An important Christian site that commemorated the prophet Jonah was destroyed by the Islamic government of Iraq. The Tomb of the Prophet - Nebi Yunas - was originally thought to have been spared destruction, but yesterday it was confirmed that ISIS did in fact destroy the tomb. His Grace Bishop Angaelos has written on the impact of this destruction. We have posted his words in a separate article. The destruction of religious sites to establish dominance by those in power is nothing new. One only has to think of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, or the crusades in the Middle Ages. But this should nonetheless be a cause of concern for all of Christianity, since when one part of the body hurts, we all hurt.
To learn more about the significance of the site, follow this link to an article by Columbian PhD student Christopher Jones.
For the reporting in the Washington Post on the destruction of the site, follow this link.