Friday, October 24, 2014

Taking something good and using it for evil

Did you ever wonder why Islamic State militants make their hostages wear orange jumpsuits? I didn't either until I heard a sermon on the origins of Islamic State by Pastor Patt Fisk Pastor Fisk said that they do this deliberately in their propaganda videos to mock what they see as the infidel West. Captured suspected Islamic militants who were imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities wore orange jumpsuits as their prison uniform.

Obviously they saw this as a humiliation against their fellow Muslims, and dressing their hostages in these same uniforms is part of how they are taking revenge against their former oppressors. I did an internet search for a suitable picture of one of these hostages, but all of them are too graphic and this blog is not the place for sensationalism.

As a Christian, I would hope that God's grace is big enough to reach anyone, but some people are irredeemably evil. Islamic State are deluded fanatics who are intent in bringing the entire world under the subjugation of their religion. They will never succeed in their aims, but they are serious threat to international security. Their actions demonstrate that they are not interested in diplomacy or peaceful negotiations. The fact of the matter is that you can't negotiate with someone who wants you dead. Therefore military force is the only way to deal with them.

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