ISIS has been all but obliterated in Syria and Iraq. However, despite these losses on the ground, ISIS is still a major threat to North America and Europe.
US intelligence agents have come forward to warn the Trump administration that ISIS terrorists are planning on attacking Christian churches this Christmas season.
This warning was first issued back in 2016. The threat has not dwindled since then.
In Egypt, the Coptic Christian minority continues to be targeted by their Muslim neighbors, many of whom would not be described as “radical” by the U.S. media.
Despite only being ten-percent of the country’s population, Egyptian Christians have faced the majority of sectarian attacks ever since the Islamic Brotherhood briefly held power in Cairo in 2013.
In Iraq and Syria, ISIS and other Islamist militias have all but eliminated Christianity, which has been in the Middle East ever since the time of Jesus Christ.
It is undeniable that Christians are the most persecuted people in the entire world, despite what the mainstream media and far-Left say. From Africa to China, Christians are officially suppressed or are outright killed by Islamic gangs.
Because of this hatred, churches have been fair game from Islamic militants. In Egypt on Palm Sunday 2017, forty-five people were killed when a suicide bomber got by the armed police guards out front. The attack was the work of ISIS.
Last Christmas, a Tunisian national who entered Europe through Italy stole a truck and drove through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. This attack killed twelve people.
In the United States, churches and Christmas events have been targeted by terrorists as well. Seven years ago, 19-year-old Somali immigrant Mohammed Osman Mohamud was arrested by police in Portland, Oregon before he could detonate a car bomb near a public Christmas tree.
The most recent church attack in the United States, the deadliest attack on a house of worship in American history, was not carried out by an Islamist radical, but shooter Devin Patrick Kelley who was known for posting anti-Christian, pro-atheist comments on his Facebook.
Unfortunately for Christians in the United States and worldwide, the Christmas season is considered a visible target by Muslim militants. Not only are churches usually packed around Christmas, but attacking them underlines the fact that ISIS and other Islamist groups see their terror campaigns as part of a larger war between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Are Christians unfairly targeted?
Following the Berlin truck attack, President Trump wrote on Twitter, “This is a purely religious threat, which turned into reality. Such hatred! When will the US, and all countries, fight back?” This opinion remains true to this day, but unfortunately very little has been done in order to keep the world’s Christians safe from Islamic terrorism.
As we enter into the Christian season, it is key to remember to spend time with your family. It is also important to attend church if you are a believer. When doing all of these things, always stay aware of your surroundings and do not hesitate to point out something unusual or uncomfortable. It might just keep you alive.