So you think the behaviour of ISIS is savage? Well, you’re right. It is. In fact, it was downright medieval, conjuring up images of Savonarola and Joan of Arc, both of whom were burned in public by a vengeful church of Rome.
The ISIS burning of the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al Kasasbeh, was nothing short of barbaric. So barbaric, in fact, that Jordan immediately killed a woman by hanging, which isn’t even slightly barbaric, Jordan being an ally of The West, and all that. And of course, as we all know, the Judaeo-Christian world never does anything that could be remotely regarded as barbaric.
Besides, the ISIS fanatics are relying on that old holy book, the Quran, with its demands for retribution equivalent to the hurt inflicted, while the Judaeo-Christian word relies on that eh, old holy book, the Bible, with its demands for, eh, retribution equivalent to the hurt inflicted.
An eye for an eye. No, I’m afraid we can’t have non-Christians and non-Jews singing that song. It’s our copyright.
And as for these these crazy ISIS bastards besieging cities and slaughtering everyone who doesn’t share their faith. I think we can all agree that this kind of thinking is insane, but yet, uncomfortably, the Christian Right in the USA and the religious Zionist movement of Israel both derive their justification from the Old Testament. All of of the Old Testament. No cherry-picking.
So I thought we might have a look at Deuteronomy 20. Here’s essentially what it says about besieging cities.
When you come to a city, offer them peace. If they agree, don’t kill them. Instead, just steal from them and make them serve you.
If they don’t like that, you can attack them and when the LORD THY GOD wins the battle for you, then you have two choices.
If the city is far away, you should kill all the men, rape all the women, kidnap the children and steal everything.
If the city is local, and the LORD THY GOD has given it to you, then you should kill everyone — men, women and children, animals, cats and dogs, cows, sheep, everything.
But not the trees. Kill the people but don’t injure the trees.
There you go. Unlike those ISIS savages, we in The West hold beliefs based on a reasonable holy book.
Meanwhile, these days, the righteous West burns nobody, apart from whoever might happen to be beneath their righteous bombs.