Al-Qaeda Call for Attacks on Houses of Worship

An ABC News report contains a newly released video by Al-Qaeda with specific calls for attacks on sacred places.  The video encourages western Muslims to conduct individual violent jihad against sacred places and features previously released statements by Osama bin Ladin as well as Al-Qaeda media spokesman Adam Gadahn.

Gadahn encourages western Muslims to conduct attacks in their home countries as an obligation and falsely depicts the west as being at war with Islam. The video also provides guidance on how to conduct violent jihad, to operate in secrecy, to attack public figures, and to launch cyber attacks - without any specific names or targets.

Gadahn is quoted in the video as saying: "Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the jihad against the Zionists and crusaders, and to do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places, and things, and brethren," says Gadahn. "This is a golden opportunity and a blessing."

While the Department of Homeland Security has not offered an official comment on this report, the video or its content, Christian Emergency Network’s own independent Christian security experts recommend churches and religious leaders listen to the video and make a determination for themselves as to the need for increased readiness.

Responding to the Al-Qaeda video, CEN President and Founder Mary Marr says, “The video is yet another reminder that it is important to be a Ready Church one that is aware of potential threats, prepared to meet them, and ready to give an answer for the Hope we have in Jesus Christ, at any moment.”

CEN recommends churches and ministries have in place a: Ministry Continuity Plan including safety and security measures, a trained church emergency team, and a plan to conduct regular emergency drills with their congregation. CEN offers training to assist a church or ministry to be ready to respond spiritually, emotionally, mentally as well as physically in a God-honoring manner to emergencies both large and small.

For more information how your church can become ready contact CEN Ready Church coach Jon McHatton


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