Jewish date: 15 ’Adhar 5770 (Parashath Ki Thissa’).
Today’s holidays: Purim Shushan (Judaism), Monday of the Second Week of Lent (Roman Catholicism), Holi (Hinduism).
Worthy cause of the day: “MoveOn.org Political Action: Strip insurers of their antitrust exemption”.
Topic 1: “Utah to be destroyed by a comet! Or not!” and “BIBLE CODE PREDICTIONS: 2010”. I have mentioned it before, and today is the day that someone has predicted on the basis of Bible codes that Utah is going to be obliterated by a comet. If Utah is still standing within the next few hours, tomorrow I gloat.
Topic 2: “Islam: Verses of Violence”. This is a list of verses in the Qur’an and Ḥadith calling for intolerance, violence, and jihad (holy war). (Not only references are given, but links to the relevant material itself, so it is very easy for you to check that what is claimed is true.) Yes, I know, many people these days have a vision of Islam being or at least becoming a religion of peace—and we all would like it to be so. But the roots of Islamic intolerance go back to Muḥammad himself. He himself advocated and practiced intolerance and violence, and no amount of denial is going to change the past or the contents of Muslim traditions. Since Muḥammad is the model of behavior for Muslims, it is very easy for them to justify behavior no other major religion sanctions. Some modern applications of Muḥammad’s teachings: “UN deplores Gaddafi call for anti-Swiss 'jihad'” (Switzerland decides to restrict the building of new minarets, therefore Colonel Mu‘ammar al-Qaḏāfī of Libya calls for a jihad against Switzerland), “Israeli police, Palestinians clash at holy site” (Arabs consider mere unsubstantiated rumors an “attack” and “provocation” and start throwing stones at Israeli police; anyone who considers this harmless is dared to stand still while stones are thrown at him/her), “No models of example” (multiple incidents of Islamic terrorism and how the terrorists were treated by their fellow Muslims; hint: as heroes, not criminals). Yes, there are some tolerant and peaceful Muslims out there, but let us not pretend that Islam as a whole, whether in the past or the present, is innocuous.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Your cat goddess”:
Apparently this cat has a Bast complex…