Following the brutal murder of an elderly Catholic Priest in France, ISIS has publicly warned American and British Christians, including Christian leaders, pastors, clergy, and their congregants that they are on ISIS’s hit list.
To the Christians of the West, ISIS declares: You’re Next.
This week British police publicly warned its more than 5.4 million Christians of church goers, pastors, and clergy, to be on alert as they are likely the next targets of ISIS. (No such warning has been issued for Christians in the U.S. But they should still be aware of the very real threat against them.)
The Daily Mail reports that security has now been increased for Britain’s 47,000 churches in response to ISIS’s threat to target Christians, churches, and Christian landmarks in major cities worldwide. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:
Following recent events in France, we are reiterating our protective security advice to Christian places of worship and have circulated specific advice today. We are also taking this opportunity to remind them to review their security arrangements as a precaution. Daesh and other terrorist groups have targeted Christian as well as Jewish and other faith groups in the West and beyond. While the threat from terrorism remains unchanged at severe we urge the public to be vigilant.”
Citing analysts at the SITE intelligence group, the Mail reports that London is on an ISIS hit list of cities it plans to target next.
So are Washington, D.C., and New York City.
ISIS released pictures of major world cities online, two of which include New York City and Washington, D.C.
One image ISIS published is of the Statue of Liberty on fire with a caption that reads: “Washington soon.” And:
OUR BATTLE ON YOUR LAND HAS NOT STARTED YET BE UPON YOU ONLY WAITING”
ISIS urges Islamists to attack churches, which it refers to as “Christian crusaders.”