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100+ Pro-life Leaders Meet in Rome to Discuss ‘crisis’ in Catholic Church*

100+ Pro-life Leaders Meet in Rome to Discuss ‘crisis’ in Catholic Church*

Today at Hotel Columbus, steps from the Vatican, commenced the fourth annual Rome Life Forum. This year’s gathering brings together over 100 life and family leaders from over 20 nations to discuss the crisis in the Church and in the family and especially the hope for renewal in Our Lady of Fatima.

For the past four years leaders have come together and recognised the crisis of faith in the Church itself as one of the greatest crises for the movements for life and family around the world.

Speaking at the Forum this year are some of the most heroic leaders in the Church, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

The centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima give this year’s Forum a hopeful way forward in anticipation of the sure triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As usual the Forum will close with all the leaders participating in the Rome March for Life on Saturday.

“One hundred years ago, Our Lady warned us of the tragic errors that threatened to ravage the world,” said Maria Madise of Voice of the Family and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), one of the Forum organizers.

“The 2017 Rome Life Forum comes at a critical time in the life of the Church: 100 years after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima calling for repentance and conversion, and just over a year after the publication of Amoris Laetitia,” said John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief and co-founder of LifeSiteNews, another Forum organizer.

“The pro-life and pro-family movement faces increasing persecution inside and outside the Church. Our Lady showed three little children in Portugal a clear path to renewing humanity and saving souls. We must listen to her as disorder reigns in the Church and the world.”

“There is no more necessary time than now for the pro-life leaders who love the teaching of Christ about marriage, life, and family to gather in the capital of Christendom, show their support for one another, and forge relationships that will carry forward their work on a global scale,” Madise said.

Human Life International, Associazione Famiglia Domani (Italy), and Family Life International New Zealand are also sponsors of the conference.

Duke Paul Von Oldenburg of Federation Pro Europa Christiana and Italian Professor Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation will also speak at the Forum.

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Cultural Decline Follows (((Communist))) Blueprint*

Cultural Decline Follows (((Communist))) Blueprint*

The Frankfurt School were a group of Marxist Jewish intellectuals at Frankfurt University in the 1920-1930’s. (They emigrated to NYC after Hitler came to power.) They included Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse &  Erich Fromm, and were responsible for the “New Left” and feminism. Financed by Jewish millionaire Felix Weill, they were instrumental in the degradation of Western society according to the long-term cabalist Jewish (Satanist) plan outlined in the Protocols of Zion. The connection between Communism and Judaism is the Cabala, i.e. Freemasonry.

By Timothy Mathews

Basically, the [task of the] Frankfurt School was to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. They called for the most negative destructive criticism possible of every sphere of life to de-stabilize society and destroy what they saw as the ‘oppressive’ order.

They hoped their policies would spread like a virus–‘continuing the work of the Western Marxists by other means’ as one of their members noted. To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution … the School recommended (among other things):

 

  1. The creation of racism offences.
  2. Continual change to create confusion
  3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
  4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
  5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
  6. The promotion of excessive drinking
  7. Emptying of churches
  8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
  9. Creating dependency on the state or state benefits
  10. Control and dumbing down of media
  11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

 

One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would:

 

  • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
  • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
  • abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
  • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’

Wily Munzenberg

[Comintern propaganda chief] Wily Munzenberg,  summed up the Frankfurt School’s long-term operation thus: ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

The School believed there were two types of revolution: (a) political and (b) cultural. Cultural revolution demolishes from within. ‘Modern forms of subjection are marked by mildness’. They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.

THE PATRIARCHAL FAMILY

Following Karl Marx, the School stressed how the ‘authoritarian personality’ is a product of the patriarchal family–it was Marx who wrote so disparagingly about the idea of the family being the basic unit of society. All this prepared the way for the warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Marcuse under the guise of ‘women’s liberation.’

They proposed transforming our culture into a female-dominated one. In 1933, Wilhelm Reich, one of their members, wrote in The Mass Psychology of Fascism that matriarchy was the only genuine family type of ‘natural society.’

Eric Fromm, was also an active advocate of matriarchal theory. Masculinity and femininity, he claimed, were not reflections of ‘essential’ sexual differences, as the Romantics had thought but were derived instead from differences in life functions, which were in part socially determined.’

The revolutionaries knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to do it. They have succeeded.

