The fact a soldier was beheaded in broad daylight in a similar way that was plotted by the terrorist cell broken up by the police a few years ago makes it a cobra incident. Liveleaks got a bit on it. LiveLeak.com - Beheading in Woolwich, UK - British Soldier Dead The twitter feed takes some translating though. Islamic extemism is getting bigger in Africa (can I say that or am I racist?) so its to be expected that they join the party.
Life actually does mean life if the judge says so. The Yorkshire Ripper will never be free. Ditto the Soham murderer and others.
Could I also point out that people who kill are neither Christian or Moslem as both faiths do not allow murder of innocents, and the Qu'ran says that those who kill a child will never go to the divine afterlife.
The Qu'ran also states far more tolerance and respect of Christianity and other religions than the other way around.
As always, it is people and culture who corrupt the message of these essentially peaceful religions
Sadly the ones in power or the loudest voice aren't the peaceful ones, they are the people who insist on Sharia law, religious warfare and fanaticism for a grip on power. This drowns out the peaceful ones, corrupts Islamic youth and the cycle repeats itself. It's also a very dangerous prospect to be a Christian in the Middle East as they get abused, massacred and imprisoned on a daily basis by vigilantes and the law.
BBC News - Mohammed Saleem killed leaving prayers in Small Heath - Sorry just noticed it was linked earlier.
Personally I think the sooner society and humankind grows out of religion and xenophobia the better. Causes so much hatred and chaos with little to no gain for humanity at all. If only it was a simple task to ban organised religion :(
It comes down to the individual at the end of the day.
And if you want us to 'grow out of xenophobia' I think you're going to be bitterly disappointed. Our inherent nature is tribal and has been for half a million years. You can't just wish that away.
You'd have as much success just banning dickheads as banning organised religion. We're wired for it, like it or not. Again, part of our evolutionary heritage.