Bangladesh "Cat" Cartoon Riles Muslims in Nigeria- 10 Dead
Cat Cartoon Causes Carnage…
Rampaging Muslims have killed 10 Christians, injured 61 others, destroyed 9 churches and displaced more than 500 people in northern Nigeria –FrontLine.
An offensive “cat” cartoon published in Bangladesh and “Jesus” written on a chalkboard caused Muslims to raze churches and murder 10 Christians in Nigeria.
Children of a murdered Christian in Nigeria. (Courtesy Compass Direct and World Net Daily)
The Christian Post reported on the destruction and death:
The violence, allegedly committed by Muslim youths, followed unspecified claims that Christians had blasphemed the Islamic prophet Mohammed.
According to sources on the ground, not a single Christian church, house or business had been left undamaged and an unknown number of people were injured and displaced during the violence, reported U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which monitors persecution of Christians internationally…
More recent tensions have reportedly been rising throughout northern and central Nigeria following allegations of blasphemy. These include two differing stories on the publication of a new cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed, reports that a Christian youth left the name of Jesus written on a school blackboard, and rumors that a dispute between school pupils was related to religion.
The “cat cartoon” in question was originally published back in early September in a weekly publication in Bangladesh:
Bangladesh’s caretaker government suspended the publication, Alpin, a weekly satire magazine of leading Bengali daily Prothom Alo. The magazine’s publishers also apologised and appealed for forgiveness for the drawing.
The cartoon shows a small boy referring to his cat as “Mohammad cat”. The image provoked outrage and protesters said that it was a deliberate attempt to ridicule Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
The cartoonist, Arifur Rahman, was arrested on 17 September by the police.
Here’s the offensive Bangladesh cartoon that caused the Muslims to murder in Nigeria:
Cartoon via LGF
Third World View from Bangladesh has more on how the “cat” cartoon created such outrage in Nigeria.
Protests broke out in Bangladesh over the “cat” cartoon last month…
Activists of the Islamic student group Bangladesh Students Majlish set fire to copies of the Prothom Alo newspaper and their magazine Weekly 2000, during a protest after Friday prayers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Sept. 21, 2007. The activists demanded a ban on the paper and magazine after they published cartoons that Muslims said insulted their religion, police and the government said. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)