Skip to comments.AP Report Waits 9 Paragraphs to Mention Islamist Responsible for Murderous Church Bombings
Posted on 06/19/2012 6:57:28 AM PDT by Milagros
So here's how it appears to me and I suspect many other news readers, never mind the real motivations. At the Associated Press, when you're covering situations like suicide bomber attacks on Christian churches in Nigeria yesterday, you hold out as long as you can in speculating about who is responsible, even though Islamist Boko Haram terrorists (and only Boko Haram terrorists) have claimed credit for previous attacks in that country, and even though no other religion on earth generates large numbers of people who claim to be its adherents who are willing to blow themselves up so they can kill as many infidels as possible.
Then, once the inevitable claim of responsibility arrives, you treat it as old news (the bombings were a whole 24-36 hours ago, y'know), focus your headline and coverage on "Christian" reprisals instead (even though there is no element of Christian doctrine which sanctions random reprisals), and identify who carried out the attacks as late as you possibly, so it will end up not making most broadcast and many print reports. Here are excerpts:
Nigeria: Reprisal killings follow church attacksThere is no excuse for the failure by AP reporters Godwin Attah and Yinka Ibukun to specifically identify the "radical Islamist sect" in the second paragraph.
Aid workers searched for bodies Monday among charred vehicles and destroyed market stalls after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisal killings in northern Nigeria, officials said. The Nigerian Red Cross said the death toll had more than doubled, to 50 people.
A radical Islamist sect on Monday claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide attacks at two churches in the city of Zaria and another in the city of Kaduna that left 21 people dead, according to an initial count.
The reprisals highlight festering religious tensions in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people. The attacks occurred in the religious flashpoint state of Kaduna that sits at the border between the country's predominantly Muslim north and its mainly Christian south. A history of attacks and counterattacks between the two communities means that authorities are often cautious about releasing death figures.
... Authorities fear that a breakdown of the deaths will trigger revenge killings. Most of the victims killed in church on Sunday are presumed to be Christian and most of those killed in reprisal attacks are presumed to be Muslim, raising concerns that a distinction between initial and reprisal deaths will be interpreted as a Christian and Muslim breakdown.
... The group known as Boko Haram said in an email that it was responsible for the attacks.
"Allah has given us victory in the attacks we launched (Sunday) against churches in Kaduna and Zaria towns which resulted in the deaths of many Christians and security personnel," the statement said in the local Hausa language.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in Hausa, is waging an increasingly bloody fight with Nigeria's security agencies and public.
There is no commandment against Christians defending themselves and their children from these savages. Defending oneself and killing someone in the process is not “murder” that is forbidden in the commandments.
Reprisal killings BY Christians are mentioned before the reference to Islamonazi violence.
I guess Jewish violence rising up against Nazism would also have been considered a “bad” thing in Germany by some reporters.
Who besides Muslims carry out homicide attacks against peaceful people?
The DEA, BATF, the EPA's SWAT team...
If/when these bodies mistakenly shoot the wrong guy... it is not based on people's religion/creed/ [or 'sectarianism' the fancy term for intra-Islamic bigotry]. Unlike Islamic based violence.
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