Daily Archives: 27 Mar 2012

Are George Zimmerman’s Legal Connections Covering For Him?

It’s a natural question once one learns that Zimmerman’s dad is a former judge.

George Zimmerman, Son of a Retired Judge, Has 3 Closed Arrests. Did George Zimmerman have help from his father, a retired judge, in clearing his name in three separate arrests?

Interestingly

Robert Zimmerman, a former Orange County magistrate judge, recently wrote a letter to The Orlando Sentinel defending his son, who’s been dragged through the mud for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old last month. In the letter, the senior Zimmerman asks people not to jump to conclusions and insists that his son didn’t follow the young boy home as he walked through their gated community. “He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth. At no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin. When the true details of the event became public, and I hope that will be soon, everyone should be outraged by the treatment of George Zimmerman in the media,” wrote Robert Zimmerman.

But dad may not be all that unbiased. Seems George has quite the criminal past and dad may have pulled some strings to keep him out of prison.

Now more info is being dug up on his “victimized” son through public records and revealing his checkered past. According to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison. All three of those arrests, however, were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident.

So if his misdeeds in the past were whitewashed, the natural and logical supposition now is that his father’s connections may do their best to cover for him this time. Was he not arrested when he shot Trayvon Martin because he was ‘defending himself’ or did the cops know the judge and do him a favor?

New Essays in the Scottish Journal of Theology

The current issue ‘Table of Contents’ is available here.

This one sounds particularly interesting- An Accommodating and Shunning Culture: Evaluating the Cultural Context of the Evangelical Theological Society in the United States

In the first decade of the twenty-first century, the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in the United States (US) went through a shift because of the introduction of open theism into theological context of conservative evangelicalism. The response by the society to this new theology was swift and decisive. Not only were the memberships of certain evangelicals (i.e. Clark H. Pinnock and John Sanders), who were responsible for bringing open theism into the ETS, in danger of being revoked, but the ETS formally denounced open theism and changed its constitutional by-laws to safeguard itself against anyone bringing significant theological innovation into the society.

It is important to re-examine the cultural ethos of the ETS in the US in terms of the underlying beliefs of the society in order to determine whether or not the changes the ETS made had basis in scripture or were simply motivated by the culture at large. To determine this, this article will begin by generally describing some of the main cultural beliefs of the ETS. Next, the discussion focuses on some of the major historical influences of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which impacted the ETS to conform to an ethos more in line with the Enlightenment. Third, the article will critique these Enlightenment-based cultural beliefs linguistically, culturally and theologically.

This article will demonstrate that because the ETS conformed more to the standards of the Enlightenment than to scripture, it is generally much more preoccupied with knowing the truth of scripture rather than walking in the way of Jesus Christ.

Finally, this article suggests the way forward for the ETS is to become a more inclusive society by aligning itself with a more historical definition of evangelicalism rather than simply being defined by the evangelicalism of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This article suggests that by making this move, the ETS will reclaim a much more grace-filled attitude towards its current members and give hope to those committed Christ-followers on the outside of the society, showing them they are welcome to be a part of such a prestigious theological group.

The New Orleans Cop…

A New Orleans police officer has resigned after being suspended for posting a comment on a local television station’s website about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in which he suggested the Florida teen died like a “thug.”  Jason Giroir used his full name and identified himself as a New Orleans Police Department employee when he wrote, “Act like a thug die like one!” in response to a WWL-TV article about a rally supporting Martin.

I wonder if he’s white…  And some folk don’t think racial discrimination is part of the problem.

France: Breeding Ground for Neo-Fascist Racism?

A 12-year-old boy was beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials said, amid high security and tensions in France following killings of Jewish children and a rabbi last week. The boy did not suffer serious injuries.

The situation in France is really quite troubling. The anti-foreigner/ anti-Muslim/ anti-Semitic sentiments of many in the country is just inexplicable.  Hate isn’t natural- it’s a learned behavior.

Both the school shooting and this week’s beating involved the Ozar Hatorah network of Jewish schools. … The 12-year-old boy was hit and punched in the back of his head Monday afternoon as he left the Ozar Hatorah School in southeast Paris, the school’s human resources director, Katia Normal, said Tuesday. She said the aggressors were two boys a couple of years older than the victim who recited anti-Semitic slogans. It happened about 100 meters from the entrance and therefore out of sight of the police officers guarding the school.

Victimizing children… it sounds like France has turned into Florida.

