Unity is the best weapon against ISIS (COMMENTARY)

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People hold hands to form a human solidarity chain at Place de la Republique near sites of the deadly attacks in Paris, on November 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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People hold hands to form a human solidarity chain at Place de la Republique near sites of the deadly attacks in Paris, on November 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ALMARAYATI-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Nov. 19, 2015.

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  • Unity or Obedience to God?
    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2Co 6:14-17 KJV)

  • Larry

    Thank you for enabling Islamic State’s propaganda wing!

    Your little screed can be used word for word by them to show that Christians like yourself are only interested in extermination of Muslims and their faith. A great recruiting tool for them. A nice way to undermine assertions that the West is interested in freedom and liberty. Change one word and you have their slogans to the letter.

    Seriously, how completely unaware can you be to think that such nonsense is even remotely helpful against these terrorists? I swear, the Islamaphobes are the best agents IS can hope for.

  • Fran

    God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) will soon be the ONLY successful source of putting an end to all wicked ones, including all terrorists, on planet earth (Isaiah 11:1-9).

    Jesus foretold that in the last days of a wicked era that because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of the greater number would cool down (along with other prominent signs: Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21). This is certainly the case in the entire world today.

    It is so comforting to know that only good-hearted and meek ones shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) and that ALL wicked ones will no longer exist to make our lives miserable (Psalm 37:10,11)!!

  • The best weapons against ISIS are:

    B-52s
    F-15s
    F-16s
    F-18s
    Tanks
    Artillery
    Mobile rocket launchers
    Abrams fighting vehicles
    Dedicated soldiers supported by massive logistics.

    Forget the fairy tales. There is only one language that ISIS understands, and that is violence.

  • “In America now, some of the loudest voices…disparage Muslims and drive a wedge into American society..”

    EXACTLY!
    American Muslims in particular are extraordinary citizens.
    Bring the refugees here.

    Muslims in America:
    1. Educated. They comprise less than 1% of the population yet 4% of the professional services in medicine and technology.*
    2. Professional. They adapt to American life more quickly than any other religious group and begin paying taxes sooner.
    3. Freedom. The presence of Muslims strengthens separation of church and state vis-a-vis Christianity.
    4. Secularism. Believe it or not, Muslims who leave the totalitarian regimes where religion is strictly enforced and settle in America lose their religion faster than any other religious group.

    *Pew Research.

  • @David Mayer,

    “forget fairy tales”

    Yet you tell a slew of new ones. American has lost all of its wars since 1945. I’m not in the mood for more losses.

    It is impossible to obliterate ISIS unless the world agrees to overthrow Syria and Iraq (again). Millions of innocents would die and it would only strengthen the ISIS claim of global armageddon. Cooler heads need to prevail.

    Meanwhile, everyone should let go of their religions, the source of most evil in the world.

  • Larry

    [Paris] Police believe attackers used forged passports to stigmatize refugees
    http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/police-believe-attackers-used-forged-passports-to-stigmatize-refugees-1.2662167

    “Islamic State has frequently said one of its goals is to stop refugees from fleeing Syria by any means possible, and tells refugees they are committing “a major dangerous sin” by attempting to flee the war and entering countries where they will be assimilated or integrated into “Christianity, atheism or liberalism.”

    Its official, the xenophobes are tools of Islamic State.

    The group has used photos and video of children who have drowned in its propaganda, telling refugees they are throwing away their “lives and souls” by going to Europe.”

  • RMW

    Your assertion makes no sense.
    Or rather, it makes about as much sense that during World War Two, the ‘proper’ response to Japanese and Nazi aggression is never say anything against Japanese and Nazi policies because this might make the Japanese and Nazis more aggressive.

  • RMW

    “Meanwhile, everyone should let go of their religions…”
    And why exactly should they follow your advice? What authority do you have?
    In any case, in France the direction seems to be flowing the other way. According to the French organisation CPDSI which researches native white French nationals who have become Muslim militants, discovered in one survey that 80% of the came from atheist families:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30119868

  • larry

    Your post is an incoherent mess. Pastor Steve was saying people who are not Christians are evil. Exactly the sort of thing I-S says that we supposedly believe in the West. He is doing the propaganda job for them.

    If you are going to invoke a Nazi reference, at least do it accurately.

    The attitude towards the Syrian refugees is almost exactly how we treated Jewish refugees trying to come to the US. We turned many of them from our shores to their deaths.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis

    Demonizing the entire faith of Islam is exactly what I-S wants. To keep people from gravitating towards the sane and the modern. Its the opposite of useful when it comes to combatting the terrorists. How completely unwaware do you have to be to not get this?

