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July 20, 2010

The coming crusade

Ralph Peters on African Christians vs Muslims ("Islamists"). Let's start with the traditionally Muslim city of Mombassa on the old Arab-slaver's coast of Kenya.

Thanks to Saudi funding folly, there were far too many mosques for the congregants, so few hit critical mass. Islam in Mombassa felt sleepy, dusty and dull.

Kenya's Muslims were backward and listless. Condemned to poverty by poor educations (the Saudis pay Muslims to send their children to madrassahs, instead of to state schools), their culture seemed out of steam.

But Christianity blazed. Mega-churches couldn't contain all those who'd accepted Jesus as their Savior: City parks were packed with ecstatic worshippers every Sunday.

All along east Africa's Swahili Coast -- once a necklace of gems on the body of Islam -- the faith of Mohammed seemed like a museum exhibit in a neglected side room. The Christians -- from tribes Muslims had enslaved -- were the rising power.

More of the Good News at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 20, 2010 07:14 AM

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