“Islam is not a monolith” against Â “variety is the spice of life”… or something:
“We are not against Christians, but are against the government’s efforts to crackdown on our community and attempt to tell us which version of Islam we should be following.”
“We Â simply Â want to practice our faith as we want” Â —(Say Islam is a religion of peace, or we’ll kill you -)
Sure not. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Muslims are such reasonable people as long as they get what they want and what they want is sharia:
CAIRO: Media coverage on Ethiopia has hinted at a coming battle with Islam in the East African country, but Muslim activists and students have told Bikyamasr.com that despite the antagonism meted out against their minority community, there is no coming clash between Islam and the government.
A group of students who had previously told Bikyamasr.com that they were not radical Islamists and that “we are not against Christians” in the country, have said they would like to see coverage of the situation in their country more “moderate and in touch with the reality on the ground.”
While they admitted that “tensions are high” in the country, especially with the recent police attacks against Muslims at mosques, “we are not on the verge of an Islamic backlash or conflict as some reports are suggesting.
“Muslims in Ethiopia respect our Christian brothers and sisters and are hopeful that the recent fights and violence will not lead to a larger conflict between Muslims and Christians. We have other more important issues to deal with now in Ethiopia,” the group, which called themselves “concerned Muslim Ethiopians,” added.
It comes only days after they affirmed that they were not radical Muslims.
“We are a group of university students and we are frustrated with much of the coverage that has been existing in the international media concerning the protests that have been taking place in our country,” the email began.
“As Muslims living in Ethiopia we would like the world to know that we are not against Christians, but are against the government’s efforts to crackdown on our community and attempt to tell us which version of Islam we should be following.
“The police have attacked and even killed Muslims at mosques for not complying with the government on our faith. This is unacceptable and we would like to bring the international attention to our situation and warn against labeling us Muslims as radical. We are not. We are simply citizens who want to practice our faith as we want,” the statement continued.
Internationally, reports have suggested that “radical Islam” is battling the government in a push toward violence. The university students say this is simply not true and a “fear tactic against Islam.”
Muslims in Ethiopia are reporting massive violence meted out against them by the country’s security forces. Activists have reported police attacked a series of mosque sit-ins around Addis Ababa over the past month, with a number of injuries being reported.
Its another Twitter & Facebook revolution! Freedom & Democracy!
The activists have used Facebook and Twitter as the main means of communicating. They have distributed photos and stories of police brutality in what has become a tense situation in the predominantly Christian country of 80 million people.
The crackdown on Muslims in the country come as the government fears extremism is on the rise, being imported into the country from neighboring Somalia in the Horn of Africa.
Activists say this is not the case and they are protesting to demand their right to freedom of religion.
“We just want our freedom and to get the government to let us have it,” the student’s statement added.