    We have been reading of these horrific attacks for months. What we need to understand is that The President of the United States has said that this barbaric series of attacks "….Is not related to religious extremeism."
    Listen to the audio of Obams's assistant secretarty to African affairs, Johnny Carson, when he, with a clear, steady, voice proposes this lie. It is staggering to listen to. Unbelieveable, again. We, my friends, are living in a mess. There is NO end to the lies pouring out of this administration. No end to them.

    • scotsirish

      I might add that Joseph Goebbels himself would be very proud of those who have alligned themselves with
      this present day propagandist.

  • KKKK

    surprise, surprise. islam has been spilling "infideal" blood since the day the Death Cult came into existance in 7th Century Arabia.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt that one of this site's posters,Bashy Quriashy will condemn the attacks on Christians and Jews. He's repeatedly stated that he doesn't care about them so why shouldn't I be surprised that he won't do so this time?

  • Nadira

    I live in Nigeria, and I know first hand what it means to be targeted for elimination. The Western media, and your president Obama, are liars and have decided to remain liars. It still beats me how anyone could say all these bombings are not premised on religious hatred. Why then are churches targeted? Why are Christians the victim. WeeToddEdwards here either doesn't know what he is talking about or is a jihadist. He writes about Christians killing Muslims in Ivory Coast. I have relatives there. The present president is a Muslim, and we know for sure that during the war that removed his predecessor, the fight ceased to be political and Muslims began to kill Christians en masse. This guy doesn't know what he is talking about and like a typical Muslim, would veil the truth so that more lies can be told.

    I still find it hard to believe that Obama has anything good for American Christians, or Christians anywhere. He is pampering Islam, and I can assure you, the way things are going, Islam will soon become the greatest threat to the civilisation you spent hundred years in building.

  • Jim Martin

    The only Christians that are currently engage in murderous brutality that I am aware of are the so called Lord's Resistance Army somewhere in central Africa. For Christians the brutality of the middle ages are a source of past shame; for Mohomedeans the are a source of continuing pride and something to be emulated. Real Christians understand that murder, theft and lying are sins (to say nothing of rape and pedophilia ex. Aeisha ); for Mohomedeans ( Mhomed being the paragon of what it is to be a Muslim) these things are built into their religeon and that has made all the difference.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And I haven't forgotten you didn't use sources or links to substantiate that.

    Yet you look the other way when islam does worse.
    Why is that?

  • Western Canadian

    And on what planet is this supposed to be taking place??

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Short term hatred is a sign of a bigot.

    And where in this thread have you posted any link?

  • WTE

    Lokks like they were removed. I will repost them.

  • Nadira

    I live in Nigeria, and I know first hand what it means to be targeted for elimination. The Western media, and your president Obama, are liars and have decided to remain liars. It still beats me how anyone could say all these bombings are not premised on religious hatred. Why then are churches targeted? Why are Christians the victim. WeeToddEdwards here either doesn't know what he is talking about or is a jihadist. He writes about Christians killing Muslims in Ivory Coast. I have relatives there. The present president is a Muslim, and we know for sure that during the war that removed his predecessor, the fight ceased to be political and Muslims began to kill Christians en masse. This guy doesn't know what he is talking about and like a typical Muslim, would veil the truth so that more lies can be told.

    I still find it hard to believe that Obama has anything good for American Christians, or Christians anywhere. He is pampering Islam, and I can assure you, the way things are going, Islam will soon become the greatest threat to the civilisation you spent hundred years in building.