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Sri Lanka, Jihadist Massacres, and Western Denial

Apr 21, 2019

By now you should have heard about the deadly Islamic attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Mind you, the mainstream media coverage was once again rather thin, but nonetheless the Easter Sunday attacks were some of the worst in quite a while.

And given jihad attacks are a daily occurrence, that is saying something. As of the time of this writing, eight separate but coordinated attacks took place. Casualties are now reaching a thousand: over 200 are dead and some 500 injured. A number of the dead are foreigners.

Religious violence is not new in Sri Lanka. The religious breakdown there is as follows: 70 per cent are Buddhists; 13 per cent are Hindus; 10 per cent are Muslims; and 7 per cent are Christians. While the dust is still settling, various reports are pointing to Islamic terrorism. Says one:

Two of the six attacks that rocked Sri Lanka this morning are reportedly to have been carried out by suicide bombers. The attack at Shangri La hotel was carried out by suicide bomber Zahran Hashim, while Abu Mohammad has been identified as the attacker at the Batticalao church….
www.news18.com/news/world/sri-lanka-terror-attack-live-six-blasts-at-churches-hotels-rock-easter-sunday-24-killed-2110779.html

And another slightly earlier report:

“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” said the alert. NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalization of Buddhist statues.
www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/sri-lanka-foreign-intel-agency-reports-that-muslim-group-was-planning-to-target-churches-with-jihad-suicide-attacks

Again, there are no surprises here. This is Islam in action. This is the work of devout and dedicated Muslims. Slaughtering innocent Christians on their most holy day is par for the course. But the media prefers to ignore all this, or play down the real perpetrators of this violence. For example, on tonight’s television one news broadcast did not even run with the story, but it did have time to do a piece on drag queens.

Even now the media is still being coy on all this, as are plenty of clueless wonders who are also still refusing to face reality. I recently posted on the social media about the alarming rate of Muslim attacks on, and murders of, people around the world. I said this was a daily occurrence. Yet I had one person tell me it certainly could not be literally true that folks are daily being killed. I assured him that it most certainly is true.

I pointed to a 2016 article of mine in which I wrote about there being 30,000 deadly jihad attacks since 9/11. In it I offered these chilling facts and stark numbers: “Just think about the stats here: There have been 5585 days which have passed since the 9/11 attacks. That means on average every single day since then we have experienced around 5.4 jihadist attacks. Over five attacks every day for 15 years running!”
billmuehlenberg.com/2016/12/30/30000-islamic-terror-attacks/

The numbers of course are now even higher: as of today there have been 34,891 deadly Islamic terror attacks since 9/11. That occurred 6,431 days ago. So we are now averaging five and a half such attacks each day since then, It is getting worse.
www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Indeed, Christian persecution of all sorts is ratcheting up around the world. While not all of this persecution is the work of Muslims, most of it is. Yet most of the media and our world’s leaders don’t want to even discuss this. One group which monitors all this has recently released a report about it:

A new report by Open Doors has revealed the extent of Christian persecution around the world. The 2019 report reveals the number of Christians experiencing high levels of persecution reached 245 million. Its annual World Watch List details the 50 countries where persecution is at its worst.
www.christian.org.uk/news/245-million-christians-suffering-high-levels-of-persecution/

Says Open Doors:

The Christian persecution we read about in Scripture and history books is not a thing of the past. It still exists. Today, in the 21st century, we are living in a time when persecution against Christian believers is the highest in modern history. According to Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List—an in-depth investigative report focusing on global Christian persecution—persecution is increasing at an alarming rate. Research for the List indicates that each day, a staggering 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the top 50 countries ranked on the World Watch List.
www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/11-christians-killed-every-day-for-their-decision-to-follow-jesus/?fbclid=IwAR1qwgkySNLd_KDHj9mmAuZWFUPNQv-Bf-5RT_Bo9glku-VHsdXro8iHD1k

A quick look at their World Watch Map shows how much of this persecution is taking place in Muslim countries: www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/world-watch-list/

Thankfully some politicians are highlighting these grim facts. One English parliamentarian for example can be mentioned here:

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has used an Easter message to express his solidarity with millions of Christians worldwide suffering for their faith. Mr Hunt spoke of his commitment to promoting religious freedom around the world in 40 Lent letters sent out to Christians who have experienced persecution. The first letter was sent to Open Doors founder Brother Andrew. In it, Mr Hunt said it was his “honour” to send the first letter to Brother Andrew, a missionary from the Netherlands who used to smuggle Bibles behind the Iron Curtain.

