Ripped by radicalism

World should heed the cries of suffering in Nigeria

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If this were happening in Sweden, the world would be churning with outrage.

But it’s happening in Nigeria. Islamic militants are turning Africa’s most populous country into a killing field, and not enough people around the globe seem to know or care.

The jihadist militant group Boko Haram has murdered
more than 300 Nigerian villagers in the past month alone as part of an ongoing campaign to turn that country’s northeastern sector into a new Islamic state.

Earlier this week the group firebombed a secondary school in Nigeria’s Yobe state – shooting, burning and hacking a reported 59 male students to death. Female students were herded into a classroom during the attack and later told to go home, get married and abandon education.

It was the fourth school assault attributed to Boko Haram – whose name translates as “Western education is a sin” – in less than a year.

A week before the Yobe attack, Boko Haram members killed 60 people in the town of Bama in neighboring Borno state; four days before that attack, the militants killed 106 in a mostly Christian village, Izghe; and three weeks before that the Islamists killed 78 in two attacks in the region.

These incidents and others at the hands of Boko Haram are some of the most horrific mass slayings in recent memory.

Children intentionally trapped in a burning building. Villagers shot while trying to flee. Opening fire on sleeping students in a dormitory.

These soulless killers will
sink to any disgusting depth to propagate their evil.

The Boko Haram insurgency is not a recent development. The group has been linked to an estimated 10,000 deaths since 2001, including attacks on Christians and government officials, bombings of churches and police stations and the kidnapping of Western tourists.

The dearth in global outrage to the brutal massacres probably has much to do with the lack of embedded journalists in the country. But it may also have something to do with where the slaughter is taking place.

Would the world’s reaction to the killing of innocent schoolchildren be different if Islamic terrorists attacked schools in a wealthy European nation instead of a Third-World African one?

In all likelihood, yes. But it shouldn’t. Terrorism and murder, particularly the radical-Islamic variety, knows no national boundaries.

The threat non-Muslims face from Islamic radicals is so prevalent that they often have no choice but to capitulate, such as Christians in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently overtaken by a former al-Qaida affiliate. Last week Christian leaders signed a so-called dhimma treaty with the radical group, in which they agreed to stop practicing their faith to avoid violent reprisals.

Islamic extremists in Nigeria appear to be just as intolerant as their Middle East brethren.

By targeting schools and murdering children, the Boko Haram has made its repulsive brand of anti-education, anti-freedom Islamic radicalism abundantly clear.

Nigeria is struggling to stamp out this scourge. Why isn’t the world’s family of freedom-loving nations rising as one against these militant monsters? More innocents cannot be allowed to be massacred.

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burninater
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burninater 03/01/14 - 05:13 am
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Why is the world's family of

Why is the world's family of freedom-loving newspapers waiting 13 years to write about the massacre of Nigerian innocents? Maybe it has "something to do with where it's happening"?

It is important that attention has finally been brought to this, but the florid language and finger-shaking after 13 years of silence ring false.

It does provide excellent cover to sow religious division, though.

These barbarians are Islamist, not Islamic, as you repeatedly identify them. This may seem like a minor difference, but the two are worlds apart. You are indicting an entire religion as being identical to a radical political philosophy. This is irresponsible and false.

localguy55
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localguy55 03/01/14 - 06:04 am
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No matter what name you put

No matter what name you put on it, the religion of Islam preaches the subjugation or destruction of the infidel. Read history and anyone will find that Islam has only been subdued by regimes comprised of dictators.

Given the freedom to expand with no checks and balances, the religion of Islam destroys, if not non-Islamic people, their own.

Some will claim the same for Christianity, and they had their moments, but that is now all past history. There has never been a calm moment in history where Islam has enjoyed any peace due to the religion's very own savagery. It is an oppressive and destructive religion. Read the Karon and see for yourself.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/01/14 - 07:02 am
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If a group of American

If a group of American pastors were to go to Sweden to encourage passage of laws killing gays would the Chronicle be up in arms? What about Uganda? Obviously the answer is no. Even when the pastors had to do some rapid backtracking and page scrubbing to cover their rear ends, still no. Not even a peep or a mention.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/01/14 - 07:28 am
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"If a group of American
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"If a group of American pastors were to go to Sweden to encourage passage of laws killing gays would the Chronicle be up in arms? What about Uganda? Obviously the answer is no. "

Are you kidding me? How twisted do you have to be to believe that the ACES wouldn't denounce killing gays? Bod, why would you make such a baseless, offensive accusation that you clearly can't back with a single fact.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/01/14 - 07:38 am
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About Homosexuals Being Punished

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals like in your country."

