How ISIS observed Good Friday

ISIS observed Good Friday by crucifying a priest.  After attacking a nursing home in Yemen, shooting four nuns and killing seven others, ISIS kidnapped an Indian Catholic priest, Father Tom Uzhunnalil.  ISIS promised to crucify him on the day that his Savior was crucified.  After torturing him for several weeks, ISIS reportedly carried out their promise.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slainfor the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.  (Revelation 6:9-11)

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Terrorists attack Brussels

Terrorists attacked Brussels, Belgium, bombing a metro station and the check-in area at the airport.  Over 30 people are dead, with more than 200 injured.  ISIS claims responsibility.

Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union, which has been supporting Muslim immigration and peace and tolerance for all.  Such kindness, though, means nothing to the terrorist mind.

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Unlocking the iPhone

The Justice Department and Apple Computer are locked in a bitter legal battle in the FBI’s desire to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernadino terrorists, both of whom were killed after their attack.  The FBI, understandably, wants to see who else might be in the terrorists’ network.  Surely, in the name of fighting terrorism, Apple should simply unlock the phone–right?  Well, it isn’t that easy.

My iPhone has a four-digit code that I have to enter every time the screen goes black.  When I got the phone, the guy at Verizon sternly instructed me that a user has six tries to enter the correct code.  If the wrong numbers are entered, eventually the phone is disabled and everything on it is erased.   A pang of fear shoots through me every time my big fingers hit the wrong numbers.

So if the FBI tries to unlock the terrorists’ phone–since it can’t get the correct numbers from the users, who are dead–they will likely instead cause the phone to erase everything they want to know.  So the government wants to coerce Apple into developing a way to get into the phone anyway. [Read more…]

Lutheran tribute to the 21 Coptic Martyrs

A year ago this week, ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. I’m pleased that the president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod issued this video tribute to these martyrs of the Christian faith.  (Note the new icon that commemorates the martyrdom.) But aren’t the Copts heretics?  Read my discussion after the jump.


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American ISIS supporter tells of his plan to attack a church

A Muslim from Dearborn Heights, Michigan,was arrested for planning to attack a church in the Detroit area.  His remarks about his dreams and motivations are especially telling:

“If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

“It is my dream to behead someone.”

Is it time for churches to implement security plans?  Or would that show a lack of faith that God would protect them, according to His will?

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Small Terror

In the course of a larger essay on the world’s political woes, David Brooks points out that all of the major acts of terrorism have had the effect of creating a cultural climate of anxiety, suspicion, and insecurity that he calls “small terror.” [Read more…]


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