Sunni vs. Shiite conflict intensifies

In another reminder that the turmoil in the Middle East is not all about us, the Saudis executed, along with 46 criminals, a prominent Shiite leader.  Protests have broken out throughout the Muslim world.  Iranians have occupied the Saudi embassy, and the two countries have severed diplomatic relations.

Those two types of Islam are hostile to each other, about like Catholics and Protestants during the 30 Year’s War.  Many of the predations of ISIS, which is Sunni (as is al-Qaida), have targeted Shiites, whose center is Iran.  Some Islamic countries, like Iraq and Syria, have mixed populations, which is a big reason for their instability. [Read more…]

The claim that Muslims and Christians worship the same God

We Missouri Synod Lutherans went through this controversy some years ago. . . .A professor at Wheaton College, a leading evangelical institution where I was once visiting professor, was suspended for claiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  (The media reports say that it was for wearing the hijab, the Islamic head-covering for women, but the suspension was not for a fashion statement.) [Read more…]

How barring all Muslims is like gun control

Donald Trump has called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States, not only as immigrants but as tourists.  He defends this religious discrimination by invoking  Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s internment  of Japanese-Americans!

Francis Schaeffer predicted that there would come a time when Americans would be so fixated on their personal peace and affluence that they would trade away their civil liberties to someone who promised them greater security.  Today one faction of the public is so afraid of terrorism that it wants to eliminate Second Amendment rights.  Another faction is so afraid of terrorism that it wants to suspend religious freedom. *  Aren’t both of these extreme reactions fulfillments of Schaeffer’s prediction? [Read more…]

From non-religious families to ISIS

It turns out that 80% of the French citizens who joined ISIS come from non-religious families.  These converts to Islam and jihadism describe it in terms of religious liberation, a putting away of meaningless materialism to find personal meaning and transcendent purpose.  Can it be that human beings have an innate need for transcendence, and that suppressing and denying the religious impulse causes it to break out in extreme, violent, and twisted forms?

Ross Douthat discusses the phenomenon in the New York Times. [Read more…]

The Mafia will protect New York from ISIS

ISIS is so bad that normal “bad guys” are against them.  The Mafia has announced that it will help protect New York City from ISIS. [Read more…]

Al Qaeda vs. ISIS

An Al Qaeda suicide bomber killed six ISIS leaders, including the leader of the Golan Heights faction.  It turns out, the two terrorist organizations have a bitter rivalry and have been battling each other in Syria. Al Qaeda has been eclipsed by ISIS in the public perception of the West, but reportedly wants to re-establish its pre-eminent role in the jihadist movement. [Read more…]


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