The radical Iraqi Muslims that call themselves the Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS, blew up a site that has been venerated for centuries as the tomb of Jonah. This was in Mosul, the site of what used to be the Biblical city of Nineveh. Some characterized this act of vandalism as an attack on Christians, but Muslims venerate Jonah too, and the site was, in fact, a mosque.
The reason has to do with the particular theology of the group, which holds to the Salafi brand of Sunni Islam. Mark Movsesian gives a fascinating explanation, linked and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]