By Sarah Dean
2 August 2016
ISIS has urged its supporters to 'break the cross' and listed six reasons why it hates Westerners in the latest issue of its propaganda magazine, Dabiq.
The 15th issue of the twisted multi-lingual publication appears to target potential converts and attempts to claim that ISIS is in fact Islamic.
The jihadi author reasons that the masses are too scared to call the group Islamic because its 'politically incorrect'. He notes there are 'exceptions among the disbelievers... who will unabashedly declare that jihad and the laws of the Shari’ah – as well as everything else deemed taboo by the Islam-is-a-peaceful-religion crowd – are in fact completely Islamic'.
The article says these people tend to have far less credibility and 'are painted as a social fringe, so their voices are dismissed and a large segment of the ignorant masses continues believing the false narrative'.
'As such, it becomes important for us to clarify to the West in unequivocal terms – yet again – why we hate you and why we fight you.'
Propaganda: ISIS have released the latest issue of their Dabiq magazine
The comment comes after Pope Francis said the world is at war in the wake of an ISIS supporter murdering a priest in France - but insisted it is not a 'war of religions'.
The magazine features a whole editorial titled Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You. The list-style article explains 'we hate you, first and foremost, because you are disbelievers; you reject the oneness of Allah – whether you realize it or not'.
The other six reasons ISIS hates everyone who isn't a member of its terror group is because they are reportedly 'liberal', 'atheist', commit 'crimes against Islam' and 'crimes against the Muslims' and invade 'our lands'.
'As long as there is an inch of territory left for us to reclaim, jihad will continue to be a personal obligation on every single Muslim,' the propaganda piece states.
The magazine begins by taking responsibility for all the recent terror attacks carried out by followers of its message, including those in Würzburg (where an Afghan teenager carried out an axe attack on a train) the massacres in Nice and Orlando and the attack of the French priest.
The operations, according to Dabiq, were carried out 'the hidden soldiers of the Caliphate', 'led to the martyrdom of twelve soldiers of the Caliphate and the deaths and injuries of more than six hundred Crusaders', and were aimed at the 'cross-worshippers and democratic pagans of the West.'
Ideology: The magazine attempts to explain why ISIS hates everyone who isn't a follower of its twisted ideology
ISIS video praises Nice attack and threatens further action in France
It includes an apparent admission that the French and German attacks were by 'our brothers' and 'soldiers of the caliphate' – individuals acting largely independently of the Islamic State's central organisation.
In his attack on the Orlando nightclub, the magazine brags, Omar Mateen 'succeeded in massacring the filthy Crusaders, killing and injuring more than 100 of them before he was killed.
The operation was reported as being the most deadly attack in America since the Manhattan raid 15 years ago.' In the attack on the French church in Normandy, two 'soldiers of the caliphate' killed 'a priest and wounded a number of others before being killed.'
The issue, full of impenetrable jargon, arcane footnotes and obscure religious references, takes aim at 'sodomites', secularists, smokers of marijuana and feminism.
'The Western woman', says one of its writers, 'is encouraged to compete with men in the workplace, to display of her body what no man ever displays, and to be more promiscuous than any prostitute has ever been.
Another article about the 'near-extinction of the Western woman' advises women not to 'imitate man' and to cleave to motherhood, 'while his father works as the breadwinner and she obeys her husband as his wife.' The article bemoans that 'more and more women abandon motherhood, wifehood, chastity, femininity, and heterosexuality, the true woman in the West has become an endangered creature.'
Dabiq's leading story, titled Break the Cross, criticises Christian and Jewish theology and a short essay called 'By the Sword' looks at the cross over between violence and religion.
'The clear difference between Muslims and the corrupt and deviant Jews and Christians is that Muslims are not ashamed of abiding by the rules sent down from their Lord regarding war and enforcement of divine law,' the article says.
The propaganda rag also references the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and the parents of a dead Muslim U.S. soldier Capt. Humayun Khan.
Ghazala Khan and her husband, Khizr Khan, first made headlines last week when they spoke at the Democratic National Convention, critiquing Trump's divisive rhetoric against Muslims and their son, who died fighting for the U.S. in Iraq in 2004.
In response, Trump claimed he was 'viciously attacked' by the couple and denied the opportunity to respond to their claims.
The magazine features a picture of Khan's grave with the caption: 'Beware of dying as an apostate'.
Previous issues of the publication have targeted Shi'ite Muslims, journalists, even the Muslim Brotherhood.
Recent issues of Dabiq have ventured into territory both obscure and surreal, provoking ridicule on social media and allegations among analysts that ISIS is 'jumping the shark' in its efforts to reach out to a new audience.
In this issue an article called 'Contemplate the Creation' features a picture a picture of a young jihadi holding a kitten, a common trope in ISIS propaganda, and a bizarre aside on the proper relationships between men and women which draws on the secret life of bees.
'The different members of the colony all know their responsibilities and are able to communicate with each other in a language unknown to other creatures', says its writer sagely.
The magazine often includes an article allegedly written by the British journalist John Cantlie, whose colleague James Foley and other journalists and aid workers were murdered by ISIS in 2014 and who's been held by the group since November 2012. The latest Christianity-themed issue, however, does not.