As expected, Christmas did not pass the Islamic world without church attacks and slaughtered Christians. It’s apparently a tradition there, from the dawn of Islam down to this very Christmas. According to an AP report published today, December 25:
Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.
Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer said…
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, which is estimated to number about 400,000 to 600,000 people, often has been targeted by al-Qaida and other insurgents who see the Christians as heretics.
It is interesting to note that these attacks happened in Iraq — the one nation that should have served as an early model of what happens once Arab autocrats are removed and so-called “freedom” ushered in, and this a decade before the “Arab Spring” came along. In all cases — in Iraq, followed by “Arab Spring” nations Egypt, Libya, and ongoing Syria — chaos and violence have been the result, with indigenous Christian minorities and their churches bearing the brunt.
Iraq has already seen more than half of its Christian population flee, rather than die, and countless of its churches destroyed. Indeed, the most barbaric church attack in modern times in the Islamic world happened in Iraq, in 2010 (see here for graphic images).
And now on Christmas Day, 2013, this. Expect more such news to emerge from other corners of the Islamic world in the coming days, including New Year’s and Orthodox Christmas.