Much like the original Crusades were a response to Muslim aggression, today brave Christian warriors have gone to the Middle East to battle the Islamic State.
Weeks ago, a team from CBS’ “60 Minutes” came across Brett Felton, 28, of Troy, Mich., who slipped into Iraq to help the people of the mostly abandoned Christian town of Bakufa.
He is not only there to fight, but to train the Christians who stayed behind to defend the town.
Jeff Newton, a “60 Minutes producer” sat down with him for an interview and was clearly impressed.
“If you look at him, he’s literally all tattooed out like a biker,” he said on “60 Minutes Overtime” Sunday. ”But if you look really closely at his tattoos, they’re like Jesus Christ crying blood tears out of his eyes and stuff like that — so he’s kind of a hardcore Christian.”
Felton is no stranger to Iraq. In 2006 he was deployed there with the 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment.
Months ago when he was studying abroad in Lebanon, he slipped back into Iraq to take the fight to ISIS.
Other Christians from abroad have started to trickle in to help the effort, but CBS’ Lara Logan doesn’t like their chances.
“They’re under-funded. They don’t have good weapons. They’re completely outgunned by the Islamic State,” she said. “When you’re with them, you have this terrible feeling that many of them would be massacred if the Islamic State really turned its attention to taking back those villages.”
But Felton is undeterred.
“People say, ‘You’re crazy for doin’ this,'” he said. “I think people are crazy for not doing their part, to be honest with you.
“To me, for the Christians here,” he added. “It would be an honor to give my life helping these people.”
Hopefully, he won’t have to.
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