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Catholics Burn Down Muslim Mosque

January 19th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Oh, wait. I got that backwards.

OS, Nigeria ? Religious violence between Christians and Muslims erupted again Tuesday in central Nigeria, and the state government called for more military units to enter the city where rioters have killed at least 27 people.
Security forces issued a 24-hour curfew after police and soldiers tried to contain the violence with roadblocks and searches but apparently failed. An Associated Press reporter could see smoke rising from the north side of Jos and could hear the sounds of gunshots echoing along the streets.
The rioting began Sunday after Muslim youths set a Catholic church ablaze. Witnesses said rioters armed with knives, homemade firearms and stones attacked passers-by and fought with security forces, leaving bodies in the street and stacked in local mosques.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, issued a statement Tuesday blaming the violence on “some highly placed individuals in the society who were exploiting the ignorance and poverty of the people to cause mayhem in the name of religion.”
Jos, the capital of Plateau State, has a history of community violence that has made elections difficult to organize. Rioting in September 2001 killed more than 1,000 people and Muslim-Christian battles killed up to 700 people in 2004. More than 300 residents died during a similar uprising in 2008.
The city is situated in Nigeria‘s “middle belt,” where dozens of ethnic groups mingle in a band of fertile and hotly contested land separating the Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south.
While religious violence does happen in Nigeria, it normally has its roots in local issues, rather than influence from international extremist groups.
Sani Mudi, a spokesman for the local imam, said there were about two hours of fighting on Tuesday morning.
“We could hear gunshots all over the area,” said Mudi, who said he saw police moving about the area with soldiers from where he was hiding inside his home.
Mohammed Larema, a local police spokesman, said that security forces had brought the fighting to a halt and that the situation was under control.
However, the state government called for additional military units to enter the city. A major general for a Nigerian armored division toured part of Jos on Tuesday to see what would be needed.
“The situation is bad and the federal government is yet to deploy the troops requested,” said Gregory Yenlong, a state spokesman.
Mudi, the spokesman for the local imam, has said 22 people died Sunday and more than 300 people were wounded in the fighting. Five others died Monday from their wounds, Mudi said.
Local Red Cross officials have said that 5,000 people have been displaced by the rioting.

Now, this article was pretty vague about the details of the riots. It sounds like it’s going both ways (bodies stacked in mosques). However, it also seems that the Christians (specifically, Catholics) were the ones who were targetted first, and who are now defending themselves. I could be wrong, so don’t start chanting “Lectio sancti evangelii secundum Gen-um.”

But seriously, what do you think? For such a “peaceful” religion, Islam certainly seems to be disproportionally violent when compared to Christianity. Is the press doing this? Are a few bad apples doing this? Are Catholics secretly instigating this, meeting in caves in Pakistan and plotting the domination of the world for the name of Jesus? Oh, silly me, got that backwards again. Mea culpa.

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5 Responses to “Catholics Burn Down Muslim Mosque”

  1. We have 2 mosques in Boca Raton, FL. While the first was being constructed the sign in front was set on fire on two occasions. The reason behind the burning, the individual didn't like Muslims. In Tampa, and individual was beat up because the instigator didn't like Muslims. The "Muslim" in this case was a Greek Orthodox priest. In both cases the instigator was a Christian.

  2. avatar Gen says:

    That's shameful.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Indeed!

  4. avatar Yapollo says:

    As time progresses, the more Islam convinces me of how much it is the wrong faith. No offense to anyone Islamic reading this comment, but a religon that not only supports, but in some rare cases agitates for destroying rivaling religons, is not exactly good support that your religon is the true faith. As a Christain, I believe God is loving, and, from I know of the religon, Allah is not a loving God.

  5. avatar Yapollo says:

    Oh and another thought, I don't support ANY Christain violence. There is not anything in Church tradition or Scripture that even comes close to justifying this act that has not been discouraged by Jesus or the teachings of the apostles.

    I appreciate Christain zeal, but when Christains kill Muslims (or anyone else) for their belief, it is hard to tell apart the Christain from the Muslim

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