Kenya: Muslim cleric urged Muslims to burn down churches and kill police officers

Kenya: Muslim cleric urged Muslims to burn down churches and kill police officers, by Joseph Akwiri.

A Kenyan Muslim cleric accused by Washington of supporting al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia was charged on Monday with inciting violent protests that rocked the port city of Mombasa last week.

Abubaker Sharif allegedly urged protesters to burn down churches and kill police officers in Kenya’s second-biggest city during riots that killed five people, including three police.

Robert Spencer:

A Muslim cleric? A man who had dedicated his life to understanding Islam correctly and communicating it effectively? How could he have misunderstood the Religion of Peace so spectacularly? The learned imams Pope Francis and H.R. McMaster are no doubt on their way to Mombasa now, to explain to Abubaker Sharif how authentic Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence.

hat-tip Stephen Neil