Mr Hunt praised his “extraordinary and courageous support” for the persecuted church as he recalled reading about Brother Andrew’s story as a child in the book, “God’s Smuggler”. “As a man of faith, free to practise in line with my conscience, I am appalled at the plight of the 245 million Christians worldwide currently facing persecution as a result of their belief,” he said.
www.christiantoday.com/article/jeremy-hunt-appalled-by-suffering-of-245-million-christians-persecuted-for-their-faith/132256.htm?fbclid=IwAR0BYEdXf7tcJTHEzzl_Bta74AlGFpt715AlXVzvmC-DBxaYFAQ765H2ZdE

And with the leftist media still living in denial about all these facts – especially after the Christchurch killings – another report helps to put things in perspective:

Aid to the Church in Need, in its latest “Religious Freedom Report”, warned that 300 million Christians, overwhelmingly in the majority-Muslim countries, were subjected to violence, making it “the most persecuted religion in the world.” This makes the odds of a Christian in a majority-Muslim country being murdered by a Muslim – simply for being what he is – approximately one in 70,000. Which means that a Christian living in a majority Muslim country is 143 times more likely to be killed by a Muslim for being a Christian than a Muslim is likely to be killed by a non-Muslim in a Western country for being what he is.
voiceofeurope.com/2019/03/christians-living-in-a-muslim-country-143-times-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-muslim-than-vice-versa/

And to share all these gruesome facts is not to claim that only Christians are being slaughtered by the jihadists. Yes, plenty of Muslims are also the victims of Islamic terrorism. Nonetheless, Christians continue to make up a big percentage of their bloodletting.

But let me return to Sri Lanka. Right now there are countless grieving friends and family members of all the victims. We so very much need to lift them up in prayer at this moment. Easter commemorates a time when the forces of darkness sought to do their best to quench the light.

They failed miserably, with an empty grave validating the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. What looked like the triumph of evil proved to be nothing of the sort. Diabolical terrorists may have killed and wounded many this Easter Sunday, but they do not have the last word.

As I penned in an Easter meditation earlier today,

And we also know that one day Christ will return and he will put all his enemies under his feet (Psalm 110:1 – quoted often in the New Testament). Earthly kingdoms will be no more but his eternal Kingdom will remain. As we read in Revelation 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’”
billmuehlenberg.com/2019/04/21/easter-and-the-nations-he-shall-put-everything-under-his-feet/

Until then we know that Satan and his minions will keep hating on God and his people. By his grace we will continue to stand strong, regardless of the relentless persecution.

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24 Responses to Sri Lanka, Jihadist Massacres, and Western Denial

  • The ultimate pilgrimage is not one of those made to various earthly cities laying claim to some kind of sacredness or other:

    For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
    – Hebrews 13:14 [NIV]

  • We should remember that the listed number of jihad attacks is only for those which resulted in at least one death so the actual number of attacks is higher.

  • News18 is an affiliate of CNN based in India and is therefore part of the so-called “media mainstream”.
    Surely the rest of the so-called “media mainstream” worldwide cannot pretend that the News18 report naming two of the attackers is so-called “fake news”?

  • As we are in the middle of an election both leaders should immediately announce an emergency refugee program for Sri Lanka’s Christian (7.4%) minority.

    Of course we all know Bill Shorten would never do this. But if ScoMo did he would demonstrate his Christian credentials to skeptical voters like me and also demonstrating his opposition to the idea from Fraser Anning’s party that Christian Australia is white. This would then give Peter Dutton cover to bring in all the South African Christian farmers under the same refugee program.

    Sri Lankan Christians are all highly educated and have computer and other skills our country needs. Same with the skilled Christian farmers from South Africa. this will be a boost for the economy in the city and the bush.

