Muslim Professor Murdered for Supporting Christians

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Christians and Muslims lived side-by-side for centuries before the ISIS hoards descended upon Mosul.  Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor from the University of Mosul, knew this well, and spoke out against the persecutions of Christians. He paid for his principled stand with his life when ISIS forces killed him. From Vatican Insider: Chaldean website [Read More...]

After 1600 Years, Monks Ejected From Mar Behnam by Islamists

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The Mar Behnam Monastery (The Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah) was built in the 4th century as an act of penance by Sennacherib II. The Assyrian king had Behnam and Sarah, his son and daughter, executed for converting to Christianity, but later converted and repented. From that time until this month, the [Read More...]

Islamists Marking Christian Homes for Targeting/Confiscation

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Christians in Mosul had until Saturday to “accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face ‘death by the sword,’” according to a message distributed by ISIS. Christians are fleeing, of course, and ISIS thugs are marking Christian homes in order to take care of them later. If the people have not left, [Read More...]

Islamists Destroy Ancient Assyrian Artifacts

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APSA2011: Project Syria Heritage has a new report detailing the wholesale destruction of Assyrian antiquities at the hands of the radical Muslim terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria. Believed to be 3000 years old, the Assyrian statues and artifacts were plundered from Tell Ajaja. [Read more...]

The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

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When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]

St. Thecla’s Tomb Desecrated by Syrian Rebels, Nuns Still Missing

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Twelve nuns kidnapped from the Mar Takla Orthodox convent are still being held by our friends, the Syrian “rebels.” They were taken away in early December in a raid by terrorist Abu Jafar, leader of the Battalion of the Martyr Abu Taan. Jafar pillaged the monasteries there, and sold off the goods in Lebanon. On January 12th, [Read More...]

Iranian Games Weirdness

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This video popped up in my news feed this morning, and it was odd enough to merit a share. (Sorry, no embedded video.) It offers a small glimpse into the world of Iranian game production, as filtered through the lens of Press TV, the official English-language propaganda wing of the Iranian ruling council. It appears [Read More...]

Ancient Monastic Site Destroyed by Islamists

Looters attempted to hack out this ancient architectural element in Ansana (Photo from Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce Facebook page)

Egypt’s Christian community continues to suffer attacks by Muslims, including destruction and looting of archaeological and historical sites dating to the first centuries of Christianity. From Daily News Egypt: The latest attack targeted Ansana, a historical Egyptian site believed to have been used as a Coptic monastery. Yet, information about it is scarce. “[The site] [Read More...]


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