Amy-Jill Levine on the Jewishness of the New Testament

Watch it here- http://video.pbs.org/video/2213646845. Via

That’s One Vicious Woman

It took a Louisiana jury less than two hours last week to convict a 47-year-old homeless woman of killing her boyfriend with her own prosthetic leg.  Debra Hewitt — whose nickname “Angel” has led her to be called the “Angel of Death” — was convicted for the 2010 killing in which she stomped on her boyfriend, Dwayne Ball, and then took off her prosthetic leg and beat him in the head with it, the Advocate reported.  The decomposing body of 47-year-old Ball was found about six weeks later in Lafayette Parish. He had been choked, beaten, stabbed and left for dead.

Who in the world nicknamed her ‘Angel’?  Satan?

The Shameful Decision of the Israeli Court

The Jerusalem Post – lamentably – reports

The High Court of Justice dismissed a petition to stop the Ir David Foundation from operating the City of David Archeological Park outside Jerusalem’s Old City Walls, concluding a three-year legal saga.  The Ir Amim organization filed the petition in July 2010, alleging that the contract between the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the private Ir David organization was illegal because the area is a national park and should be public.  Ir Amim charged that Ir David’s political agenda meant it was ignoring the Arab history of the site, and that this created a conflict of interest.

The court has forsaken the words of Israel’s God- ‘Let justice roll down like waters…’

Newt Couldn’t Pay Me $500 to Have My Picture Taken With Him…

But he wants people to pay $50 to have their picture taken with him!

That reminds me of the folk in Egypt last time I was there who, as soon as their picture was taken, walked up and asked for money for it!  Here I was, taking pictures of statues and every time I did someone wanted to be paid for their incidental visage.

What does this mean?  It means Newt is really an Egyptian!

In a sign that his campaign is in need of cash, Newt Gingrich began charging supporters $50 if they wanted him to pose for a picture.  The National Journal first reported the story, saying the campaign began the practice Monday.  “Some campaigns make you travel all the way to Wall Street to pay $2,500 for a photo with a candidate,” a Gingrich spokesman told the Journal. “We are trying out a new tactic and asking our supporters at our rallies for a nominal donation. And guess what, it is working.”

Get out, Newt, before you embarrass yourself even more (if that’s possible).

Book Announcement: Puzzling out the Past

Among many other useful pieces this new Festschrift contains an essay by the learned Christopher Rollston titled An Old Hebrew Stone Inscription from the City of David.

The series of articles included here honor his many contributions through discussions of a wide variety of inscriptional materials, Biblical texts, archaeology, lexicography and teaching methodology. Included in the volume is a republication of his path breaking exhibition catalogue, Puzzling Out the Past.

(I think they mean ‘groundbreaking’ instead of ‘path breaking’).  It’s pricey…  But if epigraphy is your thing, it might be just what Santa ordered.

(Yes, old age is softening my disposition.  Ya can’t take it with ya and ya sure don’t want to leave it for the kids to spend on video games and fast food).

The Simple Fact the Defenders of Zimmerman Refuse to Face

A boy is dead at the hands of a man who was nothing more than a vigilante.  When the defenders of Zimmerman face that fact, they’ll stop defending a murderer.

To be sure, I know they won’t.  But it’s the one insurmountable fact they consistently overlook in their rabid defense of a stupid act.

Trayvon Martin is dead.  At the hands of George Zimmerman.  Those are the only relevant facts.  Face the ugly truth and stop blabbering on about how it was the hoodie’s fault or the kid’s fault.  Zimmerman gunned him down.  So please, shut up about every irrelevant diversionary issue and stop being moral cowards fearful of the core of the matter.

Texans, Beer, and Guns… There’s a Recipe for Disaster

One person was killed and seven others injured amid shootings and stabbings at girl’s birthday party — all because the house ran out of beer, police say.  Four of the victims were shot, including an 11-year-old child. Two others were stabbed and another two were beaten up outside, according to CBS News.  The 11 year old, who took a bullet to the stomach, was the only child injured in the melee and is expected to survive. An unidentified adult male died, the Dallas Morning News reported.  Cops haven’t released names of victims or suspects while they investigate the brawl.  “It doesn’t make sense in a sane world,” Ellis County Sheriff’s Lt. R.D. White told WFAA. “That’s why we’re trying to sort it out.”

It doesn’t in a sane world.  But Texas isn’t in that world.  It’s in a world of its own.  Oh and if you’re wondering why some drunk would gun people down because the party ran out of booze you need only recall- that’s what people are capable of outside the grace of Christ.  That’s how the totally depraved live their entire lives.

Die, vampire theory, DIE!!!!!

