Sunday, 24 February 2013

Muslims murder a Catholic priest in Zanzibar


The Catholic Bishop of Zanzibar, Augustino Shayo, says his priests are terrified after one was murdered on Sunday. A group calling itself 'Muslim Renewal' have tweeted the following message to the bishop:

"We thank our young men, trained in Somalia, for killing an infidel. Many more will die. We will burn homes and churches. We have not finished: at Easter, be prepared for disaster.”
Three men were arrested and Scotland Yard and the FBI are helping the Zanzibar police with the investigation. The shooting came barely a week after another a Christian  pastor was beheaded by Muslim extremists on the Tanzania mainland. 

More than seven churches have been burnt down in the last five years in Zanzibar. Let's hope this is not the start of the persecution of Christians in yet another corner of the world. 

I met and talked to Bishop Shayo last summer. He was anxious about the attitudes of some local Muslims on the island, where Muslims make up 95% of the population. He asked me about Muslims in England and I told that people in the UK were not worried about Muslims but were worried about 'islamophobia' instead. He said Muslims behave very differently when they are a minority and when they are a majority. 

I wrote about my encounter with the bishop, an impressive man, here.


  1. The American state department and military are busy with other stuff. You know they're doing what they can to wipe out Christians in America. Oh they don't mind Episcopalians and Unitarians and all the other"I love you,you love me.We're as luvy as can be" types.

  2. I didn't mean 'wipe out Christians in America'.I meant wipe out Christianity.The government and other particular entities find Christianity entirely unuseful.The military and the same industrial complex of course find Chritians of a particular brand very useful.