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One God, Three Faiths & Free Will In Light Of Last Week’s Atrocities In The Middle East.

by Anura Guruge



Last week we had the nerve gas attack in Syria and the bombing of the Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.

Both had to do with religion. In the case of Syria, two different factions of Islam (Shiite and Sunni) while in Egypt it was the ongoing 1,400 year feud between Christians and Muslims.

But ALL the people involved in both these atrocities believe in and worship the SAME GOD.

To I that does NOT make sense and never has.

One God.

And then you have the issue as to why this One God permits such atrocities in HIS NAME.

That is where Christians, starting with the popes, always seek refuge in Free Will (and how God refuses to micromanage the actions of humans).

I have always believed that this Free Will argument was the ultimate in copouts.

Then yesterday, after a Facebook interaction with my favorite Catholic priest, Father Anthony Churchill, on this subject, I had a blinding epiphany. See below.

God MAJORLY interfered with Free Will when he, intentionally, inserted Jesus into the World.

Humans did NOT have a say in that.

That was all God’s work on his own prerogative.

At the time he decided that the World needed Jesus there was a perfectly GOOD RELIGION in the Middle East — what we now refer to as Judaism.

OK, the Free Will people will contend that it was humans, i.e., some (but not all) the Jews, that decided that they would not accept Jesus as the true Messiah. And if all had then we would not have this mess. Yes, I can see that argument.

But, God, is omnipotent. Knows everything and more. The ultimate clairvoyant. He know what the future holds.

So he MUST HAVE known that my introducing Jesus into the World he was going to create a SCHISM, a divide.

And to I that is where he violated Free Will.

IF he had NOT introduced Jesus into the fray we would NOT have this mess and all these killings in the name of God.

We would just have ONE GOD, ONE FAITH.

Just a thought.

As some of you know I am totally and utterly areligious and have been so for at least 40 years — though I like to confound people, especially Jehovah’s Witnesses, by telling them I am a reformed, born again, heathen.



The Facebook conversation that I had, IN PUBLIC, on Father Churchill’s timeline.

Anura: So, dear father … how do you rationalize this. Of course the pope will want us to pray … but I am not sure for what. I am so sick and tired of all these religion-based killings. And in this case IT IS ALL THE SAME God!

Fr. Churchill: The people who do this kind of atrocity have a very different image of God.
A God who would bless these actions would be a monster.

Anura: Father, it is ‘funny’ you should say that. Last night I watched the 2016 movie ‘Jackie’ about Jacqueline Kennedy during the first few days/weeks after the tragic assassination. She unlike her husband was not a great Catholic — though one has to wonder what JFK confessed during his confessions. This movie is said to be fairly accurate. Jackie has a couple of long conversations with an old Catholic father. In one she confesses that “JFK never spent an entire night with her during their marriage”. That is not relevant to this … She referring to the death of her two babies and then her husband does ask the priest about God.
Father, we have talked many times about God Free Will and not micro-managing. I will grant God that. But, PLEASE, PLEASE explain. Didn’t God REALIZE that he was creating 3 religions. That is NOT micro-management. He himself created the FIRST SCHISM — on purpose. IF God had made sure that there was ONLY one religion that worshipped him the World would have been a better place. AMEN.

Fr. Churchill: Anura. This is a busy week but a brief response. No one would suggest that “God invented three religions” all teaching something different. As Christians, we see God revealing Himself in the Old Testament leading to the ultimate revelation in Jesus. Jews do not accept Jesus in this sense, and so we are divided as Christians from those Pope John Paul described as our “older brothers and sisters.”
Muslims claim a further revelation to Mohammed. Both Christians and Jews reject that claim as false.


And into this dialogue, as IF to prove the point, one of Father Churchill’s followers interjected: “That’s Allah for you…..”


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Could Symbolism In Nikki Haley’s “Meet The Press” Necklace Be Wrongly Interpreted Abroad?

by Anura Guruge


IF you watched today’s “Meet The Press“, were observant and have good eyes you would have noticed the pendent on Nikki Haley’s necklace — Nikki (of Indian-origin) being Donald’s Trump’s ‘far from subservient’ Ambassador to the U.N. 

If you missed it, here is a picture and you can catch the interview at NBC by clicking on this link.

Click to ENLARGE. Use above link to gain access to original NBC video.


Yes, that happens to be a symbol of South Carolina — she having been the Governor of South Carolina. That is sweet of her to wear that.

