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Kenyan Muslims, Christians Vow To Prevent Violence

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Kenyan Muslims, Christians Vow To Prevent Violence

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan clerics across the religious divide vowed Tuesday to not allow sectarian violence to erupt following attacks on churches over the weekend that killed at least 15 people.

The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya said Muslims will form vigilante groups alongside Christians to guard churches in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, where the latest attacks occurred.

Adan Wachu, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and the chairman of Inter-Religious Council, said the weekend attacks, which are being blamed on an al-Qaida-linked militant group from Somalia, are meant to trigger sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims.

Wachu said clerics will actively preach against retaliation to prevent violence from spreading in Kenya like it has in Nigeria, where attacks on churches by a Muslim sect has ignited a spiral of violence

“This is not a religious war and it has to be addressed from a different paradigm shift,” he said.

Gunmen on Sunday killed two policemen guarding the African Inland Church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out, killing 15 people. A simultaneous attack took place on a Catholic church in the same area of the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa.

Areas of northern and eastern Kenya along the border with Somalia have suffered a series of gunfire and grenade attacks over the last year. Militants attacked a church in Garissa in December, killing two people.

Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab fighters. The militants, who are allied with al-Qaida, have threatened repeatedly to carry out revenge attacks for Kenya’s push into Somalia. Sunday’s attacks appear to be part of that trend.

Wachu said five people, two of them Muslim clerics, had been killed in northern Kenya since late last year for speaking out against al-Shabab.

Boniface Adoyo, a Christian cleric and an official of the council, complained of a series of attacks on Christian institutions that no one has been jailed for.

Religious leaders who incite their followers should be charged under the provision of laws against hate speech, which were designed to curtail instigation of violence by politicians following postelection violence in 2007-08, Adoyo said.

“Anybody inciting religious worshippers for evil actions, that is hate speech and it also covers whatever we do in our temples and in our mosques,” he said.

At the United Nations in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks.

“These attacks, which deliberately targeted places of worship, are reprehensible and criminal,” Ban said in a statement. “No cause can justify the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. The perpetrators of these attacks, and of other recent terrorist acts in Kenya, must be held to account.”

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Associated Press writer Ron DePasquale contributed from the United Nations.

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  1. It is wrong for any one to disrespect a house of worship no matter the faith inside.

  2. u should enable sharing

  3. It is alway inspirational to see people from different religions coming together for what is right.

  4. EXCELLENT.

  5. This is how the world should be! Thank you for sharing!

  6. 1400 years of divine revelation. well 5000 years, yet religious leaders still incite? “Religious leaders who incite their followers should be charged”

    “Gunmen on Sunday killed two policemen guarding the African Inland Church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out, killing 15 people. A simultaneous attack took place on a Catholic church in the same area of the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa.” from the religion of peace.

  7. that’s really nice

  8. No one said or proved the gunmen were muslims!!!-from the follower of a peaceful religion. and I dont see christians n jews standing up to defend muslims wen attacked in u.s,wat “glorius” religions they are!!!

  9. Nothing new. This has been going on for years. With muslims, you get massacres. Only these days it actually sometimes makes it to the MSM.

  10. I wish them luck

  11. Anon,

    And what do we get with Chritstians? Massacres, of course on greater scales though.

  12. Muslims have been murdering Christians in their churches and medical clinics for many years. Maybe that is one of the reasons much of Africa went Christian. The attacks made islam look bad.

  13. Anon is an aethist bigot!!! Drivin rifts between religions..u av prooved nothin bigot!!! Islams,christians n other religions prosper n leave peacefully with each other for the majority population..we ol believe in 1god,same teachings..ol descendants of adam

  14. Suppose you have brought your dear son over many miles of bad African road to a little Christian clinic. When you get there, you see some people yelling allahu akbar while killing the nurses and doctors who would have saved your son’s life.

    You find out that these people had been listening to a cleric in a mosque yelling kill the unbeliever. Do you say oh good, the area is now cleared of the evil unbelievers?

