Questioning the Necessity and Rationality of fighting wars started by Ancient Wild People
by Chris Stevenson
I do not imply the ancient men of old lacked morals or character. But it seems there are always new people on the scene today taking their words and every aspect of their life and time-period too literally. Take for example the Middle-Eastern practice of tossing acid on a woman’s face, or executing them for marrying outside of the Muslim faith, consider these sick practices as proof of how troubling their male members are taught to be. What’s going on in these cases has nothing to do with God, or Allah, but everything to do with false authority replacing education, understanding and most glaringly, common sense.
Another byproduct of religious worship-gone-wrong is the mid-April 2014 kidnapping of over 300 girls from from a school in Nigeria (Chibok) while they were sleeping no less. The alleged mastermind of this is yet another highly-insecure, violent and delusional clown named Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram. He is quoted as stating his reason for doing this as there’s a market for them therefore he intends to sell them off to slavery and marriage, “by Allah, I will sell them off and marry them.” “Allah” seems to be talking to quite a few people over the centuries, what a guy. Sekou-described in an article as “one of those who believes that you can sacrifice anything for your beliefs”-is also a known mass-murderer. He is a recluse who likes to post videos of himself ala Osama bin Laden. In January 2012 a Boko Haram attack killed over 180 in Kano (northern Nigeria’s largest city), suspicion is strong that he is at least in part financed by al Qaeda.
The name Boko Haram itself means “Western Education is Forbidden” in Hausa language. So this flake of a leader somewhat sees himself as rescuing young black girls from the evil western education by making them slaves, which is still a common practice in some quarters of the west. Okay does anyone reading this see a tie-in between Muslim religious extremism and the GOP? Sharia law is nothing more than the White American control-freak desire to deprive women of their right to vote, control their reproductive system, and advance themselves economically. Shekau’s idea of worship is doing nothing more than promoting the same weak exaggerated, anti-woman philosophy that conservative white male republicans and religious Christian right proponents preach. He is simply a nobody undeservedly granted the ears of many who should have laughed at him and kept it moving, leaving him alone to figure it out. How long would he have lasted were those white girls he kidnapped? Obama’s drones would have blew him and his masculine-deprived gang to smithereens before they even reached the gate.
As of May the 22nd the UN Security Council approved sanctions against Boko Haram which will result in an arms embargo and asset-freeze. According to the United States Institute of Peace: “Boko Haram is an Islamic sect that believes politics in northern Nigeria has been seized by a group of corrupt, false Muslims. It wants to wage war against them, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria generally to create a ‘pure’ Islamic state ruled by Sharia Law.” Since 2011 this one man’s version of “pure” Islam (founder Islamist cleric Mohammed Yusuf in ‘02) has bombed churches, and set fires to schools. In March of 2012 twelve public schools alone were burned down at night. This put 10,000 students out of an education.
Of course it’s not fair at this point to pick on the Quran or Islam. The Bible is no Saint when it comes to inspiring similar behavior. In fact it is governments from mostly Christian and Jewish dominated lands that help push these Muslim nations to the brink through waging wars and sanctions against them or through divisive deals made with their governments to the disadvantage of their common citizens. The Bible is a confusing book to quite a few, the final authority to many, and misunderstood by most. The first bit of contention is what many people feel the Bible advocates; slavery, war, misogyny. What is not being widely broadcast is the fact that what we call the Bible has been hijacked during the Middle-ages. This is important because it was then that this book of worship became a weapon. There is now a school of thought that claims the Bible was written then.
Boko Haram-as with all terrorist groups-come from economically disgruntled and impoverished people. Oftentimes they are only able to watch their own resources sucked away in exchange for money they never benefit from such as from a huge oil company like Royal Dutch Shell. This gives rise to them feeling they are being exploited and outside their own country. Another angle to the Boko Haram story is targeting children is nothing new for them, and on at least one occasion the boys got it even worse. Last February a boarding school in Yobe was attacked during the middle of the night by suspected Boko Haram militants, killing 29 boys and seriously injuring others. Far be it from me to consider child-killers as militants, but this news only scratches the surface. What has been ongoing is a gross return to slavery with girls having been sold to perverts for something called “rape-marriage” or “biblical marriage” for as little as twelve dollars ($12).
Kidnapping and rape are what they are no matter how you categorize it. Those who practice these forms of abduction and sexual atrocities reportedly use a few select scriptures in the Bible to justify themselves; Exodus 12:7, Numbers 31: 17, Deuteronomy 12:11, and Judges 21: 10-23. All these scriptures prove what a gross hypocrite Abubakar Shekau is. He claims to use hatred of western education as motivation for his kidnapping young school-girls, but has no problem with using one of the west’s most popular books, the Bible, to cover himself, or sending the girls to their eventual final destination; American cities like New York, New Jersey, Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Honolulu, and Canada to profit from.
Reports of the Nigerian government being slow to react to the warning and news of the 300 kidnapped girls is no-doubt due to what Aljazeera America quoted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as recently admitting. He disclosed that Boko Haram has infiltrated “Nigeria’s power structure,” this includes all three branches of government, executive, legislative, judicial, as well as police and armed forces. It’s not that fighting wars started by ancient quranic or biblical people have kept modern society from moving forward, these wars were generally lost even if an army won the battle because they are mostly based on religious exclusivity. Trying to convince church members to give up the only thing many of them identify themselves with would be a waste of time, and start another war of words. The best solution is for each individual worshipper to become more here-and-now based and take their holy books be they Quran, Bible, Book of Mormon etc., with a grain of salt and judge for yourself what passages lean too far toward the edge… and not go there.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.