This is Albert Mohler for Townhall.com.
The Muslim group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the recent massacre of 147 people, mostly college students, on a campus in Kenya. Christians were actively targeted for death by the attackers who required victims to recite an Islamic prayer—or be shot.
We have learned the terrorists lured students out of their dorm rooms by promising that if they emerged their lives would be spared. As it turned out, that was hardly the case.
The editors of the Wall Street Journal described the targeting of Christian populations, noting: “multiple jihadist armies, invoking Islam, are engaged in a planned strategy, not merely of territorial aggrandizement, but of extermination.”
They went on to report the rapid decline in the population of Christians in the Middle East and Africa: “More than a hundred years ago, Christians made up about 20 percent of the Middle East’s population. Today it’s about 5 percent.”
The Kenya attack is a reminder of the need for a full and vigorous defense of religious liberty—both at home and around the world.
I’m Albert Mohler.