According to AP Muslim mobs have killed 15 people and torched nearly as many Christian churches in protests against a dozen innocuous pictures of Mohammed by Danish cartoonists published months ago and three offensive images produced by the Damish Imam who set off the furore. One of those three images has proven to be bogus and the others likely have similarly bogus origins. What in the name of Allah have black Christians in Nigeria got to do with the original “offense”? But the Muslim mobs, by their very reaction, have demonstrated that reason is not one of their strong suits. Blind rage and pig-headed stupidity seem to be the dominant attributes of the mobs. The motives of the instigators are rather more cunning. They have forced the West to sacrifice freedom of speech and accommodate the strictures of Sharia law.

This is not the first time that Muslim mobs have rioted and Christians suffered in Nigeria. Back in 2002, 200 died in rioting triggered by comments by a Nigerian journalist:

The Miss World contest would go on. But inside Nigeria, some Muslims expressed their own discontent over the competition, condemning it as an indecent spectacle. Contest organizers tried to quiet the criticism by postponing the pageant, originally scheduled during Ramadan, until after the Muslim holy month.

But after a young fashion writer in Nigeria wrote that Prophet Mohammed probably would have chosen one of the Miss World contestants as his wife, old tensions between Christians and Muslims exploded. Riots erupted in the northern city of Kaduna, where two years before, 2,000 people had died in religious clashes. The trouble spread to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. The death toll exceeded 200 people, with hundreds of others reported injured.

With smoke from the riots still billowing over Kaduna, the Miss World competition ditched its Nigerian venue. Pageant president Julia Morley boarded a charter jet for London along with 90 contestants. The competition was held in Britain, where Miss Turkey was crowned the 2002 winner.[my bold]

If we look at the historical record of Muhammed and his wives and concubines we can see that Mohammed had an eye for the ladies:

Muslim scholar and statesman Ali Dashti gives the following list of the women in Muhammad’s life:

1. Khadija
2. Sawda
3. Aesha
4. Omm Salama
5. Halsa
6. Zaynab (of Jahsh)
7. Jowayriyi
8. Omm Habiba
9. Safiya
10. Maymuna (of Hareth)
11. Fatema
12. Hend
13. Asma (of Saba)
14. Zaynab (of Khozayma)
15. Habla
16. Asma (of Noman)
17. Mary (the Christian)
18. Rayhana
19. Omm Sharik
20. Maymuna
21. Zaynab (a third one)
22. Khawla

Several observations need to be given about the above list:

The first 16 women were wives. Numbers 17 and 18 were slaves or concubines.

The last four women were neither wives or slaves but devout Muslim women who “gave” themselves to satisfy Muhammad’s sexual desires.

To a rational person, the observation that a man with that history might fancy a Miss World contestant would be a harmless remark. Not to the Muslim mob, apparently.

Yet, we in the West seem to be easily cowed by those mobs. Shame on us.

Update: Bare Knuckle Politics links to a report that Nigerian Christians are fighting back:

LAGOS, Nigeria — Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.