iOS app Android app More
October 21, 2014

Religion, War and Atrocity

The vivid pictures of beheadings by IS, publicized for their own propaganda purposes, make a dramatic emotional impact. One effect is to associate the gruesome acts with the Salafist doctrine (correctly) and with Islam generally (incorrectly). We are told that "Muslims do this kind of thing, things that we would never do." Yet, we Christians and other non-Muslim Americans killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What might the reaction among Muslims, and devotees of other religions, have been were there photographers on the spot able to record the suffocated, the fried, the irradiated, the cremated? Does the nature of the cause in whose name these actions were taken make a crucial moral difference?

5 YEARS IN PRISON

Oscar Pistorius
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Legendary Fashion Designer Dies

Oscar
Getty

Fashion Industry Mourns 'The King Of Evening'.. Stunning Red Carpet Dresses

CDC Announces Changes To Ebola Safety Protocol

Cdc Ebola
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Healthy Living
Exercises You're Not Doing.. Face Fears.. Going To Work Sick.. Train Your Brain.. Accept Change

CEO Of Major Oil Company Killed In Moscow Plane Collision

Christophe De Margerie
AP

Driver Of Snowplow Involved In Crash Was Drunk, Investigators Say

Bill O'Reilly Tells Karl Rove His Prediction Record Stinks

Bill Oreilly Karl Rove
Fox News

More Media
HOTTEST Magazine Cover.. NY Times Layoffs.. Emotional Cooper.. Shep Smith DESTROYS Media

Mac Sales Surge

Imac
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Surprising New Face Behind Revenge Porn Arrests

Revenge Porn
Waynesboro Police Department

More Tech
Spotify Playlists.. Snaphat Ads.. Quit Facebook..New iPads.. Mac Update.. Phone Addicts.. Creepy Twitter

DE BLASIO AND GIULIANI IN OPERA SHOWDOWN

De Blasio Giuliani
Getty/AP

Hundreds Of Protesters... 'We Will Be Back Every Night Until The Set Is Burned To The Ground'

Wave Of Attacks Kill At Least 43 In Iraq

Iraq
AP

More WorldPost
Nigeria Doubt.. End Of Rescue.. Smog Marathon.. McCain's Push.. Middle Ground?.. Donetsk Blast

Missouri State Senator Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Jamilah Nasheed
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Black Voices
More Ferguson Protesters Arrested.. Boxing Legend Hospitalized.. Viola Davis' Confession

In 2014, Republicans Are All About 'Obamacare,' But Dems Won't Touch It

Obama Health Care
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Politics
McCain Regret.. Booker Truth.. Could GOP Blow It?.. Bullying Claim.. Senate Shake-Up.. O'Keefe Fail

REPORT: A Child Is Killed By Violence Every 5 Minutes

Children Violence
SAID KHATIB via Getty Images

Gay Marriage Coming To Wyoming

Rainbow Flag
Getty

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Suspended Over Porn Scandal

Seamus Mccaffery
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Naked Russian Activist Cuts Off His Earlobe In Act Of Protest

Pyotr Pavlensky
Facebook/Oksana Shalygina

Staples Investigates 'Potential Issue' Involving Credit Card Data

Colorado Officials Backtrack On Call For Ban On Pot-Edibles

Marijuana Edible
Lew Robertson/Fuse via Getty Images

Alabama's Republican House Speaker Arrested

Mike Hubbard Alabama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Women Fighting ISIS Share Stories From The Battlefield

Pkk Women
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE via Getty Images

Here's What Different Countries Think Are The World's Greatest Threats

World Map
moodboard via Getty Images

Google Tries, Fails To Remove Links To Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
Arthur Mola/Invision/AP

