Ironic Surrealism II http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer It is not fear that grips me... only a heightened sense of things. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 05:59:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.2.1 en Eeny Meeny Miny Mo http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/29/eeny-meeny-miny-mo/ http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/29/eeny-meeny-miny-mo/#comments Sun, 30 Dec 2007 02:52:54 +0000 Velvet Hammer http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/29/eeny-meeny-miny-mo/

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Barack Obama at the Smoky Row Coffee Shop in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Voter asks Obama about ‘Muslim background’

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked about his “Muslim background” by a potential voter at a coffee shop Saturday, and used the encounter as an opportunity to try to put to rest stories that he said had been “misreported.”

Obama joined a group of four women in a booth to eat some pumpkin pie and sip a cup of tea. One of the women asked him how his “Muslim background” would affect his decisions as president.

He told them his father had lived in a Muslim-dominated village in Kenya, but “didn’t practice Islam.”

“Truth is, he wasn’t very religious,” said Obama. “He met my mother. My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married, and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So I’ve always been a Christian.”

Personal Asides: After All the Protesting, the Obama Muslim Story Insofar as We Can Know It.

Tenth, Obama was not raised a Muslim, the Senator’s office said. Nor as a Christian by his mother, a white American named Ann Dunham who according to Sammon was “deeply skeptical of religion.” “Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones,” Obama wrote. “For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness.” As a result, he wrote, “I was not raised in a religious household.”

Egads! Consistency please.

I’ll give Daniel Pipes the floor…

Was Obama Ever a Muslim?

“If I were a Muslim I would let you know,” Barack Obama has said, and I believe him. In fact, he is a practicing Christian, a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. He is not now a Muslim.

But was he ever a Muslim or seen by others as a Muslim? More precisely, might Muslims consider him a murtadd (apostate), that is, a Muslim who converted to another religion and, therefore, someone whose blood may be shed?

“I’ve always been a Christian,” said Obama, focusing on his own personal lack of practice of Islam as a child to deny any connection to Islam. But Muslims do not see practice as key. For them, that he was born to a line of Muslim males makes him born a Muslim.

That is the norm. Muslim from birth. Which is precisely why those who leave Islam as apostates, walk in fear of death.

Obama is a member of The United Church of Christ. It is riddled with it’s own controversy.

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Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, March 2005.

Obama’s liberal church under the microscope

Obama and his wife, Michelle, are members of Trinity United Church of Christ, a South Side church led by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who teaches members about their African heritage and preaches a theology of black liberation.

Conservative pundits say the church espouses white racism. But Obama and Wright say black empowerment doesn’t mean white inferiority.

‘White empowerment’ could not in turn point towards black inferiority?

“For Trinity, being unashamedly black does not mean being anti-white,” church historian Martin Marty said in a recent writing.

Butting in once again. Just want to make sure I have this straight. Being unashamedly white would not mean one is being anti-black. Good to know. Thrilled we agree. Because I am. And I am not.

About Us
We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:
1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

I n t e r e s t i n g…

Talking Points
To have a church whose theological perspective starts from the vantage point of Black liberation theology being its center, is not to say that African or African American people are superior to any one else.

• African-centered thought, unlike Eurocentrism, does not assume superiority and look at everyone else as being inferior.

Bla bla bla bla bla…Being proud and white is racist and black pride is a beautiful thing.
Can’t we all just be looked upon as ‘people’? Why must color and race be constantly highlighted? It is 2000 and 7, we are living in the 21st century, for God’s sake.

Moving along…
The Trinity United Church of Christ embraces Louis Farrakhan head of the ‘Nation of Islam
An Empowerment Interview: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (pdf.)

Because of the Minister’s influence in the African American community, Trumpet News magazine honors him this winter at its Sounds of the Shore gala with an Empowerment Award.
It seemed a fitting tribute for a storied life well lived. And as our brief interview drew to a close and he thanked me for taking the time to talk to him, I could not help but think, the Minister, the man with whom I had been so casually speaking, truly epitomized greatness.

Yeah. One helluva guy…A real peach.[roll eyes]

Also in conjunction with Trumpet magazine Farrakhan is the recipient of this years lifetime achievement award for “Social Justice”
SOS Awards: Saving Lives in the Diaspora

Trinity United Church of Christ’s, Trumpet Newsmagazine’s Sounds on the Shore Gala 2007
The decision was made to honor socially conscious giants who commit their life’s work to saving the lives of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora. This would take place during the annual event.

Social Justice: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement.

Kissin’ the Farrakhan bootie. Shameless.

So social. So just.

“It is an act of mercy to white people that we end your world. … We must end your world and bring in a new world.”

Let’s flip that statement around…

# “It is an act of mercy to ‘black’ people that we end your world. … We must end your world and bring in a new world.”

Hmm…

“You [Jews] are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Jews (who everyone knows were black) You are the synagogue of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the US government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell… . But if you choose to crucify me (subtle reference to the Deicide charge), know that Allah will crucify you.”

Flipping once again..as best I can. Working with I got.

# “You [Muslims] are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood. You are not real Muslims (who everyone knows do not exist) You are the mosque of Satan, and you have wrapped your tentacles around the US government, and you are deceiving and sending this nation to hell… . But if you choose to crucify me (subtle reference to the Deicide charge), know that God will crucify you.”

Fair is fair.

And the mother of them all. Showcasing Farrakhan’s ’social justice’ in a nutshell. Oh how he deserves an lifetime achievement award for his lofty accomplishment in the arena of ’social justice’.

In the 1960s Farrakhan developed a strong enmity toward fellow NOI member Malcolm X, who backed a more moderate vision of black civil rights than did Farrakhan. When Malcolm in 1964 publicly revealed that NOI leader Elijah Muhammad had impregnated several of his teenage secretaries, Farrakhan, outraged at what he perceived to be Malcolm’s disloyalty, called him a traitor and denounced him in the NOI newspaper Muhammad Speaks: “Only those who wish to be led to hell, or to their doom, will follow Malcolm. The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape, especially after such evil, foolish talk about his benefactor; such a man is worthy of death and would have been met with death if it had not been for Muhammad’s confidence in Allah for victory over his enemies.” Ten weeks later, on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was killed in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom by three gunmen with ties to NOI.

Adding this in just for kicks…

Dear So-called white people,

Please, let my people go. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (Founder of NOI) has taught us that out of every ten white people there is one good one, that would like to do right by Black people but he or she is too afraid of the other nine to do anything about it.

My, my, my, my…my. Such blatant racism. Ring…ring…ring. Hello A.C.L.U. Heh.
Back to Farrakhan.

The Trinity United Church of Christ’s has a long lasting love affair with Farrakhan.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.-

…in an interview with PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” recorded just before Obama’s February announcement, Wright said he warned the senator that their association could pose political problems, partly because of his history of supporting Palestinian causes.

Wright also told The New York Times in an interview published March 6: “When his (Obama’s) enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli” with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to visit Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, “a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.”

At Trinity’s lively, music-oriented services, some members wear African-style dress. A red, black and green flag of the pan-African movement stands by the pulpit. On a nearby plaque, Trinity’s motto reads, “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.”

SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER: UCC ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS “FUNCTIONALLY ANTISEMITIC”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed outrage over the last minute decision by the United Church of Christ (UCC) Synod that urged divestment from American companies doing business with Israel, and the UCC resolution demanding Israel tear down its anti-terror security fence.

What The Muslims Want - Nation of Islam

This is the question asked most frequently by both the whites and the blacks. The answers to this question I shall state as simply as possible.

1. We want freedom. We want a full and complete freedom.

2. We want justice. Equal justice under the law. We want justice applied equally to all, regardless of creed or class or color.

