I wrote recently about the disparity of news reporting on atrocities the Middle East. Joe Carter has seen some of the same reports, and used his sources to scrutinize their trustworthiness.
I appreciate what Joe Carter is doing in his post. The two key paragraphs come at the end:
While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from “systematic beheading.”
As Christians, we have a duty to champion the truth. We should avoid spreading unsubstantiated claims and inflaming dread and panic by playing on people’s natural disgust of harm to children. ISIS is an organization that has committed heinous acts of violence and violated the human rights of many of our fellow believers. But we must not partake in the spreading of lies, even if it is against our enemies.
I agree with Joe and I hope children are not being beheaded, and that the reports about this are false. However, even if that’s the case, it’s not as though all is well where ISIS is in control.
(3 min read; 600 words)