The Surge is working [tm] -- but for gay Iraqis who face a murderous new spate of violence
by theocrats and militiamen, notsomuch
. "More than 430 gay men have been murdered in Iraq since 2003... [but] many officials say they feel that in a country at war, there are more pressing concerns than gay rights."
posted by digaman
on Aug 27, 2008 -
If America were Iraq, what would it be like?
Private armies totaling 275,000 men; platoons of Christian Soldiers Militia holed up in Arlington National Cemetery; the grounds of the White House constantly under mortar fire; the Secretary of State, President, and Attorney General all assassinated in the past year; and the Air Force routinely bombing Billings, Flint, Philadelphia, and parts of LA and DC to destroy "safe houses" of "criminal gangs."
posted by johnnydark
on Sep 27, 2004 -
Devil Worship: The Sacred Books and Traditions of the Yezidiz
, by Isya Joseph, 1919. 'This is one of the only public domain sources of information on the religious beliefs of the Yezidi, a small group originally from the northern region of Iraq. Although they speak Kurdish, they are a distinct population from the Kurds. The Yezidi are notable because they have been described as devil-worshippers, which has naturally led to constant persecution by the dominant Islamic culture of the region ... They have many unique beliefs, such as that the first Yezidi were created by Adam by parthenogenesis separately from Eve ... ' New on sacred-texts.com.
posted by plep
on Sep 17, 2004 -
Meet the People
of the Peacock Angel
, the Yezidi
. Theirs is a religion and culture
centered near Mosul, Iraq, as well as Syria, the Caucasus, the via the diaspora in Germany. Seclusive and secretive, the Yezidi have often been maligned
by outsiders due to misinterpretations
of the nature of their primary Deity, Malak Taus (once a rebel angel who recreated the world and doused the fires of hell with his tears). Gurdjieff
, pt. II
) may have been heavily influenced by them
. Unlike other middle-eastern religions, the Yezidi
have rejected dualism and, therefore, the ideas of sin and evil. Various versions float around of the Black Book
of the Yezidi and other works
that form their
sacred literature. Wars, political pogroms and proselytizing have placed this beautiful, complex and misunderstood tradition
posted by moonbird
on Jul 4, 2003 -
Plans Under Way for Christianizing the Enemy.
"Two leading evangelical Christian missionary organizations said Tuesday that they have teams of workers poised to enter Iraq to address the physical and spiritual needs of a large Muslim population."
God please save me from your followers!
posted by thedailygrowl
on Mar 30, 2003 -