“How terrible for him to lose his bomb”

Writing for the British Spectator blog, Douglas Murray discusses Europe’s summer of terrorism and has some choice words for journalists and politicians who are in denial about its connection to Islam. [Read more…]

Terrorists attack a church

Two Islamic terrorists burst into a church during Mass in Normandy, France.  They beheaded the 84-year-old priest, critically-wounded a nun, and took four hostages.  The terrorists were killed by police snipers.  ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack.

Churches would be natural targets for terrorists.  This particular congregation was said to be on one of those hit list of targets circulated by ISIS, so as to encourage “lone wolf” attacks.  See this for a report on an  American list, which is said to include churches.  The FBI is said to be contacting those listed, but I’m curious what authorities are doing for their security.

Does your church have a security protocol in place?  Should it?  Or should churches not resist evildoers and instead embrace martyrdom if it comes?

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ISIS attacks America, kills 50 in Orlando

Omar Matteen called 911 at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, pledged allegiance to ISIS, then opened fire in a crowded gay bar, killing at least 50 and wounding 53 more.  After a three hour hostage standoff, he was killed by police.  The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  On Thursday, ISIS threatened to attack Florida. [Read more…]

F.B.I. is treating San Bernadino shootings as terrorism

The married couple that killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a center for the disabled in San Bernadino, California, had jihadist connections.  The shooting might have elements of workplace violence, since the male assailant worked there and apparently was angered at a Christmas party, but the FBI is handling the case as a counterterrorism investigation. [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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Boko Haram joins ISIS

There are two organizations of people in the news today whose level of evil staggers the imagination.  ISIS in Syria and Iraq is known for its beheadings, crucifixions, and massacres of the innocent.  Boko Haram in Nigeria is known for kidnapping Christian school girls and using them for sex slaves, as well as for its massacres of the innocent.  Now these two groups have joined forces.

Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to ISIS and the Caliphate that it is proclaiming.  This gives ISIS an inroad into Africa, making it more of a universal Caliphate.  And it gives Boko Haram a greater status as part of that Caliphate. [Read more…]


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