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On Saturday seven people were killed and dozens more injured
after three men drove a van across London Bridge before stabbing people along
the streets and in nearby bars and restaurants.
before that, the world witnessed another terrorist attack in Manchester where
22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber – 59 more were injured and scores
of others were initially reported missing.
who were murdered in the brutal Manchester attack was 8 year-old Saffie Rose
Roussos, who still had a long life to live and enjoy.
The IS has
claimed responsibility for both attacks. Security officials have said that the
attackers in both instances are unlikely to have acted alone.
incidents, though nothing new in Europe, shook the world. It revived a debate
on the need to create a society that’s not only pluralistic when it comes to
religion, but also accommodating to those who are
incidents are a daily occurrence in many countries in Africa. Nigeria is
battling fundamentalist group Boko Haram – which recently released scores of
Chibok schoolgirls it had previously kidnapped, and refused to return them
regardless of international pleas to do so.
out of the 300 schoolgirls who were kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram
were freed in exchange for detained suspects from the extremist group. However,
195 of the girls remain captive.
are said to have been tortured and forced to read and internalise some
many similar terrorist groups, some who claim to be committing these horrendous
terrorist acts under instruction of a particular supernatural being.
Africa is still facing problems that most democracies are facing, such as
corruption, discrimination, child and woman abuse and high levels of
inequality, among many others.
As we fight
to solve these problems – high levels of inequality arguably being the biggest
of them – we need to guard against the evil of religious fandumentalism as it
continues to be one of the biggest threats to world security.
fundamentalists pose to world security is nothing to be taken lightly, and
evils of fundamentalism can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, class,
and, or, wherever you find yourself in the world.
Atlas defines religious fundamentalism as a “belief of an individual or a group
of individuals in the absolute authority of a sacred religious text or
teachings of a particular religious leader, prophet, and/or God. These
fundamentalists believe that their religion is beyond any form of criticism,
and should therefore also be forced upon others.”
It’s do or
scarier is that fundamentalists do not only target theists, but also atheists.
Isn’t it scary that you stand a chance of being bombed or abused just because
you don’t subscribe to the norms and standards of a certain religious group?
African Constitution guarantees everyone “the right to freedom of conscience,
religion, thought, belief and opinion”. It means you and I have a right to
practice any religion we choose; a right to be areligious; a right to express
our opinions about other religions, although with limitations.
Africa really needs to guard against this evil and ensure that we remain a
democracy that is plural when it comes to religions. We need to ensure that
everyone continues to be safe to practice any religion they want, and safeguard
everyone a right not to believe, if that’s what they choose.
African government can never relax because what happened in the UK can happen
to us any time. We need excellent intelligence agencies that can help protect
civilians against such lunacy. We all need to unite – like we do when fighting
corruption and discrimination – in condemning the evil of fundamentalism
wherever it rears its ugly head.
- Austil Mathebula is a content producer at News24.
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