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  1. Christianity & Islam

    I understand there are policies in place and it is setup so by those who run the forum. I can respect that. As far as group discussions are healthier than private talk. Well that is a matter of interpretation. As for restricted topics I was not referencing preaching other faith systems as it is a Islamic forum as you said. There was one that apparently delved into a different sect and I did not understand that but since different sects are not allowed to be talked about. It was closed. But again I can respect that as I am a guest here in this house. Than you again.
  2. North Korea Starting Again

    US moving ships, radar systems in response to N. Korean threat Published April 02, 2013 FoxNews.com North Korea vows to restart nuke plant White House responds to North Korea's recent nuke... North Korea releases disturbing videos The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that it is positioning an array of military assets near the Korean Peninsula, as the White House stressed that the "entire national security team" is focused on the escalating threats out of Pyongyang -- with the latest being a pledge to restart a key nuclear reactor. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Tuesday at a news conference with the visiting foreign minister of South Korea, said recent belligerent rhetoric from North Korea is "unacceptable" and that the U.S. will defend itself, as well as South Korea and Japan, from any threat from the North. The amount of hostile language from