Only 13 People Donated To Disgraced GOP Rep's Campaign

Mcallister
Bill Clark via Getty Images

GOP Governor: Don't Expect Obamacare To Be Repealed

John Kasich
ASSOCIATED PRESS

All The Wealth The Middle Class Accumulated After 1940 Is Gone

Middle Class
Saez and Zucman

More Business
Socialist Hypocrites?.. Chipotle Slams Fast Food.. Offensive Ben & Jerry's?.. Jimmy John's Shame

Police Shift Search For Accused Cop Killer Hiding In Poconos

Eric Frein
Associated Press

More Crime
'Den of Horrors'.. Teen's Death Sentence.. Porno Judge.. Jodi Arias Updates.. Suspected Serial Killer

Colorado Dems: James O'Keefe Tried To Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

Okeefe
ASSOCIATED PRESS

GOP Candidate Calls Gay Couples 'Gremlins' And 'Bullies'

South Carolina Capitol
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Apparently The CEO Of Microsoft Never Had To Ask For A Raise Or Promotion

Satya Nadella
Bloomberg via Getty Images

NBC News Freelancer With Ebola Doing 'Quite Well'

Mukpo Pic
Twitter

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight ISIS In Syria

Syria Airstrikes
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Prosecutors: Not Enough Evidence To Charge GOP Candidate With Sexual Harassment

Carl Demaio
Tom Williams via Getty Images

Labor Secretary: U.S. Record On Paid Parental Leave Is 'Dismal'

Labor Secretary Tom Perez
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Meredith Vieira's Powerful Mammogram Segment

Meredith Mammogram
TODAY

Obama: The Constitution Guarantees Same-Sex Marriage

Barack Obama
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

Man's Confession Leads To Grisly Discovery Of 7 Bodies

Bodies Found
WGN-TV

WATCH: Singer Arrested For (Legally) Singing In The Subway

Subway
Getty

Hong Kong Protesters See 'No Hope' In Negotiations

Umbrella Cops
Matt Sheehan

McCain Will Push For Ground Troops In Iraq, Syria If GOP Wins The Senate

John Mccain
Sean Gardner via Getty Images

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. View all RSS feeds

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Actor Arrested

Nicholas Brendon
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Celebrity
Channing Tatum Strips IRL.. Drake Shoots Hoops.. Snooki's Baby.. Celebrity Halloween

Wyatt Cenac Describes His 'Physical Altercation' With 'SNL' Cast Member

Wyatt Cenac
HuffPost Live

More HuffPost Live
'Late Show' Staffer Fired.. Legal Weed.. Michael Rapaport.. Dita Von Teese.. Bill Simmons & ESPN

'Fraggle Rock' Actor Dies

Doc
YouTube

This Is The Top Country To Visit In 2015

Singapore
seng chye teo via Getty Images

More Travel
Tipping Guide.. Family-Friendly Stays.. Fall's Best Bike Rides.. Remote Spots.. 2 For 1 Trips.. TSA Tips

Cappuccino Potato Chips? America Says No Way!

Potato Chips
etiennevoss via Getty Images

More Taste
Pumpkin Fritters.. Burrito 101.. Cupcake-Baking Genius.. Flat Bacon.. Ranch Pizza.. Mini Apple Pies

No Matter What, Don't Dress Up As Ray Rice This Halloween

Ray Rice
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Sports
'Ugly' Locker Room.. World Series.. Fake Out!.. 'Royals' Banned.. Cowboys Star Makes History

WATCH: Marching Band Takes Rocking The Crowd To A Whole New Level

Ohio State Football Halftime
YouTube / The Ohio State University

Macy Gray: 'I Was A Massive A**hole'

Macy Gray On Where Are They Now
OWN

More OWN
Must-Have Color For Fall.. Yoga For Insomnia.. Carmen Electra On Rodman.. Charice: 'My Soul Is Male'

28 Percent Of Americans Admit To Being Internet Trolls

Angry Computer
Paul Bradbury via Getty Images

Grieving Cockatoo Gets Fresh Start

Bird
YouTube/BestFriendsVideos

More Good News
Lovable Black Cats.. QB's Thoughtful Move.. Puppy Love.. 'Find My iPhone' Rescue.. Tears Of Joy

