Deacon Keith Fournier says kidnappings and attacks on Christians by Boko Haram Islamists are a “demonic assault.”
“Americans don’t like to think about the demonic,” he says in a column for TheStream.org. “We don’t want to believe anyone else is really serving evil. Our scholars and pundits try to explain such evil in economic and political terms. That can be partially true, of course, but it doesn’t change the reality of evil or the fact that it is at work in all of this horror.”
Most recently, Boko Haram extremists kidnapped 22 young girls Friday. The girls will be held as sex slaves or sold.
In September of last year, Boko Haram Islamists riding on motorcycles shot down Christians who were walking home from church. They killed eight.
But their biggest attack was three years ago when the group kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in northern Nigeria. Many of the girls were Christian.
“I abducted your girls,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said at the time. “I will sell them in the market, by Allah. … There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”
According to reports, their terrorism has killed more than 20,000 people and driven about 2.6 million people from their homes.
“We need to listen to our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ who live in the midst of the Islamist terror,” Fournier said. “They can tell us about responding to the kind of demonic evil Boko Haram has unleashed on the Christians of northern Nigeria.”
Photo: People hold up signs as local clergy, activists and and community leaders protest for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City. Despite a global outcry and renewed military effort to locate them, the girls, who were kidnapped last month by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, have yet to be found.
Photo courtesy: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Publication date: April 6, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.