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African Christians & Muslims Stand United – Show Americans How NOT to Let ISIS Win

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For three years, the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group, which has aligned itself with ISIS, has carried out murderous attacks in neighboring Cameroon. The advertised purpose of that onslaught, in which more than 1,100 people have been killed, is to turn the country into an “Islamic state.” Five people were murdered in the most recent attack, a suicide bombing at a mosque in Neguetchewe.

Rather than seeing the country’s Muslim minority as a fifth column, many within its Christian population — led by prominent clerics, such as Joseph Klofou of the Protestant Church of Cameroon – have volunteered to guard mosques so that Muslims can worship in peace. Muslims have reciprocated that gesture by standing guard outside Christian houses of worship.

“I feel frustrated seeing my brothers and sisters dying,” explained Klofou. “I must act while praying to God to send his angels and warriors to fight Boko Haram because He is the merciful God of armies.”

Referring to Boko haram as “a group of bad people,” Djafarou Alamine of Cameroon’s central mosques declared that “Islam condemns all that they have been doing to both Christians and Muslims who are all God’s creatures even though they have religious differences.”

This inter-faith cooperation is not unusual in Cameroon, contends Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the country’s Far North region.
“Cameroon is a country where priests and imams both go to churches and mosques to preach and pray during ecumenical services,” reported AllAfrica.com. “It is a treasure to keep.”

Although the inter-communal self-defense project has been applauded by government officials, it is an entirely private initiative in which neighbors of different religious backgrounds organize to protect each other without the state’s involvement. All of this offers a striking and instructive contrast to the conditions that prevailed in Rwanda that led to the genocidal massacres that descended on that nation twenty-two years ago. Up to 1.1 million people were annihilated by government-backed death squads over the course of roughly one hundred days. Most of the victims were part of the Tutsi ethnic group while the government was in the hands of people identified as Hutus.

Rwanda is a country in which ninety percent of the population, at the beginning of the 1990s, identified as Christians. Unfortunately, as Timothy Longman of Vassar College points out, during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries colonial administrators had created a political system in which the churches were treated as adjuncts to the government – and all positions of public influence were defined by a racial caste system. Rwandans considered to have more “European” features were labeled “Tutsis,” and given access to power. Those with what the colonialists regarded as less desirable physical traits were called “Hutus” and saw their once-autonomous tribal leadership abolished – relegating them to second-class status. This led to decades of intermittent ethnic warfare, which in turn entrenched the politics of ethnic collectivism in Rwandan society – including the Christian churches.

“The leaders of the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches were all close associates” of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimama, and many had key positions in his “Hutu Power” government, Longman points out. In 1993, the Hutu Power regime organized a plan to massacre Rwandan Tutsis and Hutus who were seen as traitors. Weapons were cached, and death squads quietly made preparations. In December 1993, Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian officer commanding a UN peacekeeping mission to Rwanda, learned of the impending slaughter from a defector but was forbidden to intervene to prevent it. The massacres begin in April following the death of President Habyarimana in a suspicious plane crash.
When the death squads began their rampage, terrified Tutsis sought sanctuary in churches – only to find no refuge.

Church leaders in Rwanda “helped make genocide possible by making ethnic violence understandable and acceptable to the population,” Longman writes. This was “not simply because church leaders hoped to avoid opposing their governmental allies but because ethnic conflict was itself an integral part of Christianity in Rwanda. Christians could kill without obvious qualms of conscience, even in the church, because Christianity as they had always known it had been a religion defined by struggles for power, and ethnicity had always been at the base of those struggles.” (Emphasis added.)

This was why machete-wielding death squads “attended mass before going out to kill,” or, if the victims had been cattle-penned in a church, the killers would pause “during the massacres to pray at the altar.” Like the Aztec priests who personally slaughtered an estimated 30,000 victims during the 1487 dedication of a temple to Huitzilopochtli, the devout murderers in Rwanda “felt their work was consistent with church teachings.”

Acting as palace prophets on behalf of the political elite, Rwanda’s churches made the slaughter “morally permissible,” Longman continues. Some individual congregants and clergy “took courageous stands, even risking their lives to save those threatened, but the majority of people in the churches gave tacit or even open support to the genocide. Church officials lent credibility to those organizing the genocide by calling on their members to support the new government.”

With churches being used as slaughter pens, Christian Tutsis were offered sanctuary in mosques.

Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, a Tutsi who saw his father and nine members of his family butchered by fellow Christians, was offered refuge by a Hutu Muslim family.

“I know people in America think Muslims are terrorists, but for Rwandans they were our freedom fighters during the genocide,” Sagahutu told a Washington Post reporter in 2002. “If it weren’t for the Muslims, my whole family would be dead,” agrees Aisha Umwimbabazi, who was struck by the fact that mosques, unlike churches, rejected the state-defined ethnic categories and social divisions.

Rwanda’s Hutu Muslims refused to allow the government to depict their neighbors as their enemies. As the late historian and human rights activist Dr. Alison Des Forges documented in her book Leave None to Tell the Story, what happened in Rwanda was not “an uncontrollable outburst of rage by a people consumed by `ancient tribal hatreds,’” but rather the result of “the deliberate choice of a modern elite to foster hatred and fear to keep itself in power.”

