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Debating a Change of Faith Under Brutal Captivity

posted on February 24, 2015

The New York Times’ Jim Yardley reports on the debate surrounding conversion of hostages after it was revealed that James Foley, a devout Catholic who was killed by ISIS, converted to Islam in captivity. Much of the debate has surrounded the motivations of conversion in violent circumstances, and whether or not Foley should be considered a martyr by members of the Catholic Church. “Only God and Jim know what was going on in his heart,” said Jim’s mother Diane Foley. “I think the Lord used Jim in a magnificent way in the last two years of his life. He gave hope to his fellow captives.”

Read at The New York Times