ISIS threatens to attack U.S. churches at Christmas

ISIS, also known as Islamic State (IS), has made threats before, the most recent instance being its threats to attack polling stations on November 8.

So this threat may mean nothing, but it’s still a good idea to err on the side of caution by keeping your eyes open and your sense alert when you go to church tonight or tomorrow.

Above all, don’t let the jihadist bastards keep you away from celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Joy to the world!


Gilad Shiloach for Vocativ, Dec. 22, 2016, that according to a message posted late-night Wednesday in the Islamic State’s “Secrets of Jihadis” social media group, IS has published a secret list of the names and addresses of thousands of churches in the United States and called on its adherents to attack them during the holiday season.

A user going by the name of “Abu Marya al-Iraqi” posted an Arabic-language message calling “for bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year” and announced the group’s plans to utilize its network of lone wolf attackers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.”

The series of Arabic-language messages appeared in a pro-ISIS group on Telegram, which also provides manuals for the use and preparations of weapons and explosives for aspiring assailants. The information, distributed in a number of posts, was all previously available online and includes a public directory of churches across all 50 states.

In another group post, a member summoned “the sons of Islam” to target “churches, well-known hotels, crowded coffee shops, streets, markets and public places,” and shared a list of addresses in the United States, as well as in Canada, France and the Netherlands.

Writing for WND, Leo Holmann points out that the reported ISIS hit list of U.S. churches should not “come as a surprise” given recent terrorist incidents:

  1. Last month, the St. Peter and St. Paul chapel of the Coptic Christian Church in Cairo, Egypt, was bombed by Muslims, killing 25 Copts and injuring several more.
  2. In July, an elderly Catholic priest had his throat slit on the altar while he was saying mass in Normandy, France, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
  3. ISIS also claimed responsibility for this week’s Christmas market attack in Berlin that killed 12 and injured 48. The group said that the assailant was a “soldier of the Islamic State,” who followed organizational orders “to target coalition countries.” The suspect, Anis Amri, was a native of Tunisia who entered in Europe in 2011 as a refugee. He lied about his age, pretending to be a minor, although he was in his 20s. Reportedly, Amri had Salafi and jihadi connections in Tunisia and Germany. The object of a massive manhunt in Germany, Amri was killed in a shootout with Italian police in Milan early yesterday morning, Dec. 23.
  4. In February, the FBI interrupted a plot to pull off a mass shooting at one of Detroit’s largest Catholic churches in a case involving a Muslim convert, Sebastian Gregerson, who had amassed an arsenal of military-grade weapons including AK-47s, a howitzer and tactical knives similar to those used by ISIS. Gregerson, who changed his name to Abu-Rayyan, reportedly received money to acquire the weapons from an imam in Maryland. Court documents showed the FBI was concerned that imams could be financing similar plots around the country.

Former FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat blog has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors and citizens that Muslims are conducting pre-operation surveillance inside U.S. churches during services.

The manner of the surveillance is similar in each case: two Muslim males would enter during the service and sit together in the back of the church, taking pictures and recording video. When approached by concerned ushers, they either tell their questioners they are “interested” in becoming Christians or they leave.

dr-mark-christianDr. Mark Christian, a former Muslim imam from Egypt who changed his name from Muhammad Abdullah and converted to Christianity in 2005, says churches need to take precautions, especially big churches because ISIS will be looking for the highest number of casualties they can inflict:

“To be honest, in every place where there are public gatherings, there are metal detectors at the front, and I hate to say it but I feel it is time for movie theaters and churches too, they need to have that, to detect guns and knives and explosives … I think it’s time to do it. It’s going to be very expensive for a smaller church, so you have to have volunteers in those churches” who should be proficient in defensive actions up to and including handgun usage. “Metal detectors are not expensive for larger congregations, and they are a must at this time, along with trained volunteers. We live in a time where, even if you are going Christmas shopping, you need to pack heat when you go. This is not the way you should have to live. But we have awakened the giant. We give them the space to run and to expand, so I hate to say it but this is the beginning of this kind of threat.”


25 responses to “ISIS threatens to attack U.S. churches at Christmas

  1. Well, that’s fine, bring them on. I’m sure there will be more than one person trained as well as I am who will see to it they are sent to Heaven this Christmas. It’s the least we can do to assist them, isn’t it?

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  2. I suggest Americans practice their 2A rights and show isis why we are the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”….