How People Really Feel About A Woman Taking Her Husband's Name

Mr And Mrs
Draw05 via Getty Images

More Weddings
Unplugged Weddings.. Beautiful Backs.. Awkward Pics.. Love Note From Hubby.. Broadway Surprise

What To Do If Your Spouse Snores

Separate Beds Mature
David Hanover via Getty Images

More Fifty
Top Anti-Aging Tips.. How To Enjoy Cruising Lifestyle.. 10 Online Dating Tips.. Oscar De La Renta Death

10 Reasons Why A Dirty House Is Good For Your Marriage

Messy House Couple
David Hanover via Getty Images

Wayne Brady: Bill Maher Is 'Your Grandpa That Shows Up With No Pants On'

Bill Maher
Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP

Watch All 'The Simpsons' Incarnations From 'Treehouse Of Horror'

Simpsons
Fox

More TV
Jada Pinkett Smith Goes Method.. 'Downton' Trailer.. Jason Momoa Audition.. 'Sesame Street'

Surreal And Stunning Visions From The Largest Salt Flat In The World

Salt

More Arts
800 Folk Art Masters.. Feminist Embroidery.. Street Art GIFs.. Male Flamenco Dancers.. Inside Detroit

5 Urban Legends That Still Creep Us Out

Girl Levitating Candles
Samantha T. Photography via Getty Images

10 Perfect Responses To The Question So Many Couples Hear

Elsa
Getty/Huffington Post

More Women
Best Tweets.. Sex Work Empowering?.. Dita Von Teese.. My BF Is 20 Years Younger.. On Breast Cancer

ON THE BLOG
The Tell-Tale Sign My Marriage Wasn't Going To Last

Couple Angry
Jupiterimages via Getty Images

More Divorce
Men Talk Splits.. Why I'm Thinking Of Leaving.. Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce.. Best Split Advice

People Are Selling Their Imaginary Friends On eBay

Imaginary Friends
eBay

More Weird
Toilet Thief.. Sex Doll Drink Dispenser.. Sick Costume.. 'Friends' For Sale.. 'Queen' Halloween

How To Fight Fair (If You Don't, It Could Mean Divorce)

Fighting Couple
Robert Koene via Getty Images

More Dr. Phil
Escape The Anger Prison.. Big Money Mistakes.. How Fighting Changes Kids.. Teens And Sex

The Future Of Umbrellas Is A Stick That Shoots Air At The Rain

Air Umbrella
Air Umbrella/Hitachi

Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Tweeter Who's Upset With Gay Sex Scenes

Shonda Rhimes
Frederick M. Brown via Getty Images

More Gay Voices
'Biggest Loser' Star Speaks Out After Controversy.. Elvis- Themed Chapel Refuses To Marry Gays

'SNL' Gets A New Cast Member

Leslie Jones Nbc
NBC

10 Affordable Places To Put On Your Bucket List In 2015

Portugal
Valter Jacinto/Moment/Getty Images

New 'Game Of Thrones' Footage Reveals A Spoilery Change

Jaime
HBO

2 Words: TWERKING TURTLE

Twerking Turtle
YouTube

Student Sues Over Cheating Charge That Led To An 'F'

Grade F School
Getty

The Best Reactions To That Shocking 'Walking Dead' Ending

Bob
AMC

John Oliver Replaces Supreme Court Justices With Dogs, And It's Amazing

Oliver
HBO

'Scandal' Just Taught Scott Foley A New Sex Position

Scott Foley
Imeh Akpanudosen via Getty Images

STUDY: Viagra May Be Good For More Than Just Sex

Viagra
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Here's A Horse Running Wild Through The Streets Of Manhattan

Carriage Horse
YouTube

More Green
Meatless Monday.. Great Whites.. End Of An Epoch?.. Hurricane Ana.. Pet-Friendly Homes.. Water Wars