  15. Middle East Forum

    Muslim Persecution of Christians: May, 2012

    Unlike those nations, such as Saudi Arabia, that have eliminated Christianity altogether, Muslim countries with significant Christian minorities saw much persecution during the month of May: in Egypt, Christians were openly discriminated against in law courts, even as some accused the nation’s new president of declaring that he will “achieve the Islamic conquest of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam”; in Indonesia, Muslims threw bags of urine on Christians during worship; in Kashmir and Zanzibar, churches were set aflame; and in Mali Christianity “faces being eradicated.”

    Elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa—in Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, the Ivory Coast—wherever Islam and Christianity meet, Christians are being killed, slaughtered, beheaded and even crucified.

    Categorized by theme, May’s assemblage of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed in alphabetical order by country, not severity. Note: Because Pakistan had the lion’s share of persecuted Christians last month, it has its own section below, covering the entire gamut of persecution—from apostasy and blasphemy to rape and forced conversions.

    http://www.meforum.org/3276/muslim-persecution-of-christians-may-2012

  16. The only difference is that nowadays these stories are being more widely circulated.

  17. […] Kenya: Muslims & Christians vow to prevent violence […]

  18. Hera,

    You could not answer my questions. And you will not be able to because you always cite virulently anti-Islamic sources. You cited the ME Forum. Don’t you know their anti-Islam stance?

    I searched all your sources but found only anti-Islamic sources, not a single neutral or established source, not even Fox News.

  19. Hera,this is utter bulshit n pure LIES!!! Am frm an african country myself..nothing like this happends!!! Majority african countries have christian populations..u quoted kenya,somali,sudan..do u even know wat ur towkin abt u ignorant fool!!! We av leaved peacefully.amongst each other for the majority of time..africans are multicultural ppl dnt fling shit at us for being religious biased,LIES!!!!

  20. Nill,

    For your kind information:

    Kenyan Muslims have teamed up alongside Kenyan Christians to guard churches: a) BBC News – Kenyan Muslim groups ‘to protect churches’www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18703171; b)Kenyan Muslims, Christians vow to prevent violence – Las Vegas Sunwww.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jul/03/af-kenya-terror-religion/; c)Kenyan Muslims, Christians vow to prevent violence – CBS Newswww.cbsnews.com/…/kenyan-muslims-christians-vow-to-prevent-vio…;

    Do I sound as hollow yet bigoted like Hera, Jane, Anon and others? Hopefully not.

    I thank you again for your good post.

  21. لا اله الا لله محمد رسول الله

  22. Newsweek Magazine Cover Story February 2012

    The Global War on Christians

    But a fair-minded assessment of recent events and trends leads to the conclusion that the scale and severity of Islamophobia pales in comparison with the bloody Christophobia currently coursing through Muslim-majority nations from one end of the globe to the other. The conspiracy of silence surrounding this violent expression of religious intolerance has to stop. Nothing less than the fate of Christianity—and ultimately of all religious minorities—in the Islamic world is at stake

    From blasphemy laws to brutal murders to bombings to mutilations and the burning of holy sites, Christians in so many nations live in fear. In Nigeria many have suffered all of these forms of persecution. The nation has the largest Christian minority (40 percent) in proportion to its population (160 million) of any majority-Muslim country. For years, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria have lived on the edge of civil war. Islamist radicals provoke much if not most of the tension. The newest such organization is an outfit that calls itself Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege.” Its aim is to establish Sharia in Nigeria. To this end it has stated that it will kill all Christians in the country.

    In the month of January 2012 alone, Boko Haram was responsible for 54 deaths. In 2011 its members killed at least 510 people and burned down or destroyed more than 350 churches in 10 northern states. They use guns, gasoline bombs, and even machetes, shouting “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) while launching attacks on unsuspecting citizens. They have attacked churches, a Christmas Day gathering (killing 42 Catholics), beer parlors, a town hall, beauty salons, and banks. They have so far focused on killing Christian clerics, politicians, students, policemen, and soldiers, as well as Muslim clerics who condemn their mayhem. While they started out by using crude methods like hit-and-run assassinations from the back of motorbikes in 2009, the latest AP reports indicate that the group’s recent attacks show a new level of potency and sophistication

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world.html

  23. Anon,

    As you can see Newsweek had a cover story on the Christophobia in many Islamic countries. Thanks to the internet and a free press nothing remains hidden anymore.

