Blessed are the peacemakers...
"...thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside. From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as "human shields" for mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
"We either live together, or we die together," was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea. Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole. “This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
"...It is a frequent complaint among opinion makers in the United States that the global Muslim community does not condemn and prevent terrorism. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has even said that Islam needs a civil war similar to the one the United States fought in order to deal with its extremists.
"But the truth is that moderate and progressive Muslims all over the world are battling extremism. Here in the United States, one-third of al-Qaeda related terror plots have been broken up thanks to intelligence provided by Muslim Americans. It is up to the press to report these positive stories and not exaggerate the sway that extremists hold over the global Muslim community...Read it all. Indeed. Bless them all.
What a blessed report. I heard or read a report of an Albanian farmer who risked his life daily to bring milk to a Serbian woman neighbor who had just had a baby during the war in Kosovo, but whose own breasts were not producing for the baby. We must never forget the good and the just who are everywhere.
--->But, sadness again...Christian shot dead in Egypt train attack Tuesday... He got off the Cairo-bound train after showering the passengers with gunfire and tried to flee but was arrested inside the station, the official said.
Along other lines, tough economic times can give us many opportunities wherever we are to do works of mercy, large or small, for our neighbors: Sharing food, money, giving rides to the store, to church, inviting someone to the house for conversation and / or meals, a game...there is light on the underside of many difficulties if we keep open our spiritual eyes.
"Love covers a multitude of sins"---1 Peter 4:8
--->Singing of Conversion. Songwriter Audrey Assad speaks about her Catholic faith and musical journey. "Audrey Assad, a 27-year-old Phoenix-based singer-songwriter, isn’t afraid to lay bare her soul in music and in her relationship with God. It’s from that point of vulnerability that her success as a Catholic/Christian musician was born... [Her song] Restless comes from St. Augustine's Confessions and addresses her own restlessness and that of a generation whose "relationships have increased in numbers and decreased in depth."
Assad’s love of literature, the works of Catholic intellectual writers and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Francis Thompson, and feelings even today of “not quite fitting in” form the basis for her surprise hit CD, The House You’re Building, released last July by Sparrow Records...More. Wow.
--->WikiLeaks founder vows to fight extradition... See video also...
--->Telegraph: Deepening crisis traps America's have-nots. "The US is drifting from a financial crisis to a deeper and more insidious social crisis. Self-congratulation by the US authorities that they have this time avoided a repeat of the 1930s is premature...
--->Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente on Brian Sussman show, KFSO 04 Jan 2011...15 minutes
--->Trying to Finish him off. Why the vicious Kennedy Series, fabricated by his jealous media enemies, was canceled... Invented dialog, total fabrications of history, character assassination, the worst kind of propaganda.
--->Here we go again. Docs urge shots as flu season grabs the South, NYC...
--->Anyone who knows me knows I am no friend of the universalist theology of the late Harvard philosopher-theologian Paul Tillich; but he was good for some one-line zingers, such as "Philosophical shock is the beginning of wisdom". True enough often enough. The first existential shock of spiritual consciousness may be realizing we exist.
--->The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist...he lifted his shirt to reveal a heavy, boxlike device dangling from his neck. According to the note, it was a bomb. Bill Rothstein was a handyman with the skills to fabricate an elaborate explosive device...
--->Can the Left deal with facts? President Obama pursues a foreign policy bent on global domination like his predecessors says John Mearsheimer...
--->Joseph Postellon on Obama Adviser Cass Sunstein:
"A specter is haunting liberalism—the specter of postmodernism. Liberalism came to dominate American politics in the last century as the embodiment of progressivism, which saw History moving in an objectively good direction, discernable by trained and enlightened reason, inevitably yielding "progress."
Progressivism, derived from Hegel (and in America, John Dewey), trusted scientific experts to ascertain what progress meant and required, and then rule accordingly. ...There is a great deal to be learned from reading the work of Cass Sunstein. He is a brilliant, intellectually honest legal thinker who understands better than most the history of our 20th-century movement towards activist government and away from founding principles. He tends to come up with creative solutions to legitimate public problems, rather than clinging to progressive orthodoxies. But he does not reach questions of core principles. If one wishes to explore the fundamental questions that define American politics—competing conceptions of first principles such as liberty, equality, democracy, and the rule of law—one will be disappointed with Sunstein's arguments.
"His pragmatism is a convenient cover for effacing the foundational debates of our republic. Not only is he uninterested in debating these fundamental questions; by defining his own position as the pragmatic one, he seeks to end reasonable debate about our principles altogether. What's more, the contradictions in his own writings are apt to leave the reader questioning the coherence of the progressivism that Sunstein so meticulously defends. The final triumph of postmodernism is to avail itself of modern or pre-modern justifications whenever they come in handy, and disparage them when they don't...Read it all (emphasis mine)
--->Principalities and Powers. Why did Cass Sunstein aim for Harvard? The answer, the author says, "seems to come straight out of a Saul Bellow novel..."
--->WikiLeaks: Julian Assange 'faces execution or Guantánamo detention'. Skeleton argument outlined by Australian's defence team claims he could face rendition to US if extradited to Sweden...
"Truth becomes a tragedy limping from the light"---Phil Ochs