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  • ivanildotrindade 10:10 pm on April 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Abuja, Allah, , , cowardly journalism, , Islamism, moderate islam, Nigeria, radical islamists, real muslims, religious cleansing, Santo Daime, true islam, violent islam   

    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

  • ivanildotrindade 7:57 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anti-semitism, , easter bombings in nigeria, islamic terrorist groups, John Boehner, Nigeria, northern nigeria, , sharia law   

    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
    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

  • ivanildotrindade 7:04 pm on February 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: christian persecution in nigeria, Imam, Muslim, muslims for peace, Nigeria, , the imam and the pastor   

    Nigeria Burning 

    The U.S. is turning its attention to the Primaries in Michigan today while far, far away in Nigeria countless Christians and other religious/ethnic minorities are hiding in fear, afraid for their lives, wondering when the next attack from radical Muslim groups is going to be.

    Of course, there is violence everywhere and no one is immune, but the situation in Nigeria is very volatile right now.

    I ask you to get educated on the subject, perhaps staring with this short video titled “The Imam and the Pastor.” Now, I don’t agree with everything that is said on this video, but I absolutely admire these two men for having the courage to take a stand and achieve tangible results in peace-making between two groups that have often hated each other. Their personal story is inspiring and I am humbled by their efforts. I hope you will take time to watch this video and would love to hear your opinion about it.

    Finally, if you want to read a sobering account of the situation in Nigeria, if only from a slightly different perspective, please go to the current edition of World Magazine. I would love hearing your opinion about this story as well.

    Meanwhile, think about the innocent people in Syria who are dying daily because a dictator wants to hold on to powers he thinks are his by inheritance rights. Shame on him!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade


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