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Timing is everything... especially in archeology and politics!Bob Collinsworth – Salem-News.com
Viewing political correctness as being more important than moral correctness denotes divisiveness...
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - According to an article written by Matti Friedman, published by the AP on October 30, 2011, and titled “Tiny, 1,400-year-old Christian relic found in Jerusalem”, a tiny (.8 inches by .6 inches), exquisitely made box was discovered at an excavation outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. The box is believed to be made of cow, camel, or horse bone and has a cross on the lid.
The article goes on to say that “The item was likely carried by a Christian believer around the end of the 6th century”, according to Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority, one of the directors of the dig where the box was found.
A restorer from the Israel Antiquities Authority displays a Byzantine Christian icon box made of bone with a cross carved on the lid in Jerusalem.
According to the article, the box was uncovered two years ago and it was treated by preservation experts and extensively researched before it was unveiled at an archaeological conference last week. It further states that the box is important in part because it offers the first archaeological evidence that the use of icons in the Byzantine period was not limited to church ceremonies.
The article concludes with the following statements: “The relic was found in the City of David excavation, a Jerusalem dig named for the biblical monarch believed to have ruled a Jewish kingdom from the site”.
“The politically sensitive dig is located in what is today the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, just outside the Old City walls in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital”.
It may be that the unveiling of this discovery to coincide with the UNESCO voted to grant the PLO full status in that organization is coincidental. It may also be that the timing of this announcement was meant to give Christians pause for thought. I.e. look how carefully Christian relics are handled by Israeli authorities . . . would Palestinian authorities do the same?
To that, I say that if Israel showed the same amount of care to Palestinian children as they did with this relic, there would not be quite as many of us viewing them as monsters. If Palestinian property were treated with the same reverence as this once Christian property they discovered two years ago, maybe there wouldn’t be quite so many of us that view them as a destructive entity.
Viewing political correctness as being more important than moral correctness denotes divisiveness . . . but, that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present.
These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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