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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While the mainstream media, analysts, government officials, etc. try to portray these attacks as products of Nigerian poverty—most recently, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs insisted that “religion is not driving extremist violence” in Nigeria—the fact is, wherever in the world there are significant numbers of Muslims (Nigeria is essentially half Christian, half Muslim), churches are under siege (see sections dealing with church attacks in my “Muslim Persecution of Christians” reports for February, January,December, November, October, September, August, and July).

Some of the more spectacular ones include the Baghdad church attack where 58 Christians were killed; likewise, the New Year’s Eve church bombing in Egypt that saw over 20 Christians killed (when several more churches were bombed and attacked and thousands of Egyptian Christians demonstrated, they were slaughtered by their own military); earlier, in 2010, eight Egyptian Christians were shot dead by drive-by Muslims as they were leaving church on Christmas Eve.

Incidentally, Muslim attacks on churches during the holiest of Christian holidays are not limited to Nigeria and Egypt, but occur throughout the Muslim world—for instance, in distant, “moderate” Philippines, where another church was bombed during Christmas.

Of course, there are some Muslim nations—Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and soon possibly Kuwait—where one rarely hears of church attacks; but that is because they have nipped the “church problem” in the bud by not allowing them to exist in the first place.  In other words, the hatred for churches is still there, but in an unseen form.

Speaking of hatred, while church attacks are efficient ways to ensure the deaths of maximum numbers of Christians—in that worshippers are tightly gathered in one spot—intentionally targeting churches during the highest Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter, is also a reminder of the malevolency that drives such attacks.

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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.