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Laurent Gbagbo: Christianity’s African Bulwark Against Islam Murders Women Protesters

by | 4th, March 2011

IN the Ivory Coast, the leader Laurent Gbagbo will not go peacefully.  These are other people’s political affairs in the Heart of Darkness, right? Does the civilised West move in and teach these people what is right? The AP reports:

Soldiers backing Ivory Coast’s defiant leader mowed down women protesting his refusal to leave power in a hail of gunfire Thursday, killing at least six and shocking a nation where women’s marches have historically been used as a last resort against an unrestrained army…

Last week, [Laurent] Gbagbo’s security forces entered the Abobo neighborhood and began shelling it with mortars, a shocking escalation indicating the army is willing to use war-grade weapons on its citizens…

…Gbagbo, a former history teacher, has refused to cede power, even though U.N.-certified results showed he had lost the race by half-a-million votes….

Richard Bartholmew notes:

We look forward to how Pat Robertson’s CBN will report on all this. Back in January, I noted that CBN had conducted a softball interview with Gbagbo, which the station boasted had been “broadcast on Ivorian National Television”. The interview gave the Gbagbo a platform to discourse on his Christian faith, and CBN’s Gary Lane – aware of his brief to present Gbagbo as a Christian bulwark against Islam – didn’t spoil the mood by asking about Gbagbo’s polygamy or other awkward subjects. A follow-up segment on CBN suggested that Gbagbo had lost the election only because of “fraud” engineered by Saudi Arabia and “Muslims in France”.

Earlier on France 24:

Increasingly isolated internationally, Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo counts on the support of his influential, Bible-wielding wife Simone to rally followers at home.

…In a show of strength and defiance, Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo’s allies organised a rally on Saturday in Abidjan that drew around 4,000 supporters.

…Simone Gbagbo is an evangelical Christian and references to God fill her colourful speeches. Saturday’s address was no exception.

“God is leading our fight,” “God has already given us victory,” and “God is with the people, God chose Gbagbo” were just a few of the remarks heard at the rally in Abidjan.

Here’s Pat Robertson:

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