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Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu
An ancient shrine in Timbuktu is destroyed in this photo taken on July 1, 2012.
October 19th, 2012
04:59 AM ET

Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu

By Amir Ahmed, CNN

(CNN) - Al Qaeda-linked rebels in northern Mali destroyed historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu on Thursday, claiming the relics are idolatrous, residents told CNN.

Three four-wheel-drive trucks carrying at least 30 armed fighters arrived Thursday morning at three mausolea - all U.N. World Heritage sites - in the southern Timbuktu neighborhood of Kabara, two residents told CNN by phone.

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  1. Rainer Braendlein

    St. John of Damascus’s Critique of Islam

    Webmaster note: The following passage is from Saint John’s monumental work, the Fount of Knowledge, part two enti-tled Heresies in Epitome: How They Began and Whence They Drew Their Origin. It is usually just cited as Heresies. The translator’s introduction points out that Fount of Knowledge is one of the most “important single works produced in the Greek patristic period,…offering as it does an extensive and lucid synthesis of the Greek theological science of the whole period. It is the first great Summa of theology to appear in either the East or the West.” Saint John (+ 749) is considered one of the great Fathers of the Church, and his writings hold a place of high honor in the Church. His critique of Islam, or “the heresy of the Ishmaelites,” is especially relevant for our times.

    There is also the supersti-tion of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites. They are also called Saracens, which is derived from Sarras kenoi, or dest-itute of Sara, because of what Agar said to the angel: ‘Sara hath sent me away desti-tute.’ [99] These used to be idolaters and worshiped the morning star and Aphrodite, whom in their own language they called Khabár, which means great. [100] And so down to the time of Heraclius they were very great idolaters. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, [101] devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.

    He says that there is one God, creator of all things, who has neither been begotten nor has begotten. [102] He says that the Christ is the Word of God and His Spirit, but a creature and a servant, and that He was begotten, without seed, of Mary the sister of Moses and Aaron. [103] For, he says, the Word and God and the Spirit entered into Mary and she brought forth Jesus, who was a prophet and servant of God. And he says that the Jews wanted to crucify Him in violation of the law, and that they seized His shadow and crucified this. But the Christ Himself was not crucified, he says, nor did He die, for God out of His love for Him took Him to Himself into heaven. [104] And he says this, that when the Christ had ascended into heaven God asked Him: ‘O Jesus, didst thou say: “I am the Son of God and God”?’ And Jesus, he says, answered: ‘Be merciful to me, Lord. Thou knowest that I did not say this and that I did not scorn to be thy servant. But sinful men have written that I made this statement, and they have lied about me and have fallen into error.’ And God answered and said to Him: ‘I know that thou didst not say this word.” [105] There are many other extraordinary and quite ridiculous things in this book which he boasts was sent down to him from God. But when we ask: ‘And who is there to testify that God gave him the book? And which of the prophets foretold that such a prophet would rise up?’—they are at a loss. And we remark that Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai, with God appearing in the sight of all the people in cloud, and fire, and darkness, and storm. And we say that all the Prophets from Moses on down foretold the coming of Christ and how Christ God (and incarnate Son of God) was to come and to be crucified and die and rise again, and how He was to be the judge of the living and dead. Then, when we say: ‘How is it that this prophet of yours did not come in the same way, with others bearing witness to him? And how is it that God did not in your presence present this man with the book to which you refer, even as He gave the Law to Moses, with the people looking on and the mountain smoking, so that you, too, might have certainty?’—they answer that God does as He pleases. ‘This,’ we say, ‘We know, but we are asking how the book came down to your prophet.’ Then they reply that the book came down to him while he was asleep. Then we jokingly say to them that, as long as he received the book in his sleep and did not actually sense the operation, then the popular adage applies to him (which runs: You’re spinning me dreams.) [106]