EDUCATION

Lord Bertrand Russell joined with the Frankfurt School in their effort at mass social engineering and spilled the beans in his 1951 book, The Impact of Science on Society. He wrote: ‘Physiology and psychology afford fields for scientific technique which still await development.’  The importance of mass psychology “has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called ‘education. The social psychologists of the future will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black.” Russell said education will affirm:

(Product of an old Illuminati family, Bertrand Russell)

 

“First, that the influence of home is obstructive.

Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten.

Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective.

Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark grey . When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”

 

Writing in 1992 in Fidelio Magazine, [The Frankfurt School and Political Correctness] Michael Minnicino observed how the heirs of Marcuse and Adorno now completely dominate the universities, ‘teaching their own students to replace reason with ‘Politically Correct’ ritual exercises.

There are very few theoretical books on arts, letters, or language which do not openly acknowledge their debt to the Frankfurt School. The witchhunt on today’s campuses is merely the implementation of Marcuse’s concept of ‘repressive toleration’- ‘tolerance for movements from the left, but intolerance for movements from the right’-enforced by the students of the Frankfurt School’.

MUSIC, TV & POPULAR CULTURE 

Theodor Adorno promoted the use of degenerate forms of music to promote mental illness and destroy society. He said the U.S. could be brought to its knees by the use of radio and television to promote a culture of pessimism and despair – by the late 1930s he (together with Max Horkheimer) had migrated to Hollywood.

The expansion of violent video-games also well supported the School’s aims.

“SEX EDUCATION”

Marcuse

 

In his book The Closing of the American Mind, Alan Bloom observed how Marcuse, appealed to university students in the sixties with a combination of Marx and Freud. In Eros and Civilization and One Dimensional Man, Marcuse promised that the overcoming of capitalism and its false consciousness will result in a society where the greatest satisfactions are sexual. Rock music touches the same chord in the young. Free sexual expression, anarchism, mining of the irrational unconscious and giving it free rein are what they have in common.’

In her booklet Sex & Social Engineering (Family Education Trust 1994) Valerie Riches observed how in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were intensive parliamentary campaigns taking place emanating from a number of organizations in the field of birth control (i.e., contraception, abortion, sterilization).

‘From an analysis of their annual reports, it became apparent that a comparatively small number of people were involved to a surprising degree in an array of pressure groups. This network was not only linked by personnel, but by funds, ideology and sometimes addresses: it was also backed by vested interests and supported by grants in some cases by government departments. At the heart of the network was the Family Planning Association (FPA) with its own collection of offshoots. What we unearthed was a power structure with enormous influence.

‘Deeper investigation revealed that the network, in fact extended further afield, into eugenics, population control, birth control, sexual and family law reforms, sex and health education. Its tentacles reached out to publishing houses, medical, educational and research establishments, women’s organizations and marriage guidance–anywhere where influence could be exerted. It appeared to have great influence over the media, and over permanent officials in relevant government departments, out of all proportion to the numbers involved.

‘During our investigations, a speaker at a Sex Education Symposium in Liverpool outlined tactics of sex education saying:

‘if we do not get into sex education, children will simply follow the mores of their parents’. The fact that sex education was to be the vehicle for peddlers of secular humanism soon became apparent.”

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Trump is About to Release His ‘Religious Freedom’ Order, and It’s Looking Awful*

Trump is About to Release His ‘Religious Freedom’ Order, and It’s Looking Awful*

By Elura Nanos

Well, tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer, and since America is now ostensibly “Great Again,” we can expect a Trumpian bastardization of the concept of religion. Word on the street is that the administration is planning to work its usual magic as it gears up to release a new executive order on religious liberty.  Before we dive into the world of administration 45, let’s recap the tangled web of “religious liberty” laws.

The First Amendment guarantees religious freedom as a core American value:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

For a good long time, those words were interpreted to mean that the government can’t regulate what people are allowed to believe. Of course, the government can regulate how people behave, as long as it’s even-handed in that regulation. So, for example, bigamy can be prohibited, as long as the law applies to everybody and isn’t specifically targeted at Mormons with sister wives. This system makes good sense, because otherwise, any criminal could defend his or her behaviour by simply saying the commission of the crime was essential to some religious practice.

