Christians Have Destroyed Almost All the Mosques In the Central African Republic; an American Fan Cheers Them On

Christian and Muslim militias have been battling each other in the Central African Republic since 2012. First, a group of Muslim combatants called the Seleka started an aggressive trek into Christian areas, and the Christians in turn organized their own armed rebel force, the Antibalaka, which quickly morphed from a defensive civilian army into a genocidal horde that wants to eliminate Muslims from the country of 4.5 million people.

The Christian fighters have been especially successful, if you define success by the scope of the destruction.

Via the Associated Press:

Almost all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic have been destroyed by months of vicious fighting between Christians and Muslims, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said.

Samantha Power spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a Security Council visit last week to the country, calling the devastation “kind of crazy, chilling”. …

Power said 417 of the country’s mosques have been destroyed. She visited the one remaining Muslim neighbourhood in the capital, Bangui, and described the residents as “a terrified population.”

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20 Years Ago Today, the Aum Shinrikyo Cult Attacked the Tokyo Subway System With Nerve Gas, Killing 12

A group that’s based on Buddhism and yoga sounds like it would be about as dangerous as the sixth-grade chess team at Pleasant Valley Elementary. And yet:

On this day, March 20, in 1995, 12 people were killed and thousands were sickened in Tokyo when members of [Shoko] Asahara’s cult, Aum Shinrikyo, released sarin during the Monday-morning rush hour in one of the world’s most crowded subway systems. Members of the cult used the tips of their umbrellas to puncture plastic bags filled with liquid sarin on five crowded cars before hurrying off at subway stops and leaving their fellow riders trapped with the toxic gas.

It was an unusual move for a religious movement based on Buddhist and Hindu principles and centered on the practice of yoga, but Asahara was an unusual spiritual leader. TIME described him, in a 1995 story about the gas attack, as a long-haired, bushy-bearded bully, “usually pictured wearing satiny pajamas,” who claimed he could levitate and promised to give his followers superhuman powers.

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Sharia Spreads: It’s Now the Law in Part of Malaysia

Islamic countries that have embraced sharia include Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Nigeria. Last year, Brunei became the first Southeast Asian country to join that wretched club, and now neighboring Malaysia has done the same. More precisely, the state of Kelantan has, despite the fact that sharia is incompatible with the country’s constitution.

Among the punishments: limb amputations for theft; crucifixion for deadly robberies; 40 to 80 lashes for consuming any quantity of alcohol; and, of course, good old-fashioned stoning for adultery. The law also prescribes death for apostasy (remember that when Muslims quote Al-Baqara 256 from the Qur’an and try to tell you that “there is no compunction” in their religion).

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VIDEO: Afghani Mob Kicks and Stomps Woman To Death For Allegedly Burning a Copy of the Qur’an

By my reckoning, there are more than a billion printed copies of the Qur’an on this Earth. Saudi Arabia alone gives away 30 million new Qur’ans every year. Islam’s founding text is also online in thousands of places. The Qur’an, the most common book after the Bible, is more indestructible than ever.

But soil or burn one copy of it and you could pay with your life, as one woman in Kabul, the Afghan capital, found out yesterday.

Accusers who alleged that Farkhunda, 27, burned the Islamic holy book, proceeded to kick, beat, and stomp her to death, all caught in a video that even in the age of Daesh is remarkable for its savagery.

I can’t usually watch real-life violent footage, but in this case the victim has been entirely pixelated so that her battered face and her broken, bloodied body are never seen. That allows us to focus more on the horrid brutality of the attackers: their physical strength, their visceral hatred, their body language expressing excitement, their eagerness to submit to violent impulses with seeming impunity — and, inevitably, their gleeful shouts of Allahu Akbar.

An angry mob in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed a woman and set her body alight for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran. Police and witnesses say the killing took place near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine on March 19.

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Spanish Priest and Demon-Slaying Helper Charged After Performing 13 Exorcisms on Anorexic Teenager

Eating disorders are the work of the devil. Whoyougonnacall? Demonbusters!

A Spanish priest and an exorcist have been charged with gender violence and causing injury and mistreatment after the exorcist performed repeated exorcisms on an anorexic teenage girl.

A judge in Burgos has called for the arrest of exorcist Jesús Hernández Sahagún, the official exorcist of Valladolid, along with the girl’s priest, after she endured 13 exorcisms while still a minor.

Somehow, her parents are blameless in the eyes of the court, even though they hired the hobgoblin extractor in the first place.

The chain of events began in 2012, according to the Spanish newspaper El País, when the girl began to suffer from anorexia. Her parents, convinced that she had become possessed by a devil, decided to have her exorcised, and appealed to their priest for help. She was then tied up and had crucifixes hung above her bed, an ordeal which later led her to attempt suicide. …

The priest reportedly knew that the young girl was receiving medical treatment for anorexia, the court heard, and had assured her parents that the exorcisms would not interfere with her health.

We have obtained exclusive NSFW footage of the procedure in question. (Not really. But here, because TGIF, is everyone’s favorite scene from the Exorcist.)

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