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March 19, 2010

NPR: Bible More Violent than the Koran

NPR recently ran a story titled Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran? in which they interviewed a professor whose book’s thesis answers that question in the affirmative.  Of course the Bible is the more violent, he concludes.  I know, as shocking as gambling at Rick’s.  Do you think NPR would have interviewed him otherwise?  But without getting into a childishly amateur verse by verse comparison of the two, or attempting to put the violence in context, or even a discussion about the moderating effects the New Testament and the Reformation have had on the Old Testament and Christianity, the question itself is as relevant as asking whether a pitchfork is more violent than a sledgehammer.  Inanimate objects aren’t violent, only the people who wield them are.  From the Associated Press:

Nigeria: Muslims murder 12 more Christians, cut out their tongues

LAGOS, Nigeria – Attackers killed 12 people Wednesday morning in a small Christian village in central Nigeria, officials said, cutting out most of the victims’ tongues in the latest violence in a region where religious fighting already has killed hundreds this year.

The attack almost mirrored the tactics used by those who carried out similar massacres in Christian villages last week when more than 200 people were slaughtered.  Under the cover of darkness and a driving rain, [muslim] raiders with machetes entered the village of Byie early Wednesday, setting fire to homes and firing gunshots into the air to drive frightened villagers into the night, witness Linus Vwi said.

“It was raining. They took that advantage,” Vwi said.  Vwi said he and about 20 neighbors rushed into the surrounding wilderness, cowering in bushes as they listened to screams.  He said the attackers spoke Fulani, a language used mostly by Muslim cattle herders in the region. Officials and witnesses blamed Fulani herders for the killings last week.

The dead included seven women, four children and one man, Lipdo said. Attackers removed the tongues of most of the victims, witnesses said.  It was unclear why attackers took the victims’ tongues. In Nigeria, killers sometimes take body parts of their victims for black magic or “juju” rituals, later using them as charms.

Attacks this month come after more than 300 people — mostly Muslim — were killed in January violence in the nearby city of Jos and its surrounding villages….

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Jihad Watch comments:  “Much as AP would like to portray this as an outbreak of ethnic or religious violence in which both sides are equally at fault, in reality the Muslims have been the aggressors all along. The last paragraph quoted above is simply a lagniappe about retaliatory violence, inserted so as to avoid appearances of “Islamophobia.”

The violence here is not a function of a holy book, but of a religion– in this case Islam.  It is not a Nigerian problem, it is a global problem.  Meanwhile, NPR is hot on the trail of Biblical violence, rightwing extremists, and unicorns.

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