Bits n Pieces
Rampaging Muslims have killed 10 Christians, injured 61
others, destroyed 9 churches and displaced more than 500 people
in Northern Nigeria according to eyewitnesses – all because
Muslim high school students claimed a Christian student had drawn
a cartoon of Islam’s prophet Muhammed, on the wall of the
The 14 Christian students (out of 1500) insist no one saw the
alleged cartoon, and furthermore, no one in the tiny minority of
Christians would have dared to do such a thing, especially during
Christian student Shehu Bawa said, "This is a lie
created to have a reason to attack us. How could we have done
this when the Muslim students are always around the Mosque day
and night because of Ramadan?"
After attacking the few Christian students, the rampaging
Muslim students poured into the street of Tudun Wada, joined now
by other Muslims. For the next 4 hours, the growing mob burned
down Christian churches, vandalized Christian property and
Among the churches burned were – St Mary’s
Catholic Church, St George’s Anglican Church, Evangelical
Church of West Africa, Assemblies of God Church, First Baptist
Church, a Pentecostal Church called Mountain of Fire and Miracles
Church, an African Independent Church, the Cherubim and Seraphim
Church, two other Pentecostal Churches, The Chosen Bible Church
and Deeper Life Bible Church.
Seven of the 10 Christians murdered were buried in a common
grave, but Government workers did not allow relatives of Church
workers to identify the bodies.
Pastor Rabiu Danbawa said he went to the local Police Station
for help when he saw the churches being torched, but the police
turned away Christians who had run there for help. He said women
and children then ran for the bush, only to be attacked by
Muslims who had already hidden themselves in the bush waiting
their Christian prey. Even Christian policemen were not immune,
with about 30 officers and their families being attacked and
their homes looted and set on fire.
The massacre came in response to a call by the Sultan of
Sokoto, Abubakar III, to Muslims in Northern Nigeria to rise
against Christianity. Voice of the Martyrs records that more than
10,000 Christians have been martyred in the region since Islamic
law was imposed on the region in 1999.
They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of
caring for almost 30 vulnerable children. But Vincent and Pauline
Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away
because they have refused to sign new sexual equality
regulations. To do so, they claim, would force them to promote
homosexuality and go against their Christian faith. The
11-year-old boy, who has been in their care for two years, will
be placed in a council hostel this week and the Mathericks will
no longer be given children to look after.
The devastated couple, who have three grown up children of
their own, became foster parents in 2001 and have since cared for
28 children at their home in Chard, Somerset. Earlier this year,
Somerset County Council's social services department asked
them to sign a contract to implement Labour's new Sexual
Orientation Regulations, part of the Equality Act 2006, which
make discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal.
Officials told the couple that under the regulations they
would be required to discuss same-sex relationships with children
as young as 11 and tell them that gay partnerships were just as
acceptable as heterosexual marriages. They could also be required
to take teenagers to gay association meetings. When the
Mathericks objected, they were told they would be taken off the
register of foster parents. The Mathericks have decided to resign
rather than face the humiliation of being expelled. Mr Matherick,
a 65-year-old retired travel agent and a primary school governor,
said, "I simply could not agree to do it because it is
against my central beliefs. We have never discriminated against
anybody but I cannot preach the benefits of homosexuality when I
believe it is against the Word of God".
The lunatics have really got hold of the
Four firemen from Bristol have been fined and punished after
disturbing a group of four homosexuals engaging in an act of
gross indecency in a public place. The firemen - formerly members
of the Avon Fire Service’s Blue Watch at Avonmouth station
in Bristol – stumbled on the session near Circular Road on
the Downs in Bristol. One of the men contacted the AIDS charity,
the Terence Higgins Trust, who advised him to launch a formal
The firefighters were charged with bringing the service into
disrepute as their actions were deemed homophobic. They have been
treated as criminals and it has been completely forgotten that
they witnessed criminal activity happening in a public place.
The firefighters were suspended on full pay during a three
month investigation. Two were fined up to £1000, one was
demoted in rank and the other given a written warning. They have
all been ordered to attend an equality course and the fines will
be donated to a nominated gay rights charity.
The 4 perverts at the source of the complaint will face no
criminal charges according to the Avon and Somerset police.