Or Our Pathetic Inability To Say The I-Word
The Religion of Peace had a swinging time in Nigeria, with what it swings best — machetes. On March 7, Muslim mobs, thus armed, massacred more than 500 Christians in three villages in the northern part of the country. Many of the victims, including women and children, were decapitated or scalped. Others had limbs severed. Chindum Yakubu described how her 18-month-old daughter was ripped from her arms and hacked to death as the family tried to flee a predawn attack.
The mainstream media tried to explain away the atrocities (surprise!). The slaughter was a reprisal for the killing of Muslims in Jos, in the southern part of the nation, in January. The victims were cattle thieves. It was a tribal dispute in which religion played no part.
Denial is a river that also runs through part of the Catholic hierarchy.
Archbishop John Olorunfemi of Abuja told Vatican radio: “This is a classic conflict between herdsmen and farmers, only the Fulani are Muslims and the Berom (rival tribes) all Christians” — like the turf war in “West Side Story,” only the Jets were Christians and the Sharks were Muslims.
Olorunfemi continued, “The international media are quickly led to report that it is Christians and Moslems who are killing one another; but this is not true, because the killings are not caused by religion but by social, economic, tribal and cultural issues.” Darn those socio-economic factors.
Now, when have you ever known the “international media” to conclude that Islam provoked violence — anywhere, anytime?
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League For Religious and Civil Rights, excoriated CNN for downplaying the role religion played in the barbarism. In a March 9th press release, Donohue caustically observed, “Of course: When Muslims massacre Christians, religion never has anything to do with it.”
Donohue urged, “It’s time to stop viewing Muslim-Christian violence through the lens of moral equivalency.” We pause to note that the New Testament does not call on Christians to decapitate, scalp or dismember anyone, to spread their faith — unlike the Koran, which reads like the script of a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Within days of the slaughter in Nigeria, attackers armed with grenades demolished the offices of a Christian relief group in northeast Pakistan, killing six workers. Dean Owen, a World Vision spokesman, called the attack “brutal and senseless.”
Brutal, yes. Senseless, no. It doesn’t take much to incite Muslims to murder and mayhem. A cartoon, an offhand comment, quoting a 14th century Byzantine emperor — almost anything will do. In the case at hand, it was a rumor that the aid group was trying to convert Muslims — a hanging offense anywhere in Prophet-land.
In 2001, Nigerian Muslims rioted when a Christian woman tried to cross a street through a group of Muslim men at prayer. The hussy!
Other incidents in which religion played no role, all in January:
• In Malaysia, three churches and a Catholic school were firebombed. Here, the unbearable offense was some Malaysian Christians using “Allah” as a name for God. Apparently, only Muslims can use the name of their deity.
• In Egypt, Muslims attacked the Mar Yohana Church on Coptic Christmas. Eight Christians, all in their twenties, were gunned down as they left services. Wonder how many head of cattle the Copts stole to provoke the incident.
• Father Raymond J. de Souza, with the group “Saving Iraq’s Christians,” reports: “There was a massacre of Christians in Mosul, Iraq on Jan. 2, and targeted killings of Christians throughout January and February. The ‘targeted killing’ is an especially effective form of anti-Christian terror. A Christian — either a man or woman will do — is simply grabbed off the street by Islamists while walking to work or school and the body dumped. No one can feel safe.” De Souza notes that the Christian population of Iraq fell from 20% in 1932 to 10% when Saddam took power, to 3% today.
Appearing in court earlier this month, lawyers for Muzzammil (“Mo”) Hassan — accused of beheading his wife, Aasiya, in February 2009, because she sought a divorce — said it was “ridiculous” to think religion had anything to do with the crime.
Hassan is the founder of Bridges TV, located in a suburb of Buffalo and dedicated to presenting a positive view of Islam (the goal was to “fuse American culture with the values of Islam in a healthy, family-oriented way.”) Apparently, Hassan was on the cutting edge of family values, a la Islam.
His lawyers say it’s absurd to think religion played a role in Aasiya losing her head.
Now, let’s see: Which religion goes in for decapitation? Which religion requires married women to cover their faces in public? Which religion condones honor killings? Which religion promotes polygamy? Which religion discourages the education of women (at least as manifested by the Taliban and Iranian regime), and which religion condones the battering of “disobedient” wives.” Hint: It’s not the Unitarian Universalists.
According to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, 90% of Pakistani wives have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse.
Robert Spencer, editor of Jihad Watch, explains that the violence was occasioned by “offenses on the order of cooking an unsatisfactory meal.” Spencer: “Others were punished for failing to give birth to a male child. Dominating their women by violence is a prerogative Muslim men cling to tenaciously. In Spring 2005, when the East African nation of Chad tried to institute a new family law that would outlaw wife beating, Muslim clerics led resistance to the measure as un-Islamic.”
In “Alice in Wonderland,” was the Red Queen a Muslim?
It’s reported that Mo Hassan’s lawyers are going with an insanity defense. As prima facie evidence, they can offer his belief that the values of Islam are compatible with the American way of life.
The effort to avoid using the “I-word” is carried to ludicrous lengths.
On January 15, the Pentagon (Obama’s brass butlers brigade) released its report on the November 5th Fort Hood killings. In 86 pages, the words “Islam,” “Muslims,” and “Koran” did not appear once. John Lehman, a former Navy Secretary and member of the 9/11 Commission, told Time Magazine that the Pentagon’s pathetic cop-out “shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become.” snip
Difficult as it is to believe, the Pentagon’s Ft. Hood report isn’t the most glaring example of our New PC Army.
Interviewed on “Meet the Press,” within days of the shootings, Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, tearfully pleaded: “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. If our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”
In other words, 13 dead U.S. soldiers are far less important than maintaining the sanctity of diversity — in this case, an appreciation for the killer creed. Casey sounds more like a community organizer in uniform than the type of fighting man who won two World Wars. http://www.grasstopsusa.com/df031710.html