  • “But let me return to Sri Lanka. Right now there are countless grieving friends and family members of all the victims. We so very much need to lift them up in prayer at this moment. Easter commemorates a time when the forces of darkness sought to do their best to quench the light”.

    “They failed miserably, with an empty grave validating the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. What looked like the triumph of evil proved to be nothing of the sort. Diabolical terrorists may have killed and wounded many this Easter Sunday, but they do not have the last word”.

    Mr M, I found a book in a charity shop it listed every one of Winston Churchill’s speeches. He was an excellent writer I think. What you said above was classic Churchill style to me. Some people can make words more than words; there is a life about what they write that is independent of the page it is on. Seriously, Mr M replacing you will be like trying to replace Mr Churchill.

    I am hoping all those who wore headscarves as a mark of respect for the Muslims that were murdered will wear crosses and say prayers in their parliament buildings as a mark of respect for those massacred in Sri Lanka. I am hoping my dad will let me wear a little makeup on none uniform day at school, the chance of my dad letting me wear a little makeup is zero, but that is still a little higher than our SJW politicians concerning themselves about the massacre of those Christians in Sri Lanka.

  • Thanks Sarah. Yes Churchill was a masterful writer. I can only touch the hem of his garment in this regard. But if you think I am following in his footsteps a bit, then I think you can still be a worthy successor to me and CultureWatch one day!

    And yes, you are quite right about the double standards concerning Christchurch and Sri Lanka. Bless ya.

  • Waleed Aly as a panelist on TV shows, should be asked about: Qur’an (7:80-84) on homosexuality, Qur’an (5:51) on Christianity (and specifically ‘Shirk’ and ‘Easter’ in Islam) and Qur’an (9:5) on terrorism.

  • I copied and pasted this comment – There must be some form of manifesto, some form of document which drove those responsible to perform these horrific acts, and to make them believe what they were doing was correct.
    That document should be restricted or banned to prevent further people from reading it and becoming radicalized through its content.
    Exactly like what happened after the NZ shooting.
    NZ citizens were arrested for possessing or sharing the shooter’s manifesto.

  • Yes terrific point Jo. But we dare not mention the K word!

  • Following the Sri Lankan tragedy, Australian Muslim commenters, misquote Qur’an 5:32, “whoever kills a man as if he killed whole mankind”. This is one of the most quoted Qur’anic verses. It is offered as somehow equivalent to the Jewish / Christian commandment, “thou shall not kill”.

    David Wood’s explanation of this verse:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-uUOv7UCkQ
    and
    Secular Brownie’s explanation:

  • Any chance of getting this brilliant article in The Australian or the Daily Telegraph? It needs to be spread far and wide.
    Thank you for your courage and wisdom. Easter Blessings to you and your family.

  • Saying, “whoever kills a man as if he killed whole mankind”, (with all it caveats), is a perverse way of saying, “thou shall not kill”.

    Keep in mind, “whoever kills a man as if he killed whole mankind”, is the best / only injunction Islam can offer.

  • I am hoping all those who wore headscarves as a mark of respect for the Muslims that were murdered will wear crosses and say prayers in their parliament buildings as a mark of respect for those massacred in Sri Lanka.

    Quite right. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe is a Christian but I look forward to the Hindu Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Muslim Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan both wearing crosses at the next meeting of their Parliaments which should rightly be opened with Christian prayers.

  • This, of course, is why the secularist claim that if all religions become subject to secularism then we will have peace, is such a blatant lie. Unfortunately it is a lie that, apparently, people don’t look like waking up to any time soon.

    1Th_5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety! Then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail upon a woman with child. And they shall not escape.
    (MKJV)

    As the above video points out, if you are not Muslim you are not considered “innocent” and so, obviously, the Quran is clearly sanctioning the murder of anyone who is not Muslim. It is blatantly obvious.

