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Nigeria: Islamic Militants Attack And Torch Churches, Hundreds Flee, Dozens Killed

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By Paul Jongas and Stefan J. Bos – “At least hundreds of residents began fleeing northeastern Nigeria Sunday, October 21, after three days of Islamic attacks against churches and other targets left dozens dead.

Among the churches hit by suspected fighters of the militant Boko Haram group since Thursday, October 18, was an evangelical congregation in Nigeria’s troubled Borno State.

Reporters said gunmen of attacked the building of the Church of Brethren in Nigeria in Atagara village in the Gwoza area, killing at least two people.

The entire church was reportedly set ablaze as part of a wider campaign in the state that also involved killing a Chinese engineer and three colleagues.

CHURCH TORCHED

At least one church was also torched by militants in the northeastern city of Potiskum, where at least 31 people were killed in the last three days, including one or more policemen, according to refugees and reporters.

Most churches were closed Sunday, October 21, as worshipers kept away for fear of attack, residents said.

‘Christian residents stayed home for safety reasons,’ French news agency AFP quoted resident Bukar Kolo as saying. ‘A church was also burnt in the attack and people are afraid to go for Sunday church service for fear of possible attack,’ he said.

It was not immediately clear how many Christians were among the dead and injured in Potiskum, but witnesses said that besides the church many other properties had been burned.

HIGHER DEATH TOLL?

Residents said the toll could be higher than the reported 31 killed in Potiskum, as some relations had taken some bodies from the streets for burial.

Boko Haram, which means ‘Western Education is a Sin’ has been fighting for an Islamic state in especially central and northern Nigeria, where it has demanded that Christians leave the area.

The militant campaign and the military response are believed to have left more than 2,800 people dead since 2009.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, is divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.

The government has come under pressure to improve security, though soldiers were seen patrolling the streets of the crisis-hit areas.” Source – BosNewsLife.

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Libya Grand Mufti: Remove References To Democracy And Religious Freedom From School Textbooks

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But things that promote Islamic “values” must either remain or be included, such as hatred of Jews and Christians …

By Penny Starr, CNS News – “The Libya Herald reported on Thursday that the ‘Fatwa Office’ has asked the Ministry of Education in Libya to remove passages related to democracy and freedom of religion from school textbooks.

‘Libya’s Dar Al-Ifta’ (the Fatwa office), presided by Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ghariani, has called on the Ministry of Education to remove passages relating to democracy and freedom of religion from school textbooks,’ the article states.

The article also reports that the religious official asked for ‘clarification’ as to why extracts of the Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah had been deleted. The Sunnah is the second book for Islam jurisprudence after the Quran, according to scholars.

The article cited reporting from LANA, the state-approved news outlet.

‘According to official news agency LANA, the Fatwa office issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the Grand Mufti had published an article entitled The Curriculum and the Instilling of Values in which he highlighted a number of criticisms of the new school syllabus textbooks for the current academic year,’ the report states.

‘The first was about the deletion of some of the Prophet’s Sunnah within the Islamic education syllabus, and the second addressed the two paragraphs included in the basic education textbooks about religious freedom and democracy,’ stated the Libya Herald.

‘The statement said, according to LANA, that the Ministry of Education had responded positively to the remarks made by the Grand Mufti and had promised to investigate the reasons behind the absence of the Sunnah texts from the Islamic education curriculum,’ said the newspaper.

The statement claimed the information in the textbooks about Greek democracy might be ‘too detailed’ for students to comprehend and that references to freedom of belief and religion should be removed because ‘it suggests to younger students that they could choose any religion they wanted,’ according to the article.

The article said the Fatwa office warned that because of the public’s religious values the textbooks ‘could spark public anger.'” Source – CNS News.

Egypt’s New Muslim Brotherhood ‘Freedom And Justice Party’ Leader Says Goal Is To ‘Institute Islamic Sharia Law’

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JPost – “Saad al-Katatny elected head of Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, says goal is to ‘institute Islamic Sharia law.’

Saad al-Katatny was elected chairman of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, Egyptian media reported Friday. He beat out FJP’s acting leader Essam al- Erian in a vote that took place October 6.

The FJP is Egypt’s largest political party, currently occupying 47 percent of all seats in the country’s lower house of parliament.

Katatny hailed his election as ‘a first step’ towards achieving the goals of the FJP, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper.

