With their barbaric beheadings and burning a Jordanian pilot alive, ISIS has made headline after headline, spreading absolute disgust from people the world over.
Unfortunately, disgust for the group has also affected the perceptions of Islam and the treatment of Muslims.
According to a recently freed hostage, however, ISIS' teachings has very little to do with the Quran or Islam. Didier Francois is a journalist who spent 10 months as a hostage of ISISHe shared that "There was never really discussion about texts or – it was not a religious discussion. It was a political discussion."
"It was more hammering what they were believing than teaching us about the Quran. Because it has nothing to do with the Quran."
ISIS clearly uses Islam as a front, and their teachings don't actually embody Muslim philosophies. Francois continued, "We didn't even have the Quran; they didn't want even to give us a QuranLinking Islam to ISIS teachings is absolutely shortsighted and flawed. Their teachings only have the facade of supporting Islam but otherwise preaches an entirely new set of twisted and obscene beliefs created to support their political agenda.