And Islamic law’s prohibition on building or repairing new churches adds an additional complication, which those already inspired enough to burn churches are likely to enforce. “60+ Churches Burned in Nigerian Muslim Stronghold,” by Ethan Cole for Fox News, April 25 (thanks to Twostellas):
More than 60 churches were burned and thousands of Christian-owned homes destroyed in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north after the recent election of incumbent Christian president Goodluck Jonathan, according to the Christian persecution watchdog group Open Doors.
Riots broke out Monday after the preliminary results of Saturday’s vote were announced. Jonathan, who was sworn in as president in May 2010, was announced president over his Muslim opponent Muhammadu Buhari. […]
Muslims complained that the vote tallies were rigged, but independent observers described the election as the fairest in decades.
Buhari was not even close to winning, receiving about 12 million votes to Jonathan’s 22 million. But as President Jonathan has noted, the post-election violence was “not spontaneous,” but rather suggests a large number of Muslims in the north who saw the loss coming and were poised and ready to cut loose the moment results were announced. If they cannot advance Islamic law through the ballot box, there’s always the old-fashioned way.