Rabat - Spanish police arrested two people, one of them a Christian man, whose mission was to recruit young people to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Rabat – Spanish police arrested two people, one of them a Christian man, whose mission was to recruit young people to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Detained in the Spanish coastal city of San Sebastian, a Moroccan man, 24, and a Spanish man, 32, were caught while doing their ISIS mission of finding new recruits to send to ISIS training camps, according to Arabic daily Al Ahdath Al Maghibya in its December 8 issue.
The fact that surprised the authorities was that the Spanish man, whose name was not disclosed, is a practicing Christian and not a European Muslim as it has been the case of most jihadists arrested in Europe.
The ISIS recruiter told the authorities he was a practicing Christian who followed the traditions of his faith and attended church on Sundays, the same source said.
According to him, being a Christian did not prevent him from spreading the ideology of the extremist terrorist group and indoctrinate prospective members of the so-called Islamic State.
Spanish investigators are having a hard time figuring out the motives of this Christian man who has been radicalized into believing and following the ideology of ISIS.
Considered hard to believe and a surprise for many who could never conceive a non-Muslim to become radicalized into an extremist group, the arrest of this practicing Christian is raising many questions.
If ISIS militants in their extremist ideology allegedly consider non-Muslims to be heretics who should be killed, then why does ISIS kill more Muslims than any other group of people?
Is the so-called Islamic State targeting Christians, Jews, agnostics, atheists and other religions to enlist new recruits? Could this new arrest help debunk the generalized stereotype that most Muslims are terrorists who should be feared?
If an individual who self-describes his life as Christian can be convinced and manipulated into the ranks of ISIS, it is safe to say the agenda of these terrorist organizations goes far beyond what we know.