Last week four Christian Indonesian girls who were on their way to their Christian high school were attacked by hooded attackers who successfully beheaded three of the girls. However, what most people would consider an outrage, The Washington Post and the the LA Times doesn’t even consider newsworthy.
The Washington Post spent most of their ink dealing with the bird flu epidemic, and the LA Times gives this tragic story a two sentence blurb and doesn’t even mention that the girls were Christians, thus implying the persecution of Christians isn’t important. The New York Times, on the other hand, spends time telling the readers that this event happened and implies that Christians may engage in "revenge attacks"
Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of security forces patrolled a tense Indonesian province Monday to prevent revenge attacks after assailants wearing black veils beheaded three Christian schoolgirls and seriously wounded a fourth.
If the New York Times isn’t implying that the Christians are the ones who will engage in "revenge attacks" then who are they referring to? History shows that the militant Muslims are the ones who engage in murder and beheading and not Christians.
The New York Times goes on to report the initial reaction from the region’s religious leaders.
Fearing retaliations, religious leaders condemned the killings and urged calm. Both sides have refrained from blaming Muslim militants for the violence. “Until authorities arrest the killers and disclose the motive, it’s too early to say this attack was religiously motivated,” said Syafi’i Ma’arif, leader of Indonesia’s second largest nonpolitical Muslim group Muhammadiyah. ”But I can say the Muslim community is shocked and deeply concerned about the inhumane killing of innocent students,” he said, adding that the victims deserve justice. Although President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered police to track down the killers, Christian residents said Monday they were afraid to leave their homes.
Again the question remains, if what Syafi’i Ma’arif is true then why did he warn of future attacks in an October 5th interview he did with The Christian Science Monitor, citing Muslim vigilante groups?
It seems clear to anyone with an eye for the facts that the MSM isn’t interested in the beheading of three innocent Christian girls in Indonesia. On the other hand, if it had been three homosexuals or three Muslims I guarantee that the LA Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times would’ve had it on their front page.
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