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 - 04:40 pm
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"My point is Christian

"My point is Christian children are not allowed to pray in schools ..."
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This is absolutely false.

Schools and teachers cannot lead children in prayer, nor can they organize what would be construed as an institutional prayer event. Christian children can privately pray to their heart's content, or publicly in self-organized groups, and the state has no legal right to stop it.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/01/14 - 04:40 pm
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@corgimom I will sign up

@corgimom
I will sign up right behind Dick Cheney. He never saw a conflict didn't want to jump into. I am not an isolationist but Americans are ready to take care of home.

As "granny" used to say, "Let's sweep before our own doorsteps" for a change.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/01/14 - 04:44 pm
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Burn is right they are

Burn is right they are islamist that want sharia law and an islamic state. They reject any western knowledge or education, and like to target other religions (christians) and government buildings. Wikipedia has a timeline of all their attacks which is quite a number and some horrific attacks too.

burninater
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burninater 03/01/14 - 06:33 pm
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Multiple thumbs down for a

Multiple thumbs down for a simple fact (4:40 post) makes me question some people's ability to recognize or acknowledge basic reality.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/01/14 - 07:35 pm
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Welcome to the

world of idiotic thumbing Burn. Some clueless people will thumb down indisputable fact. Morons.

stuaby
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stuaby 03/01/14 - 08:45 pm
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Islamic, Islamist, Salamist,

Islamic, Islamist, Salamist, Pastramist. I don't want to hear it. I'm tired of hearing the excuses.

At some point, this thing with people practicing Islam blowing up everything and attacking everybody has to come to a head. It HAS to.

You left-wingers out there who always rush to apologize for Islam are being used like condoms. Snap out of it, for Pete's sake.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/01/14 - 10:24 pm
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Some people need the

Some people need the recognize the difference between objective statements and an apology. It is not an apology necessarily to state a fact.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/01/14 - 10:37 pm
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Burn@4:40 PM Thumbs up

Burn@4:40 PM
Thumbs up regarding children being able to engage in self-directed prayer. Also, in all the public schools that I have visited in recent years students are given "a period of silence/reflection" during the morning announcement time. It's the parents' and church's responsibility to teach children how to pray.

And besides, as the old story goes, I am willing to bet there is plenty of praying each time the teacher gives a test.

Pond Life
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Pond Life 03/02/14 - 01:14 pm
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Simple facts? You mean like
Unpublished

Simple facts? You mean like the FACT that American pastors did NOT try to push a "kill the gays" law?

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