Church torched in Sudan by Muslim mob

A Muslim mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday.

The church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border.

Sudan and South Sudan have been drawing closer to a full scale war in recent months over the unresolved issues of sharing oil revenues and a disputed border.

Last week, South Sudanese troops seized Heglig, which the southerners call Panthou, sending Sudanese troops fleeing. The Khartoum government later claimed to have regained the town.

The witnesses and several newspapers said a mob of several hundreds shouting insults at southerners torched the church. Fire engines could not put out the fire, they added.

One newspaper, Al-Sahafah, said the church was part of a complex that included a school and dormitories. Ethiopian refugees living in the Sudanese capital also used the church.

The mostly Christian and animist South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, some six years after a peace deal ended more than two decades of war between the two sides. But tens of thousands of southerners remain in Sudan, a legacy of the civil war that drove hundreds of thousands of them to seek relative safety in the north of what was then a single Sudanese nation.

Vice President Ali Osman Taha, meanwhile, rejected in a television interview suggestions by South Sudan for the deployment of international forces in Heglig, saying the area was internationally recognized as Sudanese territory. He also said that Khartoum would shortly announce the monetary value of what he said was the destruction caused by Southern Sudanese troops in Heglig and that his government would demand compensation.

Sudanese army spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khaled also said that government forces have repulsed an attack by Southern Sudanese forces in the area around the town of Talode in South Kordofan, the same region where Heglig is located. He said the southerners suffered unspecified casualties but did not say when the fighting took place.

CSM

  • Hannibal

    The tolerance of Islam… You’ve got to love it.

    • antar2011

      islam does not tell them to burn down churches you nit wit!

      When Islam spread outside the Arab Peninsula, the Muslims did not destroy churches, monasteries, synagogues, or even pagan temples. The Muslims established their rule based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Non-Muslims were allowed to keep their religions and personal status laws and even their own criminal laws for crimes committed among themselves. Islam teaches us to try to live in peaceful coexistence with those of other faiths.

      compare the conquest of al quds by Saladin in 1187 A.D with the fall of al andalusia on the hands of the crusaders in late 1400s speaks wonders!

      islam is tolerant indeed…some muslims are not tolerant.

      this incedent Hannibal has started since few weeks ago., i have been following it closely…the muslims weren’t the first one to attack…..so much for the intolerance of non muslims!

      • master09

        Dude you live in a cave read your history. The Muslims destroyed Thousands of temples and churches killed millions of non muslims 1000 years ago and are still doing it today and it matters not where they do it , THEY DO IT..Did muhammed not say ” I was ordered to fight until they believe in Allah and his messenger……..   . Islam teaches MUSLIMS they follow what the book tells them too. Is not that every muslim must follow every word the book says…
        Don’t get me wrong there are many good words and many good people, but come on, you do not see a Christian kill someone for a cartoon or a film…..   You must only know one history and your denial of of everything else.. The crusades where formed and attacked because the islamic barbaric act and attacks on the non Muslim people. But you are blind to that as well rite.. 
        These attacks you are following have been going for years. Hundreds of thousand Christians have been killed and hundreds of churches torched.The muslims where the first to attack years ago. You talk about two weeks…..Its like a red sox fan saying I hate the red sox. It is the same with people, no Christians did not do that or islam did not do that. They both did bad things, but come on we are in the 21st century, many are still doing what was done 1000 years ago that is the differance…….

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          Nonesense!

        • master09

          Mahdi KENAANI .. Nonesense that is all you can say, How about you prove to me about the NONESESE I write, this is not from my head. I will tell you a story In a African country I do some charity work with HUMANS not just Christians and I had to help the children and women who had no wher to sleep because the church and the hall that housed 150 people was burned. I also have seen another 2 after that in 14 weeks… Imagine the one you or I do not see many many more.. I am not just riting… But as one says when a man is caught for killing what do his family say.. NO NO my son or husband or father would not kill someone or steal.That is what you guys do Denial, abnegation.. no no he is of peace…. How about show me that in Egypt,Iraq, Asia, AFRICA, most of the ME that have not been persecuted because they are NON muslims…SHOW ME FACTS,I can show you and tell you hundreds of stories of people we look after because of persection… You do not want to see thier faces after they lost thier little girl or husband or mother/father. Slavery was an easy ride at least they lived…….        

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          You are talking out of your a55!

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          You are talking out of your a55!

        • 5thDrawer

          It’s ok to say ‘ass’ Mahdi … although I think master09 is talking from experience … there are an awful lot of asses in Sudan and they have been instructed which hand to wipe with too. 😉

        • antar2011

          silly me i was expecting a respectful question rather this garbbage…oh well

        • antar2011

          here we go again *rolls eyes*

          keep thinking that if it makes you happy…but that does not mean it is the truth.