    When we ask again: ‘How is it that when he enjoined us in this book of yours not to do anything or receive anything without witnesses, you did not ask him: “First do you show us by witnesses that you are a prophet and that you have come from God, and show us just what Scriptures there are that testify about you”’—they are ashamed and remain silent. [Then we continue:] ‘Although you may not marry a wife without witnesses, or buy, or acquire property; although you neither receive an a-ss nor possess a beast of burden unwitnessed; and although you do possess both wives and property and as-ses and so on through witnesses, yet it is only your faith and your scriptures that you hold unsubstantiated by witnesses. For he who handed this down to you has no warranty from any source, nor is there anyone known who testified about him before he came. On the contrary, he received it while he was asleep.’

    Moreover, they call us Hetaeriasts, or Associators, because, they say, we introduce an associate with God by declaring Christ to the Son of God and God. We say to them in rejoinder: ‘The Prophets and the Scriptures have delivered this to us, and you, as you persistently maintain, accept the Prophets. So, if we wrongly declare Christ to be the Son of God, it is they who taught this and handed it on to us.’ But some of them say that it is by misinterpretation that we have represented the Prophets as saying such things, while others say that the Hebrews hated us and deceived us by writing in the name of the Prophets so that we might be lost. And again we say to them: ‘As long as you say that Christ is the Word of God and Spirit, why do you accuse us of being Hetaeriasts? For the word, and the spirit, is inseparable from that in which it naturally has existence. Therefore, if the Word of God is in God, then it is obvious that He is God. If, however, He is outside of God, then, according to you, God is without word and without spirit. Consequently, by avoiding the introduction of an associate with God you have mutilated Him. It would be far better for you to say that He has an associate than to mutilate Him, as if you were dealing with a stone or a piece of wood or some other inanimate object. Thus, you speak untruly when you call us Hetaeriasts; we retort by calling you Mutilators of God.’

    They furthermore accuse us of being idolaters, because we venerate the cross, which they abominate. And we answer them: ‘How is it, then, that you rub yourselves against a stone in your Ka’ba [107] and kiss and embrace it?’ Then some of them say that Abraham had relations with Agar upon it, but others say that he tied the camel to it, when he was going to sacrifice Isaac. And we answer them: ‘Since Scripture says that the mountain was wooded and had trees from which Abraham cut wood for the holocaust and laid it upon Isaac, [108] and then he left the as-ses behind with the two young men, why talk nonsense? For in that place neither is it thick with trees nor is there passage for asses.’ And they are embarrassed, but they still assert that the stone is Abraham’s. Then we say: ‘Let it be Abraham’s, as you so foolishly say. Then, just because Abraham had relations with a woman on it or tied a camel to it, you are not ashamed to kiss it, yet you blame us for venerating the cross of Christ by which the power of the demons and the deceit of the Devil was destroyed.’ This stone that they talk about is a head of that Aphrodite whom they used to worship and whom they called Khabár. Even to the present day, traces of the carving are visible on it to careful observers.

    As has been related, this Mohammed wrote many ridiculous books, to each one of which he set a t-itle. For example, there is the book On Woman, [109] in which he plainly makes legal provision for taking four wives and, if it be possible, a thousand concubines—as many as one can maintain, besides the four wives. He also made it legal to put away whichever wife one might wish, and, should one so wish, to take to oneself another in the same way. Mohammed had a friend named Zeid. This man had a beautiful wife with whom Mohammed fell in love. Once, when they were sitting together, Mohammed said: ‘Oh, by the way, God has commanded me to take your wife.’ The other answered: ‘You are an apostle. Do as God has told you and take my wife.’ Rather—to tell the story over from the beginning—he said to him: ‘God has given me the command that you put away your wife.’ And he put her away. Then several days later: ‘Now,’ he said, ‘God has commanded me to take her.’ Then, after he had taken her and committed adultery with her, he made this law: ‘Let him who will put away his wife. And if, after having put her away, he should return to her, let another marry her. For it is not lawful to take her unless she have been married by another. Furthermore, if a brother puts away his wife, let his brother marry her, should he so wish.’ [110] In the same book he gives such precepts as this: ‘Work the land which God hath given thee and beautify it. And do this, and do it in such a manner” [111]—not to repeat all the obscene things that he did.

