“That’s my boy!” A beaming father tweeted a photo of his seven year-old son. But this tweet was not about his son’s game-saving catch or fierce landing of a king salmon or even his strong finish in the local spelling bee. No, Khaled Sharrouf attached this praise to a picture of his smiling son holding a severed human head by the bloody hair. ... But ISIS and the brute nakedness of their evil unnerves even the most “enlightened” observer. Try as one might, it is impossible to defend ISIS as simply another religious-cultural iteration deserving the right to practice their own version of the truth. I challenge anyone to tell me how a father standing over a son gleefully holding a severed head is acceptable. I ask anyone to explain the nuance necessary to understand forcing 1400 men with bound hands onto their bellies and machine gunning them. I request the enlightening didactic about the cultural peculiarities of pre-teen daughters stripped from their parents to serve as child brides and sex slaves to grown men. Is all this relative? Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/acatho...the-crisis-of-moral-relativism/#ixzz3AxHTQgIE Interestingly, today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (France--btw, not the same person after whom the breed of great repute is named). Doctor of the Church, and Saint. Offered 3 bishoprics; declined all three, out of humility. Deeply committed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom he wrote: "...we received God through the Blessed Virgin Mary, and so God receives us through the Blessed Virgin Mary" (i.e.--to Christ, through Mary). Credited with writing the firslt line of the Memorare, and adding the line "...Oh Clement, oh loving, oh Sweet Virgin Mary", to the "Hail Holy Queen." Said to have 'carried the 12 century on his shoulders', largely in relation to his involvement with /advocacy of the Second Crusade, in leading resistance against the aggressor Muslim Turks, who threatened Christian lands with actual, formidable military force. Not saying it's time for another Crusade.....but in remembering St. Bernard and his involvement with the Crusades, ISIS seems to serve as a fair reminder of why they were waged and even championed by such reputable men as St. Bernard. IOW: the juxtaposition of St. Bernard & the Crusades vis a vis ISIS & jihad, serves as a worthy reminder of the need to identify first, a thing called evil, and second, to recognize evil itself, as such--and to address it accordingly/appropriately.