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/01/14 - 08:07 am
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bod, you just equated the burning and hacking of children

to someone not liking homosexuality
the child burners are stupid and misguided and vile in their actions and thoughts
we don't know if you are stupid and misguided and vile in your actions
but we do expect such from someone who supports a party that causes things like this
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 03/01/14 - 08:19 am
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InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/01/14 - 08:26 am
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"why would you make such a

"why would you make such a baseless, offensive accusation that you clearly can't back with a single fact."

Because that is who he is and what he does.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/01/14 - 08:30 am
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Hell if we do & hell if we don't

It made me sick the 1st time I read this & it makes me sick again today....they burned children alive--just trying to get an education..this is what we are up against.

So, we go in & root out the bad guys--what then, we are called war mongers * only trying to take over their resources....maybe some of the liberal thinkers on here have the answers...please tell us.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 03/01/14 - 08:51 am
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We have no business going to
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We have no business going to another country and fighting for something when we can't get our own religious fanatics under control. Perhaps when we finish getting religion out of politics and equal rights for everyone in THIS country and get our house in order we can look overseas. We should NOT be the world's peacekeeper when our country is a mess.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/01/14 - 08:59 am
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Muslims around the world get a break for their religion...

Muslims around the world get a break for their religion in every country. It's almost as if there is some type of mental deficiency that must be tolerated.

Just look at what they are allowed to do in this country:

Cab drivers in MN don't want to transport a passenger who has a dog or alcohol. No problem. We won't force them to.

Muslim school children in public school want to pray five times a day. No problem. We set aside a time and place for them to exercise their religion.

Muslim workers want foot baths at there place of work. No problem. The local government will provide them.

Christian refuses to sanction a gay wedding by not making a wedding cake. Discrimination! Forced out of business.

Christian refuses to sanction a gay wedding by refusing to be the photographer for the gay wedding. Discrimination! Forced out of business.

People the world over are scared to apply the same standards to the Muslims as to other relations. Is it because the religion as looked upon as one of pre-civilization still in the seventh century? Is it because many in it act as savages and are not condemned by the "moderate" people of the religion? All I know is the Muslim religion gets away with things no other religion is allowed to do without condemnation.

teaparty
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teaparty 03/01/14 - 08:59 am
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"maybe some of the liberal
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"maybe some of the liberal thinkers on here have the answers...please tell us."
Seenitb4, the liberals/communists that post here ideas are if you disagree with them you are racist, anti-gay, anti-women and anti- Islamic. That is all they know how to do.

teaparty
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teaparty 03/01/14 - 09:11 am
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"maybe some of the liberal
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double post

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 09:14 am
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The part about Muslim

The part about Muslim children praying in school is going to wind up in the Supreme Court.

It'll be interesting to see how they rule.

I say, no, don't allow it.

If they want their Muslim kids to say prayers at a certain time, start a parochial school.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 09:15 am
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But deestafford, no, Muslim

But deestafford, no, Muslim children would not be praying 5 times a day, get it straight.

They would be praying once. They pray 5 times a day, but there wouldn't be 5 times in school.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/01/14 - 09:25 am
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Some differences between Christianity and Islam:

Some differences between Christianity and Islam:

Christianity is a religion of freewill. You choose to live by its teaching. Islam is a religion of the sword. You have no free will, you have no choice and you abide by its law less you be executed.

One is completely consistent with a free people and a just and moral society. One is not. One leads to enlightenment and knowledge, the other only civil stagnation and servitude.

Hence, the choices are clear and the concerns are valid. One only needs to read "Durant on the History of Civilization to see the enlightenment brought forth by Western Civilization and the total regression of Islam.

Why else does the left seek to purge Christianity form public life? Is it because Christianity advocates that we are free thinkers exercising our natural rights to liberty?

Christianity speaks of love and forgiveness and redemption; whereas, Islam speaks of submission and unforgiveness and hatred.

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Fiat_Lux 03/01/14 - 09:30 am
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I am in genuine, jaw-dropped awe

at the perversity that allows someone, especially an American, to minimize or mitigate the depravity of what is happening in Nigeria, mainly to Christians because they are Christians, by comparing and even equating it with the legal, morally-legitimate, and above all non-violent struggle against the relentless take-over of the western social and cultural narrative by activists pushing the LGBT agenda.

I'm not confident that "Shame on you" could begin to address the abyss of twisted perspective and inverted priorities it reveals.

