Muslims Targeting U.S. Churches

December 18, 2016

Muslims Targeting U.S. Churches


St. Peter & Paul Chapel in Cairo Bombed by Muslims in November 2016 killing 25 Christians

In the shadow of the savage killing of a priest by muslims during Mass in Normandy, France (July 2016) and the bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul chapel – a part of St. Mark’s Coptic church in Cairo, Egypt – four weeks ago, UTT has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors, and citizens revealing muslims are conducting pre-operation surveillance inside U.S. churches during services.

The information received by UTT from different states indicates the manner of the surveillance is similar in each case.

Two muslim males will come into a church during the service and sit together in the back of the church.  They will often take pictures and record video.  When approached by concerned ushers they will either tell their questioners they are “interested” in becoming Christians or they will run.

This information has been passed to appropriate law enforcement officials, and UTT is aware of a joint investigation between local police and the FBI in at least one of the cases.

Relatedly, in February 2016, an FBI criminal complaint for Khalil Abu-Rayyan was filed in Eastern District of Michigan alleging he was a muslim who wanted to wage jihad in the U.S., and specifically quoted Abu-Rayyan as confessing his plan to kill Christians at a large church.

The affidavit for the complaint states Abu-Rayyan told an FBI Undercover (UC) “I don’t know the name of it (church), but it’s close to my job.  It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit…a lot of people go there.  Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

Abu-Rayyan told an undercover FBI employee attacking a church would be “easy…(If I) can’t go do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”


Graffiti on a Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas reads “Islam or Die” (OCT 2016)

American pastors need to be aware their churches are significant targets.  See other related articles here and here.

UTT offers this important guidance for pastors of churches of all denominations:

  1. Understand the real threat the U.S. Islamic Movement poses and educate your flock.
  2. Stop conducting “interfaith outreach” with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas organizations like ISNA, ICNA, CAIR, MAS and others.  They are part of the enemy’s program.
  3. Encourage parishioners who are properly trained to carry firearms to do so, and make sure it is known publicly.  Consider posting a sign in front of the church saying something like “The disciples carried weapons and Jesus was okay with it, so we are too.”  This would be a tremendous deterrent.
  4. Put together a team of active or former law enforcement officers, military, or other trained individuals from the church, and build a security team.  UTT offers training for security teams and can help as needed.
  5. Train the members of your church on how to respond to someone in the church who may be conducting pre-operation surveillance and what to do if an attack happens, so they can be prepared not scared.

In all of this, UTT stands ready to help.  Reach out to us at

If you have details of similar events at your church, please send them to  Please provide contact information.

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About JG
John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).
  1. A woman came into our small church of 50 people last Sunday in full hijab located in SE Portland Oregon. We welcomed her, we acted normally but wonder if she is casing or mapping the place.

  2. Psalm 34:21 <– speak it out loud in your churches,your homes, your workplace, meetings, businesses; into your marriage covenant with your spouse and God; anywhere you see, hear, and feel the spirits of strife and contention manifesting themselves ex. arguments at family: funerals, dinners, holiday get togethers, reunions, weddings etc. Speak it wherever you drive & walk. SPEAK IT UNTILL YOU ARE FILLED WITH THE PEACE OF GOD AND THE SITUATION IS CALMED. IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL EVANS MANY TIMES. EXPECT IT TO WORK. WATCH IT WORK. USE IT ALL DAY EVERY DAY. WATCH GOD DELIVER Absolute Victory every time!!! It forces the demonic physically unseen enemy to fight each other- just like the Egyptian army did when they woke up confused from their slumber. It's the Sword of the Holy Spirit people. SPEAK IT. Sling the Sword of the Holy Spirit!!! Be proactive. Attack back. Attack preemptively (i.e. "getting prayed up" before a situation develops) THIS is doing the Word of God as Jesus and the Holy Spirit instructed and commanded us TO DO. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 !!!

