Anglican leader: “IS is Herod of Today”

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The leader of the world’s Anglicans, says Islamic State is a ‘Herod of Today’ who want to exterminate Christians in the Middle East. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Anglican leader: “IS is Herod of Today”


The Archbishop of Canterbury in his Christmas Day address said on Friday (December 25) Christians in the Middle East faced extinction at the hands of Islamic State, calling the group “a Herod of today”.

The leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, Archbishop Justin Welby said IS was “igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression.”

“They hate difference, whether it is Muslims who think differently, Yazidis, or Christians. And because of them the Christians face elimination in the very region in which Christian faith began,” he said.

He branded the group “a Herod of today”, a reference to the ruthless king of Judea at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ.

“To all who have been or are being dehumanised by the tyranny and the cruelty of a Herod, or an ISIS, the Herod of today, God’s judgement comes as good news because it promises judgement,” he said.

The Archbishop’s comments echoed the Pope’s speech in which he called people to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many countries.

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