In a short conversation with a teacher of many years experience today, the subject of the American journalist whose beheading has shocked an otherwise comatose western world came up.
I felt obliged to mention that the ISIS, IL, forces sweeping across Syria and Iraq had already murdered thousands of innocents from Christian, Yazidi and Shia communities on their rampage and explain that the Quran instructs such barbarism towards the infidel, kaffir and non believers unless they convert to the religion of peace.
In doing so I compared my own Christian beliefs to those of Muslims who don't actually behave with strict adherence to their guide book in the same way as I don't mine and that some things are best taken as a bit too daft to be taken seriously.
That said, I am not a Church goer as I have little respect for today's left wing pulpit preachers and find their twisting and reinterpreting, a cowardly political manipulation of truth and faith.
However my conversation with a learned friend went quickly downhill when she stated that the violent, murdering and butchering of civilians was down to the extremists choosing to interpret their Quran in their own way.
That was a completely wrong statement and I quickly pointed out that in fact the barbarians who have already murdered countless thousands cross the Middle East are carrying out the instructions to the letter and those who are not involved are the more reasonable members of the religion who do not wish to die in jihadist enterprises or spend their remaining days in prison.
Finally I mentioned that Islamic jihad was taking place across the world from Indonesia through Burma and India to Africa and into North America, at which point our little chat ended and off she went.
I must have said something wrong!