The Corner

More Blasphemy-related Violence, This Time in Ethiopia

There are reports of blasphemy-related violence and killing in Asendabo, Ethiopia: International Christian Concern reports that last Wednesday, after accusations that a Christian had torn up a Koran, mobs of several thousand Muslims began attacking local Christians and burning churches. The government sent the federal police force to protect Christians after the destruction of first three churches, but the mobs overwhelmed the police force and burned down two more churches. The violence reportedly spread to Chiltie, Gilgel Gibe, Gibe, Nada, Dimtu, Uragay, Busa, and Koticha, and as of yesterday had not stopped. Compass Direct reports that in the last five days as many as 59 churches have been destroyed, one Christian has been killed, and several thousand have been displaced.

— Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

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