I don't get how Foley could be a Christian Martyr?Was he
beheaded because he refused to renounce his Christian faith?No.How is he a Martyr?Anybody?
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
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.
Those that are calling for his Beatification appear to many to be perpetuating
agitation between faiths and perpetuating myths.
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
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 GuyThe last words of Foley were written by ISIS. Rather,
trust the words that he secretly sent his family via another prisoner.
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.
Martyr or martyr his death was brutal and inhumane.