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April 1, 2011

Lessons for the West From the Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

There are lessons to be learned from one of the oldest Christian civilizations about the effects of Muslim immigration and where appeasement of Muslims' is likely to take us.


Not only does last week's Muslim rampage against Ethiopia's Christians highlight the travails Christians encounter wherever Islam has a sizable population, but it offers several insights, including some which should concern faraway, secular nations with Muslim minorities.

Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes. At least one Christian has been killed, many more have been injured and anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 have been displaced in the attacks that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accused of desecrating the Koran.

For starters, this "medieval" attack is a reminder that countless churches have been destroyed or desecrated by jihadist terror since Islam rose to power in the Medieval era, evincing centuries of continuity. While the media mentions the more "spectacular" attacks on churches -- in Iraq, in Egypt -- most attacks go either unreported or underreported. (Some Muslim nations, such as U.S. "friend-and-ally," Saudi Arabia, nip it in the bud by outlawing churches in the first place.)

Moreover, the dubious excuse used to justify this latest barbarous outburst-- "desecration of the Koran" -- is a reminder of the double-standards Bibles suffer in the Islamic world, where they are routinely confiscated and burned. Indeed, even as Muslim Ethiopians were rampaging, Muslim nations hailed as being "moderate" -- Malaysia and Bangladesh -- also made headlines last week with their deplorable treatment of Christians and Bibles. Worse, the West helps standardize such a biased approach: the U.S. government -- Obama, Hillary, and any number of other grandstanders -- rose up in condemnation when a virtually anonymous, small-town pastor threatened to burn the Koran, while saying nary a word about the countless Bibles daily mutilated in the Muslim world.

[...] The string of attacks comes on the heels of several reports of growing anti-Christian tension and violence around the country where Muslims make up roughly one-third of the total population but more than 90 percent of the population in certain areas, 2007 Census data shows. One of those areas is Besheno where, on November 9, all the Christians in the city woke up to find notes on their doors warning them to convert to Islam, leave the city or face death.

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As the piece goes on to point out, way back in 615, when the pagan Quraysh were persecuting Muhammad's outnumbered Muslim followers in Arabia, some fled to Ethiopia seeking sanctuary. The Christian king, or "Negus" of Ethiopia, welcomed and protected these Muslim fugitives, ignoring Quraysh demands to return them -- and thus winning Muhammad's gratefulness. Today, 14 centuries later, when Islam has carved itself a solid niche in Ethiopia, accounting for 1/3 of the population, Muslim gratefulness has turned to something else -- not least a warning to Western states.

Which leaves us with a question ... why is the West allowing itself to follow essentially follow the same path and march into the same trap?

And then there's this reminder of how violently Muslims react to a "book burning" - from members of the "Religion of Peace and Tolerance" in a reputedly 'peaceful' provice in Afghanistan: Ten UN Workers Slaughtered (some beheaded) in Afghanistan Attack Over Koran Burning in US This, while Muslims burn bibles routinely and often ... and the last time you heard of Christians murdering people over it was ... never! And as Robert Spencer points out, And no one in the world has the courage to call this irrationality and savagery what it is. U.S.-backed Karzai, meanwhile, wants the Qur'an-burners 'brought to justice' -- in other words, he wants the U.S. Government to enforce Sharia by prosecuting these men for blasphemy.

Posted by Richard at April 1, 2011 9:10 AM

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