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April 25th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Minaret destroyed at 12th-century Syrian mosque on World Heritage list

By Michael Martinez and Hamdi Alkhshali , CNN

(CNN) – Both sides in Syria's civil war were in rare agreement Wednesday: The minaret at a 12th-century mosque in Aleppo has been obliterated.

Unclear, however, was who destroyed the tower at the Great Umayyad Mosque, which has witnessed the march of nine centuries. It was just last month that a United Nations official expressed concern about the two-year war possibly damaging the mosque, a World Heritage site.

An opposition group blamed the government.

"Regime forces have committed today a new crime against human and cultural heritage by targeting the minaret of the mosque and completely destroying it," the Local Coordination Committees said. The group released a photograph of the mosque without its signature minaret, apparently reduced to rubble.

The Syrian Coalition also blamed President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Syria

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  1. Science

    Free speech helps to educate the masses..............POLITICIANS TOO !

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !..................Creationists...........ID believers and christians !

    Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle

    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130424132705.htm

    Maybe they should not have created the wedge !!!

    The wedge strategy is a political and social action plan authored by the Discovery Insti-tute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. The strategy was put forth in a Discovery Insti-tute manifesto known as the Wedge Docu-ment,[1] which describes a broad social, political, and academic agenda whose ultimate goal is to defeat materialism, naturalism, evolution, and "reverse the stifling materialist world view and replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic
    convictions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedge_strategy

    Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

    Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

    http://www.aclupa.org/legal/legaldocket/intelligentdesigncase/dovertrialtranscripts.htm

    Education works for children

    Where do morals come from?.............the answer is not the bible read and find out !

    By Kelly Murray, CNN

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

    Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!...

    Peace.......

    May 6, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  2. Kindness

    kindness
    This is my experience… Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth….

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it …..but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else….. Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also… much the world arranges “surrounding dark matter into something to be debated” in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don’t know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently…. most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip… But not fall of the ship …carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don’t like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. “Follow me”.
    It’s the hardest thing to do… but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)… as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth…
    do we do what it says in todays society… is it relevant… so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person…which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ….in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life….. You will be forgotten…. history will repeat iteslf…. the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed….. your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated….. your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix… Repent…. Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are” in” the world but not “of ” the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence….. Faith ….above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament… You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ….see and hear truth … see how christ sets an example … feel the truth….

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don’t get what you want ….you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. …your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour…. can’t explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You’re all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I’ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don’t wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It’s just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:09 am |
  3. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses

    Gravity is not up for debate !

    BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

    Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

    The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?

    The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

    Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130408165955.htm

    April 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |

    May 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130418104324.htm

    And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    the wrong path is Adam and Eve !

    Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145821.htm

    No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

    Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.

    No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !

    Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History

    Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130423134037.htm

    May 3, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  4. Name*Micha Lipovsky

    Give Djoker ztarniaev sharia Law "death."

    May 2, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  5. ronvan

    OK, its a historicfal site? BUT, who blew it up? Each side is saying the other side did it! I can see both sides doing this just to make the other mad or to gain sympathy for support.

    April 29, 2013 at 8:34 am |
  6. dodo

    "The real Tom
    faith/biggie, why is it you find the reply function such an impenetrable mystery?
    Oh, wait. Never mind. You're dumb as a box of pubic hair."

    thanks cnn

    April 29, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • Science

      Gravity wins dodo.............splat goes the fairy in the sky

      Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet

      Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130425142250.htm

      April 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Science

      Hey dodo

      please follow link cool science..................then read comments............and comment thanks for the help !

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/29/new-film-examines-science-vs-religion/#comments

      May 1, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  7. Visitor

    That is very sad.

    April 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  8. The real Tom

    faith/biggie, why is it you find the reply function such an impenetrable mystery?

    Oh, wait. Never mind. You're dumb as a box of pubic hair.

    April 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Austin

      I love you
      Tom, whoever you are. come to the light of faith.

      April 27, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      The real Tom is not a moth. Moths come to the light, Austin. See what becomes of them.

      April 28, 2013 at 2:20 am |
    • Regular viewer

      Yes go into the light, Tom. Please.

