When 30 men attacked three police stations in Mocimboa da Praia, a small town in Northern Mozambique earlier this month, they occupied the town after killing two policemen and stealing arms.
They told locals they would not hurt them, that their fight was with the state and the police.
They explained that they rejected state health and education and refused to pay taxes. The locals called these men “Al-Shabaabs”.
The government’s response was swift. It fought back with forces from other districts and the provincial capital. The battle lasted several hours and left 16 dead, including two policemen and a community leader.
The attack came as a shock to a country grappling with huge economic and political problems. The incident is the first confirmed Islamist armed attack in Mozambique.
Information is still sparse and confused. But for now, we can say with some degree of certainty that what happened on 5 October was not a Somali Al-Shabaab attack nor an externally driven international Jihadi plot. Nor was it a state conspiracy, as some have suggested.
Rather, the attack appears to have been carried out by a group of young local Muslims who formed a sect in 2014 in Mocimboa da Praia which is known as “Al-Shabaab”.
The group controls two mosques in the town and have told their followers to stop sending their children to secular institutions such as state schools and hospitals. It wants Sharia law.
The fact that this first Islamist attack was carried out by Mozambicans makes it no less shocking, particularly in a country proud of its relaxed inter-religious relations. Until we get more information on the group and what triggered it to attack the state, it’s worth setting the incident within a historical context.
MELBOURNE, Australia, October 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — “Crucify ‘No’ Voters,” “Bash Bigots,” “Christians are Nazis,” “Vote Yes.”
Messages of violence against Christians or anyone who votes “No” in a national referendum about homosexuality and marriage in Australia is sprayed all over churches and buildings as the country nears the vote tally.
“We all woke up to see the awful vandalization of our church,” Waverly Baptist Pastor David O’Brien, whose surburban Melbourne church was sprayed with “Crucify ‘No’ Voters,” said. “It’s disappointing to see these things and it was a shock to all of us.”
Australia’s same-sex “marriage” referendum, a simple mail-in survey with no legal authority, began last month and must be sent in by 6 p.m. November 7. The total tally will be made public November 15.
The national debate over same-sex “marriage” has been marred by hate speech, both from individual haters of gays and by homosexual activists who seek to intimidate and instill fear enough to sway the vote their way.
The violence is not limited to one Christian denomination — Baptist, Anglican and Catholic churches have been attacked or vandalized. Even a Mormon building west of Sydney was graffitied with “Vote Yes.”
Catholic leaders who spoke in favor of traditional marriage have become targets. One priest was spat on and called a “F—ing ‘No’ voter” in Brisbane.
The violence is not limited to one city. Churches in Sydney, Melbourne and elsewhere have been victimized. Glen Waverley Anglican Church in Melbourne was defaced by homosexual activists with “Bash Bigots” and other phrases promoting violence against Christians.
The Anglican Diocese of Sydney is part of the Coalition for Marriage and has contributed $1 million to the No campaign.
“That’s very unsettling for some of the older members of our church this morning,” Pastor Drew Mellor told the Daily Mail. “Some asked, ‘Does that mean we’re going to be bashed?’“
In one incident, a church’s Cross was equated with the Nazi swastika.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a Catholic who opposes sodomy, was attackedby a 38-year-old, head-butting gay activist wearing a “Yes” badge. The attacker was caught, but he was charged with simple assault and not a hate crime.
According to The Christian Institute, “A woman who supports a traditional view of marriage received death threats and another Christian woman lost her job because she expressed her opposition to changing the definition of marriage.”
Last year, Australian Senator Cory Bernardi had staff terrorized and his office ransacked, trashed and vandalized by homosexual activists, according to TrueMarriageEquality.com.
Sen. Bernardi said his countrymen are in a battle for survival. “Our way of life, our culture, our values, and our freedoms are under imminent threat,” the senator said. “Same-sex ‘marriage’ and the indoctrination of our children … under the guise of an anti-bullying program are just the front line battles of a bigger war to secure control of Australia.”
“One thing that this process has revealed is that, despite the rhetoric, ‘Yes’ campaigners do not actually believe in a tolerant society, where people are allowed to ‘live and let live,’” The Coalition for Marriage’s Monica Doumit said. “Rather, they will target those who disagree for abuse, for boycott, or for some other type of punishment.”
Individuals on the other side have embarrassed themselves, too. “Vote ‘No’ to Fags” and “Faggots not welcome” were marked on trains, and rainbow flags have been vandalized.
The only “authority” the survey has is the ability to pressure elected members of Parliament into legalizing homosexual “marriage.”
Dirty politics and ugly campaigning have marred the vote. There has been no collective estimate of the damage cost to Christian churches across the country.
There are also concerns about voter fraud. The referendum was mailed to every registered voter in the nation, and all those who don’t use their ballot — by forgetting or mistake or any reason — could have their ballot filled out and sent in by anyone in the country.
In August, Catholic bishops urged the faithful to vote against legalizing homosexual “marriage” but added that all Christians must conduct themselves “with a deep sense of reverence and respect for every person in the nation, and for the choices that they are free to make.”
Caught in the middle of the war, Pastor O’Brien says his church, which supports a “No” vote, will keep on doing what they’ve always done. “We will continue to love all, gay or straight, or whatever, and will continue to care for people no matter what and to teach the principles of good and moral behavior that benefit all,” he said.