The 300 or so kidnapped girls are mostly Christians. Now, about 100 of them have “converted” to Islam. Of course, they had little choice in the matter if they like having their heads attached to the rest of their bodies. Convert or die.
Nigeria is a country divided, notes Dr. Marshall. For the most part, the south is Christian with some Muslims living there. The north is Muslim with some Christians living there.
The Christians in the largely Muslim north are the biggest targets of Boko Haram’s violent jihad.
The second largest targets are Muslims who don’t go along with the radical Muslim’s version of strict Islam. The burning of the school a few months ago killed mostly Muslims. Boko Haram is at war with Western education which they feel undercuts Islam.
A few years ago, before most of us had ever heard of Boko Haram, our ministry produced a television special, which I hosted and helped produce with John Rabe and Susan Dzuro: Militant and Misled? Understanding Radical Islam in a Post-9/11 World.
One of our guests for that special was Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. He is a Muslim physician living in Arizona. He is the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which advocates for the separation of mosque and state.
As a medical doctor, Jasser notes that if you have the wrong diagnosis, you won’t get the right cure. Since too many today treat radical Islam in a politically correct way, then we’re just “chasing our tail” in trying to deal with the real enemy that wants us to convert or die.
Dr Jasser said: “Think of the millions of dollars in the leadership of the Pentagon that wrote a report on Fort Hood, that didn’t have the courage to talk about the theological aspects of what drove [spree shooter] Nidal Hassan…demonstrating that we are completely wasting our time and not addressing the root causes which are the separatism of political Islam from American type societies.”
The 80-plus page report from the Pentagon didn’t mention Islam, the shooter’s name (which is Islamic), what he shouted before he shot people (“Allahu Akbar!”), that he gave away Korans earlier, and so on. In short, the report from the Pentagon ignored the religious motivation of Hassan---just as many are ignoring Boko Haram’s motivation today. How can we deal properly with this enemy if we pussy-foot around their stated goal?
Dr. Jasser adds, “I’m in no way saying that Islam is the problem, but what I do want people to realize is that there are some interpretations of Islam that are the problem.”
Dr. Paul Marshall welcomes the attention finally paid to the evil work of Boko Haram, but he laments that after this crisis ends (hopefully with the girls being rescued), this group will likely continue its killing of more and more people in the name of Islam.