The world awakes to another cruel and morbid atrocity. This time in the back streets of Sri Lanka during Easter weekend when worshippers are quietly making their way to services throughout the country.
More than 200 people have been killed during Easter celebrations in Sri Lanka after a series of coordinated Islamic terrorist attacks were carried out targeting Christian worshippers.
One of the alleged suicide bombers responsible for the terror in Sri Lanka previously made a video in which he stated “anyone who disagrees with Muslims should be killed.”
Imam Mohamad Tawhidi posted a video of Islamic extremist Zahran Hashim uttering the statement, which was made in front of a backdrop showing a knife and blood.
“We spend hours exposing extremists every day. This video & its background went unnoticed due to language barriers. If he was exposed & brought to the attention of the authorities, he could’ve been stopped,” tweeted Tawhidi, who in a separate tweet criticized YouTube for hosting Hashim’s radical content.
According to reports, Hashim was responsible for the suicide bombing at the Shangri La hotel.
As we previously reported, journalist Saif Khalid claimed that reporting the name of Hashim was “Islamophobic”.
This tweet was vulgar but not surprising given that Khalid works for Al-Jazeera, which is owned by the Islamist Qatari government.
Police chief warned of planned attack
The wave of bombings came after the Sri Lanka police chief issued a nationwide alert 10 days ago that suicide bombers planned to attack “prominent churches,” according to multiple reports.
“Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore, there was a delay in action. What my father heard was also from an intelligence officer. Serious action need to be taken as to why this warning was ignored,”
Harin Fernando, a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, tweeted Sunday and included a document he says is the security warning.
Over 200 have been killed and hundreds injured in a series of bomb attacks on Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The attacks, which targeted four hotels and three Catholic churches, are the worst violence in the country since the end of its civil war a decade ago. It appears to have been orchestrated by a radical Islamic terrorist group.
Many of the churches were packed as Catholics gathered on one of the most important days in the traditional holiday calendar.
At around 8:45 a.m. local time, terrorists targeted churches in the capital Colombo and nearby towns in the west of the country, as well as Batticaloa in the east. One of the worst attacks was at the church of St. Sebastian’s in Negombo, a few miles north of Colombo. Fifty died in an explosion that left dead bodies strewn across the floor and destroyed the church’s roof. “You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls,” a priest told cnn.
St. Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church in Colombo, was also targeted. The renovated building houses one of the country’s oldest churches.
Bomb attacks also hit the Shangri La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels in Colombo, in an apparent attempt to target foreign visitors. Two other blasts were reported in smaller hotels near Dehiwala zoo in the south of city. Around 35 foreigners are reported dead.
Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the attacks were a “well-coordinated attempt to create murder, mayhem and anarchy.”
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, 10 days ago, Sri Lankan police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued a warning that Islamic terrorists were planning to attack churches.
The warning stated: “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.”
The NTJ is a Muslim terrorist group in Sri Lanka.
Its most famous attack was on Buddhist statues last year. Muslims from Sri Lanka have also supported terrorist groups in Syria. Terrorists returning from the Middle East after the defeat of the Islamic State could be involved in the attack. afp noted: “In January, Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators stashed near a wildlife sanctuary following the arrest of four men from a newly formed radical Muslim group.” Indian media claim to have the names of two of the attackers. Both are Islamic.
Police have said they believe a single group is responsible. They have been carrying out raids on individuals involved in the attack. Three police offices have been killed trying to track down the perpetrators.
The pope spoke about the attacks in his traditional Easter message to the world. “I wish to express my affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.
The Catholic archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on the government to track down the attackers and “punish them mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.”
At attack on churches during Easter Sunday mass is one of the most deliberately provocative acts imaginable. The Islamic State believed that part of its mission was to provoke Christians to lead a European “crusader” army to invade Syria. Its slick, professional-looking propaganda magazine, Dabiq, was named after the location it believed this European army would attack.