    Then there is the book of The Camel of God. [112] About this camel he says that there was a camel from God and that she drank the whole river and could not pass through two mountains, because there was not room enough. There were people in that place, he says, and they used to drink the water on one day, while the camel would drink it on the next. Moreover, by drinking the water she furnished them with nourishment, because she supplied them with milk instead of water. Then, because these men were evil, they rose up, he says, and killed the camel. However, she had an offspring, a little camel, which, he says, when the mother had been done away with, called upon God and God took it to Himself. Then we say to them: ‘Where did that camel come from?’ And they say that it was from God. Then we say: ‘Was there another camel coupled with this one?’ And they say: ‘No.’ ‘Then how,’ we say, ‘was it begotten? For we see that your camel is without father and without mother and without genealogy, and that the one that begot it suffered evil. Neither is it evident who bred her. And also, this little camel was taken up. So why did not your prophet, with whom, according to what you say, God spoke, find out about the camel—where it grazed, and who got milk by milking it? Or did she possibly, like her mother, meet with evil people and get destroyed? Or did she enter into paradise before you, so that you might have the river of milk that you so foolishly talk about? For you say that you have three rivers flowing in paradise—one of water, one of wine, and one of milk. If your forerunner the camel is outside of paradise, it is obvious that she has dried up from hunger and thirst, or that others have the benefit of her milk—and so your prophet is boasting idly of having conversed with God, because God did not reveal to him the mystery of the camel. But if she is in paradise, she is drinking water still, and you for lack of water will dry up in the midst of the paradise of delight. And if, there being no water, because the camel will have drunk it all up, you thirst for wine from the river of wine that is flowing by, you will become intoxicated from drinking pure wine and collapse under the influence of the strong drink and fall asleep. Then, suffering from a heavy head after sleeping and being sick from the wine, you will miss the pleasures of paradise. How, then, did it not enter into the mind of your prophet that this might happen to you in the paradise of delight? He never had any idea of what the camel is leading to now, yet you did not even ask him, when he held forth to you with his dreams on the subject of the three rivers. We plainly assure you that this wonderful camel of yours has preceded you into the souls of asses, where you, too, like beasts are destined to go. And there is the exterior darkness and everlasting punishment, roaring fire, sleepless worms, and hellish demons.’

    Again, in the book of The Table, Mohammed says that the Christ asked God for a table and that it was given Him. For God, he says, said to Him: ‘I have given to thee and thine an incorruptible table.’ [113]

    And again, in the book of The Heifer, [114] he says some other stupid and ridiculous things, which, because of their great number, I think must be passed over. He made it a law that they be circu-mcised and the women, too, and he ordered them not to keep the Sabbath and not to be baptized.

    And, while he ordered them to eat some of the things forbidden by the Law, he ordered them to abstain from others. He furthermore absolutely forbade the drinking of wine.

    October 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Jewel of Allah

      Muhammad, peace be upon him, did bring the double penetration dildo to the faithful. Circumcision is such a small price to pay for something that can bring all of the Children of Abraham together, at least in pairs.

