Boko Haram (Updated)

“Boko haram” means  “books are sinful.” (The Koran is traditionally written on something other than a Western style book.) It’s a whole social program in two words.

I (and millions of others) want to know if Islam approves of kidnapping and rape, in general, and  of non-combatants in particular.

I hope someone will point me to anything showing that  representative Muslim organizations anywhere have done anything to fight the kind of horrors that happened and keep happening  in Nigeria right now. I think even words count.

I will post here immediately any link to any evidence of Muslim revulsion.

5/7/14 Update: I have had no response so far but I found this statement on the blog of the Islamic Society of North America. My Google search was superficial and underinformed. I hope others will join me.

“(Plainfield, IN 5/6/14) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the oldest and largest American Muslim umbrella organization, today condemned the kidnapping of and threat to sell off the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

In a statement, ISNA Vice President Azhar Azeez said:

“We condemn wholeheartedly, the disgusting and un-Islamic actions that the terrorist group known as Boko Haram has committed.  Kidnapping and threatening to sell the over 200 Nigerian school girls has no validation in the religious tradition of Islam and we urge the Nigerian authorities to find the missing school girls and bring their captors to justice.”

ISNA was among the several American Muslim organizations that condemned the terrorist bombing attacks on Nigerian churches in 2011.

SEE: Religious Leaders Condemn Attacks On Christians in Egypt and Nigeria

The Obama administration is doing something about the Boko Haram terror: Its’ leading a Tweet campaign!

Myself, I think we have splendid special operation teams that are currently unemployed. We should send them to Norther Nigeria with or without the approval of the hapless Nigerian administration. Of course this would be contrary to the Libertarian creed because Boko Haram probably poses little danger to the United States. It would be against the inclination of the bulk of the Democratic Party which welcomes the end of the Pax Americana lasting since 1945. In the meantime, we are losing our soul as a nation because weakness corrupts.

 

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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3 Responses to Boko Haram (Updated)

  1. Jim N says:

    Don’t hold your breath! 🙂

  2. Boko Haram is also notorious for murdering Muslims that have spoke out against its message of isolation and bigotry. Here is analysis from John Campbell, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria (2004-2007).

  3. Brandon: Jihadists regularly kill more Muslims than they do other.s (They will kill ten of their neighbors before they kill one of us so, I guess,we are OK.).

    I was raising another issue. The fact that the leader in the video claimed that the kidnapped girls were his”slaves” that he was free to sell raises serious echos about Islam itself. I am soliciting opinions from Muslims and Muslim sources and organizations about whether it is religiously correct to make such claims. I am awaiting the fatwas (plural) condemning this action.
    The Muslim response I found is in the text above. It’s by the Islamic Society of North America, not an extremist organization in any sense of the term. I find the Society’s condemnation lukewarm, kind of minimalist. As I confessed, I have no confidence that my Internet search was good. I hope others will help.

    The longer it takes to comment on the current Nigeria atrocity, the more we are free to imagine that they are deliberating, in my book.

    Here is a hint of where I see a problem: It’s difficult to explain behavior that is horrendous by our standards by saying, “That’s how it used to be back then,” and then turn around and claim that a body of doctrine dating back to the 8th century is just as valid today as it was then. I suspect (SUSPECT) that Muslims of all kinds stay away from this issue in droves. (The Muslims in my own familty certainly do.)

    As a far as I know, Islam which is a body of laws among other things, still allows the enslavement of non-Muslims, at least, by default.

    By the way, there is a link on this blog to the Hamas Charter, a recent document. The last few pages on how to treat Christians and Jews are amazing.

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