Today we are talking about the War on Terror around the world with specific mention of the consequences in Iraq. Why are Iraqi Christians suffering now? Why are other Muslims, and smaller religious groups like Yazhidis suffering and being pushed out from their homes? Two words, American Policy. Join us.
From the Intro: The Principle (Trailer)
CIA funded Osama Bin Laden
US government links to Bin Laden
Government document showing Osama was classified as agent “Tim Osman”
100,000 dead civilians in Afghanistan (NB: I made a mistake in the podcast, I looked at the Korean war numbers when I read it)
CBS News: Osama in Pakistani military hospital September 10
Chevron buys oil futures in Northern Iraq
Dan Rather reports Obama was in a military hospital September 10
Condaleeza Rice’s relationship with Chevron (Again, the article referenced VP Dick Cheney, and VP stuck in my head when I spoke. Man I need to get better at this!)
The Moriartys reveal the truth about the Libyan War
9-11 a conspiracy theory (a video montage of why the government’s story is logically nonsense)
The use of the Mahometan symbol flummoxes ABS. Why ought we adopt the symbols of our ancient and permanent enemy?
Jesus Christ it is who makes us brothers and sister in Baptism and it is He whom the Mahometans deny and who insist, rather, that Mahomet is the perfect man who must be imitated.
Catholics ought use Catholic Symbolism to indicate solidarity and brotherhood with those being martyred.
This is not exactly an Islamic symbol, it is the letter N from the Arabic alphabet (nun, pronounced noon), and it is used to call Christians “Nazarenes”. In a certain sense this is a glorious title. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, he adds “And this fulfills what was said by the prophet Isaiah, ‘he shall be called a Nazarene'”. There is no prophecy in the Old Testament that says the Messiah will be called a “Nazarene”. Nazareth, has a an etymological root in Hebrew with “Nezer”, which means branch. From what I’m told (I don’t know Hebrew), Nezer is the word used in Isaiah XI:1 to describe the Messiah coming from the stump of the house of Jesse (David). So on that level, being called a Nazarene is exactly right.
This is not the reason I used the symbol, I used it because it is a popular meme at the moment.
It is not false modesty for ABS to confess that you are much more intelligent and better informed than he is but ABS can not recall any instance within Catholic Tradition were we referred to our brothers and sister as Nazarenes.
Although it is quite true this is a recent meme, ABS is surprised to see it adopted with such alacrity by the faithful traditionalists (here, Rorate Caeli, Rad Trad etc).
There is no need to prolong the matter. ABS just wanted to register his objection and you kindly allowed me to do so.
That aside,ABS discovered you via the USC Blog and he could not be happier for he has learned a LOT from you. God Bless you and keep-up your high quality work.