This past week, a high-profile White House meeting with the title "Countering Violent Extremism" went out of its way to avoid labeling acts of brutal violence by Al Qaeda, ISIS (the so-called Islamic State), and their allies as "Muslim" terrorism or describing their ideology as "Islamic" or "jihadist."
The concern is wanting to stay away from any sense that the United States is at war with Islam itself, much less to lump the world's 1.5 billion Muslims with vicious terrorist groups. But a growing number are saying that this is failing to look at the very real threat that is militant Islam.
To understand why, one must understand a few things about Islam itself. First, that there are five practices, or "pillars."
*The reciting of the "Shahadah," which is when you say "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet."Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
Undaunted by the slaughter of 21 Christians in Libya, the director of the Bible Society of Egypt saw a golden gospel opportunity; 1.65 million copies of a tract have been distributed in their largest campaign ever. (Casper, Christianity Today)
It is especially disturbing because the bulk of these women and men flocking to Syria are relative newcomers to Islamic observance—a sign the murderous group is gaining appeal well beyond its ultraconservative roots. (Trofimov, The Wall Street Journal)
The abductions, which started Monday, caused thousands of residents to flee and become refugees in nearby cities. (Bacon & Onyanga-Omara, USA Today)
While some doubt that eternal salvation can be gained with the click of a button, [others maintain] it's no different than raising your hand in church. (Zylstra, Christianity Today)
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