How Do Islamic Extremists Turn Captives Into Suicide Bombers? With Promises of Food and Paradise

“Do you want to follow Christ, or do you want to be a Muslim?”

If you’re a Christian captive of Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist group, the path to staying alive is to become a Muslim; choosing to stay a Christian might mean a bullet to the head. But, initially unbeknownst to the women and girls thus converted, staying alive may not be not in the cards for very long. Many of them are indoctrinated in jihad, and trained to become suicide bombers.

It’s difficult to imagine the psychological mechanisms that would make such an intended transformation successful. Is it Stockholm Syndrome? It’s one thing to begin identifying with your captors, and another (I would think) to go and indiscriminately kill members of the very social and cultural group in which you grew up.


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Obituaries of Russian LGBT People Can Hold Heartbreaking Clues About Why They Died

When a reasonably prominent Russian man dies in a crime, writes Masha Gessen in the New York Times, there can be a certain art to reading the victim’s obituaries. If they mention that he was found murdered in his own home, and there was no sign of a break-in, that can be code for something disturbing.

When this happens to someone well-known enough to warrant numerous written remembrances, the writers usually refer not to a killing but to a “tragic death” — as though it were not a criminal but a personal trait that caused the person’s demise. What they mean is that the deceased was gay and apparently died at the hands of someone he brought home.


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“Persecute Me, Please”: Regarding God’s Not Dead 2, Neil Carter Is, Well, Deadly

While I enjoyed reading skeptic Neil Carter‘s entire 3,000-word post about the evangelical flick God’s Not Dead 2, there were two passages in particular that hit me with the force of truth well told.

Here they are:


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Muslim Killer Has No Ill Will Towards Christianity — But That Filthy Blasphemer Had To Die

Christians can rest easier after the Islamist killer of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, 40, issued a statement through his lawyer yesterday. Murderer Tanveer Ahmed, 32, refuted speculation that Shah’s gentleness and respect towards Christianity was the reason for the Good Friday bloodbath.

So what made Ahmed butcher Shah? The BBC says that

Mr. Ahmed claimed Asad Shah had “disrespected” Islam by claiming to be a prophet. In the statement, he denied the incident had anything to do with Christianity.

Well, that’s all right then.


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Pakistani Fundamentalists Are Fighting For the Right of Men to Kill Daughters and Wives

Islamist hardliners in Pakistan have their own idea of “deeply held religious beliefs,” and that includes the right of men to beat and murder their wives and daughters.


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