A Catholic leader and constitutional lawyer is calling on Christian believers to stand together in Christ after the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by Muslim terrorists.
Deacon Keith Fournier, founder and chairman of the Common Good Foundation and editor in chief of "Catholic Online," says the 21 Egyptian Christians died as martyrs.
"And the blood that flowed from these men," says Fournier, "who heroically were witness to Jesus Christ when faced with the diabolical evil of ISIS, should inspire us all to stand together and become the seed of the church, and then become the leaven of Western culture, which is imploding because men and women have forgotten God."
There are media reports that the men uttered the name of Jesus, saying "Ya Rabbi Yasou," or "My Lord, Jesus," moments before ISIS beheaded them.
On his website, Walid Shoebat has noted that ISIS stated in the video that the Coptics "insisted to remain in unbelief," referring to their Christian faith.
The video of the gruesome beheadings was entitled, "Warning: Message Signed in Blood Coming Soon to 'Nation of the Cross.'"
The Egyptian Coptic Church traces is beginnings to Mark, the author of the Gosepl of the same name, who founded the church there during the reign of Nero. The church says its early leaders participated in The Nicene Creed and fought Gnosticism in the early church.
"We need to come together in prayer and we need to come together in solidarity on behalf of those who are being persecuted," Fournier tells OneNewsNow. "And then we need to stand together against the violent persecution, and also against the more subtle oppression that is being unleashed in the West as we are being squeezed out of the public square."