By mid morning it had been repeated by all the major conservative media and by mid afternoon it had reached the hallowed level of a “sign of the times”.
The only problem is that the story is a complete fabrication.
I hope this doesn’t delay the Second Coming.
Even worse, the story may be playing right into the hands of the terrorist group.
“This is exactly the kind of coverage Isis wants, for others to project and exaggerate its menace for it.” said one expert.
In the drug industry, Juarez is a major “plaza”, a trade route for the delivery of billions of dollars of drugs to the U.S.
The rights to that trade route for the cartel that currently controls it has cost millions of dollars and thousands of lives.
It was only a couple of years ago that Juarez had as many deaths per 100,000 as places that were declared war zones.
The very last thing the Juarez Cartel wants is the disruption of this plaza where income is measured in billions, not millions.
ISIS camped outside the city would bring that sort of disruptive attention.
The story was debunked pretty quickly, but it is still flying around the internet and Facebook, aided by an army of conservative Christians sharing it.
The refutation of the story has barely been noted at all.
That army has been purposefully manipulated by the media it trusts.
This happens on the liberal side of the aisle as well, but without the full throated support of professing Christians for the most part.
All of the media in this country now have a vested interest in keeping us angry with each other and our perceived enemies and using our national and personal fears to do so.
The truth is of little value to them.
Christians are supposed to be completely invested in the Truth and the Gospel takes a beating when we buy what the media is selling.
“But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”
(Galatians 5:15 ESV)