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Offline sainthieu

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Cathedral in Nigeria destroyed by extremist attacks
« on: June 12, 2011, 02:35:23 PM »
News of more interfaith dialog from the Catholic News Agency:

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jun 9, 2011 / 03:15 am (CNA).- An extremist Islamic group is being held responsible for a series of recent attacks in Nigeria, which have left 16 dead and destroyed the Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick in the northern capital city of Maiduguri.

“St. Patrick’s Cathedral was seriously damaged, windows and doors destroyed, the whole building was shaken to its foundations by the violence of the explosion,” said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri.

On June 7, an armed group suspected to be members of Boko Haram set off a bomb at the cathedral as well as two police stations. The damage is the latest in a series of coordinated attacks by Boko Haram, which claims to seek a more widespread application of sharia (Islamic law) in Africa's most populated nation.

The extremist group – with a name that translates to “Western education is a sin” in the Haussa language –  has carried out almost daily attacks in and around Maiduguri in recent months. Its targets have been politicians, law enforcement, and religious and traditional rulers opposed to its ideology.

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Re: Cathedral in Nigeria destroyed by extremist attacks
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 03:24:22 PM »
News of more interfaith dialog from the Catholic News Agency:

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jun 9, 2011 / 03:15 am (CNA).- An extremist Islamic group is being held responsible for a series of recent attacks in Nigeria, which have left 16 dead and destroyed the Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick in the northern capital city of Maiduguri.

“St. Patrick’s Cathedral was seriously damaged, windows and doors destroyed, the whole building was shaken to its foundations by the violence of the explosion,” said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri.

On June 7, an armed group suspected to be members of Boko Haram set off a bomb at the cathedral as well as two police stations. The damage is the latest in a series of coordinated attacks by Boko Haram, which claims to seek a more widespread application of sharia (Islamic law) in Africa's most populated nation.

The extremist group – with a name that translates to “Western education is a sin” in the Haussa language –  has carried out almost daily attacks in and around Maiduguri in recent months. Its targets have been politicians, law enforcement, and religious and traditional rulers opposed to its ideology.


Just an observation. While we have no self-annointed 'O'rthodox groups who would support a campaign of mass terror and intimidation (at least none that I am aware of) we do have many who probably would adopt a cognomen of  “Western education is a sin”.

Extremism starts with self-righteousness, an inflated sense of self-importance, a sense of persecution, increasing paranoia and finally grand delusion. Words and rhetoric may be the starting point and when the 'ignorant masses' fail to appreciate the wonder of their logic extremists move on to more 'dramatic' and deadly forms of persuasion.

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