      October 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Rainer Braendlein
      Get some education in truth absolute, Saint is short of hindu Sanatan, pagan goon, and your article is nothing but hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, liar, spoken not of truth absolute but from hindu soul, filthy desire to promote hinduism, lies about Muslim's and Islam, by labeling hinduism, denial of truth some thing else, does not change a thing, but still, hinduism, denial of truth absolute GOD, hinduism, corruption of truth absolute you claim to have faith in , is nothing but hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, labeled a Christianity, be honest, may be a hindu, lair like you have no knowledge of, but seek, call your hinduism, absurdity Christianity, by it's real name, hinduism, pagan ism and hindu Santana you mention as saint, was nothing else but a hindu Sanatan, filthy goon with his hindu ignorant view.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Get some education goon, Mohammad (PBUH) had no dil do, absurdity of ALLAH.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  2. charles bowen

    Terminate all Taliban with Extreme Prejudice..... Only way to stop these Devils is to Kill them all. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Poltergiest

      Hi, strawbot.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  4. Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

    misguided brothers and sisters destroying a fine piece of property, in my town, I would have used that brick house for mosque.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Portland tony

    Well, not to be outdone, some red neck just burned down "Big Tex" at the Texas state fair grounds!

    October 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Just for the fun of it hindu.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  6. Moby Schtick

    "No, no," one of the Muslims was heard yelling, "we can insult your religion and 'blaspheme' against your gods, it's just that you can never do it to us!"

    October 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      100 % hinduism, absurdity.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  7. hippypoet

    @It's Disgusted

    you can insult atheists all you like, fact is we atheists on average know more then you about relgion and the god you claim is the one and only, the true god....question is, what do YOU know? besides to be mean and insultful!

    to be angry is easy, but to be angry at the right man, at the right time, and for the right reason… it is difficult. – homers odyssey

    you have much anger in you – star wars

    when you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all – all mothers everywhere.

    lets see how knowledgeable you are...i haven't seen one post by you, just replies in an angry fashion...so, not much to say as far as ground to argue from but you seem to think you have reason to open your mouth...why? either state a position, or shut up. otherwise everything you have to say is empty like you head. or is it?

    October 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Disgusted

      You assume opening your mouth to speak lies is nice? Then you have the audacity to repeat and write said lies. Woe to those that call good, evil and evil, good. Atheists are evil. Deal with it. We have to.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Damocles

      @Disgusted

      I'm evil? Really? I was feeling a bit under the weather but I thought it was just a case of the sniffles. Hmmm, guess I have no choice but to do something evil today. Should I punch a kitten or go old lady tipping? Give me some ideas.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i do have much audacity...the audacity to think for myself and seek answers instead of just believe in someone elses lies as truth without any investagation into the ceditable of those claims.

      i try never to @ssume...but its clear you do not try as hard as i. ask your god for help.

      ever wonder why it is that god supposedly heals the sick but never the amputees? are they not worth their missing limbs?
      ever wonder why the bible was written by men and not by god whom is said to be all powerful? is he not capible of doing such a mundane task as to write something for those whom you supposedly created to only worship you...that btw sounds terribly vain, to create something to worship you...and then to punish those that don't!!! that doesn't sound very god like to me.

      zues is better, why not CHOOSE to worship zues?
      what makes this god the RIGHT, not only, god?
      do you adhere to any values presented to you as laws in the bible....you seem a might judgemental to me! might wish to consider a deep look into yourself and your hypocrisy!

      sheep are sheep for a reason according to your beliefs....this is the only thing i agree with, only in my eyes – you are the sheep and you are part of a death cult herded for money and power...yet only the few of the herd have any power and sway in public...and i thought it was a equal thing... i mean as long as you a man that is – again, according to your bible that is.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Digusted

      hippypoet, so your the one that thought up atheism? Big britches you assume you to wear. Not only do you not know who's behind atheism, you haven't the foggiest idea what you are posting about when you deny Christianity. Again, that's the evil of ignorance residing in your brain. The day you atheists know anything about Jesus' truth is the day you become a Christian. Until then, little boys shouldn't play in the big leagues of life.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you just gave me a new respect for the mentally retarded...they are eons better then you. Have you ever thought that if you were raised in a different home you may not think the way you do and therefore christianity is just a framework of how you were raised and therefore has little substances if any...doubt it.

