Sunday, November 13, 2005


Fire is the Muslim weapon of choice at the moment:
A mob set ablaze three churches, a convent and a priest's house in Pakistan's central Punjab province on Saturday, according to police and clergy.

Some 1,500 people took part in the attack at Sangla Hill, around 70 km west of Lahore, Catholic Archbishop Lawrence Saldanaha told a news conference.

"The attack seems to be planned and organised as the attackers were brought to the site on buses," the archbishop said, citing reports from witnesses.

The outbreak of anti-Christian violence appeared to have been sparked by unsubstantiated accusations that a local Christian had desecrated the Koran, he said.

He said the church's own initial investigation suggested the accusations were motivated by a dispute over money.

Akram Gill, a Christian legislator, said the dispute was due to a gambling debt owed by two Muslims to a Christian.

"They refused to pay the money and created this nuisance," Gill said, adding that "fundamentalist elements" were fuelling anti-Christian feelings.
Oh well, at least no one's had his head lopped... so far.


Anonymous Jorgen said...

Some 1,500 people took part in the attack

Note that this is not a small group of extreme Islamists. The participants must be considered mainstream Muslims.

12:26 AM  

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