Thursday, February 11, 2010
Push for Islamic Courts in Kenya Alarms Christians
Emergence of Somali-related Islamic extremists puts authorities on high alert
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NAIROBI, KENYA (ANS) -- Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that a constitutional battle to expand the scope of Islamic courts in the east African country of Kenya threatens to ignite religious tensions at a time when authorities are on high alert against Muslim extremists with ties to Somalia.
“The proposed constitution has gathered enough momentum that 23 leaders of churches and Christian organizations released a statement on Feb. 1 asserting their opposition to any inclusion of such religious courts,” the story continued. “The heated debate erupted as security officials went on high alert when sympathizers of the Islamic terrorist al-Shabaab militia appeared in a protest in mid-January to demand the release of radical Muslim cleric, Abdullah Al-Faisal, who entered the country on Dec. 31.
“Al-Faisal had been imprisoned from 2004 to 2008 after a British court convicted him of soliciting murder and inciting hatred. Eyewitnesses to the protests in Nairobi told Compass one demonstrator clad in fatigues with his face masked by a balaclava waved the black flag of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militia and passed his finger across his throat in a slitting gesture, taunting passersby.”
The story added that Al-Shabaab-affiliated operatives appear to have targeted Christians in Kenya, according to an Internet threat by a group claiming to align itself with the Islamic extremist militia seeking to topple the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia.
In an e-mail message entitled, “Fatwa for Infidels” to Christian and governmental leaders in Kenya, a group calling itself the Harakatul-Al-Shabaab-al Mujahidin threatened to kill Muslim converts to Christianity and those who help them.
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