I really am shocked--and sickened. I'm sorry if that offends any of you, but I confess I had not realized how completely the liberal and homosexual moral mindset apparently pushes normal compassion and outrage at cruelty against innocents out of the heart and soul.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/01/14 - 09:42 am
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I have no problem letting the
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I have no problem letting the muslim children pray in school, just like any religion. The first amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion. To tell them that they can't pry would violate that. That being said, no one can be FORCED to pray either, nor is the state required to provide any of the tools or materials that your particular religion requires for their ceremonies.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/01/14 - 10:14 am
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""If a group of American

""If a group of American pastors were to go to Sweden to encourage passage of laws killing gays would the Chronicle be up in arms? What about Uganda? Obviously the answer is no. "

I am not saying that ACES has not spoken out about what some see as misguided influence by evangelicals in Uganda's anti-gay movement that is leading to a lot of chaos and death, but if they have spoken out we should be able to find it. The point is we need to be concerned about ALL extremism be it Islamists or Christians.

I may be wrong but I think that was the point of Bod's post.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/01/14 - 10:27 am
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Well...the problem with Bod's
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Well...the problem with Bod's post is that a group of Pastors DIDN'T go to Sweden to encourage passage of a law to kill gays. The law was called the "kill the gays" law because it originally held the death sentence, but that part was removed LONG before any American Pastors went to Sweden about it. Bod conveniently left that part out because it doesn't seem as dramatic if he stuck to the truth.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/01/14 - 10:46 am
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Pond, My point is...

Pond, My point is Christian children are not allowed to pray in schools so why should Muslims? It's not a silent prayer, it's pulling out a pray rug and going through oral prayers. There is no way a public school under today's anti-Christian mentality would allow those children to do the same. Some schools have even banned visible wearing of crosses.

The bottomline is the powers that be cow tow to Muslims in all aspects of society to include allowing them to block streets for massive prayer-ins yet do everything they can to stifle Christians.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/01/14 - 11:29 am
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"why would you make such a

"why would you make such a baseless, offensive accusation that you clearly can't back with a single fact."

Because some people would attack find a way to attack ACES if they said "The sky is blue today, and it is beautiful outside".

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/01/14 - 11:30 am
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I understand your point,
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I understand your point, deestafford. I'm saying that they should ALL be allowed to pray if they want to. In my opinion, preventing someone from praying is just as oppressive as forcing them to pray. It all began because of the liberals who believe that freedom OF religion means freedom FROM religion.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/01/14 - 11:44 am
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Back to the point. What can

Back to the point. What can we do about it if the rest of the Muslims who claim peace won't stand up and condemn it? Much like when the residents in a gang infested neighborhood complain about the crime and violence, but won't talk the cops investigating those same crimes.

Unless the affected people start helping themselves, there isn't much the civilized governments can do.

I'm sorry, I know it comes across as heartless, mean, and uncaring; but I would not trade one American soldier's life for every child in Uganda unless there were Ugandans standing shoulder to shoulder with them fighting the same cause.

Look at what we got in Afghanistan and Iraq. I say let them eat each other until they are willing to stand up for themselves, then arm and support the islamic opposition with the cooperation of other western nations.

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jimmymac 03/01/14 - 12:10 pm
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ITSANOTHETDAY
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I agree with you 100% The days of American troops fighting for other peoples freedom not willing to fight themselves must come to an end. We fought the most powerful country on earth for our freedom and that's why we cherish it so much. Let these other countries stand and fight for their own rights. Helping them is one thing but doing it for them must not happen.

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dichotomy 03/01/14 - 02:17 pm
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Bod....."If a group of

Bod....."If a group of American pastors were to go to Sweden to encourage passage of laws killing gays"

If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his butt. So what's your point? They didn't do that and that makes your post irrelevant drivel as usual.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/01/14 - 03:05 pm
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dichotomy....you got a thumbs
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dichotomy....you got a thumbs down because you pointed out the truth. Welcome to my world.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 03:18 pm
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Africans have been

Africans have been slaughtering each other for thousands of years, and there is no reason for us to sacrifice YET EVEN MORE American lives for a religious war.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 03:20 pm
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But I'll tell you what. When

But I'll tell you what. When I see the ACES volunteering to go fight, then I'll reconsider.

It's very easy to sit back in an editor's office and tell other people what to do, if they think it's so important, they should go do it first.

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Bizkit 03/01/14 - 04:36 pm
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Burn one bad apple always

Burn one bad apple always spoils the bunch-like with the Teaparty and racism-if you have one they are all racist attitude. Such binary thinking. And who is so homophobic that the topic of homosexuality somehow entered the discussion? Gosh you can always tell the racist and bigots with their preoccupation with the topic. Who would naturally think that way?

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