Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate


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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Martyr or martyr his death was brutal and inhumane.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    This incident is a challenge to the West by ISIL or ISIS whichever. I suggest we ignore it we our peril. I don't know that they killed Mr. Foley because he was a Catholic.

  • Ad Rem Falls Church, VA
    Aug. 30, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    @Irony Guy

    The last words of Foley were written by ISIS. Rather, trust the words that he secretly sent his family via another prisoner.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Calling for his beatification and canonization is an understandable emotional reaction in the immediate aftermath of his brutal murder. My guess is, being an American and a journalist were more likely reasons he was killed than his Christian faith. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 28, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    Given Mr. Foley's last words, I'm not buying the martyr narrative. I feel for his family, I deplore what was done to him, but he didn't seem particularly "saintly."

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    Those that are calling for his Beatification appear to many to be perpetuating agitation between faiths and perpetuating myths.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Aug. 27, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    I think that someone who chooses to die in support of a cause can be called a martyr to that cause. It is reasonable to suppose that he was given a chance to convert to Islam and refused. In addition, he volunteered to die instead of someone else. That's a martyr in my books.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    We have heard that there are members of ISIS that have come from the U.S. and Britain, and possible other western countries. Therefore it could be concluded that being an American or westerner is not an issue for extremist Muslims, so long as that American is a believer in the cause, i.e. their brand of the Islamic religion. And we have heard that the Christians being held in Iraq have been told to either convert or be killed. So it would not seem a stretch to call Foley a martyr due to his faith. Otherwise he likely may not have been murdered. Not getting ransom for him also could have contributed to his death, but I don't think it is too much of a stretch to call him a martyr. Particularly since he seems to have expressed his faith more than once in letters ect.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 27, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    I don't get how Foley could be a Christian Martyr?

    Was he beheaded because he refused to renounce his Christian faith?


    How is he a Martyr?