Is government harbouring Christian radicals?
“Our religion is Islam – obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad…”
These are the words of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the suicide bombers, who killed over 50 people in the London Underground in 2005, when he explained his motives on a pre-recorded videotape.
“For peace to reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has tasked all Muslims to continue to attack Jews and Christians who refused to believe in him and his messenger, Prophet Mohammed.”
Abu Qaqa, Boko Haram, Nigeria, when explaining why his group attacked five churches in the North, killing nearly 100 worshippers, including children, in 2014.
“All praise is due to Allah, the strong and mighty, and may blessings and peace be upon the one sent by the sword as a mercy for all the world… chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross delusion for a long time.”
A statement from the Islamic State in 2015, when they beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya.
“Only men of God, be it pastors, missionaries and prophets preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will be allowed in the country.”
Zambian Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili after government last week refused to allow Prophet Angel entry into Zambia.
The observant readers will immediately notice that the first three quotes are by Islamic radicals, while the fourth one is by a Christian radical… who happens to be our minister. Okay, Somaili is stopping short of bombing or beheading people, but she is closing their churches, and throwing them out of Zambia (see this article). Although I tend to agree with Sumaili that there are a lot of weird churches in Zambia, and that many of them are exploiting people, and that they, therefore, could do with some regulation, I think Sumaili’s statement overstepped the line. Is she entitled to dictate which religion is the right one?
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly