ISIS is selling its victims’ organs

One reason ISIS is killing so many people:  the terrorists are reportedly harvesting their victim’s organs and selling them on the black market. [Read more...]

The faith of an ISIS captive

Kayla Mueller was a 26-year-old American who worked to help Syrian refugees.  She was captured by ISIS, held hostage for 18 months, and then killed.  (ISIS claimed she was the victim of an allied airstrike, but military officials deny that this was possible.)   At any rate, Kayla was a Christian.  Now letters have been released that testify to her faith, even as an ISIS prisoner. [Read more...]

Anti-terrorist ally overthrown

The United States lost another ally in the war against Islamic terrorism.  The pro-American government in Yemen–which helped us fight the ruthless Yemeni al-Qaida and allowed our drone attacks–was overthrown by  Houthi rebels.  The Houthi are Shi’ites, meaning they oppose the Sunni al-Qaida and ISIS, but are allied with Iran.  Still, they oppose the drone strikes and are strongly anti-American and anti-Israel.  The coup is another setback for American anti-terrorism efforts. [Read more...]

The Conflict of Iconoclasts

France is holding huge rallies for free speech after the Charlie Hebdo murders, but they have arrested a comedian for his antisemitic speech.  Now the Pope, while condemning the terrorist attack, is underscoring that mocking religion is wrong in itself.  Issues of free speech are apparently more complicated than is often assumed.

Meanwhile, the sold-out new issue of the satirical magazine that was attacked makes clear its distinct ideological position, namely, a militant atheism.  The editors say how they laughed when the bells of Notre Dame would be rung in their honor, and that those who say “‘I am Charlie’ need to also know that that means, ‘I am secularism.’”  The point is, both the terrorists and their victims are iconoclasts.

After the jump, Stephen Richert, while condemning the killings and insisting that he is not blaming the victim, argues that freedom of speech is NOT the primary value of civilization and that leftist iconoclasts and Islamic iconoclasts have more in common than either of them realize. [Read more...]

When offensive speech deserves defending

Columnist Ross Douthat, a conservative Catholic, has an interesting and nuanced take on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, how purposefully offensive speech is wrong–and yet, if someone threatens to murder a person over it, that speech becomes something good, something that deserves defending. [Read more...]

The French 9/11.

Islamic terrorists, having attacked the offices of the humor magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve,  struck again in Paris, attacking t a Jewish kosher grocery store, killing four hostages.  The French held a huge rally Sunday–the largest in the history of that nation of popular uprisings–in support of the victims of the terrorists, and other European nations are reportedly reconsidering their openness to Islamic immigrants, many of whom have been flocking to fight with ISIS in Syria.  The French periodical Le Monde is referring to “the French September 11.” [Read more...]