Fast-forward to the 1960s. Post-Civil Rights Movement, the legal interpretation of “religious freedom” widened. SCOTUS issued some rulings that permitted people to break laws when those laws directly interfered with religious practices. Seventh-Day Adventists, for example, were exempted from working on their Sabbath, and Amish families didn’t have to send their kids to high school. Of course, anyone familiar with slippery slopes was concerned that this whole “let’s be sure to respect people’s religious practices” thing might get out of hand (spoiler alert, we’ve now gotten totally out of hand).

By 1990, though, courts had tightened up considerably on the meaning of “religious freedom.” Justice Scalia, for example (who, by the way, was a devoutly religious man) sided with a ruling that Native Americans had to follow the same laws the rest of us do, even when that meant they couldn’t use peyote during their religious ceremonies. The fear that other religious practices would be similarly at risk instigated both federal and state religious freedom laws, known as “RFRA” laws.

Federal RFRA has had complex legal challenges, most of which involve the central question, “is this an actual religious practice that the government should be respecting, or is this some sort of nonsense argument to help someone break the law?” The results have been mixed. The Tax Court called bullshit on the Quaker lady claiming that paying federal income taxes violated her religion. But SCOTUS said that Florida is going to have to allow people to practice Santeria, animal sacrifices and all.

Somehow, though, the entire idea of “religious freedom” has been turned inside-out during the last decade. Now, the phrase “free exercise of religion” isn’t about Native Americans in ancient ceremonies, but about faux-Christian bigots prying into people’s bedrooms in the name of Jesus. By the summer of 2014, we hit an all-time low with the Hobby Lobby case, the logic of which made the Quaker tax-evader look totally reasonable. The winners in Hobby Lobby prevailed in their quest to allow a private business to exempt itself from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that businesses provide contraception to their employees. Apparently, allowing other people to exercise their freedoms was enough to interfere with the “religious freedom” of Hobby Lobby — which, by the way, is a business, and not a person. Don’t even ask how a business could have religious beliefs.

The Hobby Lobby case rolled out the red carpet for those looking to discriminate and call it “religion.” Indiana, North Carolina, Mississippi and others have passed their own state RFRA laws, many of which specifically allowed (read, “encouraged”) discrimination against LGBT people. Our lovely Vice President lead the charge over in Indiana, a move which pleased some conservatives, but caused serious damage by way of boycotts for the state as a whole.

It is against this landscape that Donald Trump took office, building a presidency on the backs of the social conservatives who seemed not to notice Trump’s relatively recent enlisting into their ranks. Back in February of this year, a leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” was published by The Nation. And it was bad. Really bad.  The draft order defined “religious organizations” so broadly that it covered literally “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations.” And it protected “religious freedom” for everything from providing social services, education, or healthcare, to employment to receiving government grants, and even the amorphous “otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments.”

The draft order fully allowed people and organizations to exempt themselves from anti-discrimination laws if they claimed religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity. Oh, and of course, it interfered with women’s access to contraception and abortion.

Then (and here are words I never thought I’d write), thank God for Ivanka. Rumour has it that she and Jared Kushner breezed into the Oval Office and suggested it might be a better idea for President Trump to lay off the whole legalize-homophobia thing. And as it turned out, Trump seems to have listened. But our reprieve from institutionalized bigotry and misogyny is likely to be short-lived. Any day now, 45 is expected to hand down a new version of the executive order on religious freedom. Vice President Mike Pence and his team have been hard at work drafting an order that will please both Ivanka and social conservatives. In other words, one that’ll tell the world that it’s open season on LGBT and women’s rights while sounding as innocuous as a recipe for peach cobbler. Bless their hearts.

If Trump’s new executive order is actually as bad as it is in my imagination, it’s going to be far more detrimental than any order he’s signed so far. Unlike the immigration orders, which directed federal agencies to discriminate, a religious freedom order could allow everyone to do so. By creating blanket protection for such discrimination, the order could set back the clock on LGBT progress by decades. Legalizing discrimination in this nature not only hurts women, LGBT people, and those who love them—but also hurts religion itself. When the idea of religious freedom is conflated with discrimination and bigotry, true believers are harmed almost as badly as the subjects of the discrimination themselves. Doing business with, providing healthcare for, and generally coexisting with women and LGBT people is not part of practicing any legitimate religion. Mike Pence may worship at the altar of intolerance, but the rest of us should really know better. Let’s hope Ivanka drops by her dad’s desk before this one gets released.

