When laïcité destroys egalité and fraternité

[ by Charles Cameron — laïcité meets the banlieue, and ISIS takes note ] . France: blind to religions. Graphic: Nouvel Obs ** My latest piece is up at LapidoMedia, addressing the impact of the French doctrine of blinding secularism on French Muslims — and ISIS targeting of France: ANALYSIS When laïcité destroys egalité and […] Read more »

A trumpet voice above Trump’s

[ by Charles Cameron — for those wishing for discourse above the political fray ] . Yesterday, Sunday, I was going to post a “Sunday surprise” about a voice that transcends that of Donald Trump — the voice of Alison Balsom, trumpeter extraordinaire. But my thread linking Balsom and Trump was a slender one — […] Read more »

Nesting Buddhas and insubstantiality

[ by Charles Cameron — from the Buddha’s Diamond Sutra via matrioshka dolls and koans to Sun Tzu and Wittgenstein ] . From Karl Brunnhölz, The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever, in today’s Lion’s Roar: Besides being a meditation manual, we could also say that the Heart Sutra is like a big koan. But […] Read more »

Putin, Hezbollah on the Brit right, Pokémon Go at the Yasukuni

[ by Charles Cameron — a couple of discordant notes on goings on ] . This tweet from Casey Michel showing contemporary American fans of Sir Oswald Mosley — My look at growing ties between US hard-right extremists and Kremlin-linked organizations: https://t.co/OtslMcDLMT pic.twitter.com/SOoPeMxvHf — Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) July 17, 2016 — looked interesting, so I […] Read more »

JJ MacNab on the Baton Rouge shooter

[ by Charles Cameron — plus further readings on sovereign citizens & the Moorish Science Temple ] . JJ MacNab, author of The Seditionists: Inside the Explosive World of Anti-Government Extremism in America — note date of publication — has the basics on the quasi-religious sovereign citizen and Baton Rouge cop shooter, Gavin Long: Tweet […] Read more »

Sunday surprise the second — the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

[ by Charles Cameron — wishing you all blessings on the Fourth ] . My eye was caught today by yet another disaster — which in turn reminded me of tomorrow, the Fourth of July. It’s just one example among many: Flood hits mosque in Pakistan, dozens feared dead https://t.co/hXA1vTP8Gy — Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) July […] Read more »

Towards the urgent development of the artificial kidney

[ by Charles Cameron — setting aside my personal interest, there’s a humanitarian / religious angle here ] , The atrocities described in the lower panel add urgency to the medical development described in the upper panel: Sources: Kurzweil AI, Wearable artificial kidney prototype successfully tested Daily Mail, China is forcing up to 90,000 prisoners […] Read more »

Trump 1, Theology 0

[ by Charles Cameron — politics wearing religion as a glove and vice versa, mostly re Trump but MB too ] . This is a sort of anti-post for me, because it reports on a situation where theology is considered unimportant by pastor and Governor Mike Huckabee. First, a DoubleTweet from Michelle Boorstein of WaPo: […] Read more »

Sunday surprise: three entangled faiths

[ by Charles Cameron — two exhibits linking the Abrahamic faiths ] . For disciplinary as well as doctrinal purposes, the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity, Islam — are generally thought of separately — a separation which the two exhibitions this post revolves around are intended to bring into question. ** One: Of gods […] Read more »

Let the man keep his own silence or speak for himself

[ by Charles Cameron — regarding the conflicting reports on Imran Yousuf’s religious affiliation ] . Perhaps: Learn this name: Imran Yousef. A Marine veteran, Hindu, bouncer at Pulse. HERO. https://t.co/18ZuP55DlW #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoShooting — (((Sarah Rumpf))) (@rumpfshaker) June 14, 2016 Maybe: Marine combat vet who is also Muslim saved lives at Pulse. Imran Yousef. Know […] Read more »