“We take this issue seriously and are well aware of cultural sensitivities … We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior,” said Joe Gavaghan, a spokesman for Garda World. That’s good: it is heartening to see that at least one company is going to stand …
An endless cycle of carnage, fueled by hatreds older than a millennium, and protected from scrutiny by modern-day political correctness. “22 killed in Iraq, most attending religious ritual,” by Sinan Salaheddin for the Associated Press, November 14 (thanks to Kenneth):
BAGHDAD — Attacks across Iraq targeting security forces and those marking a major Shiite commemoration killed 21 people Wednesday while gunmen in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah assassinated the city’s mayor as he was supervising a clean-up project.
The deadliest among Wednesday’s attacks was the one targeting a group of Shiites marking Ashoura in the eastern city of Baqouba, a former al-Qaida stronghold, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. That attack killed eight people, including two children, and wounded 35, a police officer said.
Shiites are marking Ashoura, the remembrance commemorating the death of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century. The commemoration draws hundreds of thousands of Shiites to mourning ceremonies. Sunni extremists also target those marking Ashoura, as they consider Shiites to be heretics.
Also on Wednesday, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint outside the northern city of Tikrit, killing five police officers and three civilians, another police officer said.
The bombing in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, also wounded 18 people, the officer said.
Militants detonated bombs near police officers’ homes in the town of Karmah, west of the Iraqi capital, killing four people and wounding 24, police said.
And in the nearby city of Fallujah, 40 miles from Baghdad, gunmen on foot shot and killed the mayor, Adnan Hussein, as he was supervising cleaning teams in one of the neighborhoods, a police officer said. Two of his guards were wounded in the attack.
In Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, a bomb targeting a police patrol killed one officer and wounded seven, police said….
I would like to send a salute to the Upper Yellowstone Oath Keepers of Montana chapter coordinator Kevin McCauley, for fetching this one.
Why is the number three so significant to human societies? We may credit Pythagoras ( a2 + b2 = c2), but if the Egyptian pyramids suggest anything at all, the notion appears to have been around for a lot longer than that. What may make this significant in terms of human society are its several applications —beginning with the three great pyramids.
We also find the number three manifested in the doctrine of the Trinity, which defines God as three divine hypostases: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is a mystery of the Christian faith, for while they are each distinct, the fourth Lateran Council declared, “… it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds.” Its origin comes to us in the synoptic Gospels which tell of the Baptism of Jesus of Nazareth. “And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the spirit of god descending like a dove and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”
In Hindu metaphysical tradition, Chakra is points in the human body that are vital sources of energy to the human body and spirit. The name derives from the Sanskrit word for wheel or turning, but in in yogic context, a better translation might be vortex, or whirlpool. Its source of energy is “the third eye” depicted in many ancient Indian Hindu drawings. Chakras also play an important role in Tibetan Buddhism toward the realization of a clean light of bliss and fulfillment. We also apply this notion of a third eye to the pineal gland, from which we derive the hormone melatonin and that many claim is the origin of mystical awakening, enlightenment, clairvoyance, and higher states of consciousness.
The eye of providence (or in some uses, The All-seeing Eye of God) is a symbol that shows an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle. It is sometimes interpreted as representing the Eye of God watching over humankind—divine providence. The most notable depiction of the Eye of Providence in modern society is in Free Masonry, and on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, which appears on the United States one-dollar bill (now worth about ten cents).
We can trace imagery of an all-seeing eye back to Egyptian mythology and the Eye of Horus. Buddhists refer to the Buddha as the “Eye of the World.” An all-seeing eye is also used to depict the image of God in Caodaism, which originated in Vietnam in 1926. In Medieval and Renaissance European iconography, the all-seeing eye was an explicit image of the Christian trinity … and so now we have come full circle —almost.
The number three was again revealed in 1961 when scientists James Watson and Francis Crick first discovered the structure of human genetic code (DNA). Now let me introduce George Gamow (1904-1968), a theoretical physicist and cosmologist and an early developer of the Big Bang Theory. Gamow postulated that sets of three bases must be employed in order to encode the 20 standard amino acids used by living cells. He was correct.
What is the point of this? Some people suggest that the frequency of the number three is merely coincidental. Others suggest that its frequency of use in science, mathematics, and religion renders such claims irrelevant. The number three symbolizes the unity of body, mind, and spirit —but is also universal, found throughout history and in many (if not most) human civilizations. It points us to what is real, essential, perfect, substantial, complete, and divine.
After giving this some thought, what is your opinion?
Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi accused the military chief who deposed him of treason in a message from prison read by lawyers on Wednesday, saying the country cannot return to stability until the coup is reversed and those behind it are tried.
A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman, a nasty surprise that shows scientists must do more to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak, doctors say.
Lawmakers who had long pushed for U.S. action against Nigerian Islamic extremists welcomed the State Department’s decision on Wednesday to designate two militant groups as foreign terrorist organizations blamed for the deaths of thousands of people in Africa’s most populous nation.
The US military’s ‘Islam problem’ captured news headlines even before Wired.com ‘s 2012 breaking story about a military course teaching soldiers that the USA was at ‘war with Islam.’ (We ARE at war with Islam) Islamophobia Today Since 2007 the Military Religious Freedom … Continue reading →
Ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, an interfaith ceremony in the Metropolitan Cathedral meant to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust.
Iraqi officials say a triple bombing targeting Shiites observing a key religious ritual killed at least eight people in the country’s east.