A massacre of Christians to ponder at Easter
Yet again, the mainstream media is playing down the massacre of Christians in the Islamic world. The slaughter of 147 in Kenya is portrayed as an isolated incident. But it isn't. It's par for the course and it could be the shape of things to come for all of us. Ponder that this Easter
Wholesale slaughter of Christians struck again on April 2 in Kenya. Gunmen from the Somali Islamic group, Al Shabaab -- “The Youth” -- stormed Garissa University, singled out Christian students, and murdered them, some beheaded.
A total of 147 people were killed in the attack -- making this jihad more spectacular than the 2013 Al Shabaab attack on a Nairobi mall, which left 67 people dead (then, Islamic gunmen also singled out Christians for slaughter).
According to eyewitnesses present at Garissa University, the Islamic gunmen were careful to separate Christians from Muslims before they began the carnage of the former. After all, although Kenya is 83 percent Christian, it is approximately 11 percent Muslim.
Joel Ayora, who survived the attack, said gunmen burst into a Christian service, seized worshippers, and then “proceeded to the hostels, shooting anybody they came across except their fellows, the Muslims.”
Collins Wetangula, vice chairman of the student union, said he could hear from inside his room where he was hiding the gunmen opening doors and inquiring if the people inside were Muslims or Christians:
“If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die.”
The fact that Christians were singled out and slaughtered has received little attention in the mainstream media: most mention it, but only towards the very bottom as an incidental, peripheral matter of little significance (see for example the BBC’s minimal treatment); others portray it as a new tactic or phenomenon.
In fact, Al Shabaab has a long history of singling Christians out from among Muslims for slaughter. The following are just a few examples from Kenya that took place in the last few months, most never reported on any mainstream media:
The only time in Kenya that Muslim jihadis do not inquire about the religious identity of their potential victims is when they attack churches -- such as when they set fire to Covenant Church and roasted Christians alive (they destroyed a Catholic church on the same night).
Or when two heavily armed jihadis entered the Joy in Jesus Church in Monbasa during Sunday service and “sprayed the congregation with bullets, killing at least seven Christians”; or when “youths,” in the words of Reuters, “threw petrol bombs at two Kenyan churches on Christmas day.”
The logic is that whoever is inside a church -- visiting Muslim or practicing Christian, man, woman, or child -- deserves death without question.
Separating Muslims from “infidels” and releasing the former occurs with great frequency during jihadi attacks and is hardly limited to Al Shabaab’s incursions in Kenya (in as much as it is good to kill an infidel, it is bad to kill a fellow Muslim, according to Islamic law).
Thirteen of the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded last February in Libya were abducted in similar fashion. On January 3, around 2:30 a.m., masked men burst into a housing complex in Sirte, Libya.
They went room to room checking ID cards to separate Muslims from Christians, handcuffed the latter and rode off with them.
According to Hanna Aziz, a Copt who was concealed in his room when the other Christians were seized in Libya, “While checking IDs, Muslims were left aside while Christians were grabbed…. I heard my friends screaming but they were quickly shushed at gunpoint. After that, we heard nothing.”
In October 2012 in Nigeria, Boko Haram Islamic jihadis stormed the Federal Polytechnic College, “separated the Christian students from the Muslim students, addressed each victim by name, questioned them, and then proceeded to shoot them or slit their throat,” killing up to 30 Christians.
This is the jihad on Christians that is raging all around the world wherever Muslims make for sizable populations -- the jihad that will eventually go viral in the West according to Islam’s unwavering Rule of Numbers.
Raymond Ibrahim, a regular contributor to The Commentator, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians
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