The following information is from a security alert published on Vocativ. ISIS has issued a call for attacks on US churches during the holiday season. Based on the information, I urge all of you to place additional attention to security at all of your churches. Watch for any item that seems out of place. Look for individuals surveying your facility and services. Please consider having any available staff member on duty for Christmas Eve and Christmas services. After the recent attacks in France, Germany and the rest of Europe, they want to bring the terror to our shores as quickly as possible.
The Islamic State published the names and addresses of thousands of churches in the United States and called on its adherents to attack them during the holiday season, according to a message posted late-night Wednesday in the group’s “Secrets of Jihadis” social media group.
A user going by the name of “Abu Marya al-Iraqi” posted an Arabic-language message calling “for bloody celebrations in the Christian New Year” and announced the group’s plans to utilize its network of lone wolf attackers to “turn the Christian New Year into a bloody horror movie.”
The series of messages appeared in a pro-ISIS group on Telegram, which also provides manuals for the use and preparations of weapons and explosives for aspiring assailants. The information, distributed in a number of posts, was all previously available online and includes a public directory of churches across all 50 states. (Vocativ does not publish specific information found in lists like these.)
In another group post, a member summoned “the sons of Islam” to target “churches, well-known hotels, crowded coffee shops, streets, markets and public places,” and shared a list of addresses in the United States, as well as in Canada, France and the Netherlands.
The fact is that they have provided addresses for the churches in the US and are encouraging the lone wolfs to attack us in our places of worship. Please use all the tools you have available to protect your church family.
CSA continues to encourage local churches to examine their security plans, stay vigilant, and keep watch. Although many churches believe terrorists are serious in their threats, far more choose to ignore the threat and do nothing.