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article imageOp-Ed: Media has trouble pronouncing Jihad

By Larry Clifton     Apr 22, 2012 in Politics
Sunday, a Muslim mob burned a Catholic church in Khartoum, Sudan. An AP writer selectively reported that the burning of the Christian facility “appeared” to be fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over disputed borders.
According to the article penned by Mohamed Saeed, writing for the Associated Press, the church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land and was torched by a “Muslim mob” due to a row between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on an “ill-defined” border.
The report reads like politically correct jabberwocky. A reporter so timid or biased should leave such stories to be reported by someone with the conviction to tell the truth.
Sudan and South Sudan have long been involved in a semi-civil war pitting Christians and animists of South Sudan against the Islamists of Sudan, where Muslims have dominated national government institutions since 1956.
While it’s true Sudan and South Sudan are in utter chaos and during the past few months increasingly ominous violence points to full scale civil war, Saeed is woefully inaccurate to report the reason for the church burning as “overriding unresolved issues of sharing oil revenues along a disputed border.”
The analysis is akin to claiming the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City were knocked down and the Pentagon breeched due to a simultaneous disagreement over flight paths between pilots and passengers aboard three American airliners. The six-hundred-pound gorillas in the cockpits that morning were Muslim extremists consumed by hatred for “infidels.”
Jihad is being waged against people all over the world, including people in Europe, Africa and anytown USA. Make no mistake; the burning of another Christian church in Sudan is yet another act of Jihad.
Approximately 95 percent of Sudan’s roughly 36 million population is Muslim, including numerous Arab and non-Arab groups. Roughly 5 percent are Christian. Christians fled to the north to escape persecution in Christian sectors while South Sudan was still under the jurisdiction of Sudan.
The estimated 8 million predominantly Christian residents of South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in early 2011 when South Sudan became a sovereign state. This makes South Sudan the little Israel of Africa – just substitute Israeli Jews with black Christians in South Sudan.
The media will continue to misrepresent and report justifications for Jihad against Christian “infidels” in Sudan, South Sudan and other parts of the world as border disputes and such, but buyer beware.
The media needs to know a jihad when it sees one, and to have the courage call it.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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