October 22, 2017

AP Covers Up ‘Honor’- and Muslim-Related Aspects of Cleveland Murder

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:21 pm

On Tuesday, a man admitted that, as written up at Cleveland.com, the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that he killed his 27-year-old daughter in September 2016 “because he felt she disrespected his rules about coming home late and failing to clean up her room.” One of those rules was clearly: Don’t date non-Muslim men.” Though he avoided using the actual term, PD reporter Adam Ferrise at least gave readers enough information to show that what took place was a de facto Muslim “honor killing” — something a related Associated Press report was determined not to enable readers to discern.

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A Troubled Associated Press Has Become Less Transparent and Accountable

In recent months, it has become quite obvious that the Associated Press has made conscious moves designed to make its output and jounalistic operations less transparent. It’s also reasonable to ask whether these moves are also motivated by a desire to hide what appears to be a significant shrinkage in its available resources and perhaps even its number of personnel.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: England’s Buckfast Abbey to celebrate 1,000 years of foundation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Plymouth, England:

Oct 18, 2017 / 06:01 am

In 2018 one of England’s historic monasteries will celebrate the millennium year of its foundation, offering a prime example of the contribution of monastic life to society amid an increasingly fast-paced world.

For the Benedictine monks who inhabit Buckfast Abbey in Devon, reaching such a significant anniversary means “we are the inheritors of a great tradition,” Abbot David Charlesworth told CNA.

“Place matters for Benedictines, so the fact that we are in a place that has been established for many centuries before we came is important.”

Not only to Benedictine monks take the traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they also make an additional vow of stability, meaning that when they are assigned to a monastery, they stay there. While they might travel or even spend time in other monasteries, they will always be attached to the original, as an individual would be to their family home.

Charlesworth, who served as Abbot at Buckfast from 1992-1999, and was re-elected in 2009, said that in general, human beings “like the idea of roots.”

The concept of monasticism is ultimately rooted in the Gospel and expressed through the Rule of St Benedict, he said, but it is also rooted “in place, in a place, and it is from there, out of that place, that we then live our Baptismal vocation expressed through our monastic vocation.”

When it comes to living this vocation in modern times, the millennium landmark “helps to sort of galvanize our approach as to what we’re doing for the future,” Charlesworth said. This, he added, encompasses “what we’re doing personally, what we’re doing as a community, and what we’re doing as members of the Church of the Southwest of England.”

The abbot spoke to CNA about the millennium anniversary during a sit-down interview inside one of the two main guest houses at Buckfast Abbey, located in Buckfastleigh, about 25 miles northeast of Plymouth.

The abbey was founded in 1018 during the reign of King Cnut and entrusted to care of the Benedictines. …

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