Monday, September 25th 2017

Spiritual Surf: Purim, Scientology diet, Panchen Lama, Anthony Hopkins, Jerusalem, Farrakhan

esther1Purim: how a Jewish queen of Persia prevented genocide

The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated this week, commemorating Queen Esther’s saving her people from certain destruction.  During the festival Jews read from Megilat Esther (the book of Esther from the Bible), which is named after the fifth century BC Jewish heroine who helped protect her people and father Mordecai from the evil schemes of the story’s chief villain, Haman.  During the festival men and women comically cross-dress as characters from Esther, and are commanded by Jewish law to drink until they cannot recognize Haman from Mordecai, i.e., evil from good (which would imply that much drinking is required).

kirstiealley1Is Kirstie Alley promoting a diet of Scientology?

Kirstie Alley appeared on Oprah last week shilling her new weight loss program, Organic Liaison.  Anonymous, a group of anti-Scientology protesters, are claiming that fees charged, primarily for vitamin supplements, will be going to supplement the coffers of the Church of Scientology.  The office for Organic Liaison, Anonymous claims, is a front for the Church of Scientology, which means all money sent to Liaison goes to Scientologists.  Alley’s diet plan prescribes the use of a specific set of vitamin supplements; are these L. Ron Hubbard approved?

panchenlama1China’s Panchen Lama accepts position as political advisor for China

Gyaltsen Norbu, also known by his title of Panchen Lama, has joined the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC for short), a body of advisors from different political parties brought together to debate and discuss policy.  The Panchen Lama is the second most important figure among Tibetan Buddhists, after the Dalai Lama, but there are at least two men holding the title.  China’s choice was Gyaltsen Norbu; the Dalai Lama’s choice was Gendun Choekyi Nyima.  China’s appointment of Gyaltsen Norbu to the CPPCC looks like their response to the Dalai Lama’s meeting with President Obama.

hopkins11Anthony Hopkins makes a spiritual critique of celebrities

Anthony Hopkins slams Paris Hilton as being “soulless”.  He’s tired of the non-stop parade of skinny, non-thinking celebrity socialites, who he feels are soulless “machines.”  Hopkins compares celebrity worship as a form of “fascism” and “enslavement” and when it comes to  Paris Hilton, Hopkins asks, “Is there anything going on up there?”  There is certainly something going on up there in Hopkins’ mind.  Being an entertainer and major celebrity himself, Hopkins may have an inside perspective afforded to a few, but he certainly has shared it with everybody under the sun.

jerusalemwall1They may not be King Solomon’s mines, but they may be his walls

A major excavation was recently completed outside the crusader-made walls of the old city of Jerusalem.  The findings: walls dating back to the reign of Israel’s first kings, nearly 3,000 years ago.  King David’s son Solomon is said to have imposed forced labor in the building of public works, such as “the wall of Jerusalem” (1 Kings 9:15).  Within the excavation were several pottery shards bearing Hebrew names, and one pitcher was inscribed with the words “for the king”.  Such artifacts would be common near the walls of ancient city gates which served as a city’s economic, legal, media, and spiritual epicenter.

louis-farrakhan1Farrakhan gives long homily on “white right” conspiracy

Last Sunday Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, gave a three-hour-long speech detailing President Obama’s future challenges.  Terrorists? No. The GOP? Of course. Jews? Definitely, yes. Whites? You bet. Farrakhan described a white conspiracy to assasinate Obama, either politically by making sure he serves only one term, or through divine action (where God would strike down Obama where he stands).  If that wasn’t enough, Farrakhan reopened his predictions of a future spaceship that would someday destroy the US (not to worry; the ship is due to arrive in about one million years, according to Farrakhan).

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One Comment on “Spiritual Surf: Purim, Scientology diet, Panchen Lama, Anthony Hopkins, Jerusalem, Farrakhan”

  1. I love these articles! Thanks again for keeping us posted.

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