Monday, June 16, 2008

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, Another Mosque Blows Up

" Bombs rips through Pakistan mosque"
CNN (June 16, 2008)

It's a Shiite mosque, so the odds are that some Sunnis are going to be killed now. Four people died in this attack, with five wounded.

The news is treating this as another incident in the Shiite-Sunni feud. And, pointing out that many Shiites and Sunnis don't kill each other on a regular basis. What I most appreciate, though, is the background this article gave: "The Sunni-Shiite schism originates in a dispute dating back to the seventh century over who was the true heir to Islam's Prophet Muhammad."

Think of it as a sort of spiritual turf war?

Given the way its more enthusiastic proponents have been acting for the last few decades, I don't think this is one of Islam's proudest periods.

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