Sunday, July 27, 2014

ISIS On Campaign To Destroy Religious Shrines In Iraq Hits Tomb of Jonah

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday on announced plans of the insurgent group Islamic State to destroy religious shrines and graves in Iraq.  Conservative Sunni doctrine prohibits the veneration of shrines or burial sites. Carrying out its goal, on Thursday in Mosul, the group blew up the Tomb of Jonah and the Nabi Younes Mosque in which it was housed. The Journal reports:
Though its population is predominantly Sunni, Mosul was a symbol of religious intermingling and tolerance in Iraq. Nineveh, the wider province, is a Assyrian Christian center dating back thousands of years. That Jonah's shrine was in a mosque was a proud reflection of that coexistence....