A couple months ago, the mouth-breathing Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram had our attention by kidnapping school girls.

Then ISIS struck and stole the limelight.

Then Hamas stole even more market share by rocketing Israel.

But wait! Then ISIS got back in the game with crucifixions and the YouTubing of a beheading. And they proclaimed that they are now a Caliphate!

Now I read that the mouth-breathing Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram have proclaimed their own Caliphate.  In Borno, Nigeria.

I’m no shrink, but it looks to me like Boko Haram is suffering from ISIS-envy.

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  1. JSII says:

    Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us!

  2. aviva meriam says:

    The idea of what these different groups will do to recapture the spotlight is enough to cause nightmares….

    And we (on average) are NOT taking this seriously……

    Our Lady of Victory, Pray for us!

  3. Lepidus says:

    Our lefty friends have a habit of telling that we should refer to groups of people by the name that they want to be called, such as is seen with the various evolutions of names of certain minority groups. That being said, I think for once we should take them up on their suggestion. This particular group now wished to be called the “Islamic State” rather than “ISIS.” That is actually a good thing, since it puts the key word front and center, without cluttering it up with a bunch of meaningless adjective such as “radical”, “fundamentalist”, etc., that the media likes to use so as not to offend anybody.

  4. JARay says:

    Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Quaida,…they are all tarred with the same brush. They are all repugnant entities. We cannot “deal” with any of them. They are beyond reason. Unfortunately they all have to be contained in some way and that may well mean that they have to be suppressed.

  5. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    St. Sebastian, Patron Saint of Soldiers, Ora pro Nobis.

    The West in general, and Christianity specifically, is going to have to face down and destroy these monsters sooner or later.

    We can either do it pretty soon, and utterly destroy them. Nothing shows that your belief system is false like walking through the rubble of your home (It worked for the Nazis, and for the Japanese of World War 2) or we can wait a few generations, let the islamic state grow and gain a solid foothold on planet earth, allow them to expand, perhaps into North Africa, or even Europe, and then have our grandchildren deal with them.

  6. Supertradmum says:

    They are not different groups. They all want the worldwide caliphate. We shall have to deal with this not grandchildren.

    Wake up, Catholics.

  7. JustaSinner says:

    Maybe the Pope will call for a Crusade?

  8. jaykay says:

    Lepidus: “a bunch of meaningless adjectives such as “fundamentalist”, “radical” etc. that the media likes to use so as not to offend anybody”

    Except, of course, that they’ve no problem offending Christians, especially Catholics, who are deemed to be enemies of the lefty Caliphate. We’ll be paying their own version of the jizya before long, although perhaps in the US you’re already seeing this in regard to those who have transgressed the holy writ of the healthcare legislation.

  9. lmgilbert says:

    Maybe we should lobby these colleges that are installing foot baths and prayer rooms for Muslims also to install guillotines. This would be a kinder, gentler way of lopping off our heads.

  10. APX says:

    Call for a crusade? Maybe if it’s a crusade of dialogue. Maybe we’ll luck out and Christ will return before we all get butchered with dull swords.

    On a more serious note, rather than get all worried and scared, we would do good to pray for the best, and prepare ourselves for the worst. Worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. We all know the Church wins in the end even if we all become slaughtered martyrs. If that happens, then we all get an instant ticket to Heaven and get to spend eternity with God. Why would anyone want to stay in this deteriorating world when they could be with God? Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to stop them, but we shouldn’t be worried about them taking over the country and killing us off. They won’t win. They can’t. Isn’t there some quote in the Bible about not fearing those who can kill the body, but rather those who can kill the soul? We should concern ourselves with strengthening our souls so we don’t succumb to the temptation to fold when the time comes.

  11. barre218 says:

    “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,b 45 that you may be childrenc of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.d 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?e Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

  12. JesusFreak84 says:

    The Pope who calls for a Crusade will be the Pope who quickly finds himself assassinated =-\

  13. Priam1184 says:

    @JesusFreak84 If a pope called for a Crusade would anyone notice I wonder? The leaders and the vast majority of the populations of the modern atheistic states of the West feel not a crumb of affection or allegiance for the Successor of Saint Peter. This is 2014, not 1095, so I think we need to get that fantasy out of our heads.

    And besides they didn’t work all that well the last time we tried them.

  14. Magash says:

    It’s been tried, JesusFreak84. Remember JPII and the assassination attempt by the Soviet Union using Eastern Block proxies? As I recall the Blessed Mother herself stepped in to prevent it.
    Even so I don’t expect the Holy Father to call for a Crusade. Still, remarks coming out of his proxies seem to indicate that the Church will not contest that military action of some kind, provided it is not unilateral, might be appropriate and meet Just War criteria.
    I hear many pundits in the U.S. talk about Americans being war weary, and indeed they are. Most were war weary at the end of WWII, but that didn’t prevent Harry S Truman from invoking the Truman Doctrine and convincing a war weary public and congress (controlled by the other party) from supporting him. One of the greatest failures of the present administration (among a litany of failures) is its failure to explain to a war weary country why the United States doesn’t have the luxury of being war weary. The molding of the national narrative is one of the primary duties of the President. Johnson failed to makes his case in the instant of Viet Nam. Obama has not really tried in this case.

  15. e.davison49 says:

    Anyone else here get the Freudian “envy” analogy? The analogy with something the LCWR nuns probably suffer from?

  16. Magash says:

    Before remarking on the failure of the Crusades one should remember that the Kingdom of Jerusalem lasted form 1099 until 1291, a period of 200 years. With the exception of the United Kingdom and the United States there is not a present government in the world which has enjoyed a period of existence for as long as 200 years. Certainly not in continental Europe or Asia or Africa. Most of those continents contain countries with a political history of less than 70 years. Most contain countries whose governments are less than 30 years old.

  17. Uxixu says:

    First Crusade worked out ok. Once kings started getting involved and brought national rivalries with them is went it went down the tubes. A bit more complicated of course. Individuals could well recruit, organize, and form at least a capable a force as, say… the IDF. Not that the modern papacy is at all inclined to do such a thing… perhaps if Rome itself was threatened with imminent attack. I’m not convinced the Italians could resist a determined larger scale attack but there is a significant amount of US assets (mostly air) that could intervene before a Crusade would be necessary.

    Perhaps if the collapse of the EU leads to larger Italian issues but seems unlikely. That said, I would trust the Holy Father far more than morally vacant United Nations which puts authoritarian dictatorships on the same level as the Western republics…

  18. catholiccomelately says:

    I was reading comments to a blog the other day when I encountered this extraordinary question, in reference to ISIS: “Why would such a misogynist group name itself after a woman?”
    I’m not kidding. Sigh.

  19. Stephen D says:

    The split between Sunni and Shia was caused by an argument about leadership succession. Here we go again with two (current) claimants to be Caliph (and probably several others who have or will ‘feel the call’ to lead Islam). If the ‘caliphates’ don’t fizzle out or are destroyed then I think that we can rely on the followers of the different claimants killing each other in ways now reserved for us kuffrs.

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