It's official, humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed while being held hostage by ISIS. Ms Mueller represented the best of humanity, after spending her youth serving humanitarian causes at home and abroad, she gave her life while working to ameliorate human suffering. The world is diminished by her loss at the hands of the worst of humanity. One of the greatest tragedies of the human condition is that the worst of us, those who are consumed by hatred, by an urge to dominate others, tend to kill those of us who are loving and selfless... aggression beats agape, such is the lot of our species.
As if the murder of Kayla Mueller weren't horrible enough, knuckle-dragging conservatives here in the 'States are bashing her. There is little difference between ISIS and these "good American patriots"- really, the only difference is that the U.S. is still a functioning secular democracy, something which these monsters are trying to change. Fatwah envy is one of the hallmarks of American conservatism, with all of the misogyny that entails.