Christian and Muslim Violence in Nigeria Escalates: Friday News Roundup

Religious and ethnic violence between Christians and Muslims picked up again last weekend in the city of Jos, Nigeria. 500 people – mostly Christian women and children – were killed by Muslim herders who were avenging the deaths of hundreds of Muslims killed back in January.

 
Experts are blaming the violence on a host of issues including land disputes, politics, poverty and religious hatred.
 
A U.N. Special Investigator said the massacre could have been avoided if authorities had paid attention to warning signs:
What was interesting for me, and this is a common pattern, is the denial of it all. The denial that there are no tensions, the assertion that it is a secular State, that the constitution is secular, that people all throughout the centuries have lived side-by-side. But, the cracks that were so apparent were being, in a way, ignored (Voice of America Reports).
The U.S government and NGO Human Rights Watch are demanding Nigeria investigate and prosecute those responsible for the deaths.
 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:
The Nigerian government should ensure that the perpetrators of acts of violence are brought to justice under the rule of law and that human rights are respected as order is restored (AFP Reports).
 
The National Catholic Register weighs in on how to bring peace to the region.
 
In other news:
 
The Texas State Board of Education is in the midst of a 3-day conference to discuss how much social studies curricula should reflect the “Christian roots” of the United States. Since Texas is one of the largest text book buyers in the country, this decision could impact how publishers craft their books, and therefore what the rest of the country’s schools read in their social studies classes.
 
A group of parents weigh in:

 
The Guardian gives us a piece on the European burqa banning debate. We’ve covered the ban in France, but the debate is now popping up in other countries. 
 
And the Christian non-profit World Relief rejects a Muslim job applicant because of his religion. Although this would seem like a clear-cut discrminiation case, the law protects the right of faith-based organizations to hire based on religion.
 
See you next week!