Dazed: Could you now be prosecuted for having a miscarriage?
Miscarriage is traumatic enough. This shall not stand.
NY Times: New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists.
“... if the literacy rates in the Arad fortress were repeated across the kingdom of Judah, which had about 100,000 people, there would have been hundreds of literate people ...” Arguably more literate than today.
National Geographic: Isaac Newton’s Lost Alchemy Recipe Rediscovered.
“Newton’s 1855 biographer questioned “how a mind of such power” could take seriously “the obvious production of a fool and a knave.” And the sophick mercury recipe is only now resurfacing in part because Cambridge University, Newton’s alma mater, turned down the opportunity to archive his alchemy recipes in 1888.” Talk about the aforementioned ‘complex individuals’. Newton was the penultimate.
WaPo: Switzerland shocked by Muslim teens who refused to shake hands with female teachers.
“The Swiss Muslim community has largely suggested that the boys are misinterpreting Islamic teachings with their refusal to shake their teachers’ hands.” Isn’t the overriding consensus that immigrants fully integrate to the dominant culture within two generations? If so, accommodation of such fringe interpretations just hinders that process. Esp. when it’s not the consensus interpretation of Islamic teaching?
Mashable: Bones of Christian saint found in rubble of ISIS-destroyed monastery.
Words fail me.
ArtDaily: Syria’s Palmyra scarred forever by IS jihadists.
“While the temple’s outer walls, main entrance and courtyard have survived, the main cella or prayer chamber has been destroyed, according to AFP journalists who visited the world heritage site.” So the earlier, more optimistic reports were wrong.
DiscoverMag: Can Science and Religion Co-Exist?
ArtDaily: Son begins quest to bury Khaled al-Assaad known as ‘father of Palmyra’.
The man’s a hero. He deserves at least this.
Indian Country Today: The Excruciating Legacy of NAGPRA.
The Atlantic: The State of Palmyra’s Ruins.
Italian Ways: The crypt of the Holy Sepulcher reopens in Milan.
“Think about the white, polished stones under your feet: they once paved the city’s 4th-century, Roman forum – which means Saint Ambrose, Saint Augustine and Emperor Theodosius all probably walked over them just like you.” Open for the first time in 50 years? Bucket list.
Archaeology News Network: The conflict between science and religion lies in our brains.
Italian Ways: Michelangelo’s wonderful “Pietà” photographed.
Appropriate Good Friday posting!
Italian Ways: The Runaway Madonna in Sulmona.
“Running” to the resurrected Messiah.
Business Insider: ISIS trained 400 to attack Europe.
KARE11: Church discovers 30,000 cars in donated house.
Amazing. In that you don’t often run across folks like this anymore. It’s not hoarding, it’s a deep abiding love of all things auto.
Guardian.UK: Catholic school condemns chants of ‘You killed Jesus’ at Jewish opponents.
Medievalism. When you think you’ve got it tamped down, another sprout shows up.
The Australian: Memory stick reveals names of thousands of jihadist recruits.
Modernity sinks the medieval.
Discover Mag: Are Stone-Throwing Chimps Performing ‘Sacred’ Rituals?
NY Times Sunday Review: What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?
“We suggest that expressing moral outrage can serve as a form of personal advertisement: People who invest time and effort in condemning those who behave badly are trusted more.” Better a moral judgment than another selfie, no? At least some grey matter is being used.
Salon: What can we learn from translations of the Bible?
“One interesting thing to consider is that there are direct translations of the Bible, from the Hebrew (for the Old Testament) and the Greek (New Testament), and then there is a long tradition of translations of translations. We should discuss what a translation of a translation — and sometimes a translation of a translation of a translation — actually means.” Nonsense? Oh, Eco, how you would have riffed on this.
Patheos: An open letter to the Republican establishment leadership.
“Bill Buckley and Jack Kemp are gone. Now you have the sons of the Birch Society funding the rabid dogs of chaos. Their man is Trump.” Read ‘o the day. Thanks much, Cam Barrett on FB.
Guardian.UK: Donald Trump calls Pope Francis ‘disgraceful’ for questioning his faith.
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.” As I’ve said before, the Don is radioactively obtuse.
Courier-Journal: Lawmaker files bill requiring men to have note from wife to get Viagra.
Finally. The ladies are sick of the BS. YAY.
Dazed: Meet Hijarbie, the world’s first hijab-wearing Barbie.
“I’m filling a gap and hoping to create a positive awareness for the Muslim girl [snip] I want her to be inspired. This is about creating an alternative and having toys that look like you, which, at the end of the day, leads to better self-esteem.”