Why Did the Islamic State
Claim the Las Vegas Shooting?


Graeme Wood reports: 

"This morning, the Islamic State's semi-official news agency, Amaq, took credit for the Las Vegas massacre, which killed 58 and wounded another. The likely killer, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was not known to be a supporter of the Islamic State, or indeed a Muslim of any type. For now, the only evidence that the Islamic State was involved is its own assurance—first a press release announcing that a 'soldier of the Islamic State' executed the concertgoers, and a follow-up for the baffled, explaining that he converted to Islam months ago. The FBI has stated that it doesn't believe the attack was related to international terrorism.

"The sun has barely risen on Las Vegas, and there may be blood still slick on the Strip. Speculation about mass shootings in the hours after they occur is not just a fool's game but an impatient fool's. Evidence will be forthcoming, and these assertions by the Islamic State will be tested against reality. But already I hear a familiar chorus of doubt: The Islamic State will 'take credit for anything', it says, 'even hurricanes'."

"The doubters do not have a preponderance of prior examples on their side. The Islamic State does not claim natural disasters. Its supporters rejoice in them, but they reserve their official media for intentional acts. Of course, insurance agents and Christians, too, sometimes consider the weather 'an act of God'."

"The idea that the Islamic State simply scans the news in search of mass killings, then sends out press releases in hope of stealing glory, is false.

"The vast majority of the Islamic State's claimed attacks were undertaken by men acting in its name, often after leaving short video statements confirming their intentions. The Amaq news agency is the preferred venue for the initial claim, usually within a day. (Sloppy reporters sometimes mistake the rejoicing of online supporters, meteorological or not, for an official claim.) If they were really so promiscuous with their claims, we would long since have ignored them, as we do claims from other yahoos who have tried to take credit for atrocities authored by others. The idea that the Islamic State simply scans the news in search of mass killings, then sends out press releases in hope of stealing glory, is false. Amaq may learn details of the attacks from mainstream media—and often gets those details wrong, also like mainstream media—but its claim of credit typically flows from an Amaq-specific source.

"This Las Vegas claim may yet turn out to be false as well. They have offered no evidence—no cell-phone video from the killer, pledging allegiance in broken Arabic; no selfies of him, raising a finger of monotheism. Another absent sign of Islamic State involvement is videos from Paddock's rifle-scope. At attacks like the Holey Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the killers have uploaded real-time images, exclusive and corroborating imagery for Amaq. As with many subsequently verified attacks, we have not yet, in these early hours, seen any such evidence."

Naturally enough, much will be made of the above article put out on the DRUDGE REPORT; but whether Christians believe this report or not — and there can be little doubt that the FBI (which is still controlled by Obama's minions) will do everything they can to claim that the so-called "ISLAMIC STATE" was not responsible for this massacre – it is incumbent on us as Christians to flee the hate that will surely be released by the right-wing if this report is true.  Consider what is happening in our country:

  • Trump's supporters HATE those who support Clinton
  • Israelis HATE Palestinians
  • Straights HATE gays
  • Whites HATE Blacks
  • Whites HATE Mexicans
  • Men HATE Feminists
  • Clinton's supporters HATE those who voted for Trump
  • Palestinians HATE Israelis
  • Gays HATE straights
  • Blacks HATE Whites
  • Hispanics have come to HATE Anglos
  • Feminists HATE Men

And while many, many honest people who are on the cusp of these pathologies would protest our use of the word "HATE" and would vehemently defend the use of their hate against those who took part in the Mandaly Bay shooting and others they oppose "righteously" as a Christian, their thinking is not Biblical.

The Lord urges us to flee HATE against any man:

"Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." (1 Cor. 4-5)

The Bible says that if we as Christians are engaged in involving ourselves in these pathologies, we warring against the kingdom of Heaven.


Rather pray:

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

"Give us this day our daily bread.

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)

Consider carefully what our Lord is praying: First He says:

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Jesus is praying that soon, His Kingdom will be established on earth as well as in heaven.

And in order for us to participate in this kingdom, we must enter it without hate infecting our souls; in other words:

"Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."


God bless you all

SR Shearer

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