Iran Protests 2012 Olympic Logo: Racist! Zionist!

Tehran has officially challenged the 2012 London Olympic Games logo as racist and Zionist.

Head of Iran’s Olympic Committee Bahram Afsharzadeh said the logo was designed by a freemason organization.

We had to protest the measure. We intend to write a letter to the Asian Olympic Council to urge them to follow up on the issue,” he told ISNA.

Tehran believes the geometrical figures illustrating “2012″ in the logo conceal the word Zion,” a term Iranian officials use to describe Israel and its government, which they do not recognize.

Some Muslim nations raised objections as soon as the logo was unveiled, but their objections were rejected by British Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee officials.

Afsharzadeh said some British individuals and organizations also protested the logo.

“This is the first time that this has happened in the history of the Olympics. Zionists have exercised influence in Britain, and according to our information, the summer games logo has been designed by a Zionist organization linked to freemasons,” he said.

The above was here. Silly.


New Budget Campaign Asks 'What would Jesus cut?'

A coalition of progressive Christian leaders has taken out a full-page ad that asks “What would Jesus cut?” in Monday’s edition of Politico, the opening salvo in what the leaders say will be a broader campaign to prevent cuts for the poor and international aid programs amid the budget battle raging in Washington…

If you’re interested, CNN has more.


The Temple Institute: Blueprints and Computer Animation of the Sanhedrin Chamber of Hewn Stone

Have been revealed:

Recently, the Temple Institute released the blueprints for the Chamber of the Hewn Stone (the Lishkat haGazit, in Hebrew), the area of the Temple complex in which the Sanhedrin would convene. This is very exciting to see, and makes the possibility of the Holy Temple’s rebuilding somewhat tangible. Even more so is the computer-generated, virtual “fly-through” that they have created as well. You can really visualize what it might be like.

If you’re not familiar with the Chamber of Hewn Stone, it probably because there’s not a great deal of information circulating about it. This chamber was used by the Sanhedrin for judgement. They would hear cases and deliberate upon them in this area.

When Israel became occupied by foreign powers, the Sanhedrin removed themselves from this location as an act of protest, since their power was essentially stripped from them (particularly in the area of capital cases). Although I had thought it took place much earlier, the Jewish Time Line Encyclopedia (p.93) says this took place in 29 C.E.

Some have claimed that this would have been where Jesus would have been taken and tried upon his arrest. However, there are several problems with this assumption, two of which are 1) The Sanhedrin could not try capital cases at night (Sanhedrin 35a-b), and 2) he was not tried by the Sanhedrin proper. He was sentenced before a kangaroo court, which did not legally have the authority to any sentence at all.

Also interesting is the fact that of all of the parts of the Holy Temple which they could have been the initial focus, the Chamber of the Hewn Stone was chosen. Why?

Well find out here.

Interesting stuff.

And here is a virtual computer-generated walk-through of the Sanhedrin Chamber of Hewn Stone: