by Dr. D ~ December 26th, 2012
(Trumpeting the Good News!- Photo credit: Puzzler4879)
This Christmas ‘only’ 12 Christians attending Christmas services in Nigeria were killed by radical Islamists:
(CNN) — At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said.
One assault occurred at the Church of Christ in Nations in Postikum, in Yobe province. Gunmen attacked worshipers during prayer, killing six people, including the pastor, and setting the building on fire
Worshipers also were attacked at the First Baptist Church in Maiduguri, in Borno state. A deacon and five church members were killed.
They were the latest strikes against Christians in the region. More than 30 people died in a wave of Christmas Day attacks in the north last year, blamed on Boko Haram, a militant group that has targeted Christians and Muslims it considered insufficiently Islamist.
Response: The war against Christians and Christmas continued in Nigeria. After last years bloody Christmas massacres which took the lives of 30 Christians and 50 during Easter services, the deaths of 12 seem relatively small unless they were your friends or part of your family. But all of it an unnecessary tragedy perpetrated by radical Muslims demanding that sharia rule be extended over all in Nigeria..
I caught myself almost rejoicing when I went on the Internet this morning and found that ‘only’ 12 were killed in Nigeria this time around when I had grimly expected more. What does it say about our view of the world when 12 deaths seem like only a few?
Nevertheless, we talk about a ‘war on Christmas’ in America but in the last several years it has been a reality 0f a different sort for Christians in Nigeria. This year 12 were killed during Christmas services, last year it was 30. At Easter 50 Christians were killed and the toll was 150 last year over a bloody weekend in November. In comparison 12 is an improvement but a needless revolting tragedy none the less.
Particularly ironic when you consider that the attacks were carried out by adherents of a so-called ‘religion of peace’ upon the worshippers of another group celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace and heralding Good News and Good Will For all. *Top