Firstly, I don’t want people to think I’m just here to “knock the muslims”. I have worked with many Muslim people helping them to learn English. To them their faith was as genuine and valid as any practicing Christian’s.
Recently there has been another armed attack in Kenya, where Islamic militants went door to door killing men who identified themselves as Christian or who could not display enough knowledge of the Koran or speak in a language dialect that the gunmen considered acceptable.
Don’t get me wrong, supposedly “Christian” militant groups have performed terrible atrocities, and I’m NOT talking about the inquisition and witch burnings of hundreds of years ago.
In Rwanda in 1994, many of those involved in the genocidal attacks and deliberate maimings and rapes were, up until they got involved in the violence, “good Christian” people
East Africa’s LRA (“Lord’s Resistance Army”) is a militant group also dedicated to murder and maimings, rape and child slavery, yet it is an ostensibly a “Christian” organisation.
Even in the United States of American, in past years, fundamentalist Christian extremists have bombed health clinics that were performing abortions and deliberately gunned down doctors and nurses who work there (one doctor actually got shot dead inside his church).
However Islamic militancy seems to be storming across the an ever increasing portion of the globe, and nothing seems to be being done to stop it.
Since 1978 the Paris to Dakar rally, held annual events as cars, motorcycles and 4 wheeldrive trucks raced through France, Spain and all of Northern Africa. Indeed in 1992 it raced down the entire Western strip finally finishing in CapeTown in South Africa.
I’m sure that locals benefitted from the rally going through their area, as a substantial contingent of support crew accompanies every rally. Fees and government licencing charges would have brought a welcome boost to struggling local economies.
However the rise of militant Islamists meant the 2008 rally was cancelled at short notice. Northwest Africa had simply become ‘too unsafe’. It was effectively a ‘no-go’ zone for Europeans, other Westerners and anyone who identifies as Christian or non-Muslim.
I am told that the Koran does not actually require all people to convert to the Islamic faith or be killed. I have been told there is a specific place in the faith for Christian people to be accommodated. (Keep in mind that Muslims believe in the same God and the same Old Testament prophets as Christians and Jews. They even believe in Jesus Christ, but consider him to be a lesser prophet than Muhammed).
The rally has been run in South America since 2009. So now it neither starts nor finishes in Paris or Dakar.
But what of the rest of the world and the way things are heading ? Southern France has a substantial population of North African immigrants many of whom are practicing Muslims. Are there those among them being radicalised who will later go on to perform bombings or other atrocities against the Christian European majority of the population ? Does France’s future face bombings in Paris or gangs of Muslim youths performing rape attacks on women wearing short skirts and other western style clothing ? (In Kenya they’re going door to door with machine guns… it’s not such a large step).
Without impinging on the rights of peace loving, Muslim people to go about their lives freely, practicing their faith and soliciting for converts (just like Christian groups do), I really do think the whole world needs to sit up and take notice of increasing Islamic militancy and violence and nip this ever increasing problem, in the bud. Despite untold TRILLIONS of dollars being poured into weapons manufacturers and dealers, and the vastly increased military presence of the USA and other countries, the world is a very much LESS safe place than it was on September 11, 2001. (At least back then you could run a blimmin’ car rally through the African bush, and not worry about being kidnapped and beheaded).
Here’s a link to the latest acts of violence in Kenya, from the Fairfax/Stuff newspaper website.