Just for the fun of it-
Daily Archives: 5 Apr 2013
Anne Hathaway did a good job and one of the other lady singers whose name I don’t know- but the men (except for the curly haired kid killed at the barricade- he was good too) – well miserable fits the bill. With thanks to Thomas Bolin for the notification.
Even pedophilia is smiled at by our perverse generation. Little wonder other perverse distortions of nature and grace are feted.
Dutch Court Says Pedophilia Advocacy Group Martijn Can Continue – Judges in the Netherlands have ruled that an organization that wants to legalize pedophilia can continue to exist. Cintia Taylor speaks with the group’s most recent leader
Gay rights, the devil and the end times: public religion and the enchantment of the homosexuality debate in Zambia
An essay by Adriaan van Klinken (which is, by the way, the most awesome name ever).
ABSTRACT– This article contributes to the understanding of the role of religion in the public and political controversies about homosexuality in Africa. As a case study it investigates the heated public debate in Zambia following a February 2012 visit by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who emphasised the need for the country to recognise the human rights of homosexuals.The focus is on a particular Christian discourse in this debate, in which the international pressure to recognise gay rights is considered a sign of the end times, and Ban Ki-moon, the UN and other international organisations are associated with the Antichrist and the Devil. Here, the debate about homosexuality becomes eschatologically enchanted through millennialist thought. Building on discussions about public religion and religion and politics in Africa, this article avoids popular explanations in terms of fundamentalist religion and African homophobia, but rather highlights the political signiﬁcance of this discourse in a postcolonial African context.
Give it a read. It’s fascinating.
If you can say it in 10 words, you’re a fool to say it in 50. And a bore.
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Religious fraud is reprehensible but combined with scientific/academic misconduct, it is a deadly virus, in that irrespective of one’s religious views, ranging from atheistic to believer, it can and will affect all.
Israel is a small country yet we have we contributed enormously to the advancement of science and biblical archaeology. Today, science, religion and archaeology are now at risk by an attempt to silence critics from a small but financially powerful group within the media whom have chosen to suppress criticism via libel ligation (silencing lawsuits).* Earlier (2007) they threatened a prominent Dean of an American University with legal action over a book review of their Jesus Family Tomb film, which described a burial they claimed to have discovered, including the DNA of the Holy Family. In 2011, the week of Easter, a press conference in Jerusalem was suddenly held in which they now claimed they may have found the actual nails used in the crucifixion, in the Caiaphas family tomb which I, along with a colleague had excavated and published years earlier. No peer review, just an impromptu press conference and it was immediately shown on American TV, thus the somewhat derisive but apt term, ‘press conference archaeology’ or ‘what cannot be found, is at times invented’. We challenged these absurd ‘scientific’ claims and they retaliated with a near one million dollar law suit which must be fought to the end to prevent further scientific and religious abuse.
The primary effect of this law suit is not so much legal action, as it is an attempt by them to stifle public criticism and freedom of expression in order to advance their own narrow parochial and financial interests. The ideology behind ‘silencing lawsuits’ is best illustrated by Scientology’s L Ron Hubbard who wrote, “The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment …If possible, (can) ruin one utterly.”
The public must be aware, that ‘where threats of libel begin, freedom of expression ends’ thus we in Jerusalem are in need of contributions to establish a legal defense fund to end these ‘silencing lawsuits’ in the world of biblical archaeology in particular and science in general. If this cannot be achieved, they triumph by default, and thusly, science, archaeology and freedom of expression within the academic world will endure the consequences. For further information seewww.joezias.org
* The article can be found on the website www.joezias.org
If one cannot contribute any amount, no matter how small, please use Indiegogo share tools to share with others as this type of legal action known as SLAP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) is now becoming a bit of a trend, according to the ACRI report, “The Silencer: Libel Litigation as a Threat to Free Speech.
Joe Zias Archaeology/Anthropology
You will never get ahead if you stay behind. Or if you stay a behind.
We now have a searchable bibliography online
This is still very much in beta, so we would appreciate comments. Note that you have to search for the full class mark (i.e., with T-S at the beginning) but you can use wildcards (*).
Make use of it.
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In sum- avoid the place if you want yourself and your baby to live…
Ever wonder what you might have looked like thousands of years ago? A new documentary series called Lost Faces of the Bible uses what its proponents call “myth-busting archaeology” as well as cutting edge facial reconstruction to offer a picture of life during Biblical times.
“Delilah,” the first episode of the series, which airs Saturday night on Canada’s Vision TV, reconstructs the head and face of a Philistine woman the show’s producers compare to the Biblical Delilah. The original skull, part of a collection at Tel Aviv University, was from 3,000 years ago. By the end of the program, the skull becomes a vividly-detailed model of a woman’s face that features a prominent nose and an elaborate hairstyle.
Oh come on. Reconstructing facial features has come a long way but it’s passing absurd to suggest, even hint, remotely, that one has or can reconstruct the faces of particular historical figures WITHOUT any skulls to work from and without even claiming to have the actual skulls identified…. IMPOSSIBLE. And, consequently, rank speculation.
But doubtless some uninformed git will watch the series and tell his co-workers at the water cooler that he ‘knows what Delilah looks like’ regardless of how many pseudo-disclaimers the program is laced with (if it even is).