Radical Islamists use Soda Cans to Killl Christians in Nigeria

I came home from church yesterday and watched some basketball games with my son. Sitting on a comfortable leather chair I felt thirsty and did something I had not done in quite a long time — I drank two cans of soda. I napped, read, wrote and shaved my head. Soda will do that to you! Later, I looked at the two empty cans on the table next to the couch and thought about how futile my attempt at killing my thirst was. The only thing I got was a caffeine-induced restless night.

But a little earlier half a world away soda cans were being used for a different purpose, to kill a different thirst and spread a different kind of poison. Bearing the signature of Boko Haram, an attack on Christians worshiping at a university in the northern Nigeria city of Kano killed at least 16 people and left several more severely injured. The Christian group was composed primarily of young university students, who gather at the university every Sunday to pray and worship.

The lunatics who killed them used soda cans filled with small explosives to create diversion and as the people started to flee, they were cowardly gunned down by men who had arrived on motorcycles, carried their heinous acts, and like angels of death, quickly disappered into the crowds, maybe to a “house of worship” nearby, where they could have been greeted by some evil masterminds who commended them for a job well done in the service of Allah — and gave them a bonus for going low-tech with the soda can solution.

Before you judge me too harshly, I am not here condemning all Muslims — only those who use their religion to perpetrate violent against people of other religions. I am not saying Muslims are evil — only those who believe that innocent people must die simply for not being Muslims. I am not blaming Islam — only the brand of Islam that is intent on bringing chaos as a means to achieve a form of “religious cleansing” somewhere in the world, a goal that has been clearly expressed by the murderers of Boko Haram, the same group that claimed responsibility for bombings in the southern Capital city of Abuja last December, killing 44 people, and killed 180 people in January in the same city of Kano, their deadliest attack to date. And the body count keeps mounting.

I am not going to sit here and try to pretend that the Church has not had blood on its hands in centuries past. I am not going to stick my head in the sand and deny that some individual Christians have behaved horribly at times. But we are no longer in the middle ages, the Crusades are over, the wars against the Moors of Spain are a subject for the history books. It’t time we step into the modern world.

I am going to say it loud and clear since the western media’s cowardly coverage of the events in Nigeria will not: thank God, there are only a handful of religiously motivated wars in the world today, but whenever you find one, you can almost always bet (and win) that it is perpetrated by radically insane Muslim groups against religious minorities, usually Christians.

There are no systemic efforts on the part of Christians to try to eliminate Santo Daime believers in Brazil, for example. In India the cases of radical Hindus burning Christians, though tragic, are few and far between. The war in Israel, no doubt with religious overtones, is more about land than religion. Buddhists are not persecuting anyone and atheists can care less what people believe (except they don’t want to hear the word “Christmas” around the Christmas holidays — a war I can live with). Radically violent Islamists, on the other hand, persist on killing at will, and will continue to do so, if we remain silent.

I don’t know about you, but if I were a devout Muslim, I would be asking this question:  What is it about Islam that seem to offer comfort for people who believe they are advancing the cause of Allah when they commit these acts?

Furthermore, where are the voices of those who don’t believe these people represent true Islam? And why are we so afraid to report these stories with the emphasis they deserve? Imagine if this kind of massacre was happening anywhere in the world against Jews or Muslims, would the media react differently?

My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones yesterday and I am crying out to God to right this terrible wrong.

And finally: Why not just let sodas do what they do best — killing softly?

Ivanildo C. Trindade