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.
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.