Update: Another Church Attack in Northern Nigeria
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  • Albert

    Would it not be more accurate to call what is happening a “Muslim campaign to exterminate Christians” rather than a “religious war”?

  • Daniel Ehighalua

    The religious question in Nigeria is an oxymoron with very strong political undercurrents. Stricto sensu,the recent upsurge from 2009 has more political undertones, disguised as religion

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Daniel Ehighalua: You could say the same thing about the 30 Years’ War, but religion comes into it somehow.

  • Anthony

    WRM, in “Foreign Policy” there is an article about how media shamefully neglects Africa (How not to write about Africa – Laura Seay). Also, I think irredentism adds to religious cast in African tension; and since independence, the fatal synecdoche -nation/people – has allowed corrupt or incompetent political leaders to conflate their interest with the peoples (an environment ripe for radical currents in global Islam to make itself felt).

  • Cunctator

    No, say it is not so!!! How can adherants of Islam, that religion of peace, be doing such terrible acts. You must be mistaken. Mutilating women, honour killing, beheading “infidels”, suicide bombing — OK, but surely not trying to extinguish Christianity in a country. That’s just not possible.

  • John Burke

    I must say that attributing this latest campaign of murdering Christians to the “rise of Christianity” or the increasing numbers of Christians is a repugnant attempt to cast blame on the victims. Fifty percent of Nigerians are Muslim (only 40 percent are Christian), including overwhelming majorities across the north. These “traditional” Muslim communities have nothing to fear from Christians; there are no armed Christian bands throwing grenades into mosques at Friday prayers. A dozen states in the north have adopted shariah, and militant Muslims aim to expand its reach south. There is no special “Christian” law that applies in southern Christian areas.

    This conflict is one sided. Failure to recognize that blocks any path to policies that might do anything about it.

  • Tom

    I don’t think WRM is doing that–he’s acknowledging that the Muslims have a perspective on this, but I think it’s fairly clear that he sides with the Christians on this one.

  • Jim.

    The Leftist (that is, the mainstream) Media has decided that Christianity ought to be fading from the scene, and anything that contradicts that narrative (the dramatic conversion of Africa, the conversion of increasing numbers of educated East Asians) is to be ignored as, literally, unthinkable.

    Their bias is appalling, but it’s something we’re getting used to. Especially as MSM flagships such as Newsweek (which, in one of its recent Christmas issues, decided to try to convince people that the Bible actually supports homosexuality) are fading from the scene far faster than the Gospels.

    I’m looking forward to that not-so-distant day that African and East Asian missionaries travel to America and Europe to convert the heathen.

  • LJ

    A “Muslim campaign to exterminate Christians” IS a religious war.

  • Kris

    Putting down devout Christians as atavistic hicks is bon ton. Doing so with Africans is most definitely not. If a story leads to a conflict between the two prescriptions, best to simply elide it. (See also California’s Proposition 8. The homophobic bad guys were those theocratic Mormons. Blacks? What do they have to do with this?)

  • Daniel Ehighalua

    @Walter Russell Mead: Most Nigerians are agreed that the quantum attributable to religion is so infinitesimal. In statistical terms, it’s less than 20%. Read Wole Soyinka’s recent treatise http://saharareporters.tumblr.com/post/22093760127/prof-wole-soyinkas-speech-speaking-truth-to-powerful

  • Jim.

    @11 Daniel-

    Fascinating- the one reference to theocrats as th cause of the violence there is balanced with a reference to secular Marxists.

    Marxists making common cause with jihadists? Marxists after oil wealth? Holy war? What exactly is going on there?

  • a comment here reads dat muslims are 50% Of nigerias population.dats nt true.in northern nigeria,about 35% Ar xtians. in d niger delta about 85% are xtians.in d eastern part about 93% are xtians. in the west about 70% are xtians.now if u sum it up.about 56%of nigerias’ population are christians.and for what the country is going through please read your bible in john 16 v 2.

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