Converting from secularism to ISIS

Europeans and Americans are pouring into Syria, Iraq, and other countries to join ISIS, where they are becoming some of the bloodiest and most fanatical fighters.  A big percentage of these volunteers are converts to Islam, including Elton Simpson who was killed in the attack in Garland, Texas.

After the jump, an excerpt and link to an article about why Western young people are converting to Islam and joining ISIS.  Common threads:  a non-religious upbringing, divorced parents, and a chaotic moral life.

Could it be that children raised without a belief in God and in a climate of lawlessness have a special attraction to the other extreme?  To a religion of the harshest law, as opposed to the Christian religion of grace?  What other factors do you think are at work? [Read more...]

Islamic terrorists attack Muhammad cartoons in Texas

A free speech group sponsored an exhibit of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.  Predictably, this drew the ire of Muslims, for whom any depiction of their prophet is blasphemous.  So two terrorists attacked the exhibit with gunfire, but were killed by police officers.  The question is, were these homegrown terrorists, or is there an al-Qaeda or ISIS connection?

UPDATE:  ISIS is claiming responsibility.

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The end of the state in the Middle East

Lehigh professor Henry J. Barkey points out that the institution of the nation-state is virtually unraveling in the Middle East, with central governments being unable to enforce their laws within its borders, being replaced with local warlords, factional militias, and cross-border organizations such as ISIS. [Read more...]

The fastest growing religion

A new Pew study of trends in world religions says that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion.  Though Islam will come close, Christianity will still have the greatest numbers, with 40% living in sub-Saharan Africa.  The number of atheists, agnostics, and the unaffiliated–though increasing in the United States–will dwindle worldwide.   Details and more findings after the jump. [Read more...]

Our nuclear deal with Iran

The Obama administration has signed a deal with Iran that would cut the economic sanctions in return for a scale back of its nuclear program.  See the terms after the jump.  Do you think this is a good achievement?  [Read more...]

Admit to be a Christian and be killed

At last count, 147 Kenyan university students were killed by al-Qaeda-linked Islamic terrorists.  Most of them were killed because they were Christians.  I wondered how the terrorists could tell.  I heard that they asked if potential victims could recite a Muslim prayer and that they could tell by their dress.  Christian women would not be wearing veils or scarfs, so were fair game.  But I found a report that suggested that the terrorists basically just asked people.  “Are you a Christian or a Muslim?”  Those who said they were Muslims were spared.  But those who said they were Christians were shot.  Notice that they confessed their faith even though it meant their death! [Read more...]