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.
NY Mag: Ambling Through America’s Most Stoned Suburbs.
Paris Review: The Lumpy, Crowded Graveyard - On Necrotopology and Memory
“There were few tombstones — five, ten, maybe twenty — in a space that we know holds thousands of bodies, and they were not set in concrete. They are invariably depicted as tilting precariously, as if to proclaim their impermanence. And since no one could claim a specific part of the churchyard, they were in fact transient. Even the occasional box tomb is usually shown in a state of disrepair. Inside there was more hope for rest but even there nothing was assured.” Well, now ... ‘Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around’ may not be so true.
NY Times: ‘Would Jesus Wear a Sidearm?’
Religion Dispatches: Handwritten Draft of King James Bible Reveals Secrets of Its Creation.
“The King James companies worked at integrating the orientations of these two editions, but they also had the profound literary example of William Tyndale, who finished the first complete English translation of the New Testament (an accomplishment which led to his execution in 1536). A literary genius whose influence on the language is arguably second only to Shakespeare’s, Tyndale lent the King James translators such phrases as ‘lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,’ ‘eat, drink and be merry,’ ‘my brother’s keeper,’ ‘it came to pass,’ ‘the salt of the earth,’ ‘the signs of the times’—and perhaps most sublimely, ‘let there be light,’ among many others.”
Guardian.UK: Ahmed Mohamed accepts scholarship in Qatar after Texas clock incident.
Unfortunate. I understand why, but this will not help other US Muslims.
Archaeology News Network: ‘Egypt: Faith after the pharaohs’ at the British Museum.
Oh, looks fabulous. When the Romans accepted Christianity, Jesus became ‘militarized’ ... depictions of him in armour, bearing weapons, etc. The irony of depicting the Roman-crucified Messiah as a Roman soldier ... “Onward, Christian soldiers” ... gee thanks, Constantine.
The Nation: Republicans Mentioned Israel 23 Times During Their Last Debates. Democrats Only Once.
Oh, come now. Republican candidates are interested in two things - continuing arms sales in the Middle East, and making sure Armageddon happens in the right geographic location.
naked cap: Right-Wing Urban Outfitters Now Asking Employees to Work for Free.
Omigod. And I didn’t realize the right-wing nature of Urban Outfitters, who also owns Free People and Anthropologie.