TruthOne drive inherent in humanity is to desire to improve on the original, no matter what that original is.  We see this throughout history, and now see it very clearly in our world today.  ISIL demands an interpretation which will restore what they see as the original. Of course, a great majority of their own Sunni branch of Islam do not agree with such an interpretation. Consider what Mohammed himself had to say about Christians in his letter to the monks at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai desert near Mt. Sinai where Moses met God. (you can read his letter to them here – (https://www.facebook.com/notes/hazrat-abbas-ibn-ali-as/prophet-muhammads-s-letter-to-the-monks-of-st-catherines-monastery/10150235183889345.

We Christians have our own similar (if not quite so barbaric) church groups which denounce every Church not agreeing with their particular fundamental extremism, such as Westboro Baptist Church pickets at funerals.

Recently, a blogger was musing about the newly popular habit of naming new start churches or renaming a church in order to attract more membership. They are especially likely to aim for the hip, the cutting edge, the unconventional church member.  In fact, in Warren, MI, there is a congregation titled The Scruffy Church.  In fairness, this church seems to be attracting members from a narrow population segment.  They espouse a theology of love and acceptance with Scriptural faithfulness. Tradition and doctrine are not front and center here.

Such attempts at renewed evangelism most often seem to be rooted in a drive to revive membership waning membership efforts. In many cases, tradition takes a back seat, or is even tossed out in the effort of be effective and cutting edge. Theology and morality are modified so as to emphasize only certain truths, and ignore or simply cut out what does not fit.

WoW with bradyFr. Orthohippo

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How An American F-16 Pilot Was Given A Kamikaze Mission On Sept. 11

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How An American F-16 Pilot Was Given A Kamikaze Mission On Sept. 11

How An American F-16 Pilot Was Given A Kamikaze Mission On Sept. 11

One of the first two U.S. combat pilots in the air on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 took off from Andrews Air Force Base in an F-16 with a mission to bring down United Flight 93 — and without any missiles or ammunition.

“We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney said describing her orders to The Washington Post. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.”

The fourth recently identified hijacked plane appeared to be on a heading for Washington, and there was no time to arm the base’s fighter aircraft before Penney and her commanding officer took off to intercept the rogue Boeing 757 passenger plane.

“We had to protect the airspace any way we could,” Penney said.

Penney, the first female F-16 pilot of the D.C. Air National Guard’s 121st Fighter Squadron, had just completed two weeks of combat training on that historic Tuesday, and the bases’s fighters were still equipped with dummy ammunition. According to the report, there were no armed aircraft ready for immediate scramble over post-Cold War Washington in the fall of 2001.

The third plane had just struck the Pentagon and the base was at least an hour away from arming combat-ready aircraft, with the fourth already thought to have been identified.

“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Col. Marc Sasseville told Penney as they donned their flight suits.

“I’ll take the tail,” Penney replied.

After skipping their pre-flight checks and starting down the runway with flight crews pulling out safety pins alongside, the jets took off over the smoking ruin of the Pentagon’s west side. Both pilots hoped to eject before the moment of impact, all the while doubting such a tactic would work. Even worse, Penney said, was the fear that bailing out too early would mean missing her target.

Hours later the two pilots would learn that the passengers of United 93 had already done what the pilots themselves were prepared to do. The pair flew sorties all day, and later, escorted Air Force One back to Washington.

“The real heroes are the passengers on Flight 93 who were willing to sacrifice themselves,” Penney said. “I genuinely believed that was going to be the last time I took off.”

Penney went on to fly two tours in Iraq and is now a director of the F-35 program at Lockheed Martin, who serves part-time as a National Guard pilot.

Today there are always two fully armed fighter jets stationed at Andrews, with two pilots never more than yards from their aircraft.

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Dalai Lama says no need for successor

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

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In this picture taken on July 6, 2014, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks to devotees before the teaching starts on the fourth day of Kalachakra near Leh, India. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.


His comments to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper echo his previous statement that “the institution of the Dalai Lama has served its purpose”, but were even more explicit.

“We had a Dalai Lama for almost five centuries. The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he said.

“If a weak Dalai Lama comes along, then it will just disgrace the Dalai Lama,” he added with a laugh, according to a transcript of the English language interview.

He also said: “Tibetan Buddhism is not dependent on one individual. We have a very good organizational structure with highly trained monks and scholars.”

China has governed Tibet since 1951, a year after invading, and the Dalai Lama fled across the Himalayas to India after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011 retired from political duties and has upgraded the role of prime minister of the Tibetan exile community.

But he is still the most powerful rallying point for Tibetans, both in exile and in their homeland, and remains the universally recognized face of the movement.

Asked by the German newspaper how much longer he may carry on his advocacy duties, the 79-year-old said: “The doctors say I could become 100 years old. But in my dreams I will die at the age of 113 years.

“I hope and pray that I may return to this world as long as sentient beings’ suffering remains. I mean not in the same body, but with the same spirit and the same soul.”

On the question of whether he may ever be able to return to Tibet, he said: “Yes, I am sure of that. China can no longer isolate itself, it must follow the global trend towards a democratic society.”

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