Skip to comments.Scared But Alive: Video Purports to Show Abducted Nigerian Girls (Girls Converted to Islam,Chanting)
Posted on 05/13/2014 2:01:43 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The girls sit quietly on the ground, dressed in traditional Islamic garb, barely moving, clearly scared. "Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world," they chant.
The video, released by French news agency Agence France-Presse, purports to show about 100 of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters nearly a month ago. It's the first time they've been seen since their abduction April 14.
In separate shots included in the 27-minute video, a man says he will release the girls only after imprisoned members of Boko Haram are freed, according to AFP.
Escaped girl recalls kidnapping ordeal Nigerian father: Nothing has been done First lady: Kidnappings 'unconscionable'
Photos: Nigerians protest over kidnapped girls Photos: Nigerians protest over kidnapped girls The man identifies himself as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Nigerian officials disputed that claim on Monday, arguing that Shekau is dead. Other experts say the notorious terror group leader is still alive.
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Did they convert or just trying to stay alive?
DEFINING IDEAS ¬- HOOVER INSTITUTION JOURNAL July 25, 2013
by Bruce Thornton (Research Fellow and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow, 200910, 201011)
We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Human Events Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million.
According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. Of the top fifty countries persecuting Christians, forty-two have either a Muslim majority or have sizeable Muslim populations.
The extent of this disaster, its origins, and the reasons why it has been met with a shrug by most of the Western media are the topics of Raymond Ibrahims Crucified Again.
Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an associate fellow of the Middle East Forum.
Fluent in Arabic, he has been tracking what he calls one of the most dramatic stories of our time in the reports and witnesses that appear in Arabic newspapers, news shows, and websites, but that rarely get translated into English or picked up by the Western press. What he documents in this meticulously researched and clearly argued book is a human rights disaster of monumental proportions.
In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new Great Persecution, to use the label of the Roman war against Christians. First, he documents hundreds of specific examples from across the Muslim world. By doing so, he shows the extent of the persecution, and
Additionally, Ibrahim commemorates the forgotten victims, refusing to allow their suffering to be lost because of the indifference or inattention of the media and government officials.
Second, he provides a cogent explanation for why these attacks are concentrated in Muslim nations. In doing so, he corrects the delusional wishful thinking and apologetic spin that mars much of the current discussion of Islamic-inspired violence.
Ibrahims copious reports of violence against Christians range across the whole Muslim world, including countries such as Indonesia, which is frequently characterized as moderate and tolerant. Such attacks are so frequent because they result not just from the jihadists that some Westerners dismiss as extremists, but from mobs of ordinary people, and from government policy and laws that discriminate against Christians.
Rather than ad hoc reactions to local grievances, then, these attacks reveal a consistent ideology of hatred and contempt that transcends national, geographical, and ethnic differences.
In Afghanistan, for example, where American blood and treasure liberated Afghans from murderous fanatics, a court order in March 2010 led to the destruction of the last Christian church in that country. In Iraq, also free because of Americas sacrifice, half of the Christians have fled; in 2010, Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad was bombed during mass, with fifty-eight killed and hundreds wounded.
In Kuwait, likewise, the beneficiary of American power, the Kuwait City Municipal Council rejected a permit for building a Greek Catholic church. A few years later, a member of parliament said he would submit a law to prohibit all church construction. A delegation of Kuwaitis was then sent to Saudi Arabiawhich legally prohibits any Christian worship to consult with the Grand Mufti, the highest authority on Islamic law in the birthplace of Islam, the Arabian Peninsula.
The Mufti announced that it is necessary to destroy all the churches of the region, a statement ignored in the West until Ibrahim reported it. Imagine the medias vehement outrage and condemnation if the Pope in Rome had called for the destruction of all the mosques in Italy. The absence of any Western condemnation or even reaction to the Muftis statement was stunning. Is there no limit to our tolerance of Islam?
Moreover, it is in Egyptyet another beneficiary of American money and support that the harassment and murder of Christians are particularly intense. Partly this reflects the large number of Coptic Christians, the some sixteen million descendants of the Egyptian Christians who were conquered by Arab armies in 640 A.D.
Since the fall of Mubarak, numerous Coptic churches have been attacked by Muslim mobs. Most significant is the destruction of St. Georges church in Edfu in September 2011. Illustrating the continuity of mob violence with government policy, the chief of Edfus intelligence unit was observed directing the mob that destroyed the church.
The rest of the history
Are there any pictures of Michelle pleading for the end of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims?