Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Orlando, as in Paris, an Attack on Western Values

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Orlando, as in Paris, an Attack on Western Values

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Exactly seven months after terrorists trained and directed by the Islamic State attacked a rock concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris, the pattern appears to have repeated itself.

Sunday's nightclub attack in Orlando, Fla., it seems, was inspired by his evident hatred of homosexuals as well as the radical ISIS ideology that preaches war on what the group sees as decadent Western values and the ungodly enemies of Islam.

The Paris attacks also targeted the city's cafe life, where men and women and culturally diverse crowds socialize.

The attacks on the West extend an ideology that, in ISIS- controlled territories, has resulted in online videos showing suspected homosexuals being stoned or tossed alive off high rises.

ISIS leaders frequently issue statements declaring holy war on the values that the West, in particular, seeks to impose. …

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