At a time when many governments are fostering collectivist hatred and fear, officials in Cameroon are to be commended for encouraging citizens to regard each other as neighbors and cooperate to protect each other. Regrettably, albeit predictably, while Cameroon’s population is uniting to defend the country from terrorism, the national government’s cross-border military operations against Boko Haram may be exacerbating that threat by killing civilians and laying waste to entire villages.

Terrorism is a plague cultivated, nurtured, aggravated, and exploited by political elites working through the state, which is why the state cannot protect us from it.

  • The media has been conditioning Americans to fear Muslims for DECADES to perpetuate a narrative based on fear and promote foreign policy goals. To learn more watch this: https://youtu.be/aKD3CnPJNOE

    • I’m pretty sure a good amount of Muslims have been perpetuating a narrative based on fear as well…

    • Its thier religion that scares me, it is not a religion of peace. Wars have been waged in the middle east over religion for easily a few centuries if not the crusades.

    • William Wells
      You obviously don’t know your history. The crusades were started by THE VATICAN who through greed wanted to loot & steal socalled relics, who told knights that they would get to heaven & all their sins would be automatically be erased if they killed Muslims/died trying. You dont even know that before the crusades Christians & Muslims lived side by side in peace. Or that if not for the Muslims you so despise many of the Christian artifacts that tourist go to the “holy land” to see today would not not be around. EPlease do some rresearch from CREDIBLE sources before spewing rhetoric as fact.

    • Shad Collymore while some of the smaller details may differ this is a fairly good overview of the Crusades. You must keep in mind none of it would have happened without the spread of the false religion of Islam. Before you say anything, I know you’re going to refute me calling Islam false. One must first look at how Islam is a mirror image of Christianity. For example Christianity teaches against lying Islam allows it. I could give you many examples but you could also find them yourself if you are interested to learn.

      http://mrkash.com/activities/crusades.html

  • United we stand, divided we fall

  • Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim.

    • Ever hear of a man named Timothy McVeigh?

    • Do you want to tell Mohammed Ali that or shall I?

    • You are blatantly ignorant of true facts

    • Not so true, but I loled. We white people are the worst when it comes to butchering other people though.

    • Dimitris Bak, seriously? Look into Africa’s history. There’s plenty of butchering going on down there…

    • Really, what other continent has any african country colonized with genocide, murder, raping and pillaging?

    • Bullshit! The letter bomber, olholhoma building, Port Arthur massacre, columbine.

      Your just an ignorant racist bigot Steve!

    • Lest Oberg, they haven’t expanded their operations as of yet, but many factions in Africa have done everything you’ve listed. Hell, if memory serves me, I think a president of one of the countries has done all that to his own country. And let’s not forget that many of the factions enslave children to fight in their armies.

    • Atlanta Olympics, the uni bomber.

  • 2 Corinthians 6:15

  • Abrihamic slave gods are degenerate

  • Christianity has the beliefs , the only way to heaven is thru Jesus , sounds like a scam .

    • How is it a scam ?
      Scam
      1.a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
      Not once will you see Christ telling you that your salvation must be purchased.

  • Now if your 8 years old or younger the rules change for going to heaven.

  • call me when they stand united with atheists, that’s just a gathering of mentally impaired.

    • Atheists are mentally impaired?

      Edit – I’m mentally challenged. I misread your comment. All hail FSM!!

    • lol ^^ Ramen !!

  • Forget ISIS.

    the government has been trying to keep us divided for years, thats how they maintain control of the population!

  • Oh, religion will be the downfall of mankind

  • You people had better do something before your mouth wrights a check your ass can’t pay for.

  • Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.
    Muhammad Ali

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/muhammad_ali.html#IlkuWQUv0vAELJEe.99

  • All we have to do is quit funding them and giving them weapons and they will lose.

  • Oh did they stop funding ISIS? Because that’s how you defeat And organization that you funded, armed, and trained.

  • most of the time christians are killed though…

  • Is that bobby brown?

  • Gay lifestyles are terrorist to pro life , adoption don’t count , gay is just pro sick sex .

  • Want to keep Isis out then keep america out

    • That’s not true, have you ever heard of the caliphate? Have you paid attention to what the Muslims are doing in Europe? You see what’s happening here in America with the Syrian refugees? You understand that right now they’re using our welfare system against us by living off of it while breeding? Have you paid attention to what they keep telling us their intentions are? Not what dumbass Americans think their intentions are, but what they are actually saying! Dude pull your head out of the sand, study just a little bit you’d be surprised what you find out!

    • Yes I have heard of the caliphate was he not the head muslim during ww2 that the nazis got to insight this religious war that we are still fighting? Studying is something I have been doing for more years than you have been alive. I have been studying ww2 since 1960. I know where I was when Dr. King was killed in high school. My friends died in Viet Nam and some in other wars since then. I have watched what my nation has become and I want to go back to being isolationist let the rest of the world take care of itself and if they can’t too damn bad for them. I know what the muslims are doing in Europe I have read about the increase in sexual assault in nations that have accepted them. I have read about the constant killings. I think it is time we worried about our damn problems and stop worrying about everyone elses problems. When the towers went up in NYC I watched then I watched on tv when they came down and I was of the mind that the entire region should have been turned into a sea of glass but I am not in charge so it didn’t happen. Time to let them go back to killing each other and leave our young people out of it. after all we have been in one war after another since 2002 and we have lost enough of our youth. I am wrong it was the grand muftee spelling is off that the nazis used to stir up the hatred

  • White America doesn’t care and never listen to good reasoning from people from another country.