XKV8R: The Official Blog of Robert R. Cargill, Ph.D.

Dr. James Tabor has once again doubled down on his theory, shared by his Jesus Discovery co-author, Mr. Simcha Jacobovici, that Ossuary 6 discovered in a tomb in Jerusalem is covered in fish.

Having “jumped the tropical fish shark,” Dr. Tabor is once again making a number of rhetorical arguments that attempt to distract from the evidence at hand.

First, Dr. Tabor uses the straw man argument of “well, those who interpreted the object as a nephesh pillar have gone silent,” and therefore he (Dr. Tabor) must be correct. This logic, however, fails to take into account a number of possibilities including, but not limited to:

  1. They’ve made their analysis and they’ve moved on. They may still stand by their analysis, and they may not.
  2. They’ve followed the scientific paradigm of presenting their own theory, and then allowing other scholars present other theories, and they are now…

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Creepy Prosperity Gospel Preachers and their Scammings

This is so annoying– not because these creeps are being revealed as wolves- since we’ve always known they were; but because people STILL support them.

Two former employees of the world’s largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses.  Among purchases, the network founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, is accused of misappropriating its ‘charitable assets’ toward a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch’s dogs.  Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network’s chief finance director in July.

Guess what- when you donate to a TV ministry, knowing all we know about them, you deserve to lose what you have to no purpose.  I don’t feel sorry for the fleeced sheep at all.  They go bleating to the wolves and they know they’re wolves!  They aren’t defrauded, they’re willing sacrifices and as totally depraved as the prosperity preachers they support because they are enabling and empowering them.

Open up wide, Hell, more are headed your way!

Satan chewing televangelists

Book Announcement

Dr. Hector Patmore, Post-doctoral Researcher, Protestant Theological University of the Netherlands  —  http://www.pthu.nl — “Adam, Satan, and the King of Tyre. The Interpretation of Ezekiel 28:11-19 in Late Antiquity”. (Jewish and Christian Perspectives 20; Leiden: Brill, 2012).

Summary: The oracle against the King of Tyre, found in Ezekiel 28.12-19, is a difficult text that inspired diverse interpretations in Late Antiquity. For example, according to one rabbinic tradition the text spoke of the first man, Adam, while the Church Fathers found in the same text a description of the fall of Satan. This book studies the rabbinic sources, patristic literature, the Targum, and the ancient translations, and seeks to understand the reasons for the diverse interpretation, the interaction between the exegetical traditions and the communities of interpreters, in particular between Jews and Christians, and the effect the specific form and wording of the text had on the formation and development of each interpretation.

With thanks to Viv Rowett of SOTS for the heads up.  (And what does it mean that I do love anything that examines the biblical character of Satan?  Oh Freud… )

It’s Almost Here…

The Biblical Studies Carnival is at hand (Sunday night at midnight it will appear).  I’ve gotten a number of good suggestions but I’m happy to look at others.  My categories this carnival are

Hebrew Bible
New Testament
Archaeology
Conferences
Pseudo-Archaeology (this one’s topped to the brim!)
Miscellaneous

If you’ve read a post that sparked your interest pass it along. Time’s a-wastin’

Turning the Victim into the Aggressor

The case of Trayvon Martin is proving that a clever lawyer can twist even eyewitness testimony to the advantage of the perpetrator.  How convenient it is indeed to paint the victim as the aggressor.  And how convenient that this ‘new evidence’ is just coming to light.

Vigilante justice…  Racism wears many faces in America.

ASOR is Funding Regional Lectures

Here’s a bit of good news from ASOR:

The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has recently decided to allocate funds in support of members who are organizing lectures and events throughout the year. The decision is prompted by an interest in increasing ASOR presence in events throughout the year and in promoting ASOR’s mission of public outreach.

Preference will be given to proposals for special programming at the regional meetings (including co-sponsoring a regional lecture event) that enhance ASOR membership and visibility, as well as to proposals for lectures/events beyond the regional meetings that promise to attract an audience of potential new ASOR members.

There’s more.   That’s a great move, ASOR.

“Khirbet Qeiyafa in Context”

Nadav Na’aman’s “Khirbet Qeiyafa in Context“, which was published in UF 42 (2010), 497-526, is a magnificent essay which 12 pages in says

To introduce my discussion here, let me first note the obvious contradiction between the chronological data of Khirbet Qeiyafa and the biblical history of David.

The first 12 pages set the stage and from that point forward Na’aman describes and discusses the site. If you can get a copy of UF 42 this is an article you should take a look at.  It’s revelatory.