Nigerian “Taliban” kidnap 300 schoolgirls, threaten to sell them

Islamic terrorists kidnapped 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month, as part of a larger terrorist insurgency to take over northern Nigeria and turn it into a medieval Islamic state governed by sharia law.

The story hasn’t gotten much attention until now. I hadn’t hard about it until this weekend, but it’s finally catching the public eye.

The Nigerian government, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, has done little to find the girls.  But the Nigerians did manage to arrest someone protesting the government’s lack of action in finding the girls. AP reports that Nigeria’s First Lady ordered the arrests. The First Lady then suggested that the kidnapping never happened in the first place, and were simply a hoax.

Keep in mind that Nigeria is the country vying for worst homophobe in the world, basically banning anything and everything “gay” earlier this year, at the urging of white American religious right leaders.

Nigeria is also the country in which extremist “Christians” kill their children to stop them from becoming witches, and declare gays to be “satanic.” These good Christians are mostly Anglican and evangelical.

A happy group of schoolchildren leave school to work in the fields in the area of Akwa Ibom in the south of Nigeria. Lorimer Images / Shutterstock.com

A happy group of schoolchildren leave school to work in the fields in the area of Akwa Ibom in the south of Nigeria. Lorimer Images / Shutterstock.com

The group that kidnapped the girls, Boko Haram, says that western education is “sinful, “and that the girls will be sold on the open market.  Some of the girls have reportedly already been sold into marriage.  Child brides are common in the region, as they are in several Middle East countries, such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Boko Haram is also called “the Taliban” locally.  The group’s former leader, who reportedly drove a Mercedes, explained some of the group’s literally flat-earth views to the BBC a while back:

“There are prominent Islamic preachers who have seen and understood that the present Western-style education is mixed with issues that run contrary to our beliefs in Islam,” he said.

“Like rain. We believe it is a creation of God rather than an evaporation caused by the sun that condenses and becomes rain.

“Like saying the world is a sphere. If it runs contrary to the teachings of Allah, we reject it. We also reject the theory of Darwinism.”

Sound familiar?  Now, granted, religious right Republicans down in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama aren’t kidnapping young girls, but boy their theories of God and science sure sound familiar.

Because of the Islamic insurgency, and Nigeria being a member of OPEC (and having large gas and oil reserves), western governments seem loathe to push the country too hard on any of these issues.

It is, however, interesting that a country and government that have no respect for its gay citizens also have no respect for little girls.  Dehumanization, sadly, tends to be an equal opportunity sport.


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  • asiliveandbreathe

    Because of all the scattered facts as well as them being hokey to get knee jerk reaction, I’m betting nothing happened. This is the same cookie cutter news story to get the public riled for US “intervention” once again. Let’s see, it started with Sadam Hussein killing unarmed Kurds and killing incubator babies, but later proved untrue, then Qadaffi attacks his own people, later proved untrue, now this. Let’s all try to hone those critical thinking skills, people, even if it makes your head hurt.

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  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It hasn’t been ‘threaten’ to sell them. These girls are, in fact, being sold off as forced-marriage slaves for any Nigerian man who can come up with the equivalent of about $12.

    What’s even more horrifying than those who think it’s all right to do this to a girl, to insist that it is wrong for females to receive an eduction, has been the global silence.

    We have leaders and politicians and pundits all over the world debating whether or not Russia’s attempt to rebuild its empire should warrant an armed military response. At the least, they’re talking about major economic sanctions.

    Yet the literal enslavement of hundreds of young girls and women barely draws a mention, and no serious proposals at all for it to be stopped.

  • Indigo

    This “sharia” they’re so afraid it’ll turn Nigeria into a medieval theocracy, is that like the Bible Belt in Mississippi or Alabama or, for that matter, Indiana?

  • caphillprof

    The monotheist god may be omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent but clearly not error free. Somehow he has managed to have persons born into the wrong century.

  • Thom Allen

    “AP reports that Nigeria’s First Lady ordered the arrests.” Wow, Nigeria is supposed to be a republic. Yet the Nigerian First Lady can order people arrested. Sounds more like an absolute monarchy with Jonathan and his wife as king and queen.

  • Silver_Witch

    It is beyond sad to me that women and children are still just chattel in so many places. We are lucky that here in America it is not so…however, we must be aware that times can easily change and we can go back to a nightmare time.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The uneducated are easier to keep as slaves.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    I am amazed at just how terrifying educated women are to some people.

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  • milli2

    Well I’m glad to see its not just the Christians who have science/common sense deniers. They should have a convention together. They share so many of the same values.

  • Elijah Shalis

    LOL sounds just like what radical Christians think. It is amazing they don’t get along.

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