Easter Sunday Bombings ⛪

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Attack in Sri Lanka

On Easter Sunday, a wave of eight bombs exploded across Sri Lanka in an act of terror. The suicide bombers attacked public places including churches and luxury hotels. They resulted in nearly 300 deaths and 560 injuries.

The world mourns

World leaders including the Pope and the imam of Sunni Islam’s leading mosque condemned the attacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Sri Lankan government has shut down access to social media sites to prevent misinformation about the attacks from spreading. 


TERRORIST ATTACK:

Jerusalem Post: Sri Lanka Terrorism Has Hallmarks Of Previous Attacks

The Guardian: Sri Lanka caught off-guard by attacks despite its violent recent past

Articles that views these bombings broadly as terrorist attacks point to the similarities they had to previous mass scale coordinated attacks. These articles remind their readers of Sri Lanka’s long history fighting terrorism going back to the civil war involving the Tamil Tigers. They note that the bombings could be linked to the coming 10 year anniversary of the end of that war. The articles also believe that targeting hotels could point to the attackers having an “anti-western or anti-government hostility”.

ATTACK ON CHRISTIANITY:

Washington Examiner: Pence calls Sri Lanka bombings on Easter 'an attack on Christianity'

Crux: Easter attacks on churches in Sri Lanka are tragic, but hardly surprising

Those that see this incident as an attack on Christianity focus on the fact that these bombings happened at Churches on Easter Sunday. These articles believe the bombings fit into a larger pattern of bombings that occur on days that are “especially sacred and celebratory” for Christians. They believe that “anti-Christian persecution” is a threat that world leaders should take seriously.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides vehemently condemn the bombings in Sri Lanka. Both sides agree that religion may have played a part in the selection of the bombing targets.

Easter is for bunnies not bombs

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