Yesterday I learned of a lady who has what has to be the easiest job imaginable: a Christian Scientist nurse.
Priestly robes, books stolen from church, 3 arrested
By CBS News; June 19, 2014
“GARDNER, Mass. – What would three young men want with priestly robes, books and other items from a church in central Massachusetts? Police in the town of Gardner aren’t saying, exactly – but they and the clergy of St. Joseph Catholic Church are just glad they got everything back, according to CBS Boston.
“Rev. Thomas Tokarz, of St. Joseph Catholic Church, said that on Friday the 13th, someone broke through a back window and then into a downstairs office. He said what was stolen was not locked up – religious books, candle holders, and ornate robes used for mass.
“‘They probably could have taken the chalices, but they didn’t. They took the vestments, which means nothing to them. The only one who can wear them are priests’,” Tokarz told the station.
“The specific items have no value on the open market.
“Officers reportedly found all the items when they responded to a call about a man running through an abandoned building wearing priestly robes…”
I’d really like to meet these three guys who wanted to play religion. Were they trying to start a breakaway sect? Wanted to add a sacred element to drinking wine in an abandominium? Or were they just careless assholes?
Humiliation at rout hits Iraqi military hard
AP–By HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA 6.18.2014
BAGHDAD (AP) — “The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee…”
“…one lieutenant-colonel who escaped the militants’ sweep over the northern city of Mosul told The Associated Press. ‘I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night’…”
An ISIS spokesman responded, “And we will kill you just like we would her.”
California School District Under Fire for Holocaust-Denial Assignment
By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff – Tue, May 6, 2014
“A California public school district has backpedaled after an eighth-grade assignment — to write a persuasive essay on whether or not the Holocaust occurred — came under serious fire and prompted death threats to administrators.
“’We are aware of the controversy surrounding the distribution of an eighth grade Writing Prompt during the third quarter of the academic year,’ notes a press release issued Monday by Rialto Unified School District interim Superintendent Mohammed Islam…”
Mr. Islam admitted that some students were concerned that the assignment would detract from their home economics project of burning American and Israeli flags; their music lessons of shouting “Death to infidel pigs!”; legal studies of Shariah law; and the demanding art classes where they practice not drawing Mohammed. He added that “Some of our students can barely build bombs at a 6th grade level.”