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Jihad 2012: Christmas killings update

The figures are in for the Christmas killing season of Nigerian and Egyptian Christians. My lament last year in the ‘Price of Freedom’ section read:

Jihad and the plight of Christians

Jihadism may not be able to do much more to western countries than murder a dozen here and a thousand there, but its impact is catastrophic on residual Christian communities in certain Muslim lands. Why is this not the focus of far more international diplomacy, and why does it hardly rate a mention in the international news?

Another Christmas season, another mass-murder of Christian children and their parents and grandparents at a church service somewhere on the frontiers of Islamic jihad. In 2010 – Egyptian Copts (who predate Muslims in Egypt by half a millenium); in 2011 – Nigerian Catholics, with the body parts of dozens of men, women and children gathered up in plastic bags by distraught survivors… As The Australian editorialised after Christmas 2011:

THE murderous bomb attacks launched against Christian churches in Nigeria by Islamic Boko Haram jihadists are bad enough on their own. But in the context of what is happening to Christians elsewhere, especially amid the fervour of the Arab Spring, they underline how, as we celebrate Christmas, Christians are under siege.

Now the post-Christmas toll for 2012:

Nigeria: Christmas was another occasion for Muslims to slaughter church-attending Christians. First, in two separate attacks, Islamic gunmen shot and killed 12 Christian worshippers (France 24 News), including the pastor, who had gathered for Christmas Eve church services. In the words of a resident: “A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church … they opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church.” Six days later, on Sunday, December 30, Muslims attacked another church during service, slaughtering 15 more worshippers (CNN); several had their throats slit. At least four more churches were torched and 10 Christians murdered when, according to the report, “the Islamic group members went on rampage [sic] and burned 20 houses and a church in the area,” as well as three more churches, all to cries of “Allahu Akbar!” [“Allah is Greater!”]. After the Islamic invaders torched the churches, they used guns and machetes to slaughter their victims.

Libya: On Sunday, December 30, an explosion rocked a Coptic Christian church near the western city of Misrata, where U.S.-backed militias hold a major checkpoint. The explosion killed two people and wounded two others, all Egyptians.

For an international overview of this ongoing calamity, read HERE. And if anybody has seen reports of mass demonstrations by moderate Muslims against such atrocities, or authoritative fatwas by Islamic leaders against these murderers, please let me know. I would like to show due respect for the goodwill and courage of that large majority of peaceful Muslims.

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