Susan Russell in the Huffington Post:
In this very moment it is a tragically real and present danger to thousands of Yazidi people who have been targeted for extermination by ISIS — the terrorist group called “too radical for Al-Qaeda” — because of their ancient religious beliefs.
History — both modern and ancient — is likewise tragically full of examples of times and places where religious discrimination has been the source of persecution, death and destruction. The perversion of religion into a weapon of mass destruction is antithetical to the core beliefs of all the world’s great religions. And yet none of those religions have escaped the sad reality that human beings — given the power to do so — will use God as an excuse to inflict pain and suffering on other human beings.