  24. That story was written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is herself biased and always was biased against Islam. You wouldn’t expect a Nazi to praise Jews would you? Just like you wouldn’t expect her in any way to view Islam with a clear unbiased lense. Yes, so many Muslims are dying around the world. It is a shame no one recognizes them.

  25. Hera,am not hearin u goin ol nuclear abt muslim deaths in palastine,afghanistan,iraq,kashmir,by us n israel Christians n Jews.or do their lives mean nothing next to christians???!!!! If everthins not hiden y arent these makin headlines as well
    Ans: ur media is as biased as u are!!! Theres no freedom of press or shit like that coz its run by jews!!!
    Preaching water while drinking wine(or somfin like that)

  26. Go KENYANS!!!! Maybe these bigots can learn a thing or two abt how ppl stand up.against crime irrespective of creed,race,religion!!!
    P.s thanx odongo,u r the voice of reason we need..look beyond religion differences,Let no aethist break us down!!!

  27. nill,

    so you are putting this up as some great triumph? 15 killed? i guess this is like when in eyqptian muslims came out to protect the coyptic churchs, after one was bombed on christmas. such irony.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/kenyan-officials-at-least-15-killed-scores-injured-in-church-attacks-near-somali-border/2012/07/01/gJQAN0F3FW_story.html

    “No one said or proved the gunmen were muslims!!!” tru dat. so what do you think? AU troops? ethiopians, maybe jewish ethiopians?
    “from the follower of a peaceful religion.” you talking to me? i don’t follow any religion.
    “and I dont see christians n jews standing up to defend muslims wen attacked in u.s,wat “glorius” religions they are!!!” none. that was my point with the 5000 years of revelations. i was going back to abraham. really six thousand years. i mean if you take genesis litterally. got to start at the beginning, right. isn’t adam considered the first prophet in islam? yet his one son was a killer. the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. lol.

    not to defend the christians or the jews, but when was the last time 15 people where shot in a mosque in america. not to mention when there are attempted or successful attacks on anyone of any religion in america, we have local, state, and federal authorities to fall back on. we don’t need our general population to circle buildings on friday, saturday or sunday nights holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

  28. see i learn something new on this site everyday. (well not really from ya’ll but from google) didn’t know how to spell cumbya. i always thought that was a hippie song from the 60s. it seems an even more ingenius referance now that i know it’s a negro spiritual.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbaya

  29. Nill,

    “Am frm an african country myself..nothing like this happends!!!” so what nation is that?
    “Majority african countries have christian populations..u quoted kenya,somali,sudan..do u even know wat ur towkin abt u ignorant fool!!! We av leaved peacefully.amongst each other for the majority of time..” well if that is the case these jews in charge of our media must be feeding us a tjon of bullshit. not sure what hera is referanceing there but i would quess, kenya refers to these attacks, somalia refers to al-shabaab and the sudan refers to it breaking up because the muslim north and the christian south couldn’t get along. also there is boko haram in nigeria. isn’t there some conflict in mali. isn’t timbuk tu in danger? damn jews at the UN claim it is. who is the tribe that ghadafi was funding? the taureg? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120628/un-places-timbuktu-danger-list-over-mali-conflict
    what about liberia, charles taylor? zaire, now the democratic republic of congo? rwanda, the hutu and tutsis didn’t get along to well there for a while. didn’t a plane just go down again in rwanda. seems an uneasy peace. you a big fan of mugabe? who have heard of idi amin?

    “africans are multicultural ppl dnt fling shit at us for being religious biased,LIES!!!!” so no african, or group is religiously biased.

  30. Hera,

    I won’t like to reply to your post as you have already received your due by Hilmi and Nill. Even if you have no shame then, please eat a dead crow or jump into shark infested waters. But sharks possibly won’t like to eat you because you will accuse them of eating you without dousing you in tomato sauce.

    Mike,

    True, Muslims are engaging in violence against Christians in Nigeria; the Boko Haram is an affiliate to Al-Qaida and you must not expect anything good from AQ. Will you?

