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by Douglas Murray • April 5, 2015 at 5:00 am
What would the U.S. President say if the blacks lynched in America's old South were referred to as "random folks" or "Americans"?
Al Shabaab of course has no problem emphasizing the fact that Christians were being killed because they were Christians: "There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building," its spokesman said.
Can anyone explain why the West gives fanciful excuses for what these killers are doing, despite their perfectly clear explanations for what they are doing?
Muslims targeting Christians or Jews means, "don't focus on the motivations of the Muslims." Muslims defending Christians or Jews means "desperately focus on the motivations of the Muslims."
People could at least spare some time this Easter to think about -- and do anything they can to help -- the beleaguered Christian communities worldwide.
A grieving relative of a victim of the Garissa College University terrorist attack, in Kenya, is helped by emergency workers. (Image source: KTN video screenshot)
This Easter, the world should spare a thought for the world's Christians. In Western Europe, this time of year is increasingly secularised, but in large parts of the rest of the world, people are being massacred relentlessly because of a faith on which much of the developed world was founded but now ignores.
A single day this week epitomises the trend. On Maundy Thursday last week, radio adverts in Britain advertised the Easter retail sales. One advert said that after "Good Friday," shoppers could be sure of a "Great Saturday." Elsewhere, as in Kenya, Maundy Thursday will hereafter have a very different tone.
by Monir Hussain • April 5, 2015 at 4:00 am
Do you support any kind of protest against Islamic laws such as killing in the name of Allah, stoning, honor killing, lashing, amputating, child marriages, slavery or burning people alive? Or do you protest the people protesting these practices?
"Have we reached such a stage of intolerance that we cannot listen to one writer profess admiration for another without wanting to attack her with a brick and a knife?... If our Constitution is to mean anything, we must ensure our right to free speech." — Steve Connolly, Managing Director, Penguin Random House, South Africa.
The scenario of the rainbow nation has been changing rapidly as Islamic preaching is fired up in all the provinces.
Zainab Prya Dala, a South African author and mother of two, was assaulted at Durban's "Time of the Writer" festival, after she spoke of her admiration for Salman Rushdie.
Do you support any kind of protest against Islamic laws being used in modern societies? Do you protest against suicide bombing, killing in the name of Allah, stoning, honor killing, lashing, amputating, slavery, burning people alive, hijab (Islamic veil for women), child marriages, polygamy or other extremist Islamic practices?
Or do you protest the people protesting these practices? If so, you are also at high risk, it does not matter wherever you live.
Take South Africa. The country make up is only 2.5% percent Muslim in a population of around 50 million. Most Muslims have migrated from distant, Islamic-minded states. On March 18, Zainab Prya Dala, a South African author and mother of two, was assaulted at Durban's "Time of the Writer" festival, after she spoke of her admiration for Salman Rushdie.
The Penguin Random House imprint Umuzi, which published her debut book, What About Meera, has released a statement saying,