Videos: How ISIS Recruits Around the World (The NY Times)

(My note: I found the last video particularly interesting. It is about a young woman raised as a Christian. She makes the comment about how in Christianity you can pray to God whenever you want, therefore you don’t. What is the church doing wrong to produce this kind of attitude? How can we teach what a privilege it is to be able to speak directly with the Creator of the universe? Why would this young lady, as well as countless others, be attracted to and lured by the enslaving qualities of radical Islam? Our young people are desperately searching for purpose and “sense” in this chaotic, confusing world. They WANT to believe in and serve a Higher Being, so why aren’t we pointing them to the only One that can fill that void? She also makes the comment that she doesn’t believe ISIS is as bad as the media portrays them to be; that their atrocities are exaggerated. How one can exaggerate a beheading is beyond me, but she said it. Have we really brainwashed our children into thinking that all mankind is essentially good deep down? We aren’t. None of us are. We are all inherently evil and wicked. No, not all of us would ever think to torture and kill people…then again we rip little babies from limb to limb in the womb and call it healthcare. It is a screwed up world and Jesus gave us the job of spreading the Truth. Only He can heal the broken hearted and be a Father to the fatherless. Only He can fill that void.)

Thousands of young people, both men and women, are joining the ranks of the Islamic State despite the extremist group’s increasingly brutal tactics, including rape, immolation and torture.

In this series of videos, The New York Times reports on young people in the Middle East, Europe and the United States who have been lured by the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Continue….