Jun. 1, 2015
The April 19 ISIS video showing the killing of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya by the Islamic State (ISIS) received extensive international coverage. Media outlets showed edited portions of the killings or screenshots of the now-familiar images of bound men in orange jumpsuits with masked jihadists ready to kill.
Strangely enough, there was very little press coverage on the bulk of the 29-minute video – 24 minutes of it – that focused not on the killings themselves but on ISIS’s view of Christianity and Christians and how they should be treated. While their actions may be different, an analysis of the content of this video and an analysis of fatwas featured on the Saudi government’s official website government show considerable overlap in views on Christians and how they should be treated.