Culture

Police ‘covered up’ Violent Campaign to turn London Area ‘Islamic’

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Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism.

The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls.

The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms”…

There’s more here.

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Church

The Sea Peoples, from Cuneiform Tablets to Carbon Dating

I enjoyed reading this open research article.

The abstract:

The 13th century BC witnessed the zenith of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean civilizations which declined at the end of the Bronze Age, ~3200 years ago. Weakening of this ancient flourishing Mediterranean world shifted the political and economic centres of gravity away from the Levant towards Classical Greece and Rome, and led, in the long term, to the emergence of the modern western civilizations. Textual evidence from cuneiform tablets and Egyptian reliefs from the New Kingdom relate that seafaring tribes, the Sea Peoples, were the final catalyst that put the fall of cities and states in motion. However, the lack of a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology for the Sea People event has led to a floating historical chronology derived from a variety of sources spanning dispersed areas. Here, we report a stratified radiocarbon-based archaeology with anchor points in ancient epigraphic-literary sources, Hittite-Levantine-Egyptian kings and astronomical observations to precisely date the Sea People event. By confronting historical and science-based archaeology, we establish an absolute age range of 1192–1190 BC for terminal destructions and cultural collapse in the northern Levant. This radiocarbon-based archaeology has far-reaching implications for the wider Mediterranean, where an elaborate network of international relations and commercial activities are intertwined with the history of civilizations.

Read it in full here.

Church

Pentecost

Today is Pentecost:

A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the “feast of weeks” or Pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). Whitsunday is so called from the white garments which were worn by those who were baptised during the vigil; Pentecost (“Pfingsten” in German), is the Greek for “the fiftieth” (day after Easter).

And from the Scriptures:

1 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.2 And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.4 And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.7 They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome,11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”12 They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?”13 But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.”

(Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13)