Destructive Witnesses: JW, IS, Saudis, Brits, Byzantines

[ by Charles Cameron — religions taking other religions apart, stone by stone, image by image, song by song ] . Some recently converted Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have destroyed the altars of indigenous Otomi people in Mexico, an anthopologist has stated: Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone […] Read more »

Plus ça change..

[ by Charles Cameron — iconoclasm ancient & modern ] . ** Ancient: Eamonn Duffy‘s “prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people’s experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a […] Read more »

Mosul Museum: then the good news, perhaps

[ by Charles Cameron — second of three posts, this one more hopeful ] . Experts say footage of beheading of Christians in Libya was FAKE http://t.co/3trjmAtlsi pic.twitter.com/yEw3kVhQC0 — Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) February 21, 2015 Does ISIS really have SEVEN-FOOT tall executioners? Parts of grisly film showing beheading of 21 Christians were faked, claim […] Read more »

Mosul Museum: first the bad news, perhaps

[ by Charles Cameron — there’s some question as to the authenticity of the footage of destruction in the Mosul Museum, hence the triple post of which this is part 1 ] . First the grief, the terrible wailings: #Iraq #Mosul #IS (Via @stevoiraq) pic.twitter.com/YLHzsPgKbq — Ahmed Shames (@AhmedUK_IQ) February 27, 2015 The reason for […] Read more »

Paris, the Prophet and his veiled face

[ by Charles Cameron — the role of iconography vs idolatry within Islam and Christianity ] . Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace tweeted an image of Muhammad today: Images of the prophet Mohammed weren't always taboo. This 16th century Persian miniature depicts his ascent to heaven pic.twitter.com/HdSmAwh8cb — Karim Sadjadpour (@ksadjadpour) […] Read more »

Oklahoma and the various believers

[ by Charles Cameron -- puzzled, amused, and a little pained by these goings on ] . There’s a new-ish monument of the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma state capitol, and now some Satanists want to erect a statue of their deity, and Oklahoman Hindus are chiming in with their own proposal… Okay, as far [...] Read more »

Disrespect of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina in Azan #2?

[ by Charles Cameron -- the second holiest site in Islam disrespected by the editors of Azan? ] . I’ve taken out the surrounding matter, but here’s the section on “decorated mosques” as a sign of the time of the Dajjal or Islamic antichrist, from Maulana Asim Umar‘s Third World War and Dajjal in the [...] Read more »

A Glimpse of What Could Be Lost in Timbuktu

Most reportage from the area has emphasized the spoiling, wholly or in part, of shrines and mosques accused of encouraging idol-worship. But the threat goes beyond the usual crude iconoclasm of al Qaeda-related sects. According to photographer Alexandra Huddleston, “not only are thousands of ancient manuscripts and holy sites under threat, but also an ancient scholarly culture.” She has documented this culture in the past, and now she has created a video that shows us what we are in danger of losing. Read more »