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Raymond Ibrahim Interview on ISIS Abduction of Christians, Western Indifference, and More

I was recently interviewed on Reel Talk with Audrey Russo.  Topics ranged from Western desensitization to Islamic atrocities (wrote about here), the recent abduction of Syrian Christians (now reportedly between 350-400 people), and the truth about Muslim reformers.  Click here to listen to the 30-minute interview.  

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Obama’s Self-Professed “Confusion” About Islamic Terror

FrontPage Magazine During the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, U.S. President Obama tried to shield Islam from criticism by depicting Christianity as equally violent and intolerant (via comments about crusades, inquisitions, and “high horses”).  Much lesser known is that he also tried to shield Islam by invoking Christian virtues. In many ways, his comments [...]

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Obama Admin: Poverty ‘Root Cause’ of ISIS Atrocities

Recent assertions by State Dept. spokesperson Marie Harf expose how the Obama administration continues to operate under wildly false — if not ludicrous — premises in its approach to combating the Islamic State. During an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, Harf said: We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep [...]

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American Ignorance of Islam Due to American Muslims

Where Muslims are strong, they coerce non-Muslim “infidels” to do their bidding; where they are weak, they plead and play victim in order for non-Muslims to do their bidding. All throughout the Islamic world — and not just under the Islamic State — non-Muslim religious freedom and freedom of speech  are openly banned, from building [...]

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Western Christians Fight Islamic State on Behalf of Persecuted Christians

While we routinely hear about Muslims living in Western countries migrating to and fighting on behalf of the Islamic State, much lesser known is that dozens of Western Christians have also traveled to the Middle East to fight on behalf of their Christian brethren being persecuted and slaughtered by IS.  Unlike Muslims who migrate to [...]

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Obama: Islam Not ‘Responsible for Violence and Terrorism’

After playing the role of pseudo historian, Obama today took on the mantle of pseudo theologian, reassuring Americans that Islamic law and teaching are not “responsible for violence and terrorism” — despite the plain fact that they are.  As I delineated in “The Islamic State and Islam,” every atrocity IS has committed—whether beheading, crucifying, raping, [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Christian Slaughter in Libya, Egypt’s Response, and Saudi’s Wall

  Yesterday I appeared on Ave Maria Radio’s “Kresta in the Afternoon.”  Topics discussed included the slaughter of 21 Copts in Libya, Egypt’s response, and Saudi Arabia’s “great wall.”  The 12-minute interview can be heard by clicking here.

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Syria’s Assad to America: “What Do You Get From Supporting Terrorists in Our Region?”

In a recent interview, Syrian President Bashar Assad makes some interesting observations.  When asked “If you were able to deliver a message to President Obama today, what would it be?” Assad responded (via VIE): I think the normal thing that you ask any official in the world is to work for the interests of his [...]

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Raymond Ibrahim on Fire Fatwas and the Sword of Allah

On February 12, I was interviewed on the Denice Gary Pandol Radio Show.  Topics included the Islamic fatwas that justify burning people to death — including one that mysteriously disappeared from a Qatar-run website —  and the “Sword of Allah.”  Click here to listen and fast-forward to around the 34:30 mark.  

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The True History of Christendom and Islam

FrontPage Magazine U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama’s recent condemnation of medieval Christian history to exonerate modern Islam is a reminder of how woefully ignorant (or intentionally deceptive) a good many people in the West are concerning the true history of Christian Europe and Islam. The problem is that those who condemn things like the Crusades—including [...]

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