I’m not sure who the original editor of this particular picture is - I got this from a shared post of a friend on Facebook. In most cases I’d hesitate to post a picture I don’t know where to give credit to, but I think in this case it can be excused, given the severity of the issue at hand.
If you don’t already know, this is the Arabic letter Nun, equivalent to our letter “N.” It’s the first letter of the word “Nasara” or Nazarenes, which refers to Christians as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. ISIS is marking this symbol on buildings owned by Iraqi Christians in Mosul - it is essentially a death sentence. The radical terrorists are forcing people from their homes and systematically murdering anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. According to a recent CNN report, they are even beheading children.
Ignace Joseph III Younan, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch apparently said in an interview with Vatican Radio that there are no longer any Christians left in Mosul because of the threat to their lives. Many refugees have fled to Kurdistan, but according to Younan, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan has said it can no longer grant asylum since it appears that the area is already overpopulated with not only Christian refugees but several refugees from other targeted minority groups.
These people need our support.
I don’t care if you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, or what have you - people are being turned out on the streets and brutally tortured and killed. Their places of worship and sacred texts are being mercilessly destroyed. I know just spreading around a picture won’t do much in the grand scheme of things, but we can start somewhere. If you care at all for these victims, if you have any ounce of compassion in you for the members of the human family suffering right now, please reblog this “Nun” symbol to show support and spread the word to those who may still be ignorant of its meaning. If enough people are aware of what’s going on, then there is a greater chance of us pulling together to take real action.
I always thought it was ironic that Irene, the brutal warrior queen, be named Irene, which means “peace”, whereas the plain-looking, beloved mountain queen be named Helen, who’s face launched a thousand ships and killed thousands more men. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t the queen of the mountains, a land of unity and unquestionable loyalty, be named after peace? Shouldn’t the beautiful and cruel woman of the lowlands whose barons are constantly at one another’s throats and constantly hoping to wed her in order to become king be called Helen?
And yet Sounis sought the plain-looking Helen with single-minded determination. Why? Her smile. Her magnetism. Helen’s face may not have launched a thousand ships, but her smile resulted in the deaths of hundreds of men, and her refusal of a man resulted in war. Sound familiar?
Irene is the stone-cold queen constructed of iron. She cannot trust anyone in her court. Until, of course, she marries the Annux, who literally brings peace to the three countries. Irene was very clear that her king would be her choice. She chose an Annux, even though she never dreamed that this is what he would become. The ice queen brought peace not only to her unruly country, but to the other two as well, a peace as unshakable as Gen’s belief in his gods.
So in truth, both women were perfectly named.
Hubble Team unveils the most colorful view of the Universe captured by a space telescope. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. [1200x1096]
“I think the most amazing fact I learned was that they have a part of the brain that we don’t have—a part that we can’t even identify. This suggests that they sense, understand, and even feel more than we do. It still blows me away to think about it.”—Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish