The disputed fate of the 21 Coptic Christians abducted in Sirte, Libya is now clear and visible for all to see on video: while holding them down, Islamic State members shove their fingers in the Christians' eyes, crane their heads back, and slice away at their throats with knives—all in the name of Allah and Islam, all as the slaughtered call out on the "Lord Jesus Christ."
Earlier, the BBC had falsely reported that 13 of these now slaughtered Copts were "released." (Such downplaying of Muslim persecution of Christians is, of course, standard for the BBC.)
In the video, the lead executioner waves his dagger at the camera while boasting of the Islamic State's savagery: "Oh people, recently you have seen us on the hills of as-Sham and Dabiq's plain [Syrian regions], chopping off the heads that have been carrying the cross for a long time. And today, we are on the south of Rome, on the land of Islam, Libya, sending another message." more >>
Even though her village was seized by the Islamic State and she's now living a rough life in an unfinished mall in Kurdish-protected Northern Iraq, a displaced Christian refugee child is asking God to "forgive" the ISIS militants.
After ISIS seized most of the Mosul region of Iraq last June, over 400 mostly Christian displaced Iraqi families from the villages of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Kharamles descended upon the Kurdish capital of Erbil to live in a half-built mall in the in the Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa.
As the families had picked up and fled their villages in a hurry before the ISIS militants reached their towns, the families could only afford to bring bare necessities and are now living in the mall without much more than the mattresses, blankets and other handouts they receive from humanitarian organizations. more >>
A CBS News poll has found that for the first time since the U.S. began military operations against ISIS, the majority of Americans want ground troops to be sent to fight the terror group.
"With concern about ISIS growing, support for the use of U.S. ground troops in the fight against ISIS has risen. For the first time, a majority of Americans (57 percent) favor the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS," the report states.
"In October, Americans were divided (47 percent favored and 46 percent opposed), and in September these numbers were reversed (39 percent favored and 55 percent opposed)." more >>
"To everything there is a season," wrote the author of Ecclesiastes, reminding us that there is "a time for every purpose under heaven," including war. From beginning to end, the Bible remains constant; the God of Love is equally the God of Justice. Were he not, he would have never broken his own heart to make ours whole by sending Jesus into the world to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
We prefer peace but sometimes we have no choice but to respond aggressively. Let me recap: As I write, Fox News reports a top Iraqi diplomat claims ISIS is harvesting organs and burning those victims alive to fund their operations. Add to that, Muslim jihadists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians last weekend, caged and burned a Jordanian pilot, threw homosexuals off buildings in Iraq, kidnapped and slaughtered thousands in Nigeria… I could go on….and on.
In light of all that, it's pretty clear that it is time for us to do a little more than turn the other cheek, a command Jesus gave to individuals, not nations. Turn evil on its cheek is more like it. Not community organize to combat poverty, as President Obama so suggested in his February 17, 2014 LA Times Op-Ed. more >>
Author and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has declared that in a war against the Islamic State, the United States Armed Forces shouldn't have any "rules" holding them back from defeating the terrorist organization.
In an interview with Fox News' Bill Hemmer Monday morning, Carson explained that when fighting ISIS, Western rules of engagement could get in the way of victory.
A ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels is reportedly falling apart in the eastern town of Debaltseve, where government forces have been forced to flee and abandon the rail hub. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on rebels to allow the Ukrainian troops to leave, for which he said the only choice is to surrender.
"The actions by the Russia-backed separatists in Debaltseve are a clear violation of the ceasefire," said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
"The EU stands ready to take appropriate action in case the fighting and other negative developments in violation of the Minsk agreements continue." more >>