Sometimes history hangs by a thread. The history of American comedy certainly did one summer night in 1951 Chicago. During the seasonal break from “Your Show of Shows,” the reigning king of television comedy, Sid Caesar, had taken members of his troupe to the Second City for a two-week run of live theater. When the curtain fell, Caesar liked to hang out and drink with his entourage in his upper-story suite at the Palmer House.
With defeating the proliferation of religiously extremist-driven terrorism a major national security priority for governments around the world, what is the actual role and influence of the passages from the religious texts that such terrorists select to legitimize their evil violence?