More ISIS Barbarism: This Time it’s Church Desecration

IRAQ-UNREST-CHRISTIANS

A few days ago, I wrote about ISIS slaughtering women for refusing to have sex with them and the group’s extremely brutal penal code. However, their inhumanity does not stop there. Yesterday, Fox News reported on even more of their heinous deeds. This time it’s about ISIS selling Christian artifacts and turning churches into torture chambers. Here’s what they say:

The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports.

Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law.

And they continue:

Experts believe Islamic State’s trafficking in religious artifacts is both to make money and to culturally cleanse the region. The Islamic militants have converted churches in Qaraqosh and other Iraqi cities into torture chambers, according to the Sunday Times. One priest from the region, who gave his name as Abu Aasi from Mosul, told the newspaper earlier this month that prisoners were being held in the Bahnam Wa Sara and Al Kiama churches.

“These two churches are being used as prisons and for torture,” he said while in hiding. “Most inside are Christians and they are being forced to convert to Islam. Isis has been breaking all the crosses and statues of Mary.”

By the time this post is published, many of you will have already gone to church. Others of you will be going to an evening service. As you do so, please remember the extraordinary freedom you enjoy to do these things. Please pray for the Middle East’s dwindling number Christians as they face horrific persecution, even unto death, for their beliefs. If you can spare money, please consider donating to charities like the Barnabas Fund, the International Orthodox Christian Charities, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, or any one of many reputable other charities out there. In the past, I’ve also written about how France has been leading the way in helping Iraq’s Christians. We need to get our leaders in Washington to do more to help them.

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Obama sends 1,000 paratroopers to Iraq to provide advice

Despite his repeated assertions that there will be no new US ground involvement in Iraq, Obama has definitely entered slippery slope territory.

About 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq in late January, the Defense Department announced Friday.

The soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team will train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby during a briefing Friday.

The paratroopers are preparing to deploy for a nine-month tour.

Were it not for the price to be paid by young men and women of all services, one would be tempted to crow about the abject stupidity and ineptitude on the part of Obama that allowed a victory handed to him on a silver platter in 2009 to be squandered, that handed a potential ally over to one of our enemies, that fostered the rise of the very ISIS that we are fighting today.

Where will this lead? Barring a deus ex machina that eliminates ISIS and restores some semblance of what passes for stability in the Arab world our involvement is going to increase and the next president will be left with an ugly mess in Iraq and Syria that is totally the creation of Barack Obama.

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BREAKING: 2 Cops Shot Dead in Brooklyn. UPDATE: Was it connected to Garner or Brown?

The police have been in the news a lot lately, but whatever one’s opinion of them, there is no justification for this. News outlets are reporting that two Brooklyn police officers have been shot dead in an execution style shooting. Some stories have reported that only one was killed, but both were evidently pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. Here’s what the New York Post says:

According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues.

“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting.

The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.

The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand.

“They engaged the guy and he did himself,” one investigator said.

There’s a lot more in that link than I quoted. The Post talks to people around where the shooting happened, and they were unsurprisingly terrified.

Here’s New York City’s ABC 7 News’ report on the subject:

As I said, the last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that there is a wide range of opinions on the police on the Right and across America, whether it’s police militarization, the frequency of police brutality, or issues of race and the police. However, an act like this is beyond the pale. There is no excuse for killing police officers like this. Let’s hope the professional outrage-mongers like Reverend Al Sharpton will be just as quick to condemn this senseless crime against society as they were to condemn the shooting of Michael Brown or the killing of Eric Garner.

Prayers are needed for all involved, but especially the families of the cops. Lord have mercy.

UPDATE: Take a look at these photos from the killer’s Instagram:

The cop killer also had the extreme audactiy to post on Instagram about his deeds:

Prayers go out to the family members of the 2 cops that were killed in Brooklyn.

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— The Daily Dose (@thedailydose_) December 20, 2014

“I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours…… Let’s take 2 of theirs.”

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