When Dr. Kent Brantly, a missionary caring for Ebola patients in Liberia, became the first known American Ebola patient, Ann Coulter called him “idiotic” and chastised him for the “Christian narcissism” of deigning to help people in “disease-ridden cesspools” rather than, say, turning “one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ,” which would apparently “have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia.”
Charles Blow, The Ebola Hysteria, New York Times, Oct 29, 2014
ISIS threatens Iraq’s priceless cultural heritage
Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, the people of Mesopotamia mastered the first writing system, mathematics, astronomy, literature and law.
Iraq’s past, however, is threatened by the nightmare of its present.
ISIS is not only at war with the Iraqi state, it’s also at war with Iraq’s very identity — blowing up religious shrines, slaughtering and enslaving minorities such as the Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen, and executing its enemies.
And what it hasn’t destroyed, ISIS is selling on the black market.
A growing number of Americans want closer ties between church and state, a poll found
Study: Americans want more religion in politics
I guess we never learned anything from the 100 years war.
But ISIS considers that the taking of slaves and concubines remains fully justified by the Kor’an.
ISIS states its justification for the enslavement of women
“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.
The title of the article sums up the ISIS point of view: “The revival (of) slavery before the Hour,” referring to Judgment Day.
The fourth edition of the group’s English-language digital magazine called “Dabiq” said that female members of the Yazidi sect, an ethnically Kurdish minority living mostly in Iraq, may legitimately be captured and forcibly made concubines or sexual slaves.
I have on reliable advice that a mayor of an Iranian town on the Caspian recommended a means of discouraging mixed-sex swimming: Introducing sharks into the Caspian Sea. He allegedly even tried and failed. Little did he know that there are fresh-water sharks in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshwater_shark. Thankfully, he is not that knowledgeable.