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Muslim students in Malawi desecrate New Testaments

October 28, 2010

Muslim students attending a Catholic primary school in Malawi tore up New Testaments that were being distributed by the Gideons International organization, which promotes the distribution of Bibles.

“Although the school’s director had made it absolutely clear that no New Testaments were to be given to the Muslim pupils and that in no way was any student obliged to take a copy of the book, there was a subsequent uproar on the part of some Muslim youths, who tore up the New Testaments, threw them, howling at their teachers, and then threw the torn-up pages out onto the streets,” Aid to the Church in Need reported.

“The behavior of the youths has been an indicator of a danger in our midst,” said Father Medrick Chimbwanya, the parish priest. “Normally, the primary school youth in Malawi would not have the courage to tear up any book in the presence of their teacher, let alone a holy book. My conclusion is that there must be some awful training given to these youths which if left unchecked, means that we may have dangerous militants in Malawi in the near future.”

28% of Malawi’s 13.2 million residents are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; 52% are Protestant, and 13% are Muslim.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Oct. 28, 2010 9:25 PM ET USA

    What courage these Catholic leaders have! They are not just in the trenches, they are staring into the yawning jaws of hell!

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Oct. 28, 2010 8:56 PM ET USA

    Where is the media outrage over this? This is worse than Pastor Terry Jones mere threat to burn the Koran. The world cowers in fear of Muslims because they, unlike Christians, take their faith seriously and will kill to defend it. The ostrich in the sand mentality of many of us in the West will not save us once Muslims get a demographic majority. History is like a jolt of electricity to wake us up out of our wishful slumber. Islam is not and never was a religion of peace.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 28, 2010 7:32 PM ET USA

    Agreed, Obregon. These students need to be expelled.

  • Posted by: semperficatholic - Oct. 28, 2010 6:38 PM ET USA

    I wonder if there will be any stink about this like there was about the preacher that had planned to burn the Quran? I doubt it, and that is very sad.

  • Posted by: Obregon - Oct. 28, 2010 3:14 PM ET USA

    If these young people have absolutely no respect for Christianity, the Sacred Scriptures or their teachers, why are they part of a Catholic school? Are we so desperate in Catholic schools that we are willing to have in our schools people who have no respect for our beliefs?