Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.
The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.
Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.
Western media have been so lax about reporting the very real, and torturous persecution Christians are facing in Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and others. For example, a 14yr old Altar boy was taken from serving Mass and Crucified against the front door of the Church not very long ago in Mosul/Ninevah. Elsewhere, a Priest was decapitated and his head left on the front steps of his Church.
But you won’t find out about it on the Internet, or in the newspapers, because Western Media doesn’t care. The only reason I happen to know this is because my (Benedictine) Priest has (Religious Order) friends that escaped from Iraq recently, and this was their lived experience.
Oh and by the by, when ISIS say that “they will have nothing but the sword”, it’s worth being aware that in parts of ISIS controlled territory, crucifixion is the preferred treatment for Christians. A dozen men were crucified in a town square just a couple of months ago, because they refused to recant or pay the jizya - that was in Syria, but the belief that ‘the sword is too good’ for Christians is strong in certain areas. (Rather like the Roman Empire - St Paul wasn’t crucified because he was a Roman Citizen, and crucifixion was kept for non Romans, as “lesser” human beings.
Signal boost the heck out of this, and please, please pray.
(and it shouldn’t need said, but please, do also remember that this is not the will of the majority of Muslims, who are just as horrified - if not more so - as we are at this reckless, awful treatment of other human beings.)
Patrick is really good at playing drunk so I can’t say for sure if he was drunk when this was taken or not. But by the comment that accompanied this picture (“This night hurt.”) I get the impression a lot of drinking went on. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that half the time, his default “drunk” face is fierce. And you can write your own story about what’s happening in the second one.
As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?
I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it.
But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened? Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?"
I am going to reblog this quote every year.
Vero Navarro is a freelance illustrator from La Mancha, Spain, currently living in Madrid. In 2006 she earned her degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Carlos in Valencia.
Her body of work encompasses delicate and realistic renderings of human figure, fauna, flora, architecture and everything in between. In her works she tries to tell us stories about human condition using characters in constant struggle with their inner selves.
She is an enthusiast of coloured pencils in one hand and digital techniques in the other. But is not odd tho find both techniques mixed together in her pieces.
EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.
Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.
The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.