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.”
MeFi: World’s oldest surviving inscription of the Ten Commandments? Not quite.
Atlas Obscura: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Traffic Signs.
“Nudelmesse!” That’s what I’m calling it from now on. Love it.
PDN Pulse: Why Muslim Woman’s Suit Against AP for Hijab Photo Will Probably Fail.
“Two days later, the image appeared for license on AP’s website.” Hmmm. Not sure where I stand on this one.
NY Times: Hillary Clinton Gets Personal on Christ and Her Faith.
DesignYouTrust: Photos Show Afghanistan Before It Plunged Into Hell.
Economist.UK: After Jakarta.
If you weren’t aware, there are significantly more Muslims in South-East Asia than in the Middle East. Economic conditions may make young men a particularly easy radicalization vector.
Economist.UK: Mosqued objectives.
Hyperallergic: Images Confirm the Destruction of Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery.
Salem News: Proctor’s Ledge in Salem confirmed as witch execution site.
Guardian.UK: Heavily armed men offer ‘security’ for Oregon militia at wildlife refuge.
Put out the call to militias, beggars can’t be choosers. You sometimes get what you don’t expect.
PS Mag: What Would Allah Do?
“Our findings cast doubt on the notion that there is something special about religious faith ... that invariably favors promotion of violent intergroup conflict.” A worthy read, working directly against the religion/violence assumption.
BBC: Virginia schools shut in Islam calligraphy row.
Teachers didn’t imagine this bit of script would be incendiary? How stupid can you be? Worst timing ever, to try using a statement of faith as a calligraphy lesson. Recitation of this in front of witnesses is considered the only formal step in conversion to Islam. And they offer this to kids in Baptist country. Jeez-oh-man.
NY Times: I Worry About Muslims.
Not what you might think.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe church presents annual ‘Living Nativity’.
PS Mag: America’s Depressing Double Standard on Religious Violence.
NY Times: The Words That Killed Medieval Jews.
You don’t have to go so far afield. Scholars agree that the Gospel of Matthew is the source, written for a small community within the long Jewish storytelling tradition of betrayal and renewal. “His blood be upon us and upon our children!”
Fundamentalism is the problem. For all faiths.
Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online.
NY Times: ‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Response to London Attack Inspires Hashtag.
Exactly what’s needed right now.
Express Tribune: Saudi must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad: Merkel’s deputy.
“Wahhabism provided the ‘complete ideology of the Islamic State and contributes in other countries to a radicalisation of moderate Muslims,’ he said, adding that ‘this is something we don’t need and don’t want in Germany’.” I suppose one can outlaw dangerous fundamentalist interpretations as ‘cults.’ That way, Western mores won’t get bent - the guarantee of freedom shouldn’t be a suicide note.
Guardian.UK: San Bernardino shooter pledged allegiance to Isis, reports say.
Makes you wonder what the NSA is good for.