      and when did i say i came up with atheism?
      not sure you even have clue what you are talking about but thats ok, i never thought you did so it works.
      atheism is the lack of belief not the belief in nothing, and so no one person came up with it – it was invented time and time again but those who are able to not be a sheep in a death cult. WE able to think for ourselves without the requirement of a god to tell us right from wrong – we are not that impeded in life.

      again, i have a renewed respect for those too mentally retarded to know any better.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Disgusted

      hippypoet, cry all you want. You're the easy mark. Why? Because you proved you are easily mislead and fight for the right to stay ignorant. When have you done any true research on the subject of atheism besides surfing the web or watching the ID channel? You haven't. Keep going to the wolves that leads you astray, they'll feed you all the garbage you can consume.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • hippypoet

      you do realize that besides avoiding everything asked you, you haven't shown any real intelligence? do you realize that the average atheist knows more of religion then the average believer...thats any religion, and any average believe to said belief in discussion. I include myself in this "knows more" section. please, test me to my knowledge of god, gods, and religions...i'll wait.

      also, you must realize by now that since others believe as you do your not alone...this is not something to take solace in but rather a sign of the power of suggestion and the willingness of people to be lead over be the leader...at the very least think for themselves...that is clearly completely out of the question.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Disgusted

      Atheists only know the words on the pages. You prove it daily. You haven't the foggiest idea what Jesus teaches. If you did, you be a Christian following his purity. As for your smart remark about retardation. Obviously, you believe your remark to be funny or amusing. You proved yourself to be shameful, but, never to admit that shame.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Knee

      ATHEISTS CLAIM TO KNOW A LOT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY, DON'T THEY?
      Explain the difference between eternal life and life after death in Biblical terms!

      October 20, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  8. 24 Hour Crisis Center

    Wow. I haven't blogged for a while, out of town on bidness. So here I am sitting at an airport bar and checking the blog and this is the story. THIS is the story. Cave Men destroying idols. Welcome back to the stone age weary traveller.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

      and if opportunity given, they all want to come to America, Canada, UK, Australia lol, of course, for better living!

      October 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      Like you theen hindu pindu original findu!

      October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Wow look who is talking? some half drunk native Indian, trying to escape from country under White Devil's control! Good luck, we are not going to miss you.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  9. Sam Yaza

    damn you Yahweh/allah stop destroying indigenous heritage

    October 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  10. reddragon

    All religions pick on those that they deem are weaker. I say we sent the tea party over to take out the islamists. They can fight until there is nothing left of either of them. Then we would have peace

    October 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Disgustecd

      Typical atheist coward. Sitting on the sidelines, then as the carpetbaggers you are, stealing the spoils of war.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      @Disgustecd

      Correct. F the idiots.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Disgusted

      I suspect that is your "the strong survive" argument when you purposely put the bait out there to wait for the nibbles, sit back and hide and scream, you had nothing to do with it. God knows you to be a coward.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • 24 Hour Crisis Center

      @Disgustecd

      1. I am glad you understand that atheists are strong.
      2. It is interesting that you compare religous people to fish that swim in schools.
      3. Good luck with that.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  11. Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

    Human the guys in dirty white rob, ragtag, is my goon father, grave digger by trade, criminal secular's, Atheist, deniers of truth absolute GAWD, not part of truth absolute, but Mullah ism, illegality invented by fakeer Pharisee's, pagan self centered to justify musalman ism, racism by birth, having no place in civility but every thing related to stealing, looting, killing ism, illegality, deserving of not preservation, but elimination. for peace, slam Islam on earth. To learn more enroll in I Hate Hindus 101 class in mosque near you.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

    my ragtag half-brothers, doo-fuses, still searching for Aladeen's magic lamp, goons of Allah, denier of truth absolute GAWD.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      hinduism, stupidity of a hindu, stupid.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  13. Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

