ABC Radio News fell to an all time low today. Unless you’ve been on vacation (or think Jon Stewart is News), you’ve probably heard that the “Stupid War” in Iraq is back. The group someone is calling ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is taking over the oil cities of the North and headed toward Baghdad. According to the things I have heard, these are the folks who enjoy cutting people’s heads off.
In attempting to characterize the group, the ABC News report characterized the group as the “Puritanical” part of Islam.
Help me out – what are some of the similarities between ISIS and the Puritans?
The general explanation of who they were was that they were Protestants in England who thought the Church of England was too slow to adopt the reforms happening in Europe and staying too close to the Roman Catholic church. They fled to the Netherlands to avoid the wrath of the Church of England and ultimately came to North America.