Joe Carter Is Trying to Find the Facts About Barbarism in Iraq

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)

FactChecker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq? | TGC | The Gospel Coalition.

2 Replies to “Joe Carter Is Trying to Find the Facts About Barbarism in Iraq”

  1. But Joe Carter really isn’t trying to get to the truth. He accused two Christian leaders of being dishonest, without proof, by bringing up a bad CatholicOnline story that neither of the leaders used. If you have read the comments to the story people have posted multiple links to stories from a number of sources confirming the atrocities and Carter ignores or dismisses everyone of them. It now seems he is more worried about being right then about finding the truth.

  2. I appreciate your comment, though I don’t know where the truth lies and don’t have the time or the resources to track it all down.

    It troubles me greatly that we don’t know who to trust in these matters, which are so much more important than so much of the trivia that our news media seem bent on covering.

    Also, if it turns out that ISIS is only beheading adults and not children, it’s not as if this exonerates or legitimizes ISIS.

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