COWARDICE: Core Feature of ISIS and Hamas

Written by Candace Hardin on August 26, 2014

Cowardice is trait wherein fear and excessive self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good or of help to others or oneself in a time of need – it is the opposite of courage.

As a label, “cowardice” indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge.

This last week gave us a supreme example of cowardice.

A member of ISIS, in a mask, took the life of an American journalist, James Wright Foley.

This cowardly organization released the video of the brutal beheading, calling it revenge for the acts of the United States against ISIS as they killed, tortured and laid siege to families of Christians trapped on a mountain.

This militant group is the epitome of fanatical behavior. They claim to be following their god and their religion. They are proud of their “godly” work.

If you are so proud, why must you cover your face? Shouldn’t a follower want to be publicly known for adamantly adhering to the teaching of your god?

I am a Christian. I do my very best to declare for Jesus Christ every chance I get. I have no shame, I do not need to hide my face or my faith behind rags. I do not feel the need to kill in the name of Christ. I am bold and proud, as I believe I am following the right path, even though I stumble as all humans do. I have the assurance of His forgiveness in my error.

Let’s explore another act of supreme cowardice that Hamas calls a “heroic act.”

The abduction and execution of three teenage, Israeli rabbinical students.

This “heroic act” was instigated to spark the Gaza conflict.

The Gaza conflict that Hamas uses as an excuse to hide weapons, missiles and bombs in schools and private homes.

The “heroic act” that has caused Hamas to go back on humanitarian ceasefire agreements eleven times. So much for your word is your bond. If someone’s word is no good, of what worth is the person?

This “heroic act”, Hamas guerrillas hide behind the skirts of their swaddled up women and the diapers of their own babies and toddlers. The heroes that put rifles in the hands of elementary school age boys and tell them to kill Jews. They tell them it is a just cause and killing is good.

These are “men” who call themselves heroes, yet are so unable to control their own base urges, that they have to cover all women up in sheets, as if it were the women’s fault to be beautiful and attractive to men as intended.

The argument of morality, religious belief and chastity is complete hogwash. They are just not man enough to admit that sexual attraction between a man and a woman is a normal, natural thing, but a real man treats a woman like a living, breathing human being, not chattel.

If you believe so much, do your evil in the light with full disclosure of your facial features. While you are about it, shave that mess off of your face and be readily recognized as who you are.

Put your women and children behind you, not in front as human shields and cannon fodder.
You believe, and are proud of your beliefs, secure in the knowledge that your way is the right way, correct?

Prove it! I dare you!

If not, be branded as what you are. Extreme cowards, yellow to the bone!



Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.