Friday, February 27, 2015

ISIS Destroys Ancient Museum and Library Collections In Iraq To Purge Non-Islamic Content

According to a report yesterday from the Daily Mail, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul ISIS followers have wreaked widespread destruction at museums and libraries to rid them of all non-Islamic content.  Video recently posted on a Twitter account used by ISIS shows extremists using sledge hammers and power drills to destroy priceless ancient statues at the Nineveh Museum, including a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity from the 9th century BCE. On the video, one of the men involved says these were destroyed because they promote idolatry:
The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him.
Meanwhile, it was also disclosed this week that terrorists have blown up the Mosul Public Library, with its collection of Iraqi newspapers for the past century and maps and books from the Ottoman Empire. This comes a month after terrorists loaded 2000 secular books from the library on trucks to be burned because the books supposedly promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. There has also been destruction at the archives of a Sunni Muslim library, the libraries of the Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers and the Mosul Museum Library. ISIS has threatened the death penalty for anyone who tries to hide books or manuscrpts to save them from destruction-- a tactic that saved many items in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.