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Tuesday, June 21 2011

"Raghead" Racism

According to the present-day Urban Dictionary (my 1950s Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary does not have the word - perhaps a testimony to how far humanity has further degenerated since then), the definition of the racist term "raghead":

"An offensive term for Muslims, Arabs, or all Middle-Easterners, referring to the turbans that some wear; a person of Middle Eastern descent or the various desert regions there. Usually meant in a disparaging and demeaning way." (The Urban Dictionary)

The turban is a simple head covering, known from ancient times, that is customarily worn by ordinary people (without necessarily any religious significance) in, or from, some parts of the world. The turban was originally a means to shield people from extreme heat during the day and desert cold at night (they are, in effect, the "cowboy hats" of their time and place). One of the most righteous men, as declared by Jesus Christ, was Abraham - a Middle Eastern man from the deserts of Iraq who almost certainly wore a turban, as a practical and necessary part of his clothing (the illustration is accurate).

Abraham's Journey Abraham was a key ancestor of the Messiah (i.e. "1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations" Matthew 1:17 KJV). The LORD most-surely never called Abraham a "raghead" - and He would hardly appreciate anyone who uses that term as an arrogant insult to Middle Eastern people (keeping in mind that the Messiah Himself was born "over there").

"4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness [see What Made Abraham Righteous?].

4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

4:9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the Circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 4:10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." (Romans 4:3-13 KJV)

"13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. 13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God." (Luke 13:28-29 KJV)

"That of the High Priest was much larger than that of the priests and wound so that it formed a broad, flat-topped turban; that for priests was wound so that it formed a cone-shaped turban"

The even greater irony of "raghead racism" is that it is very often spoken by Christian-professing people, who live outside of the Middle East, who at the same time claim to be very "pro-Israel." Along with the reality of turban-wearing Abraham (who most Christian-professing people respect, while referring to him as a Jew, which he was not - he was from Iraq; Abraham is the father of both the Israelites and the Arab people - see Israel's Iraqi Roots) is the reality that the Israelite priesthood was commanded by the LORD to a wear a turban as part of their official, holy attire. The King James Version translates it as the European/Latin "mitre":

The High Priest

"28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.

28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. 28:3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. 28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Exodus 28:1-4 KJV)

The turban had a band, or plate of inscribed gold:

"28:36 And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, Holiness To The LORD. 28:37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.

28:38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD." (Exodus 28:36-38 KJV)

While some today, for the sake of their prejudice, may debate whether the "mitre" was a turban, the Talmud (the name given to a compilation of "rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history") plainly calls it a turban. They know what the High Priest wore (and will wear again when the people of Judah bring into existence the end-time Holy Place in Jerusalem that will be defiled by the Christian-professing "beast"; see Abomination of Desolation - Where?). Excerpts:

"Mitznefet - that of the High Priest was much larger than that of the priests and wound so that it formed a broad, flat-topped turban; that for priests was wound so that it formed a cone-shaped turban, called a migbahat. The tzitz, a golden plate inscribed with the words: "Holiness unto YHWH" was attached to the mitznefet."

"The wearing of the mitznefet atoned for the sin of haughtiness on the part of the Children of Israel."

The ultimate irony is that it was Jesus Christ who gave those instructions for the High Priest to wear a turban (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'). The function and office of the turban-wearing Levitical High Priest was instituted as a portrayal of Christ Himself.

"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house." (Hebrews 3:1-2 KJV)

"5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." (Hebrews 5:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is Christ, our King and High Priest, going to do when He returns?
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This Day In History, June 21

217 BC: Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroyed a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminicy in a battle at Lake Trasimenus in central Italy.

524: The Battle of Vezeronce. The Burgundians under King Godomar defeated the Franks.

1314: The Scots of Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II's army at Bannockburn.

1377: King Edward III of England died. King from 1327, he attempted to invade France in 1339 and 1340, thereby starting the Hundred Years War. He was succeeded by his grandson, Richard II.

1633: Galileo Galilei was forced by the Roman Catholic Church to "abjure, curse, and detest" his (entirely correct) theory that the earth orbits the sun.

1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-67), with the Dutch ceding New Amsterdam, known today as New York, to the English.

1749: Halifax was founded when Col. Edward Cornwallis brought more than 2,500 English immigrants to Nova Scotia.

1887: Queen Victoria celebrated her golden jubilee marking 50 years on the British throne.

1900: The Boxer Rebellion began in China to oppose foreign interference in Chinese affairs. An international force of Japanese, Russian, German, U.S., British, Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops put down the uprising by August 14 (which obviously proved that there was foreign interference in Chinese affairs).

1977: Menachem Begin became Israel's 6th Prime Minister.

1982: John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the attempted murder of U.S. President Reagan in 1981.

1990: An earthquake in northern Iran killed over 50,000 and injured more than 200,000.

1990: Hungary officially re-launched its stock exchange, 42 years after its closure by the Communist Party. The Budapest stock exchange was the first Western-style securities exchange in any Warsaw Pact country.

2006: The newly-discovered moons of the planet Pluto were officially named Nix and Hydra (for some reason, scientists very often name scientific discoveries after pagan gods).


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