Thousands of Christian Books Burned as part of Cultural Cleansing of Christianity by ISIS. The Islamic State has tossed hundreds of Christians books into fire calling them the “Books of Infidelity”. The militants had collected the books from churches and schools throughout the city. “The militants have also collected a lot of Christian textbooks from the Dawassa district near the Martyrs’ Park and publically burned them.
The video was obtained by media activists and posted to YouTube by an Assyrian Christian media group as proof that IS’ attempts to destroy Christianity i Iraq and Syria.
This is not the first time that IS has targeted christian books for destruction. In February 2015, IS radicals ransacked a central Mosul library and burned over 100,000 different books and manuscripts. it is “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history.” as reported by The Guardian.
It has also published its own textbooks, according to Heavy.com, they released scanned pages of an IS mathematics books. One page obtained by Heavy.com reveals that the IS are teaching children inside the self-proclaimed caliphate to add and subtract by having them add and subtract images of military tanks, handguns and AK-47 automatic assault rifles.
Other than destroying books and replacing them with their own, IS has also degraded and destroyed much of the region’s Christian roots. The militant group has leveled a few ancient monasteries and destroyed numerous Christian artifacts.
Earlier this year, satellite images confirmed that the group destroyed Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery. St Elijah’s monastery lasted as a place for worship for over 1,400 years before the militants reduced the 27,000-square-foot stone and mortar structure to nothing but rubble.