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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Report: Minnesota's Terror Pipeline to the Islamic State

Click play below to watch my latest report for CBN News, filmed recently in Minneapolis—on how the Twin Cities’ large Somali immigrant community is becoming a terrorist pipeline to ISIS in the Middle East.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Watchman Show: Israel a Safe Haven for Middle East Christians

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with Father Gabriel Naddaf, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Yafia, outside Nazareth, to discuss how Christians are thriving in Israel while being persecuted in the Muslim lands of the Middle East.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:07 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Obama White House Declares Muslim Brotherhood Is Not a Terrorist Organization

Perhaps the American people are finally waking up to the severity of the radical Islamist threat. A "We the People" petition calling on the Obama administration to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization gained over 200,000 signatures after going online in July 2013.

That's encouraging news. But if you think the Obama administration is even remotely close to changing its tune on its friend and ally, the Muslim Brotherhood, think again. It took nearly a year-and-a-half for the Obama White House to respond to the petition--and, predictably, it had the Brotherhood's back, yet again.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

The petition, which was first posted on July 7, 2013, reached the necessary threshold for a response–100,000 signatures–within 30 days.

However, the White House failed to respond until Monday, when it issued an unequivocal ‘no’:

We have not seen credible evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its decades-long commitment to non-violence.

The United States does not condone political violence of any kind and we continue to press actors of all viewpoints to peacefully engage in the political process. The United States is committed to thwarting terrorist groups that pose a threat to U.S. interests and those of our partners.

No credible evidence of violence? In my 2013 book, The Brotherhood, I documented the MB's long history of terrorist mayhem and its dubious status as the first modern Islamic group.

The Brothers not only spawned Hamas, which continues to maim and murder civilians today with the full-throated support of Muslim Brotherhood leaders worldwide, it also birthed Al Qaeda, which, in turn, birthed ISIS.

Bottom line: without the formation of the Brotherhood and its poisonous, anti-Western and anti-Semitic ideology of jihad and martyrdom, ISIS would not exist and 9/11 would have never happened.

If the Obamis believe the Brotherhood has abandoned violence, how do they explain the rampant church burnings carried out by MB supporters in Egypt in the wake of Brotherhood stalwart Mohammed Morsi's ouster as Egyptian president last year?

And the rape and torture of political opponents enforced by MB Islamists under the short-lived Morsi regime?

And how about this recent terrorist plot to strike Israel, reportedly planned by Jordanian Brotherhood members?

Keep the petitions coming, folks. The White House can publicly ignore and discard them all it wants, but privately is a different matter.

In the very least, the petitions show a dysfunctional government that shamelessly embraces our enemies while abandoning our allies that the American people are awake, alert, and fed up.

posted @ Thursday, December 04, 2014 1:16 PM | Feedback (0)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Britain: Muslim MP Says 2,000 British Muslims Fighting for ISIS

If you're an American who thinks that what happens thousands of miles away in the Middle East does not affect you, think again.

Not only do U.S. officials believe that some 150 Americans have traveled to Syria to join the jihad--some 3,000 European Muslims have left the comforts of the West to travel to the genocidal Islamic State as well.

The common estimate for the number of British Muslims fighting for ISIS has been around 500. But now a British MP--who is Muslim--says that number is closer to a whopping 2,000.

Here's more, from The Telegraph:

As many as 2,000 Britons are fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, a senior Muslim MP has claimed.

Officials had suggested that the number of British jihadists within the ranks of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups was about 500.

However, Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, a constituency with a significant number of Muslims, has suggested this was a fourfold underestimate of the number of British jihadists fighting in the region.

“The authorities say there are 500 British jihadists but the likely figure is at least three to four times that,” he said. “I think 2,000 is a better estimate. My experience in Birmingham is it is a huge, huge problem.”

There are growing fears that the authorities remain unable to detect extremists leaving UK ports on their way to terrorist training camps.

Evidence from one posting on a social networking site last week suggested that as many as 20 British jihadists have been joining Isil forces every day.

Why should you care? For starters, travelers from Britain and other Western European countries are able to enter the United States without a visa thanks to a Visa Waiver program.

So perhaps a jolly old jihadist--male or female--from East London or Birmingham will bypass their hometowns and make a pit stop in New York City instead on their way back from the Islamic State.

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2014 4:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Watchman Show: Jerry Boykin, Kamal Saleem Discuss 'The Coalition'

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we're joined by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council and Kamal Saleem of Koome Ministries.

The two men discuss their thrilling new novel about radical Islam, "The Coalition."

Click play to watch.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Women of ISIS: Western Girls Lured to Islamic State

My latest report examines the disturbing phenomenon of Western women and girls leaving their homes to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS.

Last month, three teenage girls from suburban Denver were detained while trying to make their way to Syria. Hundreds of other young women from Western countries have made it to the Islamic State -- marrying ISIS fighters and even fighting alongside them.

ISIS promises them husbands and a wonderful new life in the Caliphate -- a place where, ironically enough, women have no rights or freedoms.

Click play below to watch.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:57 PM | Feedback (0)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Watchman Show: Islam's War on Christianity

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we highlight the severe persecution of Christians in Muslim lands.

Author Michael Coren joins us to discuss his new book, Hatred: Islam's War on Christianity.

And the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, shares heartbreaking, firsthand accounts of ISIS's genocide against Iraqi Christians.

Click play to watch.

posted @ Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:31 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Watchman Show: Nuclear Iran Still Greatest Threat

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we analyze the disastrous the ramifications of the Obama administration's isolation of Israel and appeasement of Iran.

We also examine the prophetic implications of Iran's nuclear weapons program with Bible prophecy expert Bill Salus.

Click play to watch.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Watchman Show: Nuclear Iran Still Greatest Threat

On this week's edition of The Watchman Show, we analyze the disastrous ramifications of the Obama administration's isolation of Israel and appeasement of Iran.

We also examine the prophetic implications of Iran's nuclear weapons program with Bible prophecy expert Bill Salus.

posted @ Wednesday, November 05, 2014 2:08 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Watchman Show: ISIS Supporters Strike on Western Soil

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we examine the recent wave of ISIS-inspired homegrown jihadist attacks on Western soil.

Plus, we talk to terrorism expert Rachel Ehrenfeld about how ISIS is funded.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:14 PM | Feedback (0)