The magazine’s first article outlined the terrorists’ vision of end-time events. An army of Muslims from Medina would defeat the Europeans. “Then they will conquer Constantinople” (now Istanbul, the former capital of Turkey). The article said that in the ensuing struggle, Jesus would descend from heaven and lead the Islamic armies to victory.
Because of this vision, the Islamic State continually threatened Europe and Christians. It regularly claimed to be plotting an attack on the Vatican and the pope.
There are early indications that the Sri Lankan attackers had some links to the Islamic State, and we’ll learn more in the days ahead. But this idea of provoking a clash with Christianity stretches beyond just the Islamic State.
The Bible also forecasts such a clash.
Daniel 11:40-45 describe an end-time clash between “the king of the south” and “the king of the north”—referring to radical Islam led by Iran, and a European power led by Germany. In 1998, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in an article titled “The King of the South”: The stage is being set for an Islamic group of nations to be led by Iran as the prophesied king of the south, which will push at the king of the north, the European Union. Iran has a foreign policy with a lot of ‘push.’”
We’re seeing a growing number of Islamist groups eager to push at Christianity, and especially the Catholic Church, centered in Rome. The terrible attacks in Sri Lanka are the latest example of this.
You can read more about this coming clash in our Trends article “Iran and Europe Heading For a Clash of Civilizations.”
The attack has claimed four times as many lives as the recent New Zealand massacre, in which 50 Muslims were gunned down in a Christchurch mosque.
Christians in Sri Lanka, similar to Muslims in New Zealand, are a minority. Christians make up just over 6% of the population in Sri Lanka, behind Buddhist, Hindus, and around 3% Muslims.
In both attacks, a minority group was the target. In both attacks, the victims were targeted in their religious place of worship. But unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll witness a similar response to both attacks from our politicians and the mainstream media.
Following the Christchurch terrorist attack, politicians and personalities donned hijabs, attended mosque worship, and even broadcast the Islamic call to prayer in public places.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern donned a hijab and ordered a nationwide broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer, which states “there is no god but Allah alone”. We won’t be holding our breath for a national broadcast of the Lord’s Prayer. So far, Ardern hasn’t said anything on social media in response to the attack.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to condemn the “terrorism” witnessed in New Zealand, but simply expressed her “deepest sympathies” to all those affected by “the acts of violence against churches and hotels.”
Muslim Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, beefed up security and police presence around mosques after the Christchurch attack, but merely sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims in Sri Lanka.
Political Commentator David Vance said, “Imagine if Christians targeted mosques during Ramadan and tried to kill as many Muslims as possible. The media would go ballistic. Consider the slaughter of Christians in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and reflect on the supine silence from the politicians.”
Similarly, Stefan Molyneux highlighted, “The corporate media was more outraged by a kid cornered by an aggressive drummer than hundreds of Christians slaughtered in Sri Lanka.”
“Compare the level of outrage with what happened in Sri Lanka with Christchurch, NZ,” Imam Mohamad Tawhidi tweeted. “Triple the amount of casualties and triple the amount of injured people. It offends me and other like-minded Muslims that we get special treatment and other equal humans don’t.”
Dinesh D’Souza rightly said, “What we learn from the disparate coverage of New Zealand and Sri Lanka terrorist attacks is that ‘news’ isn’t really news. Media coverage of events more often reflects ideological prejudices of the media than what’s actually going on in the world.”
It would appear Christian lives don’t matter all that much to our politicians and the media, much less those who live in non-white nations like Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Egypt.
Various tweets suggest moral ambiguity and blatant hypocrisy
“Christianity really is under attack when you turn on the TV and the Sri Lanka terrorist attack is not wall to wall coverage like New Zealand was. ”
“The Sri Lanka death toll is now over 200 and involves multiple churches. A far worse terrorist attack than the one in New Zealand”
“Yet this is a terrorist attack against Christians. Where is the unceasing wall to wall coverage that we got on the New Zealand attacks?”
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