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Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”


Egypt’s treasures destroyed

Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities has announced that Cairo’s Islamic Art Museum has been “completely destroyed,” in a moment of anger and frustration.

The Minister’s statements came after a car bomb exploded outside the Museum and the Security Directorate, killing five and injuring more than 80. The explosion was one of three in Cairo today, with one killed at a Metro Station in Dokki.

While the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the Minister was earlier quoted as saying the damage is in the “tens of millions of dollars,” but vowed to restore the Museum and any antiquities that remain.

The Islamic Art Museum in Cairo houses one of the most extensive and important collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum displays priceless Islamic art work from all periods of Islamic history, including one of the rarest copies of the Quran.

Until 2010, the Museum had been closed for…

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Shall We Legalize Medical Marijuana?


Medical marijuana usa

Medical marijuana usa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to a Pew Research  Poll, 52% of Americans are now in favor of legalization of marijuana.

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

English: Discount Medical Marijuana cannabis s...

English: Discount Medical Marijuana cannabis shop at 970 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado.

I’m giving this a second look.

My experience with marijuana is admittedly limited to talking with patients in extreme pain who have found relief after exhausting other options. They never expected to try marijuana. In painful desperation they traveled to a state where it was legal to try it.

The State of Colorado decided there was a place for medical marijuana in 2000. Here is the essence of Colorado’s Law:

Medical Marijuana Possession Law*

A patient or their primary caregiver may legally possess no more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana, and no more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana.  Patients may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition.

But, the law has been abused. Friends in Colorado have told me that it’s fairly easy to get a doctor’s prescription for marijuana even if you’re not suffering.

Is there a place for medical marijuana in our society despite the possibility of abuse?

What place might the big drug company lobbyists have in preventing Marijuana from becoming a legal option?  Many of the drugs used for pain are addictive and have serious side effects but do very little to ease extreme suffering. Is marijuana any more dangerously addictive than these drugs? Is it more dangerous to the human organs? I doubt it.

Does it affect drivers any more than any other strong pain medications?

Could we regulate Driving Under the Influence (of Marijuana) as we do DUI (Alcohol)?

Would you be comfortable if our Government legalized marijuana for everyone, should it remain a criminal offense or be allowed for medical use only?

What do you think?

Please answer directly on this blog, not on Facebook.

Thanks.

*http://www.coloradomedicalmarijuana.com/medical-marijuana-legalization.htm

Accept Same-Sex Marriage, Or…?


Same-sex marriage counter protest at the anti ...

Same-sex marriage counter protest at the anti gay marriage rally (Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue)

Last week I wrote about a dilemma regarding same-sex relationships. One person wrote me saying that; 1. I was brave to speak out 2. He thinks that a lot of people feel the same way but aren’t expressing it.

I’m glad a lot of people didn’t jump on my “bandwagon”. That’s not why I wrote it.

I suspect these silent people aren’t easy to stereotype.  They aren’t people who demonstrate against or won’t associate with same-sex couples. I believe many of them, like me, may value gay teachers who teach our children well. Perhaps they are like Dan Cathy. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/chick-fil-a-ceo-and-gay-activist-are-now-friends/

We are also people of faith who simply believe in the biblical definition of traditional marriage and resist being forced by Federal Law into approving a lifestyle which violates a clear Biblical prohibition. This is not at all like slavery or equality of women which could be justified by implication from Scripture but which was later addressed:

Galatians 3:28

New International Version (NIV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Of course, our country is made up of many people with diverse belief systems and it is not a Christian Theocracy. I don’t believe we should ban same-sex relationships as illegal, but as I listened today to pundits discussing the future of politics, and read yesterday about how politicians will have to “evolve” to affirm “Gay Marriage“, I sensed a chilling trend.

Won’t this mean that people with a desire to serve in politics and to bring about justice but who also hold Biblical convictions (often a morally steadying influence) may no longer be qualified for office because there will be a new litmus test…Endorsement of Same-Sex marriage?

I fault the religious right as much as the left for bringing us to this place in our society. How would Christ respond to couples in same-sex relationships? Certainly not like many Christians who have either avoided them in fear and confusion, demonstrated against them in our schools and organizations, or threatened and killed them. No wonder they are angry and feel the need to defend themselves legally.

I found the following article from the Witherspoon Institute, Public Discourse, describes quite well the pressures felt by people with Biblical convictions.  A quote from the article follows. I will appreciate your comments.

“Either the Supreme Court creates a new fundamental right to same-sex “marriage” or it preserves religious liberty.”

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the Ban Myth | Public Discourse.

For discussion:

Why Would Uganda Kill the Gays?


From a friend’s blog!

TheMarginalized.com

Uganda_Anti-Homosexuality_Bill_protestAn infamous piece of legislation still looms in Uganda – the “Kill the Gays” bill, which would punish homosexuality with the death penalty.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but that law is rarely if ever enforced. Ugandan public sentiment on sexuality ranges across all corners of the spectrum. So if there’s already a law in place, and if the people don’t agree even on whether or not it’s wrong to be gay, why would Uganda even consider this bill?

Last week I had the honor of interviewing Beau Hopkins, the playwright of The River and the Mountain, which is the first Ugandan play to deal with homosexuality. Hopkins brought the show here to the DC/Baltimore area for a series of staged readings.

The play was controversial in Uganda. It was the first time a main character said “I’m gay” on a Ugandan stage; and for that reason…

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Celebrating Nowruz


Haftsin table of Nowruz, Iranian tradition of ...

Haftsin table of Nowruz, Iranian tradition of new year (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Celebrating Novruz Bayram wearing tra...

English: Celebrating Novruz Bayram wearing traditional costumes in Baku, Azerbaijan. Русский: Празднование Новруз байрам в Баку. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’ll be celebrating Nowruz with some new friends of mine next week.

 

 

 

I hope to write about it.

 

 

 

In the meantime, here’s a bit of information.

 

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz

 

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO_Intangible_Cultural_Heritage_Lists

 

 

 

Take Our Movie Poll


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My birthday is coming up and Jon and I are going to our local theater to see a movie!

I think it will be our first time together in a theater in a year. My gentle husband has decided to boycott the high cost of movies. He doesn’t mind if I go with someone else, but prefers to watch Netflix or DVDs  on TV.

That was OK with me for 2012, but I’ve persuaded him to see one,  hoping that our small theater in Culpeper might charge less for movies than Ithaca, New York.

I’ve been eager to see “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, but they passed through very quickly, so I’ll have to watch them on the small screen.

We have three in town now. Would you please take this poll

on your favorite film?  Take Poll:

Thanks.

Don’t Mess With Egyptian Women!


Don’t Mess With Egyptian Women!.