      • Hannibal

        You do not get me yet… I am agnostic… I never said Christians are tolerant and Moslems are not… You are all a bunch of lunatics living in history. You all will end in history…

        • u no egg nog stik mr

        • 5thDrawer

          Oh Geo, be careful Mr … now you will bring in that great question to the pages of mr. blog … and there will be endless debate about which came first … the egg-nog or the rum.

        • lefthanded

          ah ya haniba3el ya wa7esh, you tell them!

        • antar2011

          well my man from the way i look at it…for someone who think maybe God exist maybe not, maybe yes maybe not.. does’t seem to be someone….. “stable”.

          but that’s your choice…go for it…

      • Hannibal

        You do not get me yet… I am agnostic… I never said Christians are tolerant and Moslems are not… You are all a bunch of lunatics living in history. You all will end in history…

      • master09

        I have a ?? wait, wait nah I have no clue your rite denial means a lot of crap in the head….eyes still rolling what about the brain..What I have done witnessed and been part of must have been in my dream your correct.. lol End of subject…………………………………………………………………………………… 

      • Hannibal

        I never said I do not believe in God and may be yes and may be no you dork head. I said I am areligious i.e. I do not believe in your stupid books full of mythical stories. 
        As to Islam’s tolerance let me tell you this: Show me ONE Moslem hosting country that does not have trouble. You guys are simply rejected because of your intolerance. EVERYWHERE! You really suck! from Thailand to China from Chechnya to Iran passing by Palestine to Nigeria and Sudan. You are pirates in the seas and criminals chopping heads and arms or stoning women in Afghanistan (a practice btw you learned from the jews who long abandoned it)… Your intolerance in Iraq and killing of innocent church dwellers to killing Copts in Egypt. You simply do not belong to this planet… Bunch of rejects ben Laden school dropouts.
        http://www.tnr.com/article/world/89737/egypt-coptic-christians-muslim-brotherhood-arabs-islam
        There are tons of articles like this one… Didn’t you people destroy the icons of Budha? Tolerance aal…
        Here is your loving verses: (read and enjoy)
        “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)
        “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)
        “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)
        “…make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them…” (Surah 9:12-)
        “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:27-)
        shall I continue?
        Now do not let me start with the Christian right movements…
        Religion is poison…
        God is goodness and love.

        • 5thDrawer

          Amen.
          And I need not repeat my observation about democracy VS Koran. (Quran) 

      • Hannibal

        I never said I do not believe in God and may be yes and may be no you dork head. I said I am areligious i.e. I do not believe in your stupid books full of mythical stories. 
        As to Islam’s tolerance let me tell you this: Show me ONE Moslem hosting country that does not have trouble. You guys are simply rejected because of your intolerance. EVERYWHERE! You really suck! from Thailand to China from Chechnya to Iran passing by Palestine to Nigeria and Sudan. You are pirates in the seas and criminals chopping heads and arms or stoning women in Afghanistan (a practice btw you learned from the jews who long abandoned it)… Your intolerance in Iraq and killing of innocent church dwellers to killing Copts in Egypt. You simply do not belong to this planet… Bunch of rejects ben Laden school dropouts.
        http://www.tnr.com/article/world/89737/egypt-coptic-christians-muslim-brotherhood-arabs-islam
        There are tons of articles like this one… Didn’t you people destroy the icons of Budha? Tolerance aal…
        Here is your loving verses: (read and enjoy)
        “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)
        “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)
        “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)
        “…make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them…” (Surah 9:12-)
        “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:27-)
        shall I continue?
        Now do not let me start with the Christian right movements…
        Religion is poison…
        God is goodness and love.

        • 5thDrawer

          Amen.
          And I need not repeat my observation about democracy VS Koran. (Quran) 

  • The tolerance of Islam… You’ve got to love it.

    • antar2011

      islam does not tell them to burn down churches you nit wit!

      When Islam spread outside the Arab Peninsula, the Muslims did not destroy churches, monasteries, synagogues, or even pagan temples. The Muslims established their rule based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Non-Muslims were allowed to keep their religions and personal status laws and even their own criminal laws for crimes committed among themselves. Islam teaches us to try to live in peaceful coexistence with those of other faiths.

      compare the conquest of al quds by Saladin in 1187 A.D with the fall of al andalusia on the hands of the crusaders in late 1400s speaks wonders!

      islam is tolerant indeed…some muslims are not tolerant.

      this incedent Hannibal has started since few weeks ago., i have been following it closely…the muslims weren’t the first one to attack…..so much for the intolerance of non muslims!

