By Tyson Thorne

November 28, 2018

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"Media" used to mean "print media" like books and newspapers, but the world has grown. Today media can also mean radio, television and movies delivered to personal computers, tablets and cell phones. As the world's best selling book of all time the Bible continues to make headlines, both good and bad, across all forms of media. Christians from Finland are arrested for evangelizing Muslims in Malaysia, a Muslim rapist is acquitted by the French court due to differing "cultural norms", The Freedom From Religion Foundation mock the birth of Jesus, and a small stone teaches Bible scholars a big lesson.

Four tourists from Finland, two men and two women, were arrested in Malaysia for distributing Bibles on the resort island Langkawi. Police chief Mohamad Iqbal Ibrahim took the group into custody as attempting to convert Muslims is against the law in Malaysia. They have been charged with “causing disharmony and violating their visa status.” The tourists have not been identified, but range in age from 27 to 60 years old.

In 2015 two women were raped by an 18-year-old Bangladesh immigrant to France, the victims were 15- and 16-years old at the time. French police were alerted and arrested the young Muslim, but last week a French court acquitted him stating the defendant was used to different "cultural norms" and "cultural codes" leading him to misinterpret his sexual contact with the girls. The court gave him a two year suspended sentence and he will be required to register as a sex offender. Injustice occurs when a society holds that truth is relative.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is at it again, attacking Christmas and it's traditions. They've produced a secular "nativity scene" featuring Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington "gazing adoringly" at the Bill of Rights in a manger, according the FFRF press release. A sign adjacent to the display reads: “Happy Winter Solstice. At this Season of the Winter Solstice, we honor reason and the Bill of Rights (adopted Dec. 15, 1791). Keep State & Church Separate.” The first of these displays is located at the Illinois courthouse lawn in place of the traditional nativity scene which depicts the reason for the Christmas, a Constitutionally appropriate and federally recognized holiday.

In other news, a volunteer working an archaeological site at the Western Wall in Jerusalem discovered a small stone inscribed with the word "beka". The stone is a weight measuring a half-shekel and dates back to the time of Solomon's reign. The first mention of this measurement is in Exodus 38. 26 as a temple tax. Since there were no coins minted by the traveling Israelites they used this weight to measure silver ingots the people used to pay the temple tax. Everyone 20 years of age and older was required to pay the tax. Archaeologist Eli Shukron explains how this discovery is unique in another way:

“Apparently, the seal craftsman got confused when he engraved the inscription on the weight and mistakenly used mirror script as he was used to doing. From this mistake we can learn about the general rule: The artists who engraved the weights during the First Temple period were the same artists who specialized in creating seals.”
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