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Ah, the good old Jerusalem Prayer Team. I'm currently heartbroken. I used to receive Dr Mike Evans' most illuminating and informative newsletter via email. At the bottom was a return address on which we were invited to send back comments and questions. I used this a lot and asked a lot of questions. i) Why are you worried about the possibility Iran might get one nuke when Israel has 200? ii) Where could Iran possibly use it always assuming they get it? iii) with a 1:200 disparity in numbers, I'm surprised the Iranians are so crazy they haven't taken into account Israel would hit back with many more nukes. Can you enlighten me on this? iv) If Israelis were so terrified during the Gaza business, why did so many terrified Israelis take to the hills overlooking Gaza for family picnics, and shout and cheer every time Gaza was hit by a shell or a missile? Weren't they making themselves prime targets for all those evil rockets? v) Why does the JPG solicit donations to relieve poverty in Israel, a country that prides itself on being a first world western democracy, which is in receipt of billions of dollars from the US Gov't, and which should meet a moral obligation to look after its own poor and elderly? Are they saying they don't care and expect foreign charity to meet the gap? Do you think relying on foreign charity is a good advertisement for a country priding itself on being a rich Western democratic state? vi) Israel used to have a European-style welfare state to look after its own poor and old and sick. What happened to it? vii) And as one versed in Christianity with a religious upbringing, could I discuss your organisation's theological stance with you, which seems to go against many things held to be true by the majority of Christian churches and believers? (NB - this gets technical and boring). No replies.... now I've been removed from Mike's mailing list and no longer receive it. I emailed back asking if it was something I said. Still no reply. I kind of miss Mike's brand of inspired over-emotional lunacy. He's almost as good as Herbert W. Armstrong's "Plain Truth" used to be, back in the day.... I had fun with them too....
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2015 on Jerusalem Prayer Team Google Bomb at the parish
This is interesting. first thoughts: is there a very tangential link to the Witham Shield, which the BL also holds? This is a Bronze Age artefact found in the same river and one of the theories is that this was deliberately thrown in there as a votive offering to the gods. We know that in the 18th-19th centuries there was a big romantic resurgence of interest in the Celtic /Druidic world and the folklore and mythos surrounding it. also, old memories persist in the english countryside - so manty customs and practices appear to be half-remembered survivals of the pre-christian area (maypoles, well-dressings, et c; the repeated scouring of the Uffington white horse and the Cerne Abbas giant). Did people in this area have a custom of making sacrifices to the river, that persisted long after the religion that inspired them died? I say this because for a sword, then 600 years old, to be retrieved from a river in Lincolnshire in 1825 - it's in very good nick. Similar swords found in British rivers are basically all rust after so long. (And the BM has plenty of those). This implies it cannot have been in there for very long when it was found. 1825 is ten years after the end of the Napoleonic wars. Some of those ambiguous-looking letters inlaid in the blade of the sword almost spell "CORDUVA" - (if you squint at them sideways) the Latin name of the city of Corduba in Spain. Corduba was a battlefield several times over, first when the French captured it in 1808, and again when Wellington's army passed that way into France in 1812-13. Going back further than that, it was reconquered in 1236 from the Corduba Caliphate - 1236 ties with the year of manufacture. The almost completely circumstantial thought is that a British soldier picked it up in the Peninsular as loot and brought it home with him. The 10th (Lincolnshire) Regiment fought all the way through this campaign. Could a local man, who knew about the legends associated with the river, have thrown it in on his return from Spain, in thanksgiving at coming home alive? no way of proving it, of course, but it feels right! Oh... and provide a bigger window and a larger typeface to make replies in? This is giving me a headache....
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