At least nine Christians were recently murdered in Kenya for not reciting the Islamic statement of faith, the Shahada.
The attack, according to a report by International Christian Concern, occurred about 10 days ago when Christians traveling by bus were separated from their Muslim counterparts and killed in Northeast Kenya. When they would not recite the creed, they were “paraded out of the bus and shot dead at close range by those believed to be al-Shabaab militants.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the murders of Kenyan Christians simply going about their day,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “Muslims must speak out on these seemingly endless, senseless killings of innocent people holding different beliefs than theirs. Freedom of religion or belief is a universal human right that must be protected and promoted by all for the sake of peace and prosperity. This must end, but it won’t until Muslims en masse demand an end to violence against others in the name of religion, which is generally successful when it does happen.”
One rider attributed his survival to a Muslim passenger who tossed him some Somali clothes to put on when the bus was first hijacked. Because of this, the hijackers assumed he was a Muslim. In August, a group of concerned Muslims thwarted an al-Shabaab attack on Christian workers at a hospital construction site by warning the Christians to flee, and lives were saved.
Save the Persecuted Christians has a mission to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus. One method is through “The People of the Cross” exhibit, which features images, facts and quotes about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries.
The exhibit banner highlighting East Africa reports that “Al-Shabaab originated in Somalia and threatens Christians all over East Africa, claiming to wage ‘jihad against enemies of Islam’—as does the Islamic State, which draws fighters from as far as Minneapolis. Methods of killing vary, but targets and techniques are the same: identifying Christians; order them to recite the Shahada and convert to Islam; and slaughter all who refuse.”
The incident this month, unfortunately, is not isolated. East African jihadists have a history of targeting buses, separating passengers by religious identity and killing the Christians. Other tragic and violent examples include the following:
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SOURCE: Charisma News