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Thousands of Christians Displaced in Ethiopia After Muslim Extremists Torch Churches, Homes
Fox News ^ | March 24, 2011 | Diane Macedo

Posted on 03/24/2011 5:12:18 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.

At least one Christian has been killed, many more have been injured and anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 have been displaced in the attacks that began March 2 after a Christian in the community of Asendabo was accused of desecrating the Koran.

The violence escalated to the point that federal police forces sent to the area two weeks ago were initially overwhelmed by the mobs. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal told Voice of America police reinforcements had since restored order and 130 suspects had been arrested and charged with instigating religious hatred and violence.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the Islamist group Kawarja is believed to have incited the violence.

"We believe there are elements of the Kawarja sect and other extremists who have been preaching religious intolerance in the area,” he said at a Saturday press conference. “In previous times, we have cracked down on Kawarja because they were involved in violence. Since then they have changed their tactics and they have been able to camouflage their activities through legal channels."

The string of attacks comes on the heels of several reports of growing anti-Christian tension and violence around the country where Muslims make up roughly one-third of the total population but more than 90 percent of the population in certain areas, 2007 Census data shows.

One of those areas is Besheno where, on November 9, all the Christians in the city woke up to find notes on their doors warning them to convert to Islam, leave the city or face death, a Christian from Besheno told on condition of anonymity.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanchristians; bhoafrica; christians; ethiopia; muslimworld; persecution

1 posted on 03/24/2011 5:12:21 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Christians, it’s time to torch back.

Maybe we could convince our president to give deserving people air cover, but then again, we’d need a president.

2 posted on 03/24/2011 5:13:37 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Time for some special forces teams to give Christians training there about self defense...and maybe a little hardware to carry it out.
But that would have to wait until we have a President that doesn’t side with the enemy.

3 posted on 03/24/2011 5:15:53 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Freedom, as defined by Muslims = Open season on Christians, no permit needed to kill and no limit.
4 posted on 03/24/2011 5:19:54 PM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: Cindy; wagglebee; little jeremiah

It would be a good idea if their fellow Christians in safer lands were to help these unfortunate people.

5 posted on 03/24/2011 6:00:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This sort of hate and mistreatment is coming soon to Coptic Christians in Egypt. Then most of Europe and later in the Islamic States of America.

6 posted on 03/24/2011 6:51:32 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thank you for the post. The youth Sunday School class I lead starts each Sunday with an article about Christian persecution. Looks like you’ve given me this week’s reading! And our first prayer request on Sunday.

7 posted on 03/24/2011 7:09:41 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: Mr Rogers

Just where is nobama, the great leader, and his famed and effective Kinetic Military Action???

Oh, I forgot...these are “only” Christians being attacked and murdered by his moozlum brothers.

8 posted on 03/24/2011 7:17:24 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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