According to Wikipedia, Sri Lanka has a variety of religious beliefs, making it a truly multicultural experience. It’s over 70% Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, 9.7 % Muslim and 7.4% Christian.
For over thirty years, there was a civil war between the majority Buddhists and the minority Hindus. The civil war ended ten years ago. Bombings, frequent during the war, were a thing of the past.
Until Sunday. Easter Sunday, when 253 Christians were killed by nine Muslim suicide bombers. The suicide bombers were all from wealthy backgrounds.
At first, the death toll was 359. This is because of the way body parts were counted. Later, the death toll was revised downward.
Initially, speculation was rife that the attacks were revenge killings for the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand, but intelligence has determined that the attacks were planned three months ago, a long time before the New Zealand massacre. Terrorists need no excuse when it comes to mass carnage.
The BBC’s Clyde Myrie, reporting from Sri Lanka, described ISIS as a “perversion of Islam.” But is it? How many more terror attacks have to take place before we face up to reality? On January 18th the Wall Street Journal, on its opinion page, had a long list of Muslim terror attacks under the title: “A Bloody month of jihad.” In any given month, a number of terrorist attacks take place around the world, all a part of the global jihad against non-Muslims. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lankan attacks.
A Christian man who survived the bombing of St. Sebastian’s church in Sri Lanka had this to say:
- “We are a peace-loving community in this small city, we had never hurt anyone, but we don’t know from where this amount of hate is coming. This city has become a grave with blood and bodies lying around . . . Since the past three years, we don’t know why, but we see an extremist’s mindset developing among the Muslims. I know many good Muslims, but there are also a lot who hate us, and they have never been so before. It is in these three years that we see a difference.” (Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone, 4/25)
Also from Gatestone:
- “In 2017, in Egypt, Islamic terrorists bombed two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday mass, which inaugurates Easter week, murdering 50 people and wounding 120. On Easter Sunday 2016 in Pakistan, an Islamic suicide bomber detonated near the children’s rides of a public park where Christians were known to be congregated and celebrating; over 70 people — mostly women and children — were murdered and nearly 400 wounded. On Easter Sunday 2012 in Nigeria, Islamic terrorists bombed a church, murdering at least 50 worshippers.” (4/25)
Christians are clearly being targeted by Muslims, yet few give attention to this in the West. Gatestone is one of the few.
(The last time I quoted Gatestone, I saw a comment posted to my blog claiming it’s an extreme right-wing website which is often wrong. Gatestone simply sees the threat posed by radical Islam to the western world. It is warning the West. It is no more wrong than mainstream media, which is failing in its responsibility to warn the West. It is described as “extreme right wing” because it opposes globalization and multiculturalism.)
Former US President Barack Obama could not bring himself to talk about the attack on Christians, describing them as “Easter worshippers.”
Allison Pearson, in London’s Daily Telegraph, wrote:
“Compare and contrast the reaction of Hillary Clinton to the two tragedies. On Sunday, she tweeted, “I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travelers in Sri Lanka.” Easter worshippers? That’s a clunking new euphemism for Christians. When the mosques in Christchurch were targeted, did Clinton talk of Ramadan worshippers? No, she wrote, “My heart breaks for New Zealand and the global Muslim community.”” (4/23)
Former Vice-President Joe Biden, announcing his candidacy for the presidency, in his promotional video lamented the incident in which one person died in Charlottesville, yet gave no mention of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, which took the lives of at least four Americans. The widening conflict with the Islamic world will require a president who can stand up to the terrorists, not somebody who avoids the issues. Biden is too deeply rooted in the past and is not facing up to what’s happening in the present, let alone the future.
We’re afraid to face the fact that Christians everywhere are being persecuted.
The multicultural dream that the West has been pursuing, everywhere, is dead. Sri Lanka shows this. Other terrorist attacks have also shown it, but not on this scale.
At the same time, it seems to be open season on Christians. For decades, they have been persecuted in the Middle East, with little concern expressed in the West, even in the Vatican.
In London, the Muslim Mayor of the city, sent extra police protection to mosques after the New Zealand massacre. None were sent to Christian churches on Easter Sunday. Christians are on their own. They can never be described as victims (hence Mr. Obama’s use of the term “Easter worshippers”). Only Muslims can be victims!
There are also reports that many Frenchmen do not believe Notre Dame was an accident.
Allison Pearson again:
“I’m afraid that politicians like Clinton and May are paralyzed by a terrible dilemma. It’s too scary to admit that militant Islamists are at war with Christianity and Western civilization, that vandalism of churches is rife across Europe and that, according to the Pew Report, Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion.”
Prince William, the future king of New Zealand, was asked to come and speak at the Christchurch mosque, to encourage the people at this very difficult time for them. They were the victims of a white nationalist who protested the presence of Muslims in the country.
Attacks and counter attacks. This has become almost a daily staple worldwide. This “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West was predicted by Samuel Huntington 25 years ago; it is also prophesied in Daniel 11:40-44.
Sadly, Sri Lanka is the future of us all!
I am going overseas for three weeks and am unlikely to post while I’m away. This is a fun trip. Hopefully, no news will interrupt it!