    Human and grave worship is hinduism, denial of truth absolute, way of hindu Jew's. criminal secular's, Atheist, deniers of truth absolute GOD, not part of truth absolute, but hinduism, illegality invented by hindu Pharisee's, pagan self centered to justify hinduism, racism by birth, having no place in civility but every thing related to hinduism, illegality, deserving of not preservation, but elimination. for peace, Islam on earth. To learn more visit limitisthetruth.com

    October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  14. niknak

    Look at them well fundies, because they are the brown skinned version of what you will be and what you will do to this country if you ever get supreme power here.
    Ignorance and backwardness and violence is the staple of those who still profess their belief in 2000 year old goat herder fables.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Disgusted

      Yes, the communists calling themselves atheists are systematically destroying the USA.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Putting the nincompoops on the spot

      Oh do tell us exactly how these nefarious Communist atheists are "systematically destroying" America!

      Describe in detail what Communist atheists have already destroyed, and what's next on the target list.

      Explain the system in "systematically". What is this structure you so clearly see?

      What makes them Communists?

      This should be good for a laugh . . . if "Disgusted" even has the courage to respond. Dingbats like him usually vanish when you ask them to support their statements.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Huebert

      @Disgusting

      All the atheist I know, myself included, are capitalist. Jesus was a socialist.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Disgusted

      Putting the nincompoops on the spot, you're too stupid for an explanation. All that matters is that we know. Now, go back to your dark corner.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • derp

      It is glaringly obvious that "disgusted" is too stupid to answer the question. Move along.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Disgusted

      Huebert, Jesus wasn't a socialist. Jesus taught his followers that they should always work and work. He told us that anyone that refuses to work is worse than an infidel.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Huebert

      Mark 10:21

      Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

      Sounds a lot like "from each according to his means, to each according to his need" to me.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Disgusted

      Huebert, as a self proclaimed capitalist such as yourself. Materialism means everything to you. Jesus is telling his followers, spiritual truth is absolute and if materialism is blinding you to his spiritual truth. Dump it. I'm sure you'll just ignore this explanation because you're an idiot and only want to read scriptures from your warped perspective.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Disgusting

      I see your argument has degenerated into name calling and insults, the typical refuge for the weak minded. Since you are unable to maintain a basic level of decorum and civility I am done with you. Have a wonderful day and may you be touched by his noodly appendage.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • It's Disgusted

      Huebert, If anyone has degenerated, it's you atheists that were brainwashed by today's Pharisees. The Pharisees are the people Jesus was answering in Mark 10:21. Lie all you want atheist. Christians have your number.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  15. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    goons of filthy GOON, denier of GAWD, looking for value ables, beggars of ALLAH, nothing more.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the Original Hinduism Source.......)

      No, those "GOONS OF THEEN ALLAH" are there to get some bricks, so they can build their mud houses.

      October 19, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • niknak

      The board's villiage idiot is back to spew more unintelligent gibberish about hindus.
      I think your mom is calling so you can take your next round of meds.
      You must have missed the last round.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      No, hindu, joker is having fun by use of hindu, stolen ID, hindu, stupid.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  16. tallulah13

    Destruction seems to be one of the more popular manifestations of True Belief™. Christians have historically destroyed a lot of art and architecture they considered pagan, now these charmers are doing the same. This is yet another reason I have a lot of disdain for organized religion.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  17. Reality

    "Fracken" 0 IQ idiots!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  18. my2cents

    I think they should target Mecca next. It’s right up there with the Vatican for idolatry.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      No, hindu's ignorant like you, head.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Rational Libertarian

    These people are barbarians.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:56 am |
    • derp

      That is not fair to barbarians

      October 19, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • TheRationale

      Yeah, you should not have the right to speak of barbarians in such an insulting way.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  20. asdf

    ...I remember something similar happenned in Afghanistan in about the year 2000....

    October 19, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      yes.. when the Taliban blew up 3000 year old BIG statues of Buddha.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Very good, hinduism, criminality have no place among La. truth abiding, civil humanity.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
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