As students at Youngstown State University walked to class Monday morning, they were shocked to find Islamic State terror messages painted on a well-known on-campus boulder, which promised "We Are Coming."
Between Sunday night and Monday morning, a large rock on the Ohio campus that is commonly used to post messages, promote student groups and campus events had been vandalized with jihadi-themed graffiti.
The rock, which is located just outside Youngstown's Kilcawley Center, had been spray painted with IS' black flag logo and provocative pro-terror statements that included "France deserves destruction," "Jihad over God," and "YSU supports ISIS." more >>
WASHINGTON — As the debate over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed to resettle in the United States has heated up following the Islamic State's attack on Paris, a panel of refugee resettlement experts briefed congressional staffers on Monday about the facts behind the U.S.' refugee resettlement process.
While over 4 million refugees have fled Syria due to the ongoing civil war and the rise of the IS, also called ISIS or ISIL, many politicians and presidential candidates have argued that allowing Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. will make the American public more susceptible to terrorist attacks from extremists who have infiltrated the resettlement system.
However, such rhetoric does not match up with the facts provided by the panel, which included representatives from three of the nine agencies authorized to resettle refugees inside the U.S., and other human rights experts. more >>
The United States government has a "God-given responsibility" to secure its borders and "protect its citizens" from extremists trying to infiltrate the country, Dallas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress has said.
Following the Islamic State's attacks in Paris earlier this month, Americans remain largely divided on whether the U.S. should allow Syrian refugees to resettle inside the country.
As the Obama administration gears up to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, many Christian conservatives have argued that granting them asylum in the U.S. will make the nation more susceptible to attacks from jihadis who have infiltrated the resettlement program. more >>
Terror attacks have increased more than ever, indicating that we are living in the last days, and the life of Noah in the Old Testament teaches us how to live as Christians in these days, Pastor Greg Laurie of California's megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship said in a sermon.
It is quite obvious that we are living in the last days, Laurie said in his message Thursday. "Terrorism seems to be stronger than it has ever been. Islamic terrorism, it's not going to go away," he added.
Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS or ISIL, wants to establish a caliphate, or an Islamic rule, he explained. "It's an ideological war" between the Islamic worldview and the Judea-Christian worldview. more >>
An expert on U.S. and European defense and security-related issues has said that while Europe remains more vulnerable to further attacks by the Islamic State terror group, an assault on the U.S. is both feasible and probable.
"The threat posed by ISIS is serious indeed. We have seen how ISIS has brought an entire city, Brussels, the so-called capital of Europe, to its knees. The sight of this emboldens jihadists to carry out ever more audacious attacks against Western targets," Soeren Kern, a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based think tank, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday.
"An attack in America is readily feasible and even probable. Migrants bearing false passports have recently been arrested in Central America. That being said, because of its geographic proximity to the Middle East, Europe is, by definition, more vulnerable than the U.S." he added. more >>
Brussels remained on highest terror alert for a third day on Monday as a prime suspect in the deadly Paris attacks was still on the run in the Belgian capital. Police arrested 16 people in late-night raids, but no weapons or explosives were found.
Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old resident of Brussels suspected to be among the Islamic State militants who carried out six attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, killing at least 130 people, continued to elude Brussels police Monday.