Boko Haram Is Enabled By Freedom of Religion

By Theodore Shoebat

The majority of persecution toward Christians has taken place in Nigeria, a secularly governed nation with freedom of religion, and not a sharia country.

A nation that has freedom–freedom of consciousness, freedom of thought–has the most persecution. Its not Pakistan, its not Somalia, but Nigeria, and the violence toward Christians is provoked and encouraged through anti-Christian propagation, because of the freedom of religion guaranteed by the constitution. This is not coincidental. Freedom and equality of religions and ideologies, allow wicked men to dominate good people.

Here is what the constitution says:

Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

 

“freedom of thought,” permits freedom to believe in jihadism; freedom to ” propagate his religion or belief in worship,” allows for the instilling of teachings for the killing Christians.

The constitution allows for the inculcating of jihadism, and that is why they are enduring so much bloodshed, and the highest rate of persecution on the earth. In fact, it has been said that the teaching of sharia in Nigeria is protected by the constitution, as long as it is done within the context of private observance. Ben Nwabueze, a professor who teaches on the Nigerian legal system, had this to say:

The practice of the Shariah and the observance of moral precept and injunction in the Quran are personal matter for the individuals to be inculcated by teaching and preaching in the Quranic schools and Mosque by individual self-abnegation and self discipline not by enforcement through the coercive machinery of government

This modern idea, that as long as something is done and believed in privately, and within  inner individual wills and convictions, then it is permissible. Freely allow what is evil to be done in private, and you will eventually be forced to see and do it in public. The evil is Islam, and the freedom it is given to be taught and spread, is the enabling of this evil.

Sharia is not precipitated by the government, and this is true, and so Boko Haram uses freedom to enforce it on the populace, through violence and terrorism.

Sure, what they are doing is against the law, and many Boko Haram members have been killed (this is to be applauded),  but nonetheless, there have been no measures taken on the part of the Nigerian government, to prevent terrorism by hindering the teaching of the Islamic ideology, because it is protected by the constitution.

In Indonesia, Muslims have used violence and intimidation to shape the culture and the laws, and so Boko Haram is doing the same in Nigeria, and Al-Shabaab in Kenya.

As I have said before, the solution is not just a war on terror, but a war on error. Let us replace this taboo we call “the Enlightenment,” with the true enlightenment of Christ, before the darkness of Christendom’s enemies put away the light of civilization which now stands on the melting candle of docility.

 

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Christian Girl Kidnapped And Forced Into Islamic Marriage

This is a message from our Rescue Christians team in Pakistan, just to show you how brutal life is for Christians, and what type of rescue work we are doing, in that country:

On 22 August 2013, three Pakistani Muslim men – Umar Saghar, Muhammad Kashif and Shahid Nazir – abducted Shama Nasir, a fifteen year-old who is the second child of Nasir Masih. Few days before this incident occurred, these three men visited Nasir Masih and asked him to embrace Islam, which he refused instantly. Then, on 22 August, when Nasir Masih was at work, they entered the house and beat his wife and children before kidnaping Shama his 15 year old daughter.

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Shama Nassir: Rescued

That night, Nasir Masih – along with some local Christians – went to the police station to register a complaint against Umar Saghar, Muhammad Kashif and Shahid Nazir. However, instead of taking their application, the police stated that his daughter Shama had embraced Islam and was married to Umar Saghar. The police humiliated Nasir Masih and other Christians, threatening to put them in jail if they came back.

Nasir Masih went to several Christian NGOs and Churches to help him to rescue his daughter but no help was provided. Soon thereafter, Nasir Masih contacted us through one of the previous victims we had helped. On 9th September, we investigated the matter. We engaged with some of the influential Muslims through our Lawyers to help us rescue the young girl. After two days of meetings with Muslims Clerics and influential political persons, we were able to rescue Shama Nasir from Umar Saghar.

Initially, Umar Saghar refused to hand Shama over, stating that “she is his wife now and he will not return her.” Some of the Muslim Clerics who backed Umar also stated that “she is Muslim now and you cannot take her back.” However, our team and a Muslim friend pressured Umar and Muslim Cleric Qari Aslam to bring the girl to the meeting and to ask her if she accepts to be a Muslim and remain the husband of Umar. Then this matter would immediately be finished.”

On the evening of the 11th September – as soon as Shama saw her father – she began shouting requesting her rescue from Umar, saying that “she did not accept Islam and that Umar had forcibly put her thumb print on various legal papers.” Shama also said – in front of everyone – that “I want to go with my father”.

Our lawyer warned Umar that if he would come after the minor girl again then he would take serious action against him. Our lawyer also stated that we will have Shama undergo a medical checkup and if she was sexually assaulted then we will also file a case of abduction and rape. As Umar and his companions left, they made threats against all of us. Our people on the ground in Pakistan then moved Shama and her father to Lahore City for their protection from Umar and his companions.

Today, our people sent Shama for a medical and DNA report. We have also filed the application in the Court for registering a FIR (criminal complaint) against Umar and his associates. However, according to Shama, she stated that Umar raped and tortured her many times. We hope that this minor Christian girl will get justice.

Let me underscore the great bravery and righteousness of our leaders and people on the ground in Pakistan. They truly are doing work that puts themselves at great personal risk and similar risk to what Raoul Wallenberg did to save the Jews. Please pray for them and if you have not supported our work financially yet please consider doing so as you will be literally saving lives.

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