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…]
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…]
You have got to read Mollie Hemingway’s Federalist piece 16 Of The Worst Ways To Respond To ISIS’ Paris Attack.
Read every word. After the jump is a sample, a Facebook post she quotes. [Read more…]
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…]
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.
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…]