Islam
A member of the Bountiful Muslim Community of Rio de Janeiro, Tijuca, North of the city heading for afternoon prayer at the Mosque of light.Getty Images

Following the James Foley beheading, when social media blocked and deleted the spread of graphic imagery, the question arises: is it fair to continue to allow extremist religious groups to use religion as a pretext to wage wars?

A statement from the White House released today (20 August) read:

Following the disturbing beheading of the US photojournalist by Islamic State (ISIS) militants, websites are drawing on random quotes from the Quran taking the religious notes completely out of context.

This is serving to heighten and further the Islamic State agenda of creating a divide between Islam and the West.

Muslim dignitaries from across the world have called against the religious hypocrisy.

Others have called against the analogy too.

Some are drawing analogies of how religion is being used to wage wars worldwide.