Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Thursday, December 3, 2015

If It Walks Like A Duck, Quacks Like A Duck, Swims Like A Duck ...

The facts as currently known regarding the tragedy in California yesterday:
  • Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik — the Muslim couple who stormed a county social services office in San Bernardino, Calif., yesterday morning killing 14 at an office gathering, before dying hours later in a shootout with police — had an ample arsenal of high-power weapons, ammo and explosive devices, in addition to running an 'IED factory' out of their home. 
  • More than 5,000 rounds of ammunition were later found in their home, which sources described as "an IED factory" packed with explosives and bomb-making equipment. 
  • Syed Rizwan Farook, a U.S.-born citizen of Pakistani descent who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and begun wearing a full beard, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, burst into the facility Wednesday morning and sprayed up to 75 rounds at Farook's own terrified colleagues in a conference room where his employer, the county health department, was hosting a holiday party Farook had angrily bolted only minutes earlier.
  • The couple were each carrying an AR-15 rifle and a pistol when they were shot and killed by police after a brief chase in their rented black Ford Expedition with Utah plates about 2 miles from the initial shooting site. The source said the vehicle also contained so-called "rollout bags" with multiple pipe bombs, as well as additional ammunition.
  • In addition to the explosives found in the SUV, authorities discovered and detonated three pipe bombs late Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center, the complex where the initial shooting took place about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Another source said investigators discovered a dozen pipe bombs in the house, as well as small explosives strapped to remote-controlled cars - a signature of terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, according to counter-terrorism experts. Police also found thousands of .223-caliber and 9mm rounds at the home.
  • Investigators doubt the shooting can be attributed to a workplace dispute, due to the apparent extensive planning behind the attack as well as the heavy weaponry used. 
  • Farook himself had talked by phone and on social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism, law enforcement officials said.
  • A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people. “We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?'” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”
Yet, as of now, the FBI still refuses to label this tragedy for what it obviously is - Islamic terrorism. No doubt they are under enormous pressure (from an administration who refuses to acknowledge what everyone else already knows) to come up with an alternative cause. Anything other than Islam. (Remember the comical decision to label the Ft Hood terrorist shootings by Nidal Hasan in 2009 as"workplace violence"? A Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years. The U.S. government declined requests from survivors and family members of the slain to categorize the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism, or motivated by militant Islamic religious convictions.)

As accurately noted earlier here by Dennis Greenfield, "They [Jihadists] are not perverting a great religion, as our politicians claim, they are living it ... in the end, the problem of Islamic violence is the problem of Islam."

[update] The Islamic Jihadists erased their digital presence (deleting email accounts, disposing of hard drives and smashing their cellphones, according to law enforcement investigators ) the day before their murderous rampage. See here. It requires a willful suspension of the facts to believe this was anything other than Islamic terrorism.

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