The Age of the Anti-Christian Pogrom


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ABSTRACTNational Review Corner Blogs Authors Topics Magazine Subscribe Login Topics Authors The Age of the Anti-Christian Pogrom Prayers in Garissa, Kenya Share article on Facebook share Tweet article tweet Plus one article on Google Plus +1 Print Article Email article Adjust font size A A A A A A A A A A A A A A by Rich Lowry April 7, 2015 12:00 AM Islamic zealots slaughter Christians in Kenya, and our president can’t bring himself to name the evil. W e live in the era of the anti-Christian pogrom. The slaughter at Garissa University College in Kenya that killed nearly 150 people last week was the latest example of the bloodlust. Usually, such mass-casualty attacks are indiscriminate, but the killers of the Somali-based al-Shabab terror group sought to be exacting during their all-day assault on the largely Christian university. A student told the Associated Press, “If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot.” Another who escaped through a window said, “The attackers were just in the next room, I heard them ask people whether they were Christian or Muslim, then I heard gunshots and screams.” One witness described his best friend begging for his life, pretending to be a Muslim; when he couldn’t recite a Muslim prayer, he was shot to death. Another recalls seeing three girls praying for help: “The mistake they made was to say, ‘Jesus, please save us,’ because that is when they were immediately shot.” Al-Shabab condemned the university, just 90 miles from Kenya’s porous border with Somalia, as being part of an alleged plan to spread Christianity and infidelity. An al-Shabab spokesman told Reuters that the group spared Muslims (although, according to reports, the killers fired randomly at times). The administration’s reaction to this atrocity carried out by Islamic zealots for avowedly religious reasons was typically shorn of any specific reference to what had happened, or why. The administration reverted to its core strength of tightly scripted euphemism. In his statement, President Barack Obama said that “innocent men and women were brazenly and brutally massacred.” True enough, but he couldn’t bring himself to say who had been shot by whom . He vowed to stand with the Kenyan government and people “in their efforts to bring communities together,” the closest he dared step to the unmistakable religious dimension of.......