      • master09

        Dude you live in a cave read your history. The Muslims destroyed Thousands of temples and churches killed millions of non muslims 1000 years ago and are still doing it today and it matters not where they do it , THEY DO IT..Did muhammed not say ” I was ordered to fight until they believe in Allah and his messenger……..   . Islam teaches MUSLIMS they follow what the book tells them too. Is not that every muslim must follow every word the book says…
        Don’t get me wrong there are many good words and many good people, but come on, you do not see a Christian kill someone for a cartoon or a film…..   You must only know one history and your denial of of everything else.. The crusades where formed and attacked because the islamic barbaric act and attacks on the non Muslim people. But you are blind to that as well rite.. 
        These attacks you are following have been going for years. Hundreds of thousand Christians have been killed and hundreds of churches torched.The muslims where the first to attack years ago. You talk about two weeks…… 

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          Nonesense!

        • master09

          Mahdi KENAANI .. Nonesense that is all you can say, How about you prove to me about the NONESESE I write, this is not from my head. I will tell you a story In a African country I do some charity work with HUMANS not just Christians and I had to help the children and women who had no wher to sleep because the church and the hall that housed 150 people was burned. I also have seen another 2 after that in 14 weeks… Imagine the one you or I do not see many many more.. I am not just riting… But as one says when a man is caught for killing what do his family say.. NO NO my son or husband or father would not kill someone or steal.That is what you guys do Denial, abnegation.. no no he is of peace…. How about show me that in Egypt,Iraq, Asia, AFRICA, most of the ME that have not been persecuted because they are NON muslims…SHOW ME FACTS,I can show you and tell you hundreds of stories of people we look after because of persection… You do not want to see thier faces after they lost thier little girl or husband or mother/father. Slavery was an easy ride at least they lived…….        

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          You are talking out of your a55!

        • 5thDrawer

          It’s ok to say ‘ass’ Mahdi … although I think master09 is talking from experience … there are an awful lot of asses in Sudan and they have been instructed which hand to wipe with too. 😉

        • antar2011

          here we go again *rolls eyes*

          keep thinking that if it makes you happy…but that does not mean it is the truth.

        • antar2011

          here we go again *rolls eyes*

          keep thinking that if it makes you happy…but that does not mean it is the truth.

      • You do not get me yet… I am agnostic… I never said Christians are tolerant and Moslems are not… You are all a bunch of lunatics living in history. You all will end in history…

        • u no egg nog stik mr

        • 5thDrawer

          Oh Geo, be careful Mr … now you will bring in that great question to the pages of mr. blog … and there will be endless debate about which came first … the egg-nog or the rum.

        • lefthanded

          ah ya haniba3el ya wa7esh, you tell them!

        • antar2011

          well my man from the way i look at it…for someone who think maybe God exist maybe not, maybe yes maybe not.. does’t seem to be something “stable”.

          but that’s your choice…go for it…

      • master09

        I have a ?? wait, wait nah I have no clue your rite denial means a lot of crap in the head….eyes still rolling what about the brain..What I have done witnessed and been part of must have been in my dream your correct.. lol End of subject…………………………………………………………………………………… 

      • I never said I do not believe in God and may be yes and may be no you dork head. I said I am areligious i.e. I do not believe in your stupid books full of mythical stories. 
        As to Islam’s tolerance let me tell you this: Show me ONE Moslem hosting country that does not have trouble. You guys are simply rejected because of your intolerance. EVERYWHERE! You really suck! from Thailand to China from Chechnya to Iran passing by Palestine to Nigeria and Sudan. You are pirates in the seas and criminals chopping heads and arms or stoning women in Afghanistan (a practice btw you learned from the jews who long abandoned it)… Your intolerance in Iraq and killing of innocent church dwellers to killing Copts in Egypt. You simply do not belong to this planet… Bunch of rejects ben Laden school dropouts.
        http://www.tnr.com/article/world/89737/egypt-coptic-christians-muslim-brotherhood-arabs-islam
        There are tons of articles like this one… Didn’t you people destroy the icons of Budha? Tolerance aal…
        Here is your loving verses: (read and enjoy)
        “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)
        “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)
        “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)
        “…make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them…” (Surah 9:12-)
        “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:27-)
        shall I continue?
        Now do not let me start with the Christian right movements…
        Religion is poison…
        God is goodness and love.

        • 5thDrawer

          Amen.
          And I need not repeat my observation about democracy VS Koran. (Quran)