The ALS Associated has seen a windfall of donations come into the organization in 2014 thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” taking in close to $100 million between July 29 and September 1. Sunni radicals with the Islamic State group have tried to add their own twist to the challenge in recent weeks. Members rolled out the “Blood Bucket Challenge” and the “Head Bucket Challenge,” but with only a fraction of the success.
Agence France Presse reported Monday:
“Jihad is tough. To drive out the infidels, the kafir, the rotten Christians and Jews…these things all require money,” Islamic State’s caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said Aug 30 via a press release. “Allah willing, we expect to raise $100 million before November. Simply fill a bucket with the blood of an infidel, pour it over your head to raise awareness of radical Islam, and then challenge friends, family and fellow mosque-goers to do the same. If you want to really do Sharia Law proud, then put a head in a bucket and dump it on your own head!”
In a video posted to YouTube September 1, al-Baghdadi poured a bucket of blood on his head, shivered with delight and said, “I challenge Khalid Sheik Mohammed down in Gitmo, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary for U.K. representation, and Ayman al-Zawahiri!”
President Obama took time from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to address the “Blood Bucket Challenge on Monday, saying that the actions of Islamic State should not be construed of having anything to do with Islam.
The Associated Press reported:
“Chopping off heads while screaming “Allahu Akbar!”, driving Christians out of land they’ve occupied for roughly 2,000 years, forcing women to wear burkas, filling buckets with blood and then raising interest in jihad by pouring them over heads … these things have nothing to do with Islam,” Mr. Obama said Monday. “When we see grown men chopping off heads, putting them in buckets, and then emptying the bucket onto their own head for charity, it is important to figure out what the root causes of their behavior might be — but it is imperative to stress that the horrific actions of the Islamic State group are in no way connected to Islam.”
When asked by reporters if alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be able to participate in the challenge if he wished, the president was non-committal.
“Listen,” said the president. “Obviously, we don’t have a bucket of blood to give Mr. Mohammed. However, we might be able to find some sort of humane compromise. Perhaps we can mix up some corn syrup and red food coloring into a bucket and he could symbolically take part in the challenge. That’s something that can be reasonably worked out between the lawyers down in Guantanamo Bay, the Red Cross and the international community. Circle back with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sometime early next week for an answer. We’ll see what we can do.”
While exact numbers are hard to come by, a spokesman for Islamic State said that $3 million has been donated to the cause. Western Civilization’s unwillingness to chop off heads in the name of Allah has severely hampered the initiative, according to Middle East experts.
A spokesman for the Islamic State group added that a request would be put in to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sometime early next week for “Blood Bucket Challenge” and “Head Bucket Challenge” to stop competing terrorist organizations from using al-Baghdadi’s idea to make a profit.