“Religious leaders [in Kenya]… accused the Al Shabaab of using religion for illegal and misguided motives and trying to create a wedge between Christians and Muslims in the country,” AllAfrica.com reports.
11/11/2011 Kenya (allAfrica.com) – Religious leaders yesterday accused the Al Shabaab of using religion for illegal and misguided motives and trying to create a wedge between Christians and Muslims in the country. The leaders said the insurgents' evil intentions will not succeed and urged Christians and Muslims to continue living together in peace and harmony and not to be divided.
The leaders, speaking under the auspices of the Inter Religious Council of Kenya, condemned the attacks in Garissa where grenades were hurled into a church killing two and injuring several others. "We are alarmed by this blatant attempt by evil forces to drive a wedge between Muslim and Christian brothers in Garissa by throwing and exploding grenades at a church compound with the undisguised hope that this attack will be viewed as a generalised Muslim attack on Christians," the council's chairman Adan Wachu said.
Wachu said the council had redoubled its efforts of creating inter-religious harmony and was working on harnessing the moral and social resources of all religious leaders and their communities to address shared concerns.
He said that the violation of Kenya's territorial integrity by al Shabaab and the continued insecurity in the region should serve to unite all Kenyans, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to be on the look out for those who intend to reshape the conflict Somalia in religious terms. "The religious leaders in Kenya are united in our support of the government's efforts to rid the country and the region, including our neighbour Somalia of terrorist groups which misuse religion for illegal and misguided motives," Wachu said.