Friday, November 22, 2002


That's right, What Would Mohammed Like? Well apparently not the Miss World pageant according to the actions of rioters in Kaduna, Nigeria where more than 100 people were killed and 500 injured after a newspaper suggested Mohammed would have liked the pageant. CNN reports:

Angry mobs in the mainly-Muslim city 600 kilometres (375 miles) northwest of Lagos burnt Christian churches and rampaged through the streets stabbing, bludgeoning and burning bystanders to death....

Schools and shops hurriedly closed as hordes of young men, shouting "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is great," ignited makeshift street barricades made of tires and garbage, sending plumes of black smoke rising above the city. Others were heard chanting, "Down with beauty" and "Miss World is sin."

Well, now it may be. But so is dragging people from cars, stabbing them and then igniting a tire around their necks. As is looting and pillaging. Not to mention outright murder. One has a hard time taking seriously the religious sensitivities of people who resort to mass rioting over a newspaper article.

'Christian youths' are also now reported to have retaliated. You like to see their dedication to Jesus's injunction to 'turn the other cheek'.

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