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ISIS militants ‘demonize Islam,’ says Russian patriarch

February 24, 2015

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the largest Orthodox church, met with the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Antioch and said that Islamic State militants “demonize Islam in the eyes of the whole world.”

“The behavior of representatives of the Islamic State is a horrible challenge to us all,” Patriarch Kirill said on February 19, according to an Interfax report. “No one can do a more horrible thing to Islam than what they are doing.”

Muslim leaders, he added, “should not think solely about their currently political goals. Especially when they support ISIS, directly or indirectly, they should clearly understand that it is a blow to the entire Islamic world above all.”

 


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  • Posted by: shrink - Feb. 24, 2015 9:38 PM ET USA

    I would suspect that these demonstrative executions of Christian are intended to frighten Christians into fleeing the territories, but the executions also focus the attention and make fence-sitting muslims pick sides either by open cooperation, or by failing to intervene against them. I would hope that when ISIS roles into town honorable muslims would come to the defense of Christian's, but for the muslim to pick sides in defense of Christ in the face of ISIS, I wouldn't hold my breath.