The ancient Roman god of war Mars
The burning alive of a Muslim man by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has jolted the president of the United States into acknowledging publicly that the world’s chief terror threat comes from people who ‘profess to stand up for Islam but instead betray it.’
But that stark conclusion, long missing in the White House, was followed by a litany of other wrongs done in the name of religion.
‘Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place,’ Obama told the National Prayer breakfast on Thursday morning, ‘remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.’
‘In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.’
What about all those war gods (Mars, for the Romans; Ares for the Greeks)? The god of Islam seems like war god.