Are we helping extremists recruit our lost children?

Chattanooga Times Free Press Ariel Bradley holds signs while protesting BP in front of the Kangaroo BP store on Hixson Pike in 2010.

In an ISIS-controlled territory of Syria two weeks ago, a 29-year-old woman raised in the Chattanooga suburb of Hixson who most recently tried on ISIS as a new cult, saw on Twitter the news of the July 16 attacks killing U.S. servicemen here. She then posted her own celebratory tweet.

"Gifted this morning not only with Eid but w/ the news of a brother puttin fear n the heart of kufar [non-believers] n the city of my birth. Alhamdullilah [thanks be to God]."

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Ariel Bradley, like the attacks shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez (another Hixson-raised young person) is a sign of the times - the times of lost, drifting, disaffected young people searching for a new gang, a new cult, a new family and a purpose different from what each grew up with.