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 ] . ** My Lapido piece closed with these words: That is, in part, why Pope Francis in his official comment on the event said he was “particularly […] Read more »

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 their sons and daughters to the fire” – 2 […] Read more »

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. ** Everyone should calm down. That’s the message from Michael Knights in his Politico piece yesterday, […] Read more »

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 have seen a huge surge in sales since the “whistleblower” campaign began. In the US [...] Read more »

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 Nyssa is believed to be one of [...] Read more »

Heavy breathing on the line: The ghost of databases past

[dots connected by Lynn C. Rees] Sigh What did Lucius Aemilius Paullus know and when did he know it? Section 2, Amendment XIV: Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to [...] Read more »

Fire walking and the intensity of apocalyptic arousal

[ by Charles Cameron -- in response to Steve Engel ] . . My friend Steve Engel wrote regarding the Boston bombers and my elucidation of a Mahdist video that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had seen and “liked”: Thank you, Charles, for your close examination of nuances that may underlie the actions of people who envision themselves [...] Read more »

About today, a normal and highly significant Thursday

[ by Charles Cameron -- remembering that there are two calendars, two times, the secular and the sacred, and that there's more poetry, more depth of heart and thus intellect too, in the sacred calendar -- a truth made known also to popes and monarchs ] . . It’s an extraordinary day, today, for myself [...] Read more »

A valedictory for Pope Benedict XVI

[ by Charles Cameron -- the Pope announces his retirement -- from a life of power to a life of prayer ] . ** The Code of Canon Law states in Canon 332, No. 2: If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the [...] Read more »

Recruitment, poetry and tears

[ by Charles Cameron -- Hegghammer on testing and trusting as precursors to AQ recuitment ] . I’ve been having trouble finding any of the anasheed Ibn Siqilli was posting on his site, many of which have been taken down — but this one, found in a comment of his on Leah Farrall‘s site, has [...] Read more »