‘Redemptive Jihad’: New York, Minnesota Terrorists Were Cleansing Their Sins

The news is full these days of stories about how everyone who knew the latest jihad attackers in New York and Minnesota is shocked — shocked! — that he could have done such a thing. If any of this shock is sincere, it is based on the difference between how the jihadi behaved before and during his jihad.

But that very difference may be why they opted to commit jihad violence: to redeem themselves after lives of sin and lack of interest in Islam.