    Unfortunately we look like having a Labor government soon who will, again, open the door to huge Islamic migration and open borders will mean more deaths at sea and yet people will vote for them on the absurd assumption that they are going to do something about global warming. The fact is no matter how much you believe in anthropogenic global warming, whatever the Labor party will do will have zero effect. It is such a huge lie. Australia has around 0.3% of the world population and is surrounded by sea, which is the largest carbon sink. The air that passes over Australia almost invariably passed over the Southern or Pacific Oceans. The difference between the carbon dioxide levels under Labor and Liberal will be undetectable because the vast majority of emissions are not Australian, coal based emission. The Labor government is NOT going to save the Great Barrier Reef. It is all political claptrap and completely misleading yet, because people are mislead by these lies, we have to put our population at risk, not only of attack, but of huge economic vulnerability not to mention the clearly demonstrated risk to our power supplies.

    If Islam is a religion of peace why has there been no peace for well over a millennium anywhere that Islam has infiltrated? Why are huge numbers of people being killed and put into slavery, both sexual and otherwise, in Northern Africa, in the name of Islam? Why is it that so many Islamic nations have not condemned the idea of annihilating Israel? Why is there so little evidence that it is, in fact, a religion of peace?

  • Miss Clark has already touched upon the double standard between the Christchurch and Sri Lankan attacks. I too have noticed the radically different treatment of the two by the MSM and others. The Christchurch shooting was a lone wolf attack by a Communist China loving Green ecofascist with possible mental health issues yet despite this the MSM and others continue to trumpet the attack as an example of the extreme danger of right-wing White supremacy. Contrast this with Sri Lanka where it is all but certain to be a Muslim on Christian attack, and yet pretty much nothing I’ve read to date suggests this was a Muslim attack. Indeed several pieces have pointed out how Sri Lankan Muslims have been victims of Buddhist aggression in the past, and that there is no history of Islamic militancy. Nor has there been any attention paid to the fact that the killers deliberately chose Easter, though some articles noted that the churches were full for the Easter services. It seems like the MSM etc will rush to condemn where they see despised groups, but bend over backwards when privileged groups are perpetrators.

  • Reports that the Sri Lanka church attacks was “retaliation for Christchurch”.

    That’s great from the “Religion of Peace” isn’t it? A white supremacist who said “Am I a Christian? That is complicated. When I know, I will tell you.” and who wants a Lebanese-Australian Christian like me and Sri Lankan-Australian Christians deported back to where we came from, he goes and shoots up a mosque and the Muslims retaliate by blowing up non-white Christians!

  • Michael, assuming the shooter was being truthful, based on my reading he’s not a White supremacist, at least not in the classic sense. He’s reported to love Pakistan for instance and the country he admires most is China. His problem was solely races invading other nations – immigration and mass birth rates. That may mean he’d support ‘Black supremacy’ in Africa and ‘Muslim supremacy’ in much of North Africa and the Middle East. While he is a racist he’s not a supremacist in the classic evolutionary sense.

  • The double standards are being noticed by others, my wifes kayaking friends have made comments on their Fb pages about it, it will be interesting to see how Fb responds.

  • Yes, tonight Fox News reported that since 2012, there at least 23,000 confirmed killings of Christians around the world by the various “religious extremists,” (read Muslim fanatics). It matters not whether a group calling itself ‘Christian’ is truly such by any given denomination’s standards. The hard facts are that Islam views the world as being either Christian, Jews, some sort of Gentile or Muslim…period. Anything non-Muslim is Infidel to them…end of the conversation on their part. The rest of us are pigs, worthy of annihilation. No matter how much PC-types wish to soften this view, the truth remains that those who are not Muslim are sheep- to the slaughter. Heck, if you aren’t Muslim enough for the fanatics, you also are sheep, or more appropriately, infidel pigs to the slaughter.

  • The one thing these stupid Jihadists don’t get is that it works both ways. Killing Christians on their High Holy Days only serves to strengthen Christianity. Christ is the Lord and God is his Father. Christianity is the One True Way. When they massacre Christians, they have just sent to Heaven hundreds of Martyrs on our behalf. Sunday’s events were tragic, but they just sent 300 plus souls to Heaven to plead against them. They are not smart!!!

  • Muslim terror can only continue if Christians continue to sleep!

    Christians have no fear, have courage!

    May 26 elections in Belgium and European Parliament: do NOT vote for the leftists who want to destroy Christianity!!!

    Rudy, Belgium

  • Yes Rudy – vote wisely Europeans!

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