3. We want equality of opportunity. We want equal membership in society with the best in civilized society.

4. We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own–either on this continent or elsewhere. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to provide such land and that the area must be fertile and minerally rich. We believe that our former slave masters are obligated to maintain and supply our needs in this separate territory for the next 20 to 25 years–until we are able to produce and supply our own needs.

Since we cannot get along with them in peace and equality, after giving them 400 years of our sweat and blood and receiving in return some of the worst treatment human beings have ever experienced, we believe our contributions to this land and the suffering forced upon us by white America, justifies our demand for complete separation in a state or territory of our own

5. We want freedom for all Believers of Islam now held in federal prisons. We want freedom for all black men and women now under death sentence in innumerable prisons in the North as well as the South. (LMAO! They MUST be mentally incapacitated! STHU! & STHD!)

We want every black man and woman to have the freedom to accept or reject being separated from the slave master’s children and establish a land of their own.

We know that the above plan for the solution of the black and white conflict is the best and only answer to the problem between two people.

6. We want an immediate end to the police brutality and mob attacks against the so-called Negro throughout the United States.

We believe that the Federal government should intercede to see that black men and women tried in white courts receive justice in accordance with the laws of the land–or allow us to build a new nation for ourselves, dedicated to justice, freedom and liberty.

7. As long as we are not allowed to establish a state or territory of our own, we demand not only equal justice under the laws of the United States, but equal employment opportunities- NOW!

We do not believe that after 400 years of free or nearly free labor, sweat and blood, which has helped America become rich and powerful, so many thousands of black people should have to subsist on relief or charity or live in poor houses.

8. We want the government of the United States to exempt our people from ALL taxation as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land.

9. We want equal education–but separate schools up to 16 for boys and 18 for girls on the condition that the girls be sent to women’s colleges and universities. We want all black children educated, taught and trained by their own teachers.

Under such schooling system we believe we will make a better nation of people. The United States government should provide, free, all necessary text books and equipment, schools and college buildings. The Muslim teachers shall be left free to teach and train their people in the way of righteousness, decency and self respect.

10. We believe that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited. We want the religion of Islam taught without hinderance or suppression.

These are some of the things that we, the Muslims, want for our people in North America

Well la-di-freaking-da! Hey blithering fools! There were whites enslaved by Muslims too! What do they get?
Oh and since a Great Grandfather of mine was murdered by the Crown of England, and his estate seized. Do I get to ask for reparations? That would be soooo damn cool! Velvet eyes Windsor Castle lustfully.

Crickets…
chirping.

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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated [Updated: All Hell Breaks Loose] http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/27/benazir-bhutto-assassinated/ http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/27/benazir-bhutto-assassinated/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2007 14:05:17 +0000 Velvet Hammer http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/27/benazir-bhutto-assassinated/ Breaking news.
Posted @ 08:05 a.m.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated at Rally in Pakistan

Thursday, December 27, 2007

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a homicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally.

Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she was entering her vehicle, and then the bomber blew himself up, FOX News has confirmed.

The former prime minister died in Rawalpindi General Hospital, where she had been rushed to surgery. She was 54.

“At 6:16 p.m. she expired,” said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto’s party who was at the hospital.

Her supporters at the hospital began chanting “Dog, Musharraf, dog,” referring to Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf.

Some of them smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears. Top party leaders were outside the hospital, crying.

One man with a flag of Pakistan People’s Party tied around his head was beating his chest.

Sen. Babar Awan, Bhutto’s lawyer, said, “The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred.”

Before…

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After…

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In pictures: Bhutto’s last rally

Update: All hell breaks loose. In typical fashion, irate protesters become arsonists. Crazed Bhutto supporters mourning her death set fire to anything in their path.

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Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty ImagesAn angry mob of Pakistani supporters of Benazir Bhutto set buses ablaze in Karachi, Dec. 27, 2007, following Bhutto’s assasination.

Slain Bhutto’s supporters take anger to the streets

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan put its paramilitary forces on “red alert” across the country on Thursday after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto sparked violent protests by her supporters

The unrest was predictably fiercest in her native Sindh province and its capital, Karachi.

“Police in Sindh have been put on red alert,” said a senior police official. “We have increased deployment and are patrolling in all the towns and cities, as there is trouble almost everywhere.”

Reports said security was deteriorating in Karachi, where thousands poured on to the streets to protest. At least three banks, a government office and a post office were set on fire, a witness said.

Tires were set on fire on many roads, and shooting and stone-throwing was reported in many places. Most shops and markets in the city shut down.

At least 20 vehicles were torched in the central Sindh town of Hyderabad.

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto

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Benazir Bhutto followed her father into politics, and both of them died because of it - he was executed in 1979, she fell victim to an apparent suicide bomb attack.

The Bhutto family tragedy explained

Benazir Bhutto’s death is the latest disaster in a family history rife with feuds, fall-outs, violent death and tragedy


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“Muslim Russia” http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/26/muslim-russia/ http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/26/muslim-russia/#comments Wed, 26 Dec 2007 22:57:23 +0000 Velvet Hammer http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/26/muslim-russia/ Russia’s Muslims begin talking about a ‘Muslim Russia’

Publication time: 19 December 2007, 10:37

Russia’s Muslims are beginning to change the way they talk about the relationship between their religious community and their country, a shift that reflects their own growing self-confidence but one that frightens many ethnic Russians who see it as a threat to their own status.

Until recently, Daniyal Isayev writes in a commentary on the Islam.ru portal, the Muslims of Russia, like most analysts who discuss their community, typically spoke “about ‘Islam and Russia,’ ‘Islam in Russia,’ and even ‘[non-ethnic] Russian Islam.” But they “never” referred to “‘Muslim Russia.’”

Now, he writes, ever more of the faithful there are doing just that, a reflection of “how much is changing both in the world and in Russia itself” — and “especially in the consciousness, self-conception and position of Muslims” living in that country (http://www.islam.rupressclub/analitika/bumora/?print_page).

This shift does not represent a split in Russian society, the Muslim commentator insists, but rather represents an affirmation that Islam is “an inalienable part of Russia” and that “Russia as a state and civilization could not exist without Islam and the Muslims.”

The Islamic community emerged “on the territory of contemporary Russia not only centuries earlier than in many other regions of the world which today are considered traditionally Islamic but centuries before the appearance of the [ethnic] Russian people and [ethnic] Russian and [non-ethnic] Russian statehood.”

“Muslim Russia,” he writes, “is Derbent, Kazan, Astrakhan, Ufa, Tyumen, Orenburg and so on. Today, this is also Moscow and St. Petersburg. {It] is the creativity of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Tolstoy, … an enormous territory and peoples of Northern Eurasia who were drawn together by the Golden Horde.”

Moreover, “Muslim Russia is [also] the victories on the fronts of the First and Second World Wars, gold medals at the Olympics and scientific achievements of recent years.” And the future of Muslim Russia, Isayev suggests, is certain to be even richer and more beneficial to the country.

That is because “Muslim Russia is not a finished or finally completed phenomenon. [It] is a dynamically developing present and a magnificent future of our country,” one in which Russia’s Muslims “every day acquire ever greater certainty in their own strength, in their own goals, and their own future.”

In many ways, Muslims today are playing in Russia the role of the creative minority that the English historian Arnold Toynbee suggested every country needs. And by doing so, they are thus helping others in Russia to overcome the “deep crisis” that many have been experiencing.

Of course, Isayev concedes, “Muslims of Russia are a religious minority,” but that should not disturb them at all. “In this there is nothing strange or out of the ordinary. The entire history of Islam was written by Muslims who were [at one point] minorities in their own motherland,” whether that was in Mecca or somewhere else.

And precisely because Russia’s Muslims live today “not only on the borders with non-Muslim societies but also on the borders of a new, post-industrial world, which puts before Islam ever new challenges,” they may have a special role to play not only for Russia itself but for the entire Muslim world.

