By Ryan Mauro, cross-posted at Juicy Ecumencism
The reason that Boko Haram believes its kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls is justified is because of Islamist teachings that the taking of female slaves is justified during jihad. And this jihad is not limited Nigeria. In a recent video, its leader said it is at war with Christianity and democracy.
There are efforts to gloss over the fact that Boko Haram is inspired by Islamist doctrine. Comedian Dean Obeidallah writes that Boko Haram is not “Islamic” and the media shouldn’t describe it as “Islamist,” “Islamic terrorists” or anything of the sort.
I remember our presbytery (Th James) having Nigerian pastors visit a regular meeting on Valentines Day in 2004. They delivered a warning then that because of Islamic persecution the Christian church was likely to be extinct within one generation if the West did nothing and “present trends continued.” When their spokesman was done with his remarks, the Stated Clerk stepped forward quickly and announced “let’s get on with the business of the day.” My fiance at the time, who is now my wife (I’m such a romantic guy!) turned to me and said, “What just happened here?”
“Welcome to the Politically Correct Presbyterian Church,” I said.
We still remind one another of this event whenever we read stories like this. Pray for the Christians and citizens in Nigeria.