Fox News Lauds Akinola for his Support in the War on Terror

For the first time in historical memory, it is being reported that a Christian leader has provided at least implicit support for retaliatory violence waged against Muslims. In an article and interview written by the daughter of the former Episcopal presiding Bishop, Eliza Griswold, and originally published by Atlantic Monthly, it is suggested that an Anglican bishop has at best stood by passively as Christians murdered Muslims in response to a prior attack, and potentially offered material support.

In a small town called Yelwa in February 2004, a church was burned, and 70 Christians who were worshipping there were killed.

In response
...Two months after the church was razed, Christian men and boys surrounded Yelwa...They attacked the town. According to Human Rights Watch, 660 Muslims were massacred over the course of the next two days, including the patients in the Al-Amin clinic. Twelve mosques and 300 houses went up in flames. Young girls were marched to a nearby Christian town and forced to eat pork and drink alcohol. Many were raped, and 50 were killed...

When asked about his role in this retaliatory attack, the bishop is quoted as saying:

“No comment...No Christian would pray for violence, but it would be utterly naive to sweep this issue of Islam under the carpet.” He went on, “I’m not out to combat anybody. I’m only doing what the Holy Spirit tells me to do. I’m living my faith, practicing and preaching that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God, and they respect me for it. They know where we stand. I’ve said before: let no Muslim think they have the monopoly on violence”...

The Episcopal Blogosphere of course lit up in condemnation of this horror, with Father Jake leading the way, and Episcopal Cafe following suit.

The response of church leadership has of course been clear and condemnatory.

The American government, meanwhile has sent this Bishop a note of thanks for his support for the war on terror.


Anonymous said…
"...forced to eat pork and drink alcohol."

A statement that will never have to be made about me.

So, the inquisition was tough, but I was tougher. Evidently, I interview quite well. I'm officially the store's beer buyer.
Unknown said…
Congrats. That sounds like a noble and good calling. As a member of your discernment community, I affirm that it is God's will.
Benjamin Ady said…
"For the first time in historical memory"

I'm just going to make the fairly safe assumption that you're being sarcastic.