Indeed, in this, the 21st century, it is entirely possible that “Muslim Russia can become the advance guard of the development of Islam in Northern Eurasia” and even of the development of the Islamic community of the entire world. “Only Allah knows,” Isayev concludes, just what role in the future Muslim Russia is fated to play.”

But there is one role that “Muslim Russia” is already playing: as a bogeyman to many non-Muslim Russians who feel that the rapid growth of the Islamic community in their country at the present time represents a threat not only to their way of life but even to the existence of the Russian state itself.

Indeed, in the words of one Russian nationalist writer, Russians today “no longer feel themselves masters in their own house” but rather like unwelcome and even temporary guests in a country that they had always assumed to be theirs alone and certainly not a Muslim one
(http://www.apn.ru/column/article18631.htm ).

Many other Russian commentators feel the same. One suggests that that the Russian government is increasingly opposed to ethnic Russians either to curry favor with the West, avoid violence or win support from the significantly more pliant non-Russian communities (http://www.apn.ru.opinions/print18645.htm).

Another suggests that non-Russians are allowed to attack Russians in ways that Russians are not, something that not only drives many Russians out of non-Russian regions but fuels the anger of even those Russians who live in still predominantly Russian rgions (http://rus-proekt.ru/people/2652.html).

And yet a third uses openly racist language to insist that ethnic Russians are being overwhelmed by what he calls “hot southern blood” and are now reduced to identifying themselves as ethnic Russians when they seek housing in a country that is named after them (http://www.gazetanv.ru/article/?iod=5143).

The existence of these two sets of attitudes, the increasingly self-confident Muslim one, on the one hand, and the increasingly defensive ethnic Russian one, on the other, points to more conflicts ahead, unless the authorities and cooler heads on both sides pull back a little and reflect on just how dangerous such clashes could be.

Paul Goble

Source: Window on Eurasia

Kavkaz Center
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2007/12/19/9190.shtml

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Growth of Islam in Russia Brings Soviet Response

Russia has a Muslim dilemma Ethnic Russians hostile to Muslims
Michael Mainville, Chronicle Foreign Service
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Followers of Islam say they have been citizens a long time

Across Russia, Islam is thriving. Experts say the country is undergoing a startling change and that if current trends continue, more than half of Russia’s population will be Muslim by midcentury.

“Russia is going through a religious transformation that will be of even greater consequence for the international community than the collapse of the Soviet Union,” said Paul Goble, an expert on Islam in Russia and a research associate at the University of Tartu in Estonia.

As in many Western countries with growing Muslim populations, tensions are also on the rise. Ethnic Russians fear their country is losing its traditional identity; Muslims are offended by widespread discrimination and a lack of respect for their faith.

Russia’s Muslims are extremely diverse, including Volga Tatars, the myriad ethnicities of the North Caucasus and newly arrived immigrants from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. But they all share an important demographic — birth rates far higher than that of Russia’s Christian Orthodox, ethnic Slavs.

Russia’s overall population is dropping at a rate of 700,000 people a year, largely due to the short life spans and low birth rates of ethnic Russians. The country’s 2002 census shows that the national fertility rate is 1.5 children per woman, far below the 2.1 children per woman needed to maintain the country’s population of about 143 million. The rate in Moscow is even lower, at 1.1 children per woman.

But Russia’s Muslims are bucking that trend. The fertility rate for Tatars living in Moscow, for example, is six children per woman, Goble said, while the Chechen and Ingush communities are averaging 10 children per woman. And hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have been flocking to Russia in search of work.

Since 1989, Russia’s Muslim population has increased by 40 percent to about 25 million. By 2015, Muslims will make up a majority of Russia’s conscript army, and by 2020 a fifth of the population.

“If nothing changes, in 30 years people of Muslim descent will definitely outnumber ethnic Russians,” Goble said.

