Tennessee: Islamic State Sympathizers Hack Church Website, Posts Gruesome Jihadist Material
Qur’an Sura 8:59a, “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them …”
Terrorize non-Muslims by mustering whatever arms and weaponry you can, including computer keyboards …
By Leah Marieann Klett, The Gospel Herald – “In a show of hostility towards Christianity, Islamic State, or its sympathizers, hacked the website of Westminster Presbyterian Church, posting the statement ‘I love Islam and Jihadist,’ a gruesome video, and some very disturbing language.
According to Wate.com, the pastor of the 200 member church, Jim Richter was informed of the incident the next morning after receiving an email from a concerned church member. After contacting the organization that services the website, it became clear that the terrorist group had meant to target multiple churches in the area.
‘A lot of churches apparently and organizations that [the company] serve were hacked so it doesn’t appear to be something that is directed at our church,’ Richter said…
‘I think it’s terrifying, it’s hostile no matter what you say about it,’ Marty Conley, who lives in Johnson City said. ‘I thought that was really strange.’
Conley added that the hack brought the violence of the Islamic State far too close to home.
‘You don’t think about that type of thing happening in our area, I mean little town Johnson City, Tennessee.”
Juliette Monroe, who lives in a city neighboring Johnson City, told the Gospel Herald, ‘Whether this is just a prank or a real threat from ISIS, it’s incredibly disrespectful to the church and to Christianity in general … this is a very serious matter and very frightening for us living in this small community.’
The Westminster Presbyterian Church pastor added that the hacking of the church’s computer is evidence that spiritual attacks are a very real threat.” Read more.
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