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.
NY Times: Rare King James Bible First Edition Discovered at Drew University.
You can play Indiana Jones at your local library.
Guardian.UK: Scientists finally get under the skin of a 13th century publishing mystery.
The New Yorker: Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa.
“Assad has killed so many innocents, and many people have lost hope. After Assad’s chemical attack, when he crossed the so-called ‘red line,’ the U.S. just took the weapons. It made America look like a liar and weak.”
Archaeology News Network: 23 heritage sites destroyed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.
Daesh is apparently not alone in desiring to wipe out history.
Telegraph.UK: Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years.
“There were lots of cults worshipped at the time and the empire was in general fairly tolerant towards them.” Hmmph. ‘At the time.’ Constantine enjoyed practicing many cults much later than the family in the article (300s AD), and did not get baptized until shortly before death ... and even that, by an Arian bishop (heretical). Another case of journalists not knowing what the hell they’re writing about.
SF Gate: Turkey soccer fans boo moment of silence for Paris attacks.
Turkey, the widely-touted face of ‘moderate’ Islam. This behavior’s not doing anyone any favors.
ByzantineBlog: Byzantine ‘flat-pack’ church to be reconstructed in Oxford after 1k years
“You show your power by planting churches. He [Justinian] sent out flat-pack, self-assembly churches – Ikea churches.” Justinian, for you non-classicists, is the Byzantine emperor who built the Hagia Sophia, among other things. A very interesting individual. The set of laws in the Code of Justinian illuminates a great deal of Roman history, and at his decree, paganism was outlawed ... and the Greek schools of philosophy shut down for good.
Popular Archaeology: Earliest church in the tropics unearthed in former heart of Atlantic slave trad
“During the excavation several tombstones of local dignitaries were recovered. One enormous stone found in the side chapel belonged to Fernão Fiel de Lugo, a slaver and the town’s ‘treasure holder’ between 1542 and 1557.” Well, if he could get buried in the church, you certainly shouldn’t have to concern yourself with red Starbucks cups.