Thursday, February 23, 2006

Danish Cartoons Leading to Religious War? Nigeria

Nigeria military personnel clash with militant youths in Onitsha, southeastern Nigeria February 22, 2006. REUTERS/George Esiri

Christians in Nigeria retaliated against Muslims for the killings of Christians during Islamofacist protests over cartoons published in Denmark. This seems to be a case of the Christians having had enough. Will this spread beyond Nigeria? Possibly, in other African Nations where the population of Christians is large enough to fight back as it is in Nigeria(50% Muslim, 40% Christian) I think it will spread quickly. Could it spread to Europe? I do not see that happening at this point, but in time as Europe realizes that their countries are being taken over by Muslims I can see them fighting back.

Reuters weighs In.
ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Christian youths burned the corpses of Muslims on Thursday on the streets of Onitsha in southeastern Nigeria, the city worst hit by religious riots that have killed at least 146 people across the country in five days.
Christian mobs, seeking revenge for the killings of Christians in the north, attacked Muslims with machetes, set fire to them, destroyed their houses and torched mosques in two days of violence in Onitsha, where 93 people died. Read the Rest.

Archbishop Peter Akinola(Nigeria) weighs In.( - Nigeria's top churchman believes last weekend's anti-Christian violence instigated by Muslims ostensibly angry about cartoons satirizing Mohammed, is part of a drive to turn Africa's most populous country into an Islamic state. Archbishop Peter Akinola also expressed concern about the possibility of retaliation -- a warning borne out when Christians subsequently rioted in a southern city, reportedly killing a number of Muslims. Read the Rest.

The Vatican weighs In.By Tom Heneghan, Religion EditorPARIS (Reuters) - After backing calls by Muslims for respect for their religion in the Mohammad cartoons row, the Vatican is now urging Islamic countries to reciprocate by showing more tolerance toward their Christian minorities.

Roman Catholic leaders at first said Muslims were right to be outraged when Western newspapers reprinted Danish caricatures of the Prophet, including one with a bomb in his turban. Most Muslims consider any images of Mohammad to be blasphemous.
After criticizing both the cartoons and the violent protests in Muslim countries that followed, the Vatican this week linked the issue to its long-standing concern that the rights of other faiths are limited, sometimes severely, in Muslim countries.Read the Rest.


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