In this respect, Katatny was quoted as saying that ‘The Muslim Brotherhood established the [FJP] to represent the Brotherhood’s political project, which, in the end, will be a wise government that will institute Islamic Shari’a law.’…

Last week Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Muhammad Badie called on Muslims worldwide to liberate Jerusalem by means of jihad.

According to AFP, in his weekly message to supporters, Badie asserted that ‘The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims,’ stressing that the city’s conquest ‘will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations.’

The Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide previously vowed that if the Muslim Brotherhood ever rose to power in Egypt, it would work to sever relations with Israel. ‘We are certainly not happy with the illegitimate marriage between Cairo and Tel Aviv,’ he said.

‘Once we rise to power we will change many things in Egypt’s policy, starting with the country’s relations with Israel which have caused us great harm.'” Read more.

Flashback: Crucifixion and Amputation: Egyptian MP Proposes Sharia Law Punishments – “… The proposed law calls for the application of ‘Heraba,’ an Islamic penalty for criminal actions that include overt robbery, murder, forcible taking of property with a weapon and vandalizing public facilities. The penalties according to Azzazy’s bill are execution in the case of murder, or cutting one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the culprit’s body in the cases of robbery and forcible taking of property. If the taking of possessions is accompanied by murder, the penalty would be death or crucifixion, to be determined by the judge.” Read more.

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Tunisia’s ‘Moderate’ Muslim Leader: ‘We Must Wage Unceasing War Against The Americans Until They Leave The Land Of Islam’

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It turns out that Tunisia’s ruling party leader has always been a wolf in wolf’s clothing. The West simply chose to ignore it …

By Michael Weiss, Lebanon Now -“It has been amusing to see Rached Ghannouchi caught in a moment of pure honesty, forgetting the well-tended script he has had has to recite for months now before credulous Western audiences. What a relief it must be to let it all hang out. A secret video was leaked last week, probably recorded in February or March, showing the En-Nahda founder having an informal mentoring session with members of different Tunisian Islamic associations. He outlines his strategy for the slow consolidation of Islamist power, recounting the free advice he’s dispensed to En-Nahda’s supposed extremist rivals, the Salafists, here depicted as overzealous kindred who show a lot of potential. ‘Do not rush things. I tell the Salafist youth,’ he says. ‘We all went through the same and we suffered. Now you want to have a TV, radio, schools and invite the preachers. Why are you rushing things?’ The real threat to the country’s post-Ben Ali future, Ghannouchi explains, is the electoral victory of the secularists.

This should greatly impress the US State Department, which has hailed Tunisia’s ‘transition’ as a model for the Arab Spring, even as En-Nahda has introduced a blasphemy law into the Constituent Assembly and taken to describing women as ‘complementary’ to men in the draft constitution. The same ‘Salafist youth’ Ghannouchi advises have rallied at the Great Mosque of Kairouan in March chanting, ‘We are all the children of Osama,’ ‘The revolution was made for sharia’ and ‘Jews, Jews, the army of Mohammed is back.’ They have firebombed the home of the Tunisian exhibitor of Persopolis, the film based on Marjane Satrapi’s scathing memoir about growing up in Khomeinist Iran (one En-Nahda official described the film as ‘prostitution’).

… Ghannouchi has long been a hardline extremist, as Oren Kessler documented in a recent report about En-Nahda. He backed Saddam Hussein’s annexation of Kuwait in 1991 (‘joining together two Arab states out of twenty-two, praise be to God.’). As for the power that kicked Saddam out, Ghannouchi had this to say: ‘We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam.’ He reassured the leaderships of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in Tehran in 1990 that ‘the greatest danger to civilization, religion and world peace is the United States. It is the Great Satan.’ He described the Oslo Accords as a ‘Jewish-American plan encompassing the entire region, which would cleanse it of all resistance and open it to Jewish economic and cultural activity, culminating in complete Jewish hegemony from Marrakesh to Kazakhstan.’ From his cushy state of exile in London, Ghannouchi issued a fatwa against secular Tunisian writer Lafif Lakhdar in 2005, accusing a 71-year-old man of authoring a book that was irreverent toward the Prophet Mohammed. (Lakhdar wrote no such book, though fears for his safety prompted Muslim human rights activists to initiate a Rushdie-style defense campaign on his behalf.)…

The self-satisfaction with which Ghannouchi and En-Nahda have been treated in the international press (‘moderate’ and ‘progressive’ are familiar bywords) is now being seriously challenged by events on the ground.” Read more.

Categories: Radical Islam
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