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Wahabism and its increased momentum in Ethiopia

Postby Misraq » 12 Dec 2011, 16:15

Muslim Mob Burns Down Church Targeted by Police in Ethiopia Fri, Dec. 09 2011 12:26 PM EDT

A recently erected church was burned in southern Ethiopia on Nov. 29 by a group of over 500 Muslim students allegedly supported by local police, four days after local Muslim authorities ordered demolition of the building, human rights watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) reported Thursday.

The Saint Arsema Orthodox Church in the village of Qoto Baloso in Silte Province found itself entangled in conflict between the Muslim population, predominant in the region, and the minority Christians community.

On Nov. 25, police tore down the church’s roof, following a dispute started by a Muslim businessman who claimed he owned the piece of land, ICC's regional manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, told The Christian Post Friday. The Christian community has been using the land for holding service for the past 60 years, and in a recent decision, the Supreme Court of the South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) (a counterpart of a state supreme court) ruled the community had a right to build its temple there.

However, a local court ruled that the building was erected without proper authorization, head of police in Silte Province told ICC.

Chief of Qebet district police, Hassan Shomolo, has a reputation for anti-Christian attitude, the agency said. So does Judge Daro Jamal, who reportedly issued the order for the police chief to deploy 30 officers on the night of Nov. 25 to demolish the church. The law enforcement only managed to damage the roof, as local Christians began protesting.

On Nov. 29, a group of more than 500 Muslim students poured gasoline on the building and burned it in broad daylight, Racho said. The police chief told ICC the incident is being investigated.

The students assaulting the church were yelling “Allahu Akbar!” and “Jihad!” witnesses said.

Statistically, Christians are a majority in Ethiopia. The country population consists of 43.5 percent of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and 18.6 percent of Protestants, with a significant minority of 33.9 percent Muslims, according to data from the U.S. Department of State.

However, the particular region where Saint Arsema Orthodox Church is located is dominated by the followers of Islam.

“All the government officials in the area are Muslims. The Islamic religion has become the state religion in our region,” a local member of the Christian community told ICC. “The non-Muslims in the area live and worship in fear. How could we say there is a rule of law when the police come into a church in the middle of the night and demolish it?”

Church burning is too common a form of persecution the Christian community has been receiving from the Muslim community in Ethiopia.

In June, an Ethiopian court sentenced 579 Muslim extremists to between three and 18 months in prison for violence against Christians that lasted an entire week beginning March 2, 2011, which included church burnings and personal assaults.

Racho told CP that the recent incident is proof of growing Islamization of Ethiopia, resulting from an influx of Wahhabi Muslims, a branch of Islam coming from Saudi Arabia, who have been violent not only against Christians, but even other Muslims.

“We urge the Ethiopian government to stop gross violations of the rights of Christian minorities in areas of the country dominated by Muslims,” Racho appealed on ICC’s website. ; @Luiza_CP (Twitter) ... pia-64505/

Re: Wahabism and its increased momentum in Ethiopia

Postby Shalom » 12 Dec 2011, 17:30

Surely, weyane has heavy hand on this kind of violence, since it serves its interest and of course strongly damages the solidarity among Ethiopians.
Anyhow, religion in the mind of uneducated citizens is the same as sniffing cocaine/crack that is why nothing stops those zealots’ followers, when they are doing things against the will f either God or Allah.
No God or Allah would be happy when someone is killing his creature. Even human being does not like when someone destroy its property, the same God or Allah do not like such kind of barbaric and savage act.
Surely, Satan, the prince of death like such kind of violence, and it would be very hard to say that those violent jihadists are either form God/Allah or Satan?

Re: Wahabism and its increased momentum in Ethiopia

Postby tezibt » 13 Dec 2011, 13:46

This are not muslims but sick [ deleted ]. According to muslims complaint here in the U.S., they still don't have rights. Well, I have never heard of church burning by muslim during derg. Woyane is affording muslims what ever they want. I believe majority of christians and muslims in Ethiopia are great people but the jobless hooligans need to be punished properly. How could one claim a church that has been there for 60 years is erected illegally and needs to be demolished and burned. Each faith needs to be compassionate towards the other. If there is underground extreemism, it needs to be quashed or we will swim in a bath of blood. We don't need that garabage.

Re: Wahabism and its increased momentum in Ethiopia

Postby elias lebaw » 14 Dec 2011, 01:46

where were you when Weyane destroyed Mesjid and baptized Muslims with a new cult religion imported from Lebanon? founder was Abdulahi Harari from arar.

Re: Wahabism and its increased momentum in Ethiopia

Postby Amina » 14 Dec 2011, 19:32

Elias, you now work as a woyanne propaganda machine?
Shame on you and Misrak!
No body talks about what the government of Ethiopia is doing to Muslims in Aksum and what the Right-Wing Evangelicals are doing in Africa in general and in Ethiopia in particular. I am from Silti region and I know for fact what is going on. These obnoxious Pentes think they rule Ethiopia, thanks to the senator from Oklahoma and others.

The truth is Crusade never stopped.


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