March 15, 2015: Church bombings during Sunday Mass in Pakistan

On March 15, 2015 two suicide bombers killed at least 14 people and wounded another 70 at two Catholic churches in Lahore.

LAHORE, PAKISTAN – It never ceases to sadden us how many acts of religious violence are carried out against those of other faiths.

You may not know this but three of the world’s major religions are closely linked. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all ‘monotheistic‘, are derived from the same prophetic tradition. The Jewish Torah and other books got taken up by Christians as the Old Testament, and that and the latter’s New Testament was borrowed by Muslims, who added their own teachings from the Prophet Muhammad in what is known as the Quran.

You would think that with this much in common adherents of the three religions – sometimes called the ‘people of the book’ – would all get along famously, right? Well, you would be wrong then. Jihadis in particular detest Jews and Christians and like to kill them.

I live to exist with myself and MY beliefs, not yours (Photo: Aia Fernandez on flickr, CC BY 2.0)

A good example of the violence meted out by Islamist terrorists on Christians can be seen in today’s attack.

On this day in 2015

Two bomb blasts killed at least 14 people and wounded another 70 at two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore. The victims were attending Sunday mass at the time.

I rushed towards the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church.

Eye witness

An offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban called the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed the two suicide bombers. In a statement it warned the Pakistani government, stating “We have carried out the attack. We have reached Lahore, the center of Punjab province, which is a challenge and a warning to the rulers.”

There is a saying in Islam: WWMD – what would Muhammad do? I am pretty sure he would give this incident two thumbs down.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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