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Another Day, Another Church Shooting in Nigeria

Pastor Johnson Jauro of the Deeper Life Church in Gombe, a city in northeastern Nigeria, reports that gunmen fired through the windows of his church during services, killing six people and injuring ten. The pastor’s wife was among the dead.  (The BBC has the story.)

Gombe is the capital of Gombe state, one of Nigeria’s smallest and least populated states with about two million people. Like most states in northern Nigeria, it was historically a Muslim-majority state with strong links to pre-British Islamic emirates, but Gombe also has a large and active Christian population.  When sharia law was introduced, there was more resistance in Gombe than in some other parts of the north, and sharia has been restricted to those parts of the state where Muslims are in the majority. The religious tension, as is often the case, has ethnic and economic overtones as well.  There are predominantly Christian tribes who resent the historic power of the leading Islamic tribes and traditional authorities, there are Christian ‘immigrants’ from the south, and in some cases Muslims perceive their positions of power as threatened given the gradual tilt of power in the country toward the more developed, oil rich and increasingly Christian south.

One church attack in Gombe is not necessarily news in a country where religious, ethnic and plain old fashioned criminal violence is depressingly common.  But I have met a number of Nigerian Christians over the years, and in a country in which even the Anglicans are militant, religious hostility can spread. The Gombe shooting may or may not be related to Boko Haram, a fanatical sect which capitalizes on the credulity, insecurity and ignorance of troubled souls and has ordered all Christians to leave the north.  But Christians in Nigeria are both angry and worried about what looks to many of them like a trend of rising extremist attacks.

Nigeria has about one fourth of sub-Saharan Africa’s population and is one of the world’s major oil producers.  Its population is young and restless, and its governance is appalling. It bears watching.

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  • Jbird

    Militant Anglicans! Haven’t seen any of those in nearly 200 years.

  • WigWag

    Unfortunately, Nigeria isn’t the only country where Muslims are targeting other religious groups for elimination. No country has experienced more Islamic terrorism than India and no group has been targeted by Islamists more violently than Hindus.

    Unfortunately, all too often American leftists insist on taking the side of the terrorists and heaping disdain on their victims. Nowhere is this more true than in the hallowed halls of American colleges and universities where, protected by tenure, university faculty frequently conduct their own Jihad against those who stand up for Nigerian Christians or Indian Hindus.

    A perfect recent example of this comes out of Harvard University which recently fired Professor Subramanian Swamy a part time Professor of Economics and head of India’s “Janata” Party.

    Swamy has been associated with Harvard in one way or the other for over 50 years. He received his undergraduate degree there and he’s co-authored papers with Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Samuelson.

    Swamy is responsible for facilitating the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China and India and Israel. Swamy’s wife is a Parsi; he has a Jewish brother-in-law, a Christian sister-in-law, and a Muslim son-in-law. He himself is a Hindu. In 1994, Swamy was appointed as chairman of Commission on Labour Standards and International Trade, with a cabinet minister’s rank.

    Why did Harvard fire Swami? His crime it seems was to offer a strategy for fighting Islamic terrorism in India. Shortly after another in a long line of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Swami published a provocative Op-Ed outlining his strategy for how to handle India’s Islamic terrorists. The Op-Ed can be read in its entirety here,

    After reading the Op-Ed a small number of Harvard students led by Professor Diana L. Eck, Harvard’s diversity princess, insisted that Swami’s teaching appointment be terminated. The leftist automaton faculty members who populate (or is it pollute) Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences naturally jumped on the bandwagon and Swami was gone.

    It is interesting to note who Professor Eck is. She heads the Harvard “Pluralism Project.” Harvard suggests that press inquiries be directed to her in the following areas: gay and lesbian issues, Islam, America, multiculturalism, Hinduism, ordination of women, pluralism, Southeast and Southern Asia.

    Eck is a prominent supporter of a radical Mosque in Boston, the Roxbury Mosque and she has never met or read about an Islamic extremist that she couldn’t make excuses for. Naturally she fits in perfectly with so many of the other boneheads who teach at Harvard.

    What makes Eck’s story particularly ironic is that she is a lesbian who is married to Reverend Dorothy Austin, a chaplain at Harvard’s “Memorial Church.” There is not a single Islamic nation that Eck has apologized for that wouldn’t gladly have her stoned to death if she and her wife were caught walking down the street hand in hand. Neither the Roxbury Mosque nor any other Mosque in the United States sanctions the marriage of lesbians; but that doesn’t seem to bother either Professor Eck or Reverend Austin. After all, it’s the alter of multiculturalism that they genuflect before.

    More about this miscarriage of justice can be found here,

    Christians in Nigeria and Hindus in India should not look to the American left as they seek allies in their fight against terrorists; the American left is just too busy trying to figure out how to make the terrorists feel affection for us. Unfortunately, the current occupant of the White House takes the same approach far too often.

    Lenin was reported to have remarked that capitalists can be counted on to sell the rope upon which they would hang. Apparently he could have said the same thing about lesbian faculty and clergy at Harvard.

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