But, that necklace would have had a LOT of FOLKS overseas scratching their heads and WONDERING whether she was trying to send some kind of coded message.

WHY?

It contains a Crescent Moon!

The Crescent Moon has very major symbology particularly when it comes to the Middle East.

I doubt whether many outside of the U.S. — actually outside of S.C. — appreciate that that is a S.C. symbol.

Yikes.

Didn’t she realize?

Didn’t somebody tell her?

I didn’t watch the whole interview, BUT did Chuck make a comment to explain to his audience that she was not trying to be cute.



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Man Showing Flashing British Passport, Post-Brexit, To Avoid ‘Hate Crimes’ Is A Sri Lankan.

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Click here to access the June 27, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Click images to ENLARGE and read here.

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I don’t know him personally but I do know the name. “Dissanayake” is a quintessential Sri Lankan, Sinhalese name and I even have a “Dissanayake” as a relative. “Nalin” is also a Sri Lankan name, though not a common one. There is also a Sri Lankan cricketer of that name.

That he felt compelled to do this — i.e., go around flashing his British passport — is SCARY. I guess he is worried that he would be mistaken for a Middle Eastern immigrant. This is sad. Not sure I would have to flash my British passport IF I were in Britain today, post-Brexit. I guess, for a start, I don’t dress like an immigrant.

C’est la vie. This is very sad and bad.

Just thought I would share with you that he is originally from Sri Lanka — same as I.


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Impressive Google Doodle For Pioneering Persian Mathematician Abu al-Wafa’ al-Buzjani.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use above links to access originals. Wikipedia entry for his is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab%C5%AB_al-Waf%C4%81%27_B%C5%ABzj%C4%81n%C4%AB


I can’t honestly say that the name rang a bell. Yes, I think I vaguely knew that there were some very famous and pivotal Persian mathematicians. So he is one of them.

That is birthday is credited as June 10, 940 is interesting. Not sure as to whose calendaring system that might have been to begin with and, if nothing else, it is a date pre the Gregorian Calendar in 1582. Suffice to say that it was a long time ago, at least 1,075 years ago.

I think (without checking) that this has to be the OLDEST birthday marked by Google with a Google Doodle.

That he is credited with inventing negative numbers is what I like the best. That is cool. Where would we be without negative numbers? I used to be rather fond of and reasonably good at Trigonometry. As such that he was a pioneer in that humbles me.

I am GLAD Google brought him to MY attention.

Damn SHAME that Google did NOT think that this Google Doodle warranted worldwide coverage. His contributions to humankind was NOT restricted to the middle east. Google should have given this GLOBAL reach.


Vatican (For Pope Francis) Sends Out Yearly Vesak (Vesakh) Greetings To Buddhist — This One On Modern Slavery!

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The Vatican has been doing this, faithfully,
for the last few years (if not more).

Click here for last year’s greeting.

The theme of this year’s greeting,
modern slavery‘ is interesting
and, to be fair, germane.

Many Buddhists do end up in invidious employment,
mainly in the Middle East but sometimes
other places too.

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Click to ENLARGE and read in its entirety here. Use link below to access original.

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Benghazi, Libya Is NOT In The Middle East. WMUR Is Wrong, Kuster Is Right. Politics Does Not Change Geography.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


I nearly choked when I heard it on WMUR. No, Benghazi is NOT in the Middle East. If it is, so would be Athens — that the capital of Greece.

Yes, I understand that 35% of adults in N.H. cannot place either Maine or Vermont on a map. So, it is very hard when you are dealing with far away foreign countries.

So let me help out here with a map. This is the Mediterranean. Benghazi is further west than Athens — and that is Athens, Greece!

Istanbul, Turkey (that being where all the Thanksgiving birds are shipped over from), is the demarcation line between Europe and Asia, i.e, the East (where all those wogs come from).

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps -- where else?

Click to ENLARGE. Of course from Google Maps — where else?

So here are the WMUR reports. Poor WMUR. They can’t help it. Most of them were educated in N.H. pre-Common Core. I just want to make sure that we have the facts right. That is all.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a huge fan of Annie Kuster. She is way TOO PLAIN for my liking. I am very superficial like that. I like my female politicians, well if the truth be known, all females (and even the men) to be halfway decent looking! Sorry. But, at least I am honest. That is why I always liked Michele Bachmann despite her crazy politics! Well at least I have SOME standards.

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Ditto, as above.