Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, has been targeting Christians in neighboring Kenya for some time now. Their most savage attack came last March when 147 people, mostly Christian students at Garissa University, were killed. Many of them were killed while in prayer.
In November 2014, al-Shabaab stopped a bus headed from Mandera to Nairobi and ordered the passengers to disembark. Those passengers who could not recite a passage from the Koran were forced to lie in a field and were shot to death while the Muslim passengers were allowed to reboard the bus. In all, 28 Christians were massacred.
It appeared that another such attack was going to take place yesterday this time the bus was going from Nairobi to Mandera. But unlike last year, the Muslim passengers refused to be separated from the Christian passengers telling al-Shabaab “to kill them together or leave them alone”. Al-Shabaab left them alone.
Lord knows there are a critical mass of Muslims whose raison d’être is to murder Christians. So for any group of Muslims to stand up, risk their lives and say you if you want to kill my neighbor, you must kill me too is truly remarkable. If this isn’t an act of bravery then I don’t know what is. It would not come as a surprise if these Kenyan Muslims will be honored for this bravery beyond their borders. It would not come as a surprise if a church in this country would invite these Kenyan Muslims to tell their congregation why they would not let Christians die. I think it is a story worth hearing.
All of which brings me to this question. If Donald Trump is elected President would he refuse to let these brave Kenyan Muslims enter this country to tell their story?