Jekyll Island Beach 2012

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Isis, and ISIS

The Rogue Speaks:

Sweet, loving Isis was a goddess in the Ancient Egyptian religion.  She was also worshipped in the Greco-Roman world.  Isis was the ideal mother and wife, and a friend of the downtrodden.  Even the wealthy aristocrats prayed to Isis, and she always listened.
The name Isis means "Throne."  Her headdress is a throne.  The pharaoh was her "child" and she provided the throne on which he sat.  Isis married her brother, Osiris (not gonna happen today, is it!!)  They had a baby, Horus.  Osiris was murdered by Set, his own brother, and Isis used her magic to resurrect him from the dead long enough to conceive Horus, even though she had to collect all his body parts first.
Egyptians believed that the Nile River flooded because of the tears of sorrow Isis wept for her beloved Osiris. This belief continued until paganism was suppressed in the Christian era.  The popular paintings of Horus nursing became a Christian theme, with Mary nursing the infant Jesus.
The kind and gentle Isis helped anyone she could, and still managed to keep the house clean and provide hardy meals for her family.  It would never enter her mind to kill or harm anyone!!
It is now 2016, and another ISIS has appeared on the scene.  Unfortunately this is not the good and kind Isis, but a terrorist group with the same name.  The ISIS you have been hearing about in the news for the last several years is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  It is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (the eastern Mediterranean), or ISIL. It is an active jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria, and it is trying to be the "religious" authority of all Muslims.  To be fair, there are also other world-wide religious groups who feel that their way is the only way, and that anyone who does not follow their teachings is doomed.

 So I'm not showing them!!
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who died in 1792 was the first modern Islamic fundamentalist and extremist, and ISIS is known for its "Wahhabist" interpretation of Islam.  Osama bin Laden came from Saudi Arabia, and was known to be a Wahhabi ( Please don't confuse the word with "Wasabi," which is a wonderful spicy condiment from Japan!  Hahahaha!!).  Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab claimed that many Muslims were not true Muslims because they did not follow the strict teachings.  This is significant, because it is forbidden for one Muslim to kill another, but in the Wahhabist's skewed and sick interpretation of the Koran, if someone is not a "true" Muslim, then killing them is just fine and dandy! Many uneducated people believe that the Koran instructs the followers to kill the "infidels."  I kind of equate this with those who bomb abortion clinics, and kill innocent people simply because they think differently about abortion.  Do you get my drift?
ISIS does not regard it's religion as just one school of thought--it believes it is the only way, and nothing else counts.  Does this sound familiar??

Today Donald Trump proclaimed that ISIS was founded by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A well-known commentator asked Trump if he was saying that Obama and Clinton aided ISIS. "NO!" Trump replied. "They founded ISIS!"  Since Trump is woefully ignorant in regard to anything outside his scams, someone should inform him that al-Wahhab essentially founded ISIS, which has now become a group that has absolutely no connection with true Islam.  They are now simply killing machines, made up of men and women who are mentally fractured, and filled with unjustifiable anger and malice.  

As we all know by now, Trump is a complete and total idiot who knows nothing about history and the world at large.  He has definitely finished the job of destroying the Republican party.  Of course, it only took him a couple of months to do something that the party itself had begun when George W. Bush became president.  Good riddance to these greedy liars, I say. 



Bruce Coltin said...

Well...a nice mix of mythology, history, religion, politics, and current events. I am feeling a little smarter since reading this post.

Quite enjoyable!

Judie said...

Thanks, Bruce!!

Anonymous said...

I much prefer the peaceful Isis. Very informative post for the letter I.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the way you think, Judie. So many people don't think at all, just accept what they hear is true, which can be a real problem if they only listen to the same people all the time.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post so rich with information ~ Hope you are having a wonderful summer, Judie ~ thanks, ^_^

I am wondering about renting in the winter on Jekyl Island ~ would you recommend it and/or know of places available? thanks ~ email me please.

Judie said...

I believe that many people are so afraid of having their faith shaken, that they just close their ears. And a large number of people just don't want to have to think for themselves, and choose to believe what organized religion tells them.

Gattina said...

Extremists are all bad ! Just go back to the crusades, or all these so said Christians who killed everybody who didn't want their religion as the American natives, the Aborigenes etc etc ! As long as people think that only weapons can settle whatever it is (sometimes only petrol) there is nothing to do. Maybe we should have more or only women in all governments of the world !

Cristina Pop said...

Very good choise for the letter I. SO historical!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Today's news with the fighting in Gaza and the plane crash in the Ukraine has me thinking the entire world has just gone mad. There is no respect for human life within these groups. It's actually the same old story, over and over, my way is the only way. Tired of it today and sad...

fredamans said...

I have a friend, he named his daughter Isis and his son Ares. :-)

Judie said...

Freda, by brother-in-law's best friend was named Ares.

RMW, you are so right! The more things change, the more they stay the same.

storybeader said...

no live and let live in the world today! Nice to know about the goddess Isis. {:-D

Lmkazmierczak said...

Nice segue from Isis to ISIS. It's going to get worse before it gets better unfortunately.

Claudia Schlottman said...

Another informative and entertaining post. How do you manage it with every one?

Karen S. said...

Your opening lead quite magical and sad at the same time, when shall the world wake up from such bitter blindness?

Viki said...

Very enlightening post. I remember helping me son when he was in school with a poster and essay on Isis. Sometimes I can't believe the world we live in. It seems everyone's gone nuts.

Jenny said...

Before our Grandlittles moved to Ireland, their school had a Greek Mythology 'fair' for all the fifth graders.

Each child had to dress up as a God or Goddess and have props and be able to answer questions.

It was so interesting reading this, Judie, because I could remember various children saying so many of the things you shared.

As I continued reading, though, I remembered an image on the news of a child masked in dust and mud and dead from a terrorist attack.

Bullies try to get their point across with violence. It is so awful.

What a place we might all live in if actions were used for express positive emotion and words expressed issues (political and otherwise).

I always feel like I'm blundering through my comments with you.

You bring up so many thoughts at once in my mind that I struggle to express them.

Thank you, Miss Judie, for making me think.

Even if I want to keep my head buried firmly in the sand the world is an intense place.

Hugs and A+++

Sarah said...

I will gladly take Isis over Trump any day!

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