  • RMW

    And who are you to determine ‘accuracy’?
    The modern Jewish state of Israel deports unwelcomed African refugees. Such a nice example from Jews right?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/toughening-its-stance-toward-migrants-israel-pushes-africans-to-leave/2015/05/14/e1637bce-f350-11e4-bca5-21b51bbdf93e_story.html

    “Demonizing the entire faith of Islam is exactly what I-S wants.”
    And the ‘proper’ response is…what? Accept the Islamic religion? Are you on the verge of becoming a Muslim convert?

    If you like Syrian refugees so much, how many have you welcomed and accommodated into your home?

  • larry

    You respond by changing the subject and invoking rhetorical fallacy. That doesn’t bode well for the strength or veracity of your claims. You are neither denying nor refuting what I have been saying.

    The Gulf States are known for many things, but the free flow of information and political objectivity are not them. They are dictatorships which have been benefactors of I-S. One cannot take a source coming from a dictatorship as a face value statement of fact.

  • RMW

    @Larry
    “You respond by changing the subject and invoking rhetorical fallacy.”
    You set the example.

    You don’t like people demonising the whole Islamic faith, but you seem to be dismissing everything from Qatar. That means you yourself must be a bigot right?

    And if you like Muslim Syrian refugees so much, how many have you welcomed and accommodated into your home?

  • Algird

    ” According to the French organisation CPDSI which researches native white French nationals who have become Muslim militants, discovered in one survey that 80% of the came from atheist families:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30119868

    ” ….It ain’t necessarily so….” George & Ira Gershwin – Porgy & Bess

    Just because something is published by the BBC – don’t make it ” necessarily so. ”

    CPDSI appears to be a one horse organization started in Apr 2014 by Dounia Bouzar in France.

    French authorities don’t know how many French nationals have become ” Muslim militants ” let alone know how many of them are white – nor do they know how many of them came from ” atheist families “. How could this information have any credibility ? Who did the survey & what database were they working from ?

    The stats quoted are absurd….

  • Larry

    It makes zero sense to bring in terrorists as refugees for a number of reasons. There is up to a 2 year wait while a refugee’s background is being vetted. This makes it difficult to plan operations or make it past authorities.

    Once they get here they must appear before CIS to explain why they are political refugees in a long, arduous interview process. Because refugees are made permanent residents, there is a high level of scrutiny on them here. Tourist visas are much easier to obtain and have far less scrutiny once someone is in the country.

    Plus it is in the interests of ISIS to demonize the refugees and make it more difficult for them to flee to safe democratic nations. Islamaphobes are the best agents ISIS can have. They provide great examples for recruiting propaganda and do precisely the most counterproductive actions in combating them.

    By all means don’t left facts get in the way of your paranoid nonsense.

  • RMW

    From here, it seem to have come from a list of 160 families who have provided information to the CPDSI about love ones who have become militant Muslims. It’s a start to compiling data:
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-states-scariest-success-attracting-western-newcomers-1424932279

  • RMW

    @Larry
    “Plus it is in the interests of ISIS to demonize the refugees and make it more difficult for them to flee to safe democratic nations.”
    So it is better to let them come in and influence a native Danish girl to murder her own mother, like this Iraqi refugee did in Denmark
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/11867138/Danish-teenage-girl-stabbed-mother-to-death-after-watching-Isil-videos-with-Islamist-boyfriend.html
    No Islamophobia with this girl. You must be glad right?

  • Larry

    80% of a very small sample group who volunteered information. In other words a B-S study used to generate headlines, but of no factual value whatsoever.

  • Larry

    RMW, your need to resort to guilt by association for an entire group renders your argument silly by nature. Your citation is not proof of (or even an example of) terrorists sneaking into the US under the guise of refugees.

    By your arguments, the actions of Anders Behring Breivik are living proof that white right wing Europeans are just mass murderers in waiting.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks

    You are straying off topic because you know you have nothing remotely sane to work with. Your premise is implausible and entirely colored by bigotry. Hence the constant use of insults and disparaging remarks in your responses. You have nothing intelligent worth responding to.

  • RMW

    @Larry
    On the contrary it is a start to gathering data.

  • RMW

    @Larry
    How is it off topic to show a refugee (an Iraqi in this instance) that was an IS supporter?
    You dismiss vital info from Qatar concerning IS support amongst Syrian refugees. Who’s potentially inviting danger now?
    And is Qatar is so untrustworthy, why is your USA and other Western nations selling advanced military equipment to them?