  3. […] FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat blog has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors and citizens that […]

  4. Hear is a recent example of the same in Germany, scroll down to bottom of the page and
    watch the video of a muslim wrecking statues in a Church.

  5. […] FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat blog has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors and citizens that […]

  6. We had two guys come into our Wed night church service. Gave off the worst kind of vibe to me and I’ve been watching for strange looking guys at our church, I’m the quasi head of security.

    One was black and one was white. They came in 10 minutes before the service ENDED and bailed immediately afterward. They took a picture or video of someone praying at the end of the service.

    Very strange.

  7. […] FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat blog has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors and citizens that […]

  8. […] FBI counter-terrorism agent John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat blog has received reports in the last several weeks from law enforcement, pastors and citizens that […]

  9. […] UTT published it’s article yesterday (12/19/16) revealing Muslims are conducting pre-operation surveillance in American […]

  10. OPINION (correction):

    Line three (3) of my foregoing opinion above – dated 19 December 2016 at 1417hrs – should have read: “one hundred thousand [not million] are murdered each year because of their faith” . . . .

    (Source: “WARCRY of THE SALVATION ARMY” – November 2016; page 12).

  11. […] UTT published it’s article yesterday (12/19/16) revealing Muslims are conducting pre-operation surveillance in American […]

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  13. OPINION (partially paraphrased):

    Since, with respect to religion, Christians, in fifty countries, are the most persecuted people on the face of the earth, and in addition to the 200 million simply being denied human rights, another 100 million are murdered each year because of their faith, the Normandy killing of a Catholic priest saying Mass – though heartbreaking – shouldn’t come as a surprise. And by all means stay tuned, Pollyanna, for what those two sub-humans did at that altar is just the beginning.

    No?; then what about the following alleged examples of what sharia-adherent jihadists are capable of – notwithstanding 43’s reference in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to Islam being “a religion of “peace”:

    On 11 December 2016 the U.S. Secretary of State admonished the democratically elected Syrian Government and the Russians to “show some “grace” to the rebels fleeing the Syrian city of Aleppo (I.e., show a willingness to grant favors & make concessions to ISIS et al) and thus, effectively, permit them to regroup in Palmyra or elsewhere to continue: impaling little boys on metal stakes; forcing little girls to watch their fathers being eviscerated, castrated and sodomized; after gang-raping said little girls, forcing them to watch their mothers in turn being raped, having their throats slit, their breasts sliced off and their vaginas slit up to their necks, then gang raping said little girls again – before & after they were beheaded – and after murdering members of Syria’s security forces, cutting them open & eating their hearts.

    Showing “grace” to excremental beasts such as these, when eradication is, by now, clearly the only solution, simply guarantees their eventual emergence in the United States from among the hoards of their maniacal clones who are already here, and still coming. Think about it the next time you experience the rush of love that ensues when you pause to envision the trusting smiles of your children. Merry Christmas.

  14. Thanks to this Administrations policies of picking and choosing which laws to enforce, the enemy has brought the fight to us….I just hope we have time to turn this around.

  15. It would seem that many clergy are in denial that there are any bad / jihadist Muslims, thus it will probably
    be difficult to make any believe they and their church going flock are in any danger until it actually happens
    in our country. Many may be a sleep right now, but once the sleeping tiger awakes I believe all hell will break
    out and that will not be good for Muslims in general, nor for those who have aided and abetted them.

  16. I have passed this on to local ministers, so they can be aware and take precautions

  17. Can you provide more details about incidents in the US? Towns and cities and dates? I’m having trouble finding any references in searching news reports online…

    • Paula, you will not find many news reports about this. I am talking with law enforcement and church officials. Media doesn’t know nor care about this. Working on getting Breitbart to cover it. In one southwest US state there are at least a dozen investigations on different churches where this has happened. JG

  18. Thank you very much for this timely albeit frightening post. I noticed my rather large church had a heavy police presence after the Orlando attack but more low key now.

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