    No, it is really hard, I guess impossible to trace when 15 Muslims were killed in a Mosque in US. But regarding the constant harassing of Muslims by various bodies, say for example the recent spying on Muslims case, I dare to say that these are harssments are worse than death itself.

    You have various authorities but there are “authorities” more powerful than the authorised authorities; when someone says in support of Muslims or speaks against injustice done to them, then that speaker is termed as “Islamophile”, “Pro-Muslim”, “Terrorist”,”Hamas-Hezbollah-AQ tied”,”Saboteur”, “Traitor”, “Fifth Column” and many more. And the injustices are defended staunchly.

  31. dongo,

    do i have to repost your entire post or will you accuse me of “suiting my self”? of course you can look above. anyways:

    “But regarding the constant harassing of Muslims by various bodies, say for example the recent spying on Muslims case, I dare to say that these are harssments are worse than death itself.” REALLY. the nypd coming around asking question about you. or even following you around is WORST THAN DEATH. you are a strange bird. again i think you asians take this “saving face” think way too seriously.

    maybe after mr. bennet forwards my comment to the authorities, i’ll have some fbi guys spying on me. but see i’ll take that as fun, not worst than death.

  32. Mike,

    Of course, you do what you seem suitable for answer by yourself. Why my entire post to repost, you can post all my posts I have written to date if you like; if you don’t, just don’t give them a damn.

    Look, the FBI did not just come and ask questions but spied on people. Even day to day issues like, where they went or used to go, whom they mixed with, where they used to eat at, where they farted, if they ate dogs/pigs, had they been to toilets, if to toilets what kind of toilet it was, was there any anaconda/reticulated python hiding in the cisterns and whether Muslims were trying to convert those snakes to Islam (snake Jihad)—everything. And you call this fun? Very humanistic. Had they done this to you, then you would definitely start yelling that your freedom had been breached.

    No, I may sound a strange bird to you. But I, an Asian, think saving face is equally as important as living as a human.

  33. dongo,

    you crack me up. you sure there where no burmese pythons in the cisterns? don’t think there are alot of snakes in the toilets in new york and new jersey. but i guess you never know. in the 70s there was an urban myth of alligators in the sewer systems of new york.

    yes the fbi spies on people. and yes following them around writing down where they go and who they talk to is spying.

    “And you call this fun?” i call what fun?

    “Had they done this to you, then you would definitely start yelling that your freedom had been breached.” no. they can follow me all they want. you do know that the word privacy is not in the constitution. when in public anyone can take your picture, evesdrop on your conversation or take notes as to who you are talking to and where you are going. how does that impede your freedom?

    “But I, an Asian, think saving face is equally as important as living as a human.” yeah that is scary. and that is why you never get in a land war in asia.

    BANZAI………..

    p.s. and by equally you mean the same? right?
    you have a good one, csbsf. that’s my new acronym for ya. it stands for crazy suicidal bangldeshi saving face.

  34. One year during mating season a Fl alligator took a wrong turn and instead of getting back in the river crossed the highway and ran down the beach at New Smyrna. Short but good video of beachgoers leaping out of the way and a man beating at it with aluminum chair.

  35. anon,

    yeah we have tons of gators down here. and now the glades are being overrun by burmese pythons. they are in a battle for apex predator status. sometimes they both lose.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=python+eats+gator&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&rlz=1I7ADFA_enUS415

    on of the good things about santaria is the priests are giong into the glades to collect pythons for their animal sacrifices. it’s a big strange world.

  36. The FBI has been spying on and infiltrating groups of citizens for about as along as the FBI has been in existence. Sometimes the group is the KKK other times the Italian Mafia still other times its Black separatist.Sometimes the people helping the FBI do the spying are paid informants.Most of the groups were spied on for years.It’s perfectly legal to take down license plate numbers, watch peoples comings and goings and eavesdrop on conversations in public places.That’s because there should be NO expectation of “privacy” when one is out and about in “public”. I doubt any of these groups think being spied on is worst then death.I’m willing to bet the Christians being shot and blown up in their Churches by Muslims in Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria would prefer being spied on to death any day.

  37. d-go,

    c above.

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