Center for Strategic Communication

Of martyrdom and forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron — of martyrdom according to ISIS and the church, & of forgiveness in response to hate — continuing from Of sacrifice and martyrdom ] . Icon by Coptic artist Tony Rezk. The martyrs’ faces are the faces of Christ. ** My Lapido piece closed with...

ISIS: Paganism with an Islamic Face?

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a “zen“] “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21  “They rejected the commandments of the Lord … and served Baal. They consigned...

A Quick 1: ISIS and Karbala

[ by Charles Cameron — another quick one, this one concerned with “key religious and transportation hubs”– ie pilgrimage routes ] . Millions of Shiite pilgrims in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the Ashura mourning rituals, 2012. **...

Of literal and metaphorical readings

[ by Charles Cameron — from “whistleblowers” via the interpretation of hadith to Aztec sacrifice and Christian Eucharist ] . Whistleblowing in Thailand (upper panel, above), which I wrote about in my previous post, is a literal matter, and whistles...

Easter celebrations 3: the Middle East

[ by Charles Cameron — third and last of three Easter posts ] . ** Voice of Russia reports: The Holy Fire has been descending in the Holy Sepulcher Church, in a small chapel called Kuvuklia, for more than one millennium. The famous Church Father St. Gregory of...