| Christian Holiday Massacres: The New Normal
| Sunday, May 05, 2019
Raymond Ibrahim : Although the Islamic terrorist bombings that rocked Sri Lanka last
more than 300, most inside churches—have shocked many, spectacular terrorist
attacks on Easter are much more common than supposed.
|Blood stained pews inside a Coptic church bombed on Palm Sunday, 2017, in Egypt.|
Jihadi logic is simple: not only do attacks on Christians during
their greatest religious holidays make a symbolic point; but because churches
are often packed then—especially Easter, or Resurrection Sunday—they also
potentially offer the greatest harvest in casualties.
Thus, on April 9, 2017—Palm Sunday, which starts the holy week of
Easter—two Christian churches were bombed
during mass in Egypt; at least 50 worshippers were killed and 130 injured
and/or mutilated (graphic images/video of aftermath here). Two days later, another terror
attack targeting a Coptic Christian monastery was
thwarted. On April 12, 2015, Easter Sunday, two explosions targeting two separate
churches took place in Egypt. Although no casualties were reported—hence only Coptic Solidarity reported it from Arabic media—large numbers
could have resulted.
On Easter Sunday, 2016, an Islamic suicide
bombing took place near the children rides of a public park in Pakistan,
where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating after church. At least 74 people—mostly women and
children—were killed and
nearly 400 injured. Something similar
was in store for Pakistan in 2017, as authorities foiled a “major
terrorist attack” targeting Christians on Easter.
Right before Good Friday, 2015, jihadis raided a Kenyan university
and massacred 147 people; they tried to distinguish
between Muslim and Christian students in order to kill only the latter, whom
they taunted by saying things like “This
will be a good Easter holiday for us.”
Celebrating Easter seems to be an especially dangerous affair in
Nigeria: a church was burned
down on Easter Sunday, 2014, leaving 150 dead; another church was bombed on
Easter Sunday, 2012, leaving some 50 worshippers dead; Muslim herdsmen launched a series of raids during
Easter week, 2013, killing at least 80 Christians—mostly children and the
elderly; over 200 Christian homes were destroyed, eight churches burned, and
4,500 Christians were also displaced.
As for this Easter, 2019, Muslim raiders killed 11
Christians returning from Good Friday church service in Nigeria; they also
kidnapped and slaughtered a
female British aid worker. On Sunday,
April 21, ten boys were killed while
taking part in an Easter procession. Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer
remarked in an email, “The Holy Week killings in Nigeria do not grab headlines
like Sri Lanka but still Nigeria’s Christians are dying the deaths of a 1000
cuts in as many installments!”
Read it all here....................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 6:31 PM