Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thousands of Christians Displaced in Ethiopia After Muslim Extremists Torch Churches, Homes

"Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes", reports Fox News.

Today's article in FoxNews reminded the author of one of David Barton's articles

Charles Montesquieu observes two centuries ago:
"It is the Christian religion that . . . has hindered despotic power from being established in Ethiopia.

Montesquieu’s reference to Ethiopia is instructive. Ethiopia became a Christian nation shortly after the time of Christ. Islam made its first appearance there in 615 AD; and even though Mohammed described Ethiopia as “a land of righteousness where no one was wronged,” Muslims nevertheless began attempting to conquer and subjugate Ethiopia to the Islamic faith. While Muslims attacked and swept over the rest of Africa exacting forcible conversions to Islam in a jihad (holy war), they were unable to defeat Christian Ethiopia until 1528 AD. In 1535, Ethiopia’s leader appealed to Europe for help, and by 1543, Christians in Ethiopia had regained their nation. Significantly, both before and after that short period of Islamic rule, Ethiopia was characterized by democratic government and non-coercion in religion. Ironically, Muslim jihads have today been renewed against Christians in Ethiopia, despite the fact that Muslims there are still being well treated by Christians."

An Historical Perspective on a Muslim Being Sworn into Congress on the Koran, by David Barton