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  3. I add to the above advice that we should all recite Psalm 91 today and tomorrow with full faith in God’s promises. “He will give His angels orders regarding you, that they guard you in all your ways.” A terrorist does NOT want to come face to face with one of the angels assigned to you.

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  4. Perhaps multiple attacks on churches at Christmas will be what it takes for the complacent to get their heads out of their asses!
    Like Joseph above, I can only hope there are armed and competent people to stop, capture, or kill the Jihadists before they can inflict mass casualties.

    So Merry Christmas, and keep Situational Awareness at peak levels through out the Holidays. And watch out for our Jewish friends, the threat to our churches may be a “red herring” to take attention away from the synagogues and make them easier to attack.

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    • “And watch out for our Jewish friends, the threat to our churches may be a “red herring” to take attention away from the synagogues and make them easier to attack.”

      Please name one, even one, Jewish synagogue that jihadists have attacked. Thank you.

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      • P.S. Please cite even one instance when Israel has expressed sympathy for the myriad of Christians, including priests and nuns, whom Muslims have killed. Thank you.

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      • Dr. Eowyn: I feel that all Christian churches should have a plan for security on a permanent basis, especially when the congregation is there. After 911, all the synagogues stepped up security, and I’m sure the enemy is aware of it. Christian churches, that I know of, have never put a plan in motion for security. However,there are more people arming themselves when in churches. I agree, that everyone should be vigilant in Situational Awareness as a life skill habit. Leeann

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      • I can’t. Don’t know many Jews here in coastal Texas. Also the Jihadists have been merrily killing Jews since as far back as I can remember, so I imagine their “Situational Awareness” is probably much better than the average Christian’s.
        The Jihadists sound like they hate Jews worse than anybody or anything else, so there has to be a reason they are not attacking synagogues in the US other than the vandalization and graffiti. If they do start attacking Churches here, and still leave the Synagogues alone, we might want to see what the Jews are doing to discourage the attacks.


    • Longknife, you’ve nothing to be concerned about from ‘the Jews’; however, Zionists are ready, able, and willing to take out all of us goyim/cattle. As ‘the chosen people,’ that’s their right, isn’t it?

      It’s grand that yesterday’s vote in the Security Council went as it did, sending a warning shot across the bow of their ridiculous ship of state. Think about it: if ‘true Jews’ need a State, then so do all the rest of the world’s religions. And just HOW would that come about or be adjudicated? Look at the division of Pakistan from India [which took place in my life’s awareness] and see how well that turned out…..


      • Your hatred of Jews always comes through loud and clear Joseph!
        All the Jew Haters out there better understand that God has the final Word always,


      • I understand your hostility to the irreligious and “stateless Jews” that seem to be many of the Marxist and internationalist agitators and sympathizers in this country, especially in the northeast. I have known many patriotic American Jews, and I refuse to get sucked into hatred of all Jews, especially God fearing religious Jews, because of a bunch of damn Commies!
        I’m not much of a Christian, and don’t claim to be. My experience is such that I wouldn’t make “a patch on the ass of a real Christian”, but I believe in God and Jesus, and I try not to do evil, or be a hypocrite.

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  5. Joseph69: I had commented on your post, but it was for another Joseph on another site. I was minimizing that site, so I could read FOTM and then go back to the other page. So, disregard my reply as it was unintentional. Leeann


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  7. In our local congregation we have 4 concealed carry instructors, 6 active LEOs and 20 or more retired / former military. All are carrying and all have assigned duties in case of an emergency.

    I believe the terrorist will attack the more liberal, homosexual supporting congregations who are more pacifists.

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  9. Despite what our progressive friends insist was the fault of those evil trucks out there:

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  10. Not sure where we can simply post a timely story, but here is one especially for Christmas.

    Bethlehem Star Scientifically Confirms Biblical Events

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  11. Nuke the illiterate dune monkeys until they glow, then shoot ’em in the dark – including their women and spawn.

    Otherwise start stocking up on body bags for your fellow Americans.

    Too bad I had to post that 19 minutes before Christmas Day.

    Sorry, but the truth is insensitive, and the camel-washers that want to kill us don’t much give a damn what day it is, anyway.



  12. Dear God, I just want to thank You for the two most special Christmas gifts you have given me: my children and Your Son. How blessed we are! I love You, Lord! What a loving Father You are!


  13. Let us always keep in mind that ISIS is a creation of the CIA, and that Justice will, in the end, leave the Trans-Atlantic Alliance that created this Hegelian mess in the Dust Bin of History.
    The more Christianity is persecuted, the more it GROWS.


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