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  • Summer “Hate” Wave: A Pattern of Anti-Jewish Violence

    08/02/2019 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    First Liberty Institute ^ | August 2, 2019 | Stephanie Taub
    Rabbi Netanel Louie leads the Hebrew Discovery Center, a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Los Angeles county that has endured multiple acts of violence in the past few years. Sadly, the hate against this Jewish community doesn’t seem to stop. Recently, in the middle of the night a vandal threw a can of white paint at the synagogue, defacing the front entrance to the building. This isn’t the first time the Hebrew Discovery Center has been the target of hateful acts because of who they are or what they believe. A couple of years earlier, a man walked in while...
  • Cranial deformation discovered in 1000 year old Mexican cemetery

    12/17/2012 3:28:48 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 12-16-2012
    Close to the small Mexican village of Onavas, south Sonora, archaeologists have uncovered the first pre-Hispanic cemetery of that area, dating to around 1,000 years ago.Infant burial with shell bracelet and earrings. Image: INAH A unique burial ground The burial ground consists of 25 individuals; 13 have intentional cranial deformation and five also have dental mutilation, cultural practices which are similar to those of pre-Hispanic groups in southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit, but until now, have not been seen in Sonora.Individual buried with a turtle shell placed over the abdomen. Image: INAH Some of the individuals were wearing ornaments such...
  • Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings - Mormon

    04/06/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 43 replies
    Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings An ordinance is a sacred act performed by a man who holds the priesthood. Baptism and the sacrament are examples of priesthood ordinances. Some ordinances may be performed by brethren who hold the Aaronic Priesthood. But most ordinances are performed by Melchizedek Priesthood holders. This section gives directions that a priesthood leader should follow when performing an ordinance. Brethren who perform ordinances should prepare themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit. They also should make sure the ordinance meets the following requirements: All ordinances must be performed in the name of Jesus Christ. All...
  • Masonic rituals live on

    01/16/2009 9:54:17 AM PST · by BGHater · 244 replies · 6,523+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 Jan 2009 | Julia Duin
    President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in Tuesday will incorporate several elements out of America's Masonic past. One-third of the signers of the Constitution, many of the Bill of Rights signers and America's first few presidents (except for Thomas Jefferson) were Freemasons, a fraternal organization that became public in early 18th-century England. Although it became fabulously popular in America, at one time encompassing 10 percent of the population, Pope Clement XII condemned Freemasonry in 1738 as heretical. The latest pronouncement was issued in 1983 by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - now Pope Benedict XVI - who called Masonic practices "irreconcilable" with Catholic doctrine. Still,...
  • Stonehenge Was A Site For Sore Eyes In 2300BC

    11/26/2006 10:51:42 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-27-2006 | Nic Fleming
    Stonehenge was a site for sore eyes in 2300BC By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent Last Updated: 2:48am GMT 27/11/2006 Stonehenge was the Lourdes of its day, to which diseased and injured ancient Britons flocked seeking cures for their ailments, according to a new theory. For most of the 20th century archaeologists have debated what motivated primitive humans to go to the immense effort of transporting giant stones 240 miles from south Wales to erect Britain's most significant prehistoric monument. Druids gather at Stonehenge for sunrise on the summer solstice. A new book suggests the gathering should take place in December...
  • Ritualistic mercury use dangerous: EPA

    09/01/2006 8:17:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 520+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 31, 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ritualistic use of toxic mercury by followers of Voodoo and other religions is dangerous but regulating it could drive the practice underground and possibly violate U.S. guarantees of freedom of religion, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. Mercury can be worn in amulets, sprinkled on the floor, or added to an oil lamp as part of some Latino and Afro-Caribbean practices including Santeria, Palo, Voodoo, and Espiritismo, according to the EPA's inspector general.
  • Straights Answers: Why Do Priests Use Incense?

    07/21/2004 7:51:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 4,363+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | Fr. William Saunders
    Why do priests use incense at Mass? — A reader in AlexandriaIncense is an aromatic substance which is the resin from certain trees. When burned over charcoal, the incense produces a sweet smelling aroma. To make the smoke thicker and to enhance the fragrance, sometimes other perfumes are blended with the incense.The use of incense in the ancient world was common, especially in religious rites where it was used to keep demons away. Herodotus, the Greek historian, recorded that it was popular among the Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptians. In Judaism, incense was included in the thanksgiving offerings of oil, grain,...
  • Woman attorney implores priest to expose pedophile ring

    06/06/2004 6:29:13 PM PDT · by ninenot · 22 replies · 312+ views
    Renew America.us ^ | 6/3/04 | Matt Abbott
    The following is a recent e-mail letter sent by attorney Sheila Schreiber-Parkhill of Bismarck, North Dakota, to sociologist and author Father Andrew Greeley (I wrote a commentary on this very subject some time back; but Sheila has acquired a few additional details that I find very interesting.): Dear Father Greeley: I have followed your career and writings for many years now, reading the many stories you've written about the sexual abuse crisis in our Church, the problems, the solutions, stories you have written denouncing the bishops and their cover-ups. "Are the bishops sorry at all?", you asked 8/3/2003. They all...
  • Convicted Sexual Molester Gets New Hearing-part of what critics call Bakersfield witch hunt cases

    12/29/2003 4:29:16 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 437+ views
    Convicted Sexual Molester Gets New Hearing John Stoll Accused Of Operating Home Sex-Abuse Ring A man who has spent the last 18 years in a Central Valley prison will receive a new hearing to examine claims that he was wrongly convicted of child molestation. Kern County Superior Court Judge John Kelly ordered a hearing Jan. 12 for John Stoll, 60, who was arrested in 1984 and accused of being part of a sex-abuse ring operating out of his house in Bakersfield. He and three others were accused of abusing seven boys from the neighborhood, including Stoll's son. Stoll's conviction...
  • Pre-Christian Rituals At Nazareth

    10/24/2003 2:34:45 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 292+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 10-23-2003 | David Keys
    PRE-CHRISTIAN RITUALS AT NAZARETH Defleshed human skulls with features modeled out of red-painted plaster are among the unusual finds at the Nazareth cult site. (Courtesy Nigel Goring-Morris) rchaeological investigations near Nazareth--Jesus' boyhood home --have revealed that the area was a major cult center 8,000 years before the time of Christ. Excavations at Kibbutz Kfar HaHoresh, less than two miles from the town center, have so far unearthed strangely decorated human skulls and evidence for unusual, complex burials. "This is the first example in the Levant of a purely religious complex from this remote period," says excavation director Nigel Goring-Morris of...