      Austin do yourself a favor and become agnostic so you can admit like I can that you can't stand Kyle's mom..er I mean Tom.
      Her posts are an eyesore.

      April 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Austin

      Check out me and the lords light at prolapsed.net!

      April 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Science

      Austin fred lie 4 him and topher too !

      Holy Hallucinations 35

      April 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
  9. faith

    dm goodwrench, how stupid r u?

    April 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Not as stupid as you are, apparently. Then again, what is?

      April 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
  10. faith

    "Damocles
    Ra, Odin, Viracocha, Raven, The Sun, The Moon, Shiva, Kali.... need a few more? Ok. Raiden, Mars, Pluto.

    A few deities that knowledge has rendered unnecessary." deities, huh. u r easily dooped. yes sir, them deities didn't cut it. better luck next time.

    April 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • The real Tom

      As if your deity "cuts it." Idiot. Do you EVER get a clue when you pass one on the merry-go-round?

      April 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Science

    From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life

    http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIE2aOriginoflife.shtml

    April 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  12. Trance


    `

    April 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  13. Zøøt

    So it goes...

    Why should we care about a mosque anymore than a Super-Nova cares that it has annihilated a world full of civilizations?

    April 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Saraswati

      It's on the World Heritage list. Are you saying we shouldn't care about anything or making a point more specific than that?

      April 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Zøøt

      An absurdist never makes a point.

      So much of what occurs in this world has no rhyme or reason to it. The minaret, regardless of its status on a list, will cease to be. All our lives, hopes, dreams, will end and none of this will matter to anyone.

      Everything is as it should be: one with the universe.

      April 28, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  14. Bob

    "faith" and "Salero" are the same person, selling the same old god fraud.

    April 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  15. tallulah13

    Wow, the "believers" on this blog are some of the nastiest pieces of work I've ever encountered.

    But on the topic: I find it sad when historical sites and objects get destroyed. It doesn't matter if they are affiliated with a religion. Losing these little pieces of history simply diminishes us all.

    April 27, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • faith

      prepare ye the way of the lord, for he will use his winnowing fork and separate you from us and burn u in a monstrous tornadic conflagration

      April 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • faith

      Say downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?

      oh... along that day

      You gonna run to the rocks
      The rocks will be falling
      When you run to the rocks
      The rocks will be falling
      When you run to the rocks
      More rocks will be falling

      oh... along that day

      You gonna run to the sea
      The sea will be boiling
      When you run to the sea
      The whole sea will be boiling
      When you run to the sea
      The sea will be boiling

      oh... along that day

      Thats why i say downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?

      oh... along that day

      You gonna run to the lord
      Beggin him to hide you
      You gonna run to the lord
      Beggin him to hide you
      You gonna run to the lord
      Beggin him to hide you

      oh... along that day

      So I say downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?
      Downpressor man
      Where you gonna run to?

      April 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Bob

      Yeah, faith, your god sounds like quite the murderous ass hole. No thanks, you can keep your sky fairy fictions. To yourself. Silently, please.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Damocles

      Obviously faith got hit by one too many falling rocks.

      It's interesting to note that in that song, the person is supposed to run to the deity that is causing all those calamities. Like seeking protection from being murdered from the guy that's murdering you.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • The real Tom

      What's really hilarious is that faith is so ignorant that he actually thinks that song is an original.

      April 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Well as the Ibo proverb goes
      "An old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned"
      Seems the "downpressor men" are offended! lol

      April 28, 2013 at 8:57 am |
  16. Paul

    YouTube is not your SOURCE of the minaret video. That's like recording a video off the airwaves and saying "Source: TV". The person who filmed and uploaded it is the source, you should link to his channel and properly cite and give credit to the creator of the video.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:03 am |
  17. common sense

    if its muslim it is better to have it a smoking ruin or a pile of rubble. useless, disgusting trash is all islam can ever be.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:49 am |
    • Akira

      What a lovely Christian sentiment. God would be proud of you.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • saying something

      Akira you don't know if that poster is Jewish, Atheist, Agnostic, Hindu or other. You are a bigot and a twit.

      From an agnostic.

      April 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • saying something

      Common sense you are also a bigot and a twit.

      April 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
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