Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has created a cult that uses Islam’s phrases that are fashioned into heretical sloganeering.
In the real world of Muslim-Christian relations—not the fanatical rabble-rousing of both Christians and Muslims—there is an understanding and even a filial relationship that does not get picked up by Western press. In fact, there have been many incidents where Muslims have come to the aid—even defense—of Christians and vice-versa.
It has happened more than you think.
In 2006, a Hindu mob attacked a Christian community in the Punjab region of Pakistan. Many Christians were murdered. In one of the most memorable events of that decade, the Muslim population rose up in defense. The Muslim leader declared, “Our brothers, the Christians, do not believe in vengeance. That is their faith. We, however, do believe in it and we will avenge them.”
The Hindu community was punished by the Muslims for the attack on the Christians.
During what was hoped to be the “Arab Spring” in 2011, the military took control after the removal of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The military blamed the Christians for demonstrations against the government, accusing them of violence against the military. In reprisal, the military attacked a Christian neighborhood thereby causing protests.
The brutal crackdown on protests they had incited caused further demonstrations with the Muslim citizenry joining to protect the Christians. TRNN News in Egypt carried the live broadcast of Christians and Muslims together shouting “Muslims and Christians, we are one!”
One Muslim leader called the attack on Christians “haram” (blasphemy).
In August of 2013, the Jesuit Father James Martin posted a photo on Twitter (pic.twitter.com/eKqu3oSLuz) that went viral showing Muslim men, in traditional Islamic dress, standing in front of a Catholic church in Egypt, protecting the congregants while they attended mass.
Later that year, Pakistani Muslims actually formed a hand-in-hand human chain in order to protect Christian worshipers inside St Anthony’s Church when threats were made against the Christians.
On November 30, 2015, Pope Francis made a three-nation tour of some of the most violent clashes between Muslims and Christians. That violence is most-often incited by those pseudo-Islamic cultists.
"Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said after a speech given by Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi, one of the local religious leaders trying to foster dialogue between Christianity and Islam in Africa.
Pope Francis called for "an end to every act which, from whatever side, disfigures the face of God."
Only three weeks later, a bus in Kenya was ambushed by the al-Shabab terrorist group whose leaders have been associated with Al-Qaeda.
It was Monday, December 21, only four days before Christmas when al-Shabab attacked the bus which was travelling from the capital Nairobi to the town of Mandera in Kenya’s northeast where the terrorist group often operates.
It was not the first time al-Shabab had attacked Christians. In November of 2014, a bus was attacked near Mandera by al-Shabab militants, who killed 28 Christians travelling to Nairobi for the Christmas holidays. They were separated from the Muslim before being massacred.
In April of 2015, al-Shabab killed 148 people in an attack on Garissa University College in April, the militants reportedly singled out Christians and shot them, while freeing many Muslims.
The December attacks would not go like the ones before.
This time, the Muslim passengers on the bus refused to be separated from the Christians. They told the militants to “kill us together or leave them [the Christians] alone,” Mandera governor Ali Roba said. “The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other," he told Kenya's private Daily Nation newspaper.
The al-Shabab militants decided to leave after the passengers' show of solidarity and protection.