Sunday, April 19, 2015

Phumlani M. UMajozi ―Terror in Kenya: An attack on personal liberties

AL-SHABAAB’S militants inflicted damage again in Kenya last week. More than 145 people were killed at Garissa University located in the north-east of East Africa’s economic powerhouse. It’s the nation’s worst attack since the bombing of the United States embassy in Nairobi by al-Qaeda in 1998.

We lovers of personal freedom, see this attack as an attack on people’s liberties.

The survivors of the incident tell horrific stories of what exactly happened during the attack. They say the militants were selective in their killing. Non-Muslims were targeted. Whenever I read these stories I always fail to understand why one has to be murdered for not believing in Islam. I should be free to choose which religion to associate myself with, and nobody should deny me this right. All these religious terrorist groups – al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, envision a world governed under Sharia. In countries like Pakistan, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, they fight against their secular governments because they demand that Sharia be the only way to govern their societies. Those who disapprove of their ideas are brutally murdered. In other words in their view, your freedom of religion is insignificant. You must choose Islam nothing else. 

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