|Members of ISIL on the march|
All three men murdered knew that theirs was a serious profession. Two were willing to risk their lives to report on the ongoing wars and sectarian violence occurring in the hotbed of battle across Iraq, Syria and other states within the Middle-east. The other, a humanitarian aid worker, helping to rebuild and bring urgent and fundamental resources like clean water and food supplies to those who had become refugees in all the fighting.
Each of the men kidnapped lead different lives up until they were offered to ISIL. In the end each was held for ransom and each man paid the ultimate sacrifice for his labors through a video taped barbaric beheading. The intent of the tapes are to show power but in reality they show cowardice.
|Mr. David Haines|
David Haines, acting as a humanist, was not profiled in Godless Grace. However, others like him who do provide humanitarian support for those impacted by social, political or economic violence are profiled. And many do recall their own terror at times doing their work in overtly religious regions and nations.
Sam Harris has an excellent post on his website regarding the religious extremest threat. The title being "Sleepwalking to Armageddon." Apparently, it was offered to The Wall Street Journal and also Slate but each turned it down. I recommend it highly.
The response to ISIL’s violence is not a “clash of civilizations” as will be portrayed as propaganda by the group and their few equally radical supporters. But it will serve as a global reason to refrain from using one’s religious faith either as a cause for good or evil since both concepts are subjective. It is a call for all who call themselves Humanists or secularists, either as individuals and within their nations, to stand up and repudiate such horrible religious violence, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The response to this religious fanaticism IS NOT anti-faith. The response does and should stand against the anti-humanist and the pro-fascist stance brought to the forefront by ISIL and those groups who would use their religious faith and doctrine as justification for terrible violence.
ACTED has put out a press release. I offer it to you below. I also urge you to view their website which I have linked to in this post.
“ACTED Communique on the Assassination of David Haines
ACTED aid agency is deeply appalled and horrified by the assassination of David Haines. ACTED strongly condemns with the utmost of force these crimes. In this tragic moment, our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones.
All of the ACTED team empathise and share their pain. David was a new member of the ACTED team supporting the emergency humanitarian response for the displaced Syrian people in Atmeh camp near to the Turkish border.
David was appreciated by the ACTED team and all those around him, notably for his generosity, commitment, and his professionalism. Since his abduction, David has constantly been at the forefront of our minds and efforts. David will remain in the hearts and minds of everyone in ACTED.
The horrible assassination of David, an aid worker, goes against all humanitarian principles and is a crime against humanity. This barbaric crime must not remain unpunished.”