Shining the light on the cowardly acts against Christians in Nigeria


Another bloody Easter in Nigeria, but who is talking about it. I saw a couple of columns in “The Wall Street Journal” today. It starts by saying that “terror attacks on Christians holidays have become a common place in Nigeria, but the violence this Easter illustrates how deadly and widespread the threat has become.” It goes on to list the horrible acts committed against Christians by Islamist terror groups.

The most infamous of these groups is the s0-called Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is sin,” which has killed nearly 1,000 people since July 2009, according to Human Rights Watch. Pardon the petulance, but if the tables were reversed, let’s say 1,000 Muslims had been killed by Christian militias, do you think the world would hear about it more vociferously? You bet it would!

Or what about this: suppose Jews were the ones being targeted for killing, would Mr. Murdoch open the pages of his newspapers around the world to headline such a terrible thing? You bet he would!

As it stands, Christians continue to be the sacrificial lamb. They are treated as expandable in this world of political correctness and cowardice.

I am not here to promote hatred against any group, but I am here to speak for a world where violence is not tacitly accepted no matter how “just” the cause. Politicians speak of “moderate Islam,” but where are the voices of this silent majority. My hunch is that either this “silent majority” does not exist or it is too scared or it actually agrees with the perpetrators of mayhem.

If you are able to get to a computer, please contact the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and ask her to use her influence to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. Here is the contact information:

Public Communication Division:

PA/PL, Rm. 2206
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
202-647-6575
Main switchboard: 202-647-4000

Also, contact The Speaker of the House, Mr. John Boehner, and ask him to expedite the work of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission regarding security issues. Here is the information you need:

H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0600
Fax: (202) 225-5117

You may also go here to send him a message.

If you have Muslim friends, ask them to make their voices heard as well. If you have Jewish friends, make them aware of what is going on. Make your voice heard. Cowards don’t like when their cowardice is exposed. Even the most evil of persons doesn’t like to be seen as such. The world needs to condemn the atrocities that are being committed on a daily basis against Christians in Nigeria. Please help get the word out.

Ivanildo C. Trindade

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