President Barack Obama has come under a great deal of scrutiny for refusing to name the most recent victims of beheading by ISIS as Christians, instead referring to them as "Egyptian citizens." The president offered an explanation for his decision during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Wednesday and in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
"Leading up to this summit, there's been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so I want to be very clear about how I see it," Obama said. "Al-Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. That's why ISIL presumes to declare itself the 'Islamic State.'"
He continued: "There is no one profile of a violent extremist or terrorist. There is no way to predict who will become radicalized," Obama continued. "We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam." more >>
Islamic State militants in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa are subjecting their wives and sex slaves to "brutal" and "abnormal" sexual acts, which are causing many women to seek medical attention for their sex-related injuries.
The monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of Syrian activists who report on the militant group's atrocious behavior from inside the caliphate, was informed by doctors and physicians that ISIS militants, especially foreign militants, suffer from "sexual anomalies" that cause them to have "brutal instinctive desire for sex."
Although ISIS claims to promote conservative principles and even punishes women for not wearing the appropriate head covering in public, this "brutal" appetite for sex causes militants to seek multiple wives and even buy captured women to use as sex slaves. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria has begun imposing strict curfews in some towns that it controls, and in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad there was no exception, even for a pregnant mother rushing to the hospital in the middle of the night trying to save the life of her baby.
According to the monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a team of activists who risk their lives to report on the atrocities of ISIS from inside Raqqa, the militants in the North Raqqa province town of Tel Abyad are preventing people from leaving their homes "under any circumstance."
The group reported that the town's curfew spans from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. and anyone who leaves their home during those hours is liable to be shot, no matter what their reason is. more >>
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins slammed President Obama Monday, saying that it's "troubling" the president refuses to call the Egyptians beheaded by ISIS "Christians."
"ISIS made very clear in this video that this was an execution of 'people of the cross.' ISIS apparently has no difficulty saying 'Christian,' while the White House has a very difficult time," Perkins said during an appearance on Fox News' "The Kelly File" Monday night.
Critics of Obama have also questioned why the president refuses to call ISIS "radical Islamic terrorists;" unlike his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, who has on many occasions spoken out against the global "Islamist extremist terrorist threat." more >>
Pope Francis has come out and officially condemned the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by terrorist organization ISIS on Tuesday.
"Be they Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, or Lutherans, it does not matter. They are Christians, their blood is the same, their blood confesses [their faith in] Christ," Francis said in a statement. "Today I read about the execution of those 21 or 22 Coptic Christians," he added. "Their only words were, 'Jesus, help me!' They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christian. The blood of our Christian sisters and brothers is testimony that cries out."
ISIS released the video of the beheadings on Sunday, showing the 21 Christians who had been kidnapped in December and January. Egypt responded by bombing the group's camps in Libya and promised to eliminate ISIS' presence in the Middle East. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother who was held prisoner and initially sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith, is set to receive the National Religious Broadcasters' President's Award later in February for showing "what it means to not be ashamed of Christ."
"Mariam Ibraheem is a modern-day example of what it means to not be ashamed of Christ," said NRB President and CEO Jerry A. Johnson. "We are honored to welcome her to NRB15 as we rejoice with her over God's protective care in her life."
The Islamic government of Sudan sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes and to death in 2014 for the crimes of apostasy and adultery for marrying Daniel Wani, an American Christian citizen. The mother was forced to take care of her young son while in prison, and to give birth to her second child while in chains. more >>