Say hello, and then, quickly, goodbye, to one James Twyman of Portland, OR, a man who calls himself a “Peace Troubadour.” Via Fox News:
An Oregon folk singer plans to leave next week to serenade the Islamic State, and he intends to bring the black-clad barbarians a prayerful message of peace — despite a warning from the State Department that his life could be in danger.
James Twyman, of Portland, Ore., told FoxNews.com he feels a ‘calling’ and believes he can soften the hearts of the Islamist army known for beheading Westerners, throwing gays off of buildings and summarily executing innocent women and children.
Hmmm. Perhaps that might be, oh, I don’t know…a warning?
It’s going to be pretty powerful, Twyman said, referring to his plan to have those attending and others around the world sing and pray for peace at the same time. ‘When people come together and focus on something in a positive way…there’s scientific evidence that it can change things for the better.
Scientific evidence you say? Perhaps produced by the same folks that brought us climate change? I’d like to see those peer reviewed studies, but somehow I doubt they’ll be forthcoming.
The author and self-styled “Peace Troubadour” has put traditional prayers from various faiths to song. Twyman performed in Baghdad in the late 1990s after Operation Desert Storm; in Bosnia and Croatia during the Balkan War in 1995 and has even performed previously in Syria to spread his message of peace through song.
Syria? Well there you go! That’s worked out really well, and…what’s that? It hasn’t? Oh.
…Twyman said he has contacts there trying to set up a venue in ISIS-controlled territory. Either way, the show is set for Jan. 31.
Twyman said he will be joined by a large group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders.
‘Each one will lead the group in prayer from their religion,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be pretty powerful.
Considering those leaders will almost certainly know the reality of the region better than Twyman–obviously–I suspect the group–if there is one–will be anything but large.
Twyman believes he must go, despite the dangers.
“I’m no sort of hero, but I do believe in the power of this.
What could possibly go wrong? There’s bravery, and there’s blatant stupidity and suicide wishes. I suppose ISIS might decide to use Twyman for propaganda purposes–the kind where they don’t cut off his head, put him in a cage and drown him or immolate him, or crucify him, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath waiting for the jihadists of the area to put down the AKs, hold hands, and sing You’ve Got a Fiend.
I’ll pray for him, but it’s been a long time indeed since God pulled anyone out of a Lion’s Den or a fiery furnace.