Most of us who use social media choose pictures of ourselves or things we are interested in for our profile pictures, the pictures that people see first when they visit our sites. So I was quite surprised when I saw an unfamiliar symbol, pictured here, in the profile picture of an acquaintance.
The symbol made me think of the religion of Islam but I was pretty sure that the person using this symbol was a devoted Christian. On further investigation I discovered that this symbol ties in with both Christianity and Islam.
In the darkest days of the ISIS occupation of the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, the Christians in that city were told to get out of town or face dire consequences. To show that they meant business, ISIS went around and marked the homes of the Christians with this symbol. Once Christian homes were marked with this…
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