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Netanyahu gives UN hell

How should Israel feel about trusting Putin's Bitch?

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, did today what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Nixon’s Ambassador to the United Nations, once did. He “gave them hell at the U.N.” In plain English, Netanyahu told the world who really practiced terrorism. He ended by asking, in effect, whose side the world at large, and the U.N. in particular, would stand on.

Anti-semitic ancient evil

Nehemiah oversees rebuilding of the Wall of Jerusalem. Drawing by Jim Padgett. Credit: Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License

Anti-Semitic attitudes and policies have been a sad part of Christendom since the Roman church superseded the Roman Empire. Who can forget The Merchant of Venice? Or The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion? (That last will bear mention later.) Or the negligent policies of the former Allied Powers of the First World War, that led to the ugliest part of the Second? But anti-Semitic policy did not start with Christendom. It did not even start with the Roman Empire. Instead, ancient Jewish chroniclers documented episodes of anti-Semitic policy during the Persian Empire.

Muslim terror in Oklahoma

The Daily Iowan editorial board makes a bad choice of causes.

Two days ago a recent Muslim convert acted out a brutal Muslim practice: kill those who won’t convert. He killed one woman and wounded another before a company officer wounded him in turn. And those in authority refuse to call this incident by its proper name: a terrorist act in the name of Allah.

National Criminal Registry

The Constitution is not dead

The Federal gun law of 1994 is about to expire.  This law made it illegal to manufacture or own a semi-automatic weapon that would let the user handle and fire the weapon skilfully.  It limited the magazine capacity for these weapons while not limiting how many magazines one could own.

King Saul didn’t listen!

King Saul died here, and at an Amalekite's hand.

The Old Testament is filled with instructions from God that modern day philosophers find puzzling. This is symptomatic of man thinking that God and His ways have to make sense to our small and limited brains, when in fact God tells us that His ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:8). We often fail to understand that God sees all of history laid out before Him, while we only see a small slice of it during our lifetimes. So, when man decides to do what is right in his own eyes and not in God’s, at some point he usually finds himself in a maze of problems that could have been avoided had he only listened.

Silk Road notes 8: healing

Silk Road route tracing

The Silk Road series closes with a brief mention of another distortion of the historical record: the alleged debt Western society owes to Islam for the development of modern medicine and dentistry.

Silk Road notes 7: slaves

Silk Road route tracing

This instalment of the Silk Road series examines something the exhibit omits. It makes no mention of the slave trade. That trade began and flourished during what the exhibit calls the “Golden Age of Islam.”

Silk Road notes 6: time

Silk Road route tracing

This critique of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Silk Road exhibit continues with further distortions of history. This includes how Arabic numbers got their name, though they were not Arabic originally.

Silk Road notes 5: ships

Silk Road route tracing

Navigation is one of the most important of the technologies  of the Silk Road. It is what made parts of the Silk Road passable. Muslims try to claim credit for that, too. And some of the claims are patently absurd.

Silk Road notes 4: learning

Silk Road caravan

This fourth instalment of the Silk Road Notes series shows the distorted picture the Cleveland Museum’s Silk Road exhibit gives to the development of writing and learning along that ancient trade route. As ever, this exhibit gives credit to Muslims for developing real learning. In fact, the credit is due, not to the Muslims, but to the cultures they conquered.