Politics

Tell Me What ISIS Wants

Makeshift memorial after the ISIS attacks in Paris.

What does ISIS Want?

ISIS is not getting their message out.  What are their demands?  What is their objective? Does anyone know? If you poll your friends and neighbors you may hear, “to kill Westerners, or to kill Christians, or to kill Americans.”  But the fact is ISIS is an equal opportunity terrorist group.  They attack Europeans, Africans, Russians, Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc.

The mainstream media seems to relish talking about religion and detailing the pain and suffering of those killed.  This type of “Shock Jock” reporting only inflates fear and panic in American citizens. It also reeks of Nazi Propaganda where the amoral Christians ignorantly marched Jews to their deaths. In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, theologian, and martyr during WWII, “The moral right and pious are the sworn enemies of Christianity.”

ISIS’s killings and threats are symptoms of the problem.  But what is the problem? What does ISIS want? What is so compelling about their message that it inspires martyrdom? The first step to solving any problem is to identify it, then you can look for a solution. On PBS News Hour I learned ISIS’s funding comes from the sale of oil to all of us (they are rich), and their secondary funding comes from kidnapping and ransom.  But I still don’t know their objective.

We, the people, deserve our government and media to be accurate information sources. Religious posturing by our politicians, sensationalism by our media, and lack of transparency by our government is a threat to our freedom.

We live in the information age, yet we are uninformed. Tell us the problem so we the people can think together for a solution.  Don’t put a ring in our nose, so you can jerk our heads this way and that through sensationalized reporting and fear mongering speeches.

We have not forgotten the war in Iraq, that was reported and fueled by the corporations of America.

In an effort to be transparent I must confess, wars are generally good for the flag business.  I am also a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 2, and I pray for them a world of love and peace for all.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/10/15-- Kerry McCoy, owner and president of Arkansas’ Flag and Banner was the recipient of the Betsy Ross Award from the National Independent Flag Dealers Association (NIFDA). FlagandBanner.com started as a one-woman company with McCoy handling all aspects of the business. That small flag business has grown to become a multi-million dollar success located in downtown Little Rock at 800 West 9th Street and now employs a staff of 25.Kerry McCoy is founder and president of FlagandBanner.com and publisher of Brave Magazine.

McCoy has been in the flag business for more than 40 years. If you would like Kerry McCoy for an interview or to speak at your event, please contact tammie@flagandbanner.com with details.