This week, we’ve heard near-constant reports and updates about the attack at a Berlin Christmas market. The attack was apparently committed by an individual claiming allegiance to ISIS, according to the terrorist group itself.
Attacks like this leave many United States citizens fearful and worried about more attacks both here and all over the world.
ISIS has released a list of various churches — thousands — apparently targeting all 50 states.
According to Telegram, a social media platform based in Berlin and used by ISIS members, there has been a new pledge to attack here on American soil this holiday season.
Through the site, ISIS released a list of thousands of churches in all 50 states, which it has threatened to attack this holiday season. A user of the site encouraged ISIS members and sympathizers to make this holiday season a bloody one — even likening it to a horror movie.
The user and apparent revealer of the ISIS plans called for action by “lone wolf” attackers. These individuals attack on their own, making them less suspect to those around them.
Attacks on churches are not uncommon. Many across the world have experienced this. The 2015 attack on a Charleston AME Zion church by an American citizen caused people to pause and understand that even our most sacred spaces can become places of pain, suffering and fear.
Though the names of the churches are not yet known to the public, the threat still looms as ISIS continues to wage war against its religious and political entities. These attacks are not limited to churches, however; ISIS members call upon their extremist brotherhood to attack other crowded places across the United States, Canada, France, and the Netherlands, including places like coffee shops or other public spaces.
This is not the first time ISIS has released threatening information. This past June, the terror group released a list of thousands of individuals targeted by the organization, though none of these threats have yet to come to fruition.
While none of this should be taken lightly, threats like these exist on a daily basis — and now comes the call for members within ISIS to cause “bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year.”
As loved ones gather to celebrate the true meaning of the season in churches across our nation, the extremist’s group goal is to target busy places — areas with the most potential for casualties. There is much speculation as to whether this current secret social media threat is to be taken seriously. One thing we do know: We must be vigilant and aware, ready to protect those we love as we hope and pray for protection and strength this holiday season.