"In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills," writes the prophet Isaiah.
"Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord's mountain … that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths. …
"They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again." more >>
Members of the Islamic State terrorist organization who were involved in the kidnapping of as many as 150 Christians in Syria this week, are claiming that the hostages are "safe" and will be released in a few days, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
AINA reports that an Assyrian man, who's not a member of ISIS but knows many ISIS fighters, was told by ISIS members that the hostages, who were kidnapped during the Islamic State's raids on 35 Christian villages along the Khabur River near the town of Tel Tamer, are in "good condition" and are expected to eventually be released.
Although the news agency's source, an Assyrian named Matthew, was told the captives will be released, he's skeptical that the militant group will actually free the Christians, since ISIS has become notorious for its publicized hostage execution videos. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group executed three women and arrested 13 other females in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul on Sunday, after the women refused to get married to ISIS militants.
A Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, informed the Kurdish news site BasNews.com on Monday that ISIS continues to kidnap and kill women within its strongholds who refuse to marry fighters.
"On sunday, IS (another name for ISIS) militants arrested 13 women in Mosul and later held them in unknown locations," Mamuzini explained. "The woman were kidnapped because they refused nikah (Muslim marriage) with the jihadists." more >>
As concern grows that the Islamic State terrorist organization is plotting to use its foreign militants to infiltrate Europe and conduct attacks, an ISIS-linked Twitter account has vowed ISIS will conquer Rome, install sharia law and throw homosexuals off the top of the "leaning tower of pizza."
Days after the Islamic State released a video threatening to "conquer Rome by Allah's permission," the Daily Mail reports that an ISIS supporter, who is strongly linked to the terror group, expanded on the threat against the Italian capital in tweets posted last Saturday.
"#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah," the ISIS supporter posted using the Twitter handle @abu_britani2. "We will use to the leaning tower of pizza [sic] to throw off homosexual." more >>
Last week the White House took action against the various violent attacks happening all over the world in recent months by hosting a summit on Countering Violent Extremism. While it is perhaps laudable that this White House stands opposed to violent extremism this action will amount to little more than spitting into the wind. The reason for this is simple: the Obama administration approaches terrorism like it is a behavioral issue. The problem is, terrorism is not a behavioral issue. Terrorism of the kind we have been witnessing with a disturbing frequency of late is a worldview issue. And, until we can offer a better, stronger worldview we will never defeat ISIS.
By any observation the operating worldview assumptions of the President and his administration are essentially secular. While there is not one monolithic secular worldview, there are a few ideological threads common to all of them. First and foremost is the guiding assumption that the world is fundamentally material. People are basically material creatures. There is no spiritual beyond what we create for ourselves. Because of this, any problems we face as a people have primarily material causes requiring material solutions.
As a worldview, secularism's logical end is nihilism with purer strains landing there faster than more syncretistic versions. The reason for this is that, again, for secularism, matter and energy are the principle substances of the universe. Matter and energy do not have any inherent value and they cannot bequeath value to their progeny. This means that on secularism, there is not any inherent value to anything beyond what we create for ourselves, which is necessarily temporary and tenuous. That's nihilism in a nutshell. The problem here is that we are not naturally nihilistic creatures and if left alone will gravitate toward meaning even if we have to make it up for ourselves. more >>
The horror in Libya could have come from a Hieronymus Bosch painting of hell: 21 knife-wielding figures hacking the heads off 21 young men in orange jumpsuits along the shoreline, blood staining the surf red. But this was no imagined scene — it was the mass execution of Egyptian Copts who had been kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists.
The killers may have aimed to exploit sectarian hostilities — as they have in Iraq and Syria — and splinter Egyptian society. Paradoxically, however, this blatantly anti-Christian attack may finally lead to the easing of Christian-Muslim tensions in Egypt.
This week, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi responded to the beheadings with acts that unequivocally recognized the Copts as "innocent victims" and true sons of Egypt. He declared a week of national mourning, dispatched envoys to appeal to the United Nations and ordered air force bombers to "deliver swift justice in retribution." more >>