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Decades of bloody attacks by Muslim fanatics against Christian churches around the world in the 21st century indicate a pattern of intolerance and fanaticism escalating to violence. Even though, many prefer to “look elsewhere”. Hatred of Christianity among the motives of the attackers is indicated by the fact that attacks are most frequent around Christian holidays, such as Easter or Christmas.
Let’s look at 15 random examples from between 2010 and 2019:
- Egypt. January 6, 2010, after Christmas Eve mass – according to the Orthodox calendar – Muslim fanatics shot six Christians to death as they were leaving their church.
- Iraq. Oct. 31, 2011, Islamic terrorists attacked a church in Baghdad during worship and fired indiscriminately and eventually detonated their suicide vests, killing 60 Christians, including men, women and children.
- Nigeria. December 25, 2011, during Christmas service, Muslim terrorists bombed and shot three churches killing 37 people and wounding 57.
- Egypt. Jan. 1, 2011, during New Year’s Eve mass Muslim terrorists bombed a church in Alexandria killing 21 Christians. Witnesses reported that after the attack Muslim fanatics trampled the bodies of the victims in the street shouting Allahu Akbar!
- Nigeria. April 8, 2012, on Easter Sunday explosives set by Muslim fanatics detonated near two crowded churches killing 50 Christians and injuring an unknown number of others.
- Sri Lanka. April 21, 2019, on Easter Sunday, Muslim terrorists simultaneously bombed three churches and three hotels killing 359 people and injuring more than 500.
- Nigeria. April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, Islamic terrorists set fire to a crowded church killing 150 Christians.
- Pakistan. March 15, 2015, Muslim terrorists murdered 14 Christians in suicide attacks on two churches.
- Pakistan. March 27, 2016, following Easter Sunday church services, Islamic terrorists bombed a park full of Christians murdering 70 of them. Mostly women and children.
- Germany. Dec. 19, 2016, a Muslim fanatic drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin murdering 13 people and injuring 55.
- France. July 26, 2016, Muslim fanatics stormed a church and slit the throat of the 84-year-old priest officiating at Mass and took four nuns hostage until French police killed them.
- Egypt. April 9, 2017, during Palm Sunday, Muslim fanatics bombed two churches killing 45 Christians and wounding more than 100.
- Indonesia. May 13, 2018, Muslim fanatics bombed three churches killing 13 Christians and injuring dozens.
- Russia. February 18, 2018, a Muslim fanatic with a knife and a double-barreled shotgun opened fire in a Church killing five Christian women and injuring five others.
- Philippines. January 27, 2019, Muslim terrorists bombed a cathedral killing 20 Christians and wounding over 100.
In Nigeria the phenomenon has already escalated to the genocide of Christians by Muslims hands, but attacks on religious buildings and symbols are not limited to Christians. There are Muslim attacks on Hindu temples, and we saw Muslim anti-Semitism in the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita de Argentina AMIA in 1994 and the attack on the Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. We even see attacks against mosques of different branches of Islam.
There are about 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, and the Uyghurs are victims of genocide in China. The number of violent fanatics among the world’s Muslims is miniscule in relation to the total number of believers, but it is enough to create a global phenomenon of religious violence that has led to genocide in Nigeria.
The attackers differ in socioeconomic, ethnic and national origins. There are Sunni and Shiite attackers. They have in common only intolerant religious fanaticism escalating into isolated or organized violence. It is dangerous and will not go away because we refuse to see it.
Guillermo Rodríguez is a professor of Political Economy in the extension area of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Universidad Monteávila, in Caracas. A researcher at the Juan de Mariana Center and author of several books // Guillermo es profesor de Economía Política en el área de extensión de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas de la Universidad Monteávila, en Caracas, investigador en el Centro Juan de Mariana y autor de varios libros