The two people who died yesterday in Bauchi, Nigeria at the hands of an Islamist suicide bomber did not burn the Koran. The 48 injured in the attack weren’t extras in some amateur video insulting the Prophet Muhammed.
No, their crime was that they were Christians, which, in the eyes of the suicide bomber, a member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, was punishable by death or injury.
Indeed, in no other country do Christ followers face greater danger than Nigeria, where Boko Haram – which translates as “Western education is sacrilege” – has publicly declared its intent to exterminate the African nation’s entire Christian population.
And that’s not just an empty threat. Since 2010, the terror group has killed some 1,400 innocents in northern and central Nigeria. Many of those attacks target Sunday church services, like yesterday’s suicide bombing at St. John’s Church in Bauchi.
While Muslim apologists continue to insist that Islam is “a religion of peace” – despite the recent murder of four Americans (including the U.S. ambassador to Tripoli) by a mob of Libyan Islamists – Boko Haram makes no such pretense.
Its jihadis are guided by a passage of the Koran that states, “Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors.” And those “transgressors” may be killed and maimed even as they attend Sunday church services.
What particularly offends is the suggestion in much of the the international media that attacks upon Nigeria’s Christian minority, like yesterday’s bombing of St. John’s Church, are just a continuation of “sectarian violence” between Nigeria’s Muslim and Christian populations.
But that’s just so much pro-Muslim disinformation. It suggests that Nigeria’s Christians and Islamists are battling each other; that both religions are equally responsible for bloodshed.
But nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is Nigeria’s sectarian violence has been decidedly one-sided.
There is no Christian terror group that has declared its intention to kill all the country’s Muslims. There are no Christian attacks upon mosques while the Islamic faithful are worshipping.
There are no 1,400 dead Muslims, victims of Christian violence.
There should be no mistake about what is happening in Nigeria, like other Muslim-majority countries throughout the world: Islamist terrorists are waging (un)holy war against Christians.