I’m Glad Christians Are Not Required

Religious pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia turns tragic:

Nearly 345 devotees are feared killed on Thursday, on the last day of the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Haj in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims were reportedly killed in a stampede during the ritual of stoning a pillar, considered the symbol of Satan, Saudi Health Minister Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Maneh said.

Some 289 other pilgrims were wounded in the accident due to “unruly pilgrims, and a problem of luggage,” Al-Maneh added.

Satan has already been defeated. Throwing rocks at another rock is meaningless. Sadly, this pilgrimage is becoming a tradition of death:

Haj disaster chronology

2006: Hostel collapsed in Mecca, killing at least 76 people.

2004: Some 250 pilgrims died in a stampede during the “stoning of the devil” ritual.

2001: 35 pilgrims crushed to death at Arafat.

1998: 180 pilgrims crushed to death.

1997: 350 pilgrims killed when in a fire started by a gas cooker swept through the tents at Mina.

1994: 270 pilgrims crushed to death.

1990: 1,400 pilgrims killed during a stampede in a pedestrian tunnel linking Mecca with Mount Arafat.

1987: More than 400 pilgrims died as a result of demonstrations.

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