Martin Niemoller: Persecuted African Christianity; A Rising Crescent

Julian Benda could have learned a thing or two from Leo Strauss.  The implored distinction between sophistry and rhetoric distilled throughout ‘Natural Right & History’ fell on deaf ears.  Benda was not a true intellectual, for if he was, he would have tempered his indictment with a fury alloyed from a synoptic view, a humanism that propelled and fed an Orwell.  Benda was not alone as he discovered the felt betrayal that became Totalitarianism.  There were others more fit to quarry a rage worthy of deep intellectual criticism.  Martin Niemoller is one.

A German Pastor who wrote the infamous:

First they came for the communists, 
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.  Then they came for the socialists, 
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.             Then they came for the trade unionists,
 and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.  Then they came for the jews, 
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.   Then they came for the catholics, 
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a catholic.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

The politically convenient cry ‘Never Again’ is happening today throughout Africa.  Its difficult to say but the Christians are becoming the most targeted, persecuted religion throughout Africa.  The jihadi’s are on the move.  Who’s speaking out. . .

Boko Haram’s disorganized militia has wrecked havoc on Nigeria.  These emboldened youths continue to thwart any organized resistance.  The invasion of Tudun Wada Wuro Pature and its Federal Polytechnic State University is the norm.  Students were thrown outside and asked to reveal their names:  any Christian was immediately identified and throat slit.

All western influence is haram (forbidden).

Ditto for the Maghreb, Somalia, Mali, Niger and Keyna.

The American CENTCOM AFRICA stationed in Germany will continue to handle both the intelligence and logistic support for identifying and interrogating militant Islamists.  But the bad news is twofold.  Africa has weak political authority.  Although this can help CIA with plausible deniability, the long trend is:  the militants are growing!

The Arab Spring success of Sharia based political parties in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya has completely emboldened these al-Qaeda affiliates.  Arms flowing from post-Khadafy Libya don’t help either.

Ansar Dine has captured a semi-autonomous region in northern Mali, it’s quickly becoming our AfPak in Africa. If our American Executive thought Afghanistan was difficult with porous regional borders and duplicitous allies, what till they see what Africa has to offer.

My guess is that Nigeria can be turned relatively quickly with help from the House of Saud.  I’ve written earlier on Nigeria so check out more detailed work there for extensive analysis on Boko Harm and indigenous Islam throughout Nigeria as a harbinger of what’s to come.

Don’t wait for Hollywood types to hold hands for ‘Do they know its Christmas?’ or ‘We are the World.’  American liberalism has no love for Christianity.

About William J. Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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