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Practical Steps to Empowering Ourselves against Moral Fatigue*

Practical Steps to Empowering Ourselves against Moral Fatigue*

By Fatima Muhammad

When the Panama papers broke, social justice activists rejoiced. They thought there would be a huge, sustained reaction, a real movement. Surely, people would be so outraged, that they would stand up for their rights! But they were wrong. There was little outcry. Instead, there was sarcasm, resignation, weariness, and cynicism. “Corrupt leaders are corrupt. So what?”, sums up the reaction.

Global violence and bloodshed triggers similar exercises in shoulder shrugging, and the reason is the same – we’ve given up. People feel they can’t make a real difference because they can’t physically stop the violence, or because, other than the occasional donation, they can’t stem the flow of misery coming out through the wounds on humanity. We feel powerless. We’ve accepted the script, and we’re fatigued. Clickbait that makes us chuckle is easier on our minds than being obliged to think about how we’re slowly losing our freedom, our rights to privacy, our natural resources, and our expectations of safety for people in other parts of the world.

This fatigue has more malignant an impact on our morality than the sum total of all the evils being brought to bear on us. It’s a kind of moral obesity – it makes you want to sit on the sofa and stuff your brain with junk food rather than roll your sleeves up and take the world on. Even worse – it makes you exhausted to the point that it becomes difficult to fight temptation. Here are some ways to tackle that fatigue, and keep our sense of outrage alive and pure…

  1. Don’t give up on people – give up on corrupt social structures

“People are corrupt.” “Don’t trust anyone.” “People from that background are always like that.” These are loser concepts.

Sure, always operate with caution, but know where the blame lies – at the doorstep of unusual circumstances. In extreme situations, ordinary people wind up dehumanising both themselves and others. To combat this, we should celebrate humanity on every level. It has become so easy to objectify and strip agency from real human beings.

Labels do no favours, instead they distract from the real issues. This is what people in power have always done: they demonise immigrants; people of other faiths; people of different skin colours, they know better than we do this kind of thinking is critical to keeping the power imbalance alive and well.

Rather than resigning ourselves to that way of thinking, we should be true revolutionaries and embrace everyone’s potential for goodness – and be properly outraged at injustice… not accept it as inevitable.

  1. It wasn’t always this way. It can get better again, but only if we see the value in ourselves and stop dismissing the things we do as “small.”

No era in history has been perfect, but matters have never deteriorated on a global level to the extent it has today.

Most crucial to having a vibrant, energetic resistance is to realise evil is temporary. Allah (SWT) says in Surah Bani Isra’il, verse 81,

surely falsehood is a vanishing (thing).”

We usually attribute this to the advent of the Mahdi, or to the Day of Judgement, but what we fail to realise is that in this verse Allah has given us a clue to the nature of evil – its time runs out eventually. Prod it with the truth, and it’ll curl up and die.

We can never embody the full power of Haq that is present in the Mahdi, but even our attempts to live the Truth in our daily lives on “minor” levels, will obliterate injustice on all levels. When Haq or Truth is brought out into the battlefield, injustice cannot remain.

This can’t happen if we don’t value ourselves and our moral decisions. If we truly value ourselves as individuals, as humans, as people who trust in a higher power, we must be convinced that every good action we do, no matter how small, will have that ripple effect.

  1. Understand the value of dismantling systems

When we campaign for women’s rights or the rights of minorities, it’s usually with the focus to grant them the same rights as everyone else. This overlooks a glaring problem – becoming just as good a prop as everyone else in the real problem – an inherently broken system. A system that will always find someone or the other to oppress.

Instead of realising that giving vulnerable groups a place at the table is only the first step towards true equality, we think that it’s the entirety of the struggle. We don’t explain to ourselves and to others how that table is just a bad table to be at in the long run. A table that will invite you to sit at it if you make enough noise, but then expects you to engage in the same oppressions as were inflicted upon you.

Inevitably when let down even after being part of the same structures we aspired to, we are afflicted with disappointment and weariness. It makes it feel as though injustice is inevitable.

It isn’t. We just need to build a better table.

  1. Don’t contribute towards glamourising power

We all remember those halcyon days when our only exposure to Trump was via “The Apprentice.” The show had a lot of followers and fans, and was in a similar vein to “American Idol” and other shows that were enamoured of the Simon Cowell habit of degrading and bullying others.

