Paris Museum Honors Palestinian Suicide Bombers

Theology and Society reports:

A Paris museum — subsidized by the French government — opened an exhibition of photos of Palestinian suicide bombers, that the museum calls “freedom fighters,” the France 24 website reports today (June 12, 2013).

The exhibition of 68 photos — entitled “Death” by Ahlam Shibli — opened on May 28 at the Jeu de Paume Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris.

The museum’s website describes suicide bombers as “those who lost their lives fighting against the (Israeli) occupation,” and the exhibition as being about “the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve their presence.”

According to CRIF (Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions in France) — the umbrella body of French Jewish communities —  the people commemorated in the photos are “mostly from the [Fatah-affiliated] al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades [of Hamas], and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.” All three are designated by the European Union as terrorist groups.

France… another soon to be Islamic state… What else should we expect?



Harley Davidson and the Pope

Two Harley Davidson motorbikes were donated to Pope-Francis today:

Harley Davidson has given Pope Francis two of its classic motorcycles to mark  the brand’s 110th anniversary and on Sunday hundreds will be allowed to park along the road leading to St Peter’s Square while the pontiff recites the Angelus prayer.

Between 1,000 and 2,000 bikers are expected to fill St Peter’s Square for the  Pope’s blessing – the highlight of a four-day event in Rome to celebrate more than a century of Harley Davidson.

More than half a million Harley Davidson riders and fans from around the world are expected to head to Rome for the event taking place from 13-16 June .

The entire length of Via Della Conciliazione, leading from St Peter’s Basilica to the River Tiber will be turned into a giant Harley-Davidson bike park.


Wonder if he’ll ride the machines?



Ask NT Wright

Rachel Held Evans:

This afternoon I am thrilled to host one of today’s best known and respected New Testament scholars, N.T. Wright, as a guest in our ongoing reader-conducted interview series.  Last week you submitted over 300 questions for Wright, but we could only pick 6 as our esteemed guest is busy wrapping up work on the much-anticipated Paul and the Faithfulness of Godand its two companion volumes, Pauline Perspectives and Paul and His Recent Interpreters. (You can pre-order all on Amazon.)

Wright is the author of over 100 books, including the popular Surprised by Hopeand Simply Christian. His full-scale works—The New Testament and the People of God,Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God, and the forthcoming Paul and the Faithfulness of God—are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God. He is also the author of multiple articles, essays, and sermons, many of which you can access here. (Wright usually publishes as N.T. Wright when writing academic work, or Tom Wright when writing for a more popular readership.)

Wright was the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. He is currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Like a lot of you, I’ve been hugely impacted by Wright’s work and am so grateful for the ways in which he has helped me love Scripture, and the Christ to whom it points, better. One thing I have always appreciated about him is his commitment to teaching God’s people, not just the intellectual elite, but all who want to know and follow Jesus.

Thank you for your many excellent questions…

Check out the Q&A here.



Palestinian Islamists are Cleansing the Holy Land of Christians

Last week the Catholic Herald reported that five Church Schools (“two Catholic and three Christian”) are under threat in Gaza because of the ruling party Hamas’s intention to extend their Muslim Brotherhood-inspired version of Islam throughout their fiefdom.  Their edict, which forbids the education of boys and girls together, will mean that the schools must close down because of lack of space and staff.  That most of the students are Muslim matters not at all.  What’s important is the segregation of male and female as far as possible.

For some, this will be the first chill wind signalling what a Palestinian state dominated by Islamists will mean for Palestinian Christians.  But such folk have missed warning signs going back many years

Cranmer has the rest.