Attacks by Islamic extremists around the world on non-Muslims are occurring at an increasing rate. On Sept. 24 the government of Kenya officially announced that it had brought an end to the siege by Islamic extremists in a shopping mall in Nairobi. Sixty-one civilians, mostly Christians, and six soldiers, were dead and more than 200 were wounded. Militants of the al-Shabab group began their siege at the mall Sept. 21. They were boasting on Twitter that they singled out non-Muslims for execution.
On Sept. 22, two Islamic suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Christian church in Pashawar, Pakistan, killing 89 people, mostly children. More than 150 people were injured by the twin blasts. The blasts occurred just as about 600 people were leaving church. Blood and body parts littered the church grounds.
These are only two of the most recent horrific attacks by Islamic extremists against Christians and Jews around the world. The list of their atrocities is too long to repeat here. Where's the outrage of the moderate American Muslim community against the Islamic extremists? This community yearns for social acceptance of their faith, yet their silence on these attacks indicates tacit approval of Islamic extremism. If the Muslim community wants compassion and acceptance, they must be willing to give compassion and acceptance for the practice of other religious beliefs.
Cameron Carpenter, Newalla
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