Today wherever you see glamour, it’s most often built on the backs of someone, somewhere being oppressed. Keep empowering those people and that mindset, and watch how quickly orange faced angry toddlers fill up the White House.

Part of our complacency in being oppressed is because we know we will always be, in some way, complicit in aiding those systems. Why? Because we can’t see ourselves distancing our hearts from ostentatious power. It’s the physical worldly companion of what we often hear will happen on the Day of Judgement – everyone will be raised with the people they love. This isn’t just a metaphysical scare tactic by some invisible man in the sky, it’s a permanent reminder that we sink or swim with the people we invest in emotionally. The more we adore those who oppress on one level or another, the less we will be moved to call out their injustices. On the contrary, seeing through this facade will keep us alert and less liable to give up on resistance.

  1. Don’t encourage fear

Society will always reward people who bow to fear. They lead trouble-free lives. Even within our communities, when we see domestic problems, we sometimes see people giving advice to submit to the situation rather than rock the boat. This mentality tries to teach us that if you submit to oppression you will be rewarded in other ways. The irony is, having absorbed this belief, victims often find justifications to become oppressors themselves later in life.

To such minds primed to accept and glorify hurtful behaviour at a household level, it is only to be expected that the higher up the ladder you go, the greater the scale of oppression. Resisting tyranny not only seems laughable – but even wrong. This leads to more complacency.

  1. Keep educating and being educated

Fatigue is only inevitable when the knowledge of problems isn’t translated into actionable solutions. The Prophet has a brilliant saying extremely relevant to social justice:

Whoever of you sees an evil must then change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then [he must change it ] with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then [he must change it] with his heart. And that is the slightest [effect of] faith.”

We have so many platforms today where we can talk out about injustice. There are so many specialised areas with an assortment of related issues that impact all of us, yet unless those from our community who are knowledgeable in those areas create a platform, or write or speak about those issues, we won’t even know. People who are educated in areas like technology, medicine, education, journalism and meteorology are more aware of critical issues in that particular realm that will impact the rest of world. They should blog, write, bring those issues to us in terms we can understand.

When we see injustice, when the “truth becomes alone and sad,” we’re encouraged to remember Imam Hussain ibn Ali. This isn’t simply an act of reverence, it’s a refresher on how if, in the climate of our own time, we see social injustice, then no matter how bad things get we are expected to have a response – and that it will ultimately have an impact.

We must remember resignation to the sadder facts of life is antithetical to real change. When we give up on the idea of a better world, evil digs its roots in deeper.

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One Man’s Quest to Save the Forests of Tanzania*

Unity on U.S. Hands Off Syria Coalition*

 

 

 

Horrific Onslaught on Aramaic Christian Community of Ma’aloula at Hands of Western Backed “Moderate” Terrorists*

Horrific Onslaught on Aramaic Christian Community of Ma’aloula at Hands of Western Backed “Moderate” Terrorists*

By Janice Kortkamp

A dear, humble man with the most beautiful smile sang the Lord’s Prayer for us in Aramaic on Good Friday.

Ma’aloula has been a Christian village since there were such things.

But it was almost gone.

America’s “moderate rebels” of the Free Syrian Army attacked it with a vengeance alongside Al Qaeda…as they always do.

Our “moderates” executed many who would not convert to their fake, twisted, violent, completely intolerant version of “Islam”.

The local men who had formed a militia to protect their homes were able to hold off the terrorists with the help of Hezbollah fighters until they could get almost all of the women and children out via ancient sewer tunnels.

Then U.S. supported “moderate” terrorists ransacked the place, looted and vandalized the homes, businesses, churches, and orphanage.

They stole the priceless, ancient, unique icons and sold them to Israel, Europe, and Gulf countries.

After six months the Syrian armed forces and allies finalized the liberation of Ma’aloula. So many Muslims died defending that Christian village that is held precious by Syrians of all faiths and people groups.

When we visited they were honouring the second anniversary of that liberation.

So much is destroyed but they are rebuilding.

President Assad made the restoration of Ma’aloula a top priority. The Syrian Army protects the people who have moved back. Since I first visited one year ago I can see great progress already in spite of the terrible war in their country.

