Christians won’t qualify as victims of genocide

An upcoming State Department report will charge ISIS with genocide against the Yazidis, a small ethnic group in Syria.  But it will not use that term to describe the ISIS efforts to eradicate Christians.  “If true,” says Nina Shea, “it would reflect a familiar pattern within the administration of a politically correct bias that views Christians — even non-Western congregations such as those in Iraq and Syria — never as victims but always as Inquisition-style oppressors.” [Read more…]

Terrorist weekend

As the world focuses on ISIS, we are reminded that we also have to contend with our old terrorist foe al-Qaeda.  In the African nation of Mali, an al-Qaeda affiliated group attacked a luxury hotel, taking 170 people, many of them foreign tourists, hostage.  Commandos stormed the hotel, but some 20 hostages  were killed, including one American.

Meanwhile, in Belgium, the capital city of Brussels was put into a state of lockdown–with all public events cancelled and people being urged to stay in their homes–in face of what authorities called evidence of an “imminent,” Paris-style attack.  Belgian police arrested 16 jihadists.

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Should we continue the Syrian immigration program?

The United States has committed to accepting 10,000 immigrants from Syria.  That’s far less than the European nations are faced with, but the attack on Paris has many Americans calling for a halt to that program.  To be sure, most of the immigrants are fleeing ISIS, but ISIS has boasted that it will mingle with the immigrants as a way to invade the west.  Stringent screening is supposedly in place in the U.S., but people are nervous.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for a “pause” in the settlement of refugees here.  The GOP presidential candidates are agreeing (except for Jeb Bush).  Twenty-six mostly Republican governors have asked that Syrian refugees not be settled in their states (though they have no authority to stop it).  Republican congressmen are introducing bills to stop the immigration.  One idea being put forward is to settle only Christians, who certainly are fleeing persecution, but the administration is indignant at the prospect of “religious tests.”

What is your opinion?  Are Republicans falling into the Democrats’ stereotype that they are mean and lacking in compassion?  Or are their proposals simple prudence?  What do we Christians do with the teachings in Scripture that we should welcome “the aliens”?  Does that apply here? [Read more…]

“We need a union of all who can fight”

French president Francois Hollande called for “a union of all who can fight” to destroy ISIS.  He called on the United States and Russia to set aside their differences and to join together in an international coalition to battle jihadist terrorism.

But President Obama appeared to reject that plea, saying that what his administration is currently doing is sufficient!

Details and new information about the Paris attack after the jump.

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Update on the Paris attack

(1) Now authorities are saying that 129 people are confirmed dead in the Paris attacks.  349 were injured, with 96 being in critical condition.

(2) We now know that this was the work of ISIS.

(3) At least two of the eight attackers came to France as Syrian refugees.

(4) Seven of the attackers were killed, mostly as suicide bombers.  But one, possibly a woman, is still at large.

(5) French planes are bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria.

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Islamic terrorists attack Paris, more than 150 killed

Islamic terrorists attacked Paris, hitting six targets (maybe more)–a concert hall, a soccer stadium, and popular restaurants–with AK47s and explosives, killing, as of the latest count, more than 150 people.  [Read more…]


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