Africa’s War of Religion Heats Up
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  • Hubbub

    ‘More blood will flow in Africa, and quite possibly a lot more, before the two faiths settle into a peaceful coexistence.’

    Even amid the chaos, must we be optimistic? ‘…before the two faiths settle into a peaceful coexistence’ could just as easily be ‘…until one of the faiths is completely subjugated or eliminated.’ And, more likely, to be ever so more realistic given the nature of religions in areas outside the West.

  • Anthony

    Sensibilities and motivations are integral WRM – Christian-Muslim conflict is important driver (pretext perhaps). However, tensions over resources, control, power, etc. become masked by religious context as you well intimated.

  • Anthony

    Most importantly WRM, Africa is a continent of 54 distinct states… and therefore a most complicated place for the passions of religion to be exploited.

  • Peaceful coexistence? I doubt it, but it is possible if Wahhabi fanaticism wanes and mystical Sufism makes a comeback. Wars of extinction are possible too.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I notice both of the attacks you cite are of Islamic attacks on Christians, and in fact if you look at religious attacks around the world well over 90% of them are of Moslems attacking either other Moslems or some other religion (Jews, Hindi, Bahia’s, Christians, Buddhists). By calling this Polarization you indicate that there are two sides to this issue, and that Christians are as responsible for the violence at Moslems, and that is just not true. The problem isn’t with the Christians, the problem is with the barbaric and backward Islamic Culture that believes it is justified in murdering innocent men, women, and children.

  • John Burke

    Christian-Muslim conflict seems always to boil down to Muslims ruthlessly killing Christians even as they worship. Casting this endless jihad against infidels as a two-sided conflict turns a blind eye to the source of the violence.

    While we’re in this subject, in the past decade, I have read hundreds if articles wherein authors point out that this or that set of Muslims customarily have pursued a peaceful Sufi brand of Islam. I’ve read it about Black Africans, North Africans, Afghans, Pakistanis and Indonesians, among others. Always, if is the influence of Saudi Wahhabists. Maybe so, but the locals across the Ummah seem to be quick studies in picking it up.

  • teapartydoc

    A missionary friend of mine who worked in the fringe areas populated by both Christians and Muslims was at an airport back in the seventies and saw someone obviously Muslim board the plane with a child. His companion explained to him that they were going to Mecca, making the Haj, and that the child would not be returning from Saudi Arabia, but was going along to pay for the flight. That religion has no respect for the dignity of Man. They may as well be abortionists.

  • Robert Hagedorn

    Google First Scandal.

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