Its hard for me this morning, to write in such a way as to build bridges with Americans who have been lied to incessantly by our government, war-profiteering media, and NGOs masking themselves as humanitarian organizations while existing only to further political agendas…because I am filled with rage as I write this.

After the lies and horrors of Iraq and Libya are so obvious and so exposed now…why oh why do Americans continue their blind, ignorant and often arrogant support for the U.S. war machine?

Oh, and Happy Easter.

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Why is the Holiest Shrine in Christianity Guarded by Two Muslim Families?*

Why is the Holiest Shrine in Christianity Guarded by Two Muslim Families?*

By Wu Mingren

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is considered to be the holiest site in Christianity. According to tradition, this was the place where Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead. Whilst this sacred site is divided between several Christian denominations, the overall custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the hands of two Muslim families.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (Jorge Láscar/CC BY 2.0)

 

The History of the Church

The original Church of the Holy Sepulchre was constructed in the 4th century AD, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine. This structure was eventually destroyed during the 11th century AD by the Fatimids, though the church was rebuilt not long after its destruction by the Byzantines. Modifications were made to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre by the Crusaders after they had captured Jerusalem in 1099.

Painting by Émile Signol (1804–1892) of the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders on 15 July 1099 – 1. The Holy Sepulchre 2. The Dome of the Rock 3. Ramparts

 

From the time of the Crusades up until the 19th century, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre had three custodians – the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic, and the Roman Catholic Churches. During the 19th century, this custodianship was extended to three more churches, namely the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox, and the Syrian Orthodox Churches. Nevertheless, these three churches have lesser responsibilities as compared to the three original custodians. Whilst these custodians generally co-exist peacefully with each other, it may be pointed out that conflicts, sometimes leading to violent confrontations, have broken out occasionally in modern times between them.

A diagram of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre showing the traditional site of Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

It is perhaps not too difficult to imagine that the medieval custodians of the holiest site in Christianity would have found themselves in disagreement with each other at times, and perhaps even being involved in physical violence, as some of their modern counter-parts have had the same experience. This has been cited as the foremost reason for the overall custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre being in the hands of two Muslim families.

Tourists and pilgrims at a side entrance to the Holy Sepulchre, photo by Bonfils, 1870s.

 

According to one account, the Muslim custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was granted by the Caliph Omar when Jerusalem was captured by the Muslims in 637. The Nuseibehs, a family whose origins lie in the city of Medina, and claiming to have relations with the Prophet Muhammad, were chosen for this task.

Depiction of Umar’s entry into Jerusalem from a 1905 French series entitled Great Conquerors.

 

After several centuries of Muslim rule, Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders. In 1187, however, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Jerusalem were once more in Muslim hands, as they were captured by Saladin. The Nuseibehs were re-appointed by the Sultan to serve as the caretakers of the church. Saladin had the second front gate of the church sealed, and gave its key to this family.

The Church’s Co-Guardians

According to the Nuseibehs, it was only during the 16th century (when Jerusalem was under Ottoman rule) that the Joudeh family was appointed as the ‘co-guardians’ of the church. The Joudehs, however, claim that they had been the guardians of the church since the time of Saladin. Furthermore, the first Joudeh who was given the key to the church is said to have been a sheikh, and was not expected to do physical labour. Therefore, the Nuseibehs were appointed to unlock the gate of the church.

Today, the Joudeh family continue their job of protecting and keeping the key, whilst the Nuseibeh family is responsible for opening the gate to the church. As a matter of fact, there are actually two keys today. One of these is claimed to be 850 years old, though it is now broken, and hence no longer used. The other key, which is 500 years old, is the only functioning key, and is kept in a small office attached to the church. Since the end of the 19th century, a ceremony is held each year by the three main Christian denominations to renew their acknowledgement of the Muslim custodianship of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Adeeb Joudeh, the current custodian, with the key. (The Joudeh Family)

 

The custodians from each of the three main denominations are given the key for as long as they need to make a procession around the church, and then allowed to open the door after the morning liturgies, after which it is returned to the Muslim guardians. This occurs on Maundy Thursday, Orthodox Good Friday, and Holy Saturday for the Roman Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, and Armenian Apostolic Churches respectively.

Doors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. (Nuseibeh Family)

 

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Akhenaten is one of the most famous rulers in the Land of Pharaohs and he still remains a unique and controversial figure in history of his country.

He ruled over Egypt for seventeen years during the 14th Dynasty.

Akhenaten born as Amenhotep IV, was the son of Amenhotep III, the Magnificent, the ninth ruler of the Eighteenth Dynasty and Queen Tiye who was of non-royal origin and Amenhotep III’s Great Royal Wife.

Akhenaten’s father ruled for about forty years and his rule is believed to have been successful.

At the height of the 18th Dynasty, the eldest son of King Amenhotep III, Crown Prince Tuthmosis died unpredictably, making his younger brother Akhenaten – who at the time still had his original name, Amenhotep IV – next in line for the throne.

Pharaoh Akhenaten’s Early Years of Reign

Not much is known about the young Akhenaten, only that he spent much time in Memphis or in his father’s palace city Malkata, near Medinet-Habu, on the west bank of Luxor. When he became king he was already married to Nefertiti, his beautiful life-companion, advisor and co-ruler. Most probably he was already the father of a daughter Meritaten “Beloved of Aten” and the choice of his daughter’s name makes us wonder.

At what age did he become fascinated with the new god?

Akhenaten’s Dream and a Sudden Dramatic Change In Ancient Egypt

At the beginning of his kingship, Akhenaten still used his name Amenhotep IV. There is some evidence that he initially paid tribute to both aspects of the sun god: Aten and Amun-Re. In his early years as king, portrayed on one of the pylons in the temple of Karnak, his new god Aten, was identified with Re-Horakte, depicted as a falcon with a sun-disc on his head.

Interestingly, in the Nubian town of Sesebi, where Akhenaten established a temple, the god Aten in falcon form is depicted in the company of all traditional Egyptian gods.

His image as pharaoh was the image of the king with all his human weaknesses; he did not hide imperfections of his body, elongated face and slanting eyes, on the contrary, he rather glorified and exaggerated them.

In his 4th or 5th year of rule, the young pharaoh began the great passion of his life. He changed his name from Amenhotep (“peace of Amon”) to Akhenaten and announced that Aten appeared to him in a dream and told that he was the supreme and only god. From this moment, Akhenaten openly began to express his dissatisfaction with every old Egyptian tradition.

Was it only a dream he had or did he have another, special motif to replace more than 2,000 deities of Egyptian pantheon?

Why was Akhenaten determined to limit the priests’ role and power in ancient Egypt?

Did he have an unknown agenda that he only revealed to his closest advisers?

Belief in One Supreme God – One And Only

As a result, he began methodical eradication of all signs related to Amun-Re cult. He withdrew funding from all temples of “false gods”. Taking money and power away from what was, at the time, a very powerful and wealthy priestly class, created chaos, discontent and protests.

Akhenaten – The Founder of the City Of Amarna

In his 6th year of reign, the pharaoh found a perfect place for his new capital. This piece of land, located on the east bank of the Nile River, belonged to no-one and referred to no god.

Examples of “The Amarna Letters”, discovered in 1887. There are 382 known clay cuneiform tablets, whose contents shed light on Egyptian relations with Babylonia, Assyria, the Mitanni, the Hittites, Syria, Palestine and Cyprus. They are important for establishing both the history and chronology of the period.

He called it – Akhetaten (“The Horizon of the Aten”) and established the city devoted to the god, whose depiction showed an image of the sun with rays radiating from it. Aten was regarded by Akhenaten as being the creative force of the universe that was manifested by the sun.

Clearly, the god itself – had no image.

The traditional capital of Thebes was replaced by city of Akhetaten (now referred to as Amarna or Tell el-Amarna), with the king’s palace and the Great Temple of the Aten.

Rock-cut tombs were built in the neighbouring cliffs to the south and north and several roofless temples, so that rays of the sun would directly fall on the worshipers. Akhenaten moved with his family and other prominent and trustworthy citizens to the city.

The City Was Abandoned Shortly after Akhenaten’s Death

The city of the god Aten was abandoned shortly after his death. Archaeologists have gathered a lot of evidence that the place was intentionally destroyed. After his death, the traditional pantheon of gods was quickly readopted.

Many historians claim that Akhenaten was a careless, incompetent and unsuccessful ruler. Their claims are most probably based on evidence in form of the Amarna Tablets, which contain governmental documents and correspondence confirming his incompetence.

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