Captured Jordanian F-16 fighter pilot Mu’ath AlKassasbeh was burned alive in a cage by the Islamic State. His jet crashed in IS controlled territory in Syria. Images of the highly-choreographed video posted to the internet, showed the pilot in an orange jump suit in a cage with a trail of fuel leading to him. A masked IS militant lights the fuel and the cage bursts into flames.
Mr. Al Kassasbeh was killed by a “coward terrorist organisation… that behaved in an extremely wrong, criminal, and prejudicial manner that has nothing to do with Islam,” said King Abdullah of Jordan. Jordan vowed and “earth shattering” response. Including the execution of jihadists held in Jordan.
The United States strongly condemned the killing and said it stands in solidarity with Jordan. President Obama said the U.S. would “redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition to make sure” the jihadists are “ultimately defeated”.
Emma El Badawy, a Middle East expert from the University of Exeter, told Sky News: “Burning someone alive is absolutely barbaric and it is expressly forbidden in Islam.”
Then in mid-February the Islamic state burned 45 to death in Iraq near the town of al-Baghdadi. They are reported to be security personnel. The IS fighters had captured much of the town in recent days.
If the Papacy is ever going to be able to burn people at the stake again, the global public must be desensitized and tolerant of death by burning. The Islamic State is providing ample opportunity for the western world to get used to it.
“[The papacy] is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures, in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike.” Great Controversy, page 581