For many ethnic Russians, the prospect of becoming a minority in their country is unthinkable, and nationalist sentiments are on the rise. “Russia is historically a Slavic, Orthodox Christian land, and we need to make sure it stays that way,” said Alexander Belov, head of the Movement Against Illegal Immigration, an increasingly powerful interest group that has organized dozens of rallies in recent months.

Predicting a Majority-Muslim Russia - Daniel Pipes

July 29, 2007 update: Staving off demographic decline has become a Russian government obsession, as suggested by Edward Lucas’s report, “Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp.” From the article’s opening:

Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp’s mass wedding. “They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia”. Obediently, couples move to a special section of dormitory tents arranged in a heart-shape and called the Love Oasis, where they can start procreating for the motherland.

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Sand Artist Creates Sculpture of Jesus http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/sand-artist-creates-22-foot-high-sculpture-of-jesus/ http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/sand-artist-creates-22-foot-high-sculpture-of-jesus/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2007 23:40:16 +0000 Velvet Hammer http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/sand-artist-creates-22-foot-high-sculpture-of-jesus/ This is neat!

Orissa artist carves Jesus Christ on sand

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KalingaTimes Correspondent
Puri (Orissa), Dec 24: As the world was readying to celebrate Christmas, internationally acclaimed sand artist from Orissa Sudarsan Pattnaik carved an impressive image of Jesus Christ on the sandy beaches of this holy town on Monday.

Pattnaik created the 22 ft high sand sculpture, which he claimed to be the world’s biggest Jesus Christ on sand, by using 600 tonnes of sand. It took 25 hours for him to complete the work.

The artist also carved sand images of Santa Claus and Mother Mary near the sculpture of Lord Jesus.

While Pattnaik created the sculpture of Jesus with plain sand, he used colours in the images of Santa Claus and Mother Mary holding baby Jesus.

Around 15 students, including seven girls, from Golden Sand Art Institute that Pattnaik runs on the Puri beach assisted him in creating the sand sculptures.

“Puri is the place where sand art started in the 14th Century and the tourist inflow into Puri is another reason why I chose Lord Jesus as the subject at this time of the year,” Pattnaik said.

Here is a pic of Pattnaik’s sand carved Santa Claus . I wish I could of found one of the Mother Mary and Baby Jesus sculpture. Sigh.

I really like this guy.

International Sand Art of Mr Sudarsan Pattnaik

SAND ART :- In Orissa ,a unique type of art form is developed at Puri . But it spreads all over the world . To carve a sand sculpture , the raw material is the only clean and fine grained sand mixed with water . With the help of this type of sand and with the blessings of God and by the magic of fingures , an artist can carve a beautiful and attractive sculpture on the beach.

ORIGIN :- Although not historically proved , there is an interesting story in the Orissan myths regarding the origin of sand sculpture like follows :-

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The Reason For The Season http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/the-reason-for-the-season/ http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/the-reason-for-the-season/#comments Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:50:37 +0000 Velvet Hammer http://conservablogs.com/velvethammer/2007/12/24/the-reason-for-the-season/
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Messianic Starlight
~ Star Of Christmas ~©

A star glistening so high and bright.
A Holy Star, a wondrous sight.
Hung from Angel’s hair, strung from Heaven above.
Beaming a message of peace and love.

From God’s lips to mankind’s ears.
A tale told to erase all worries and fears.
Bringing a prophecy of a glorious birth.
To men of all races, a song of mirth.

An Angelic heavenly chorus sings
Of a child born to be King of all kings.
To offer all the world, true redemption.
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men.
©

~ Messianic Starlight ~ Star Of Christmas©
~ Written by velvethammer a.k.a. Scarlett
~ December 18 1996


Take a few moments and visit Always On Watch for a magnificent Christmas video!

A Collection of Renaissance Nativity Scenes by Philip Scott Johnson (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Felix Mendelssohn’s Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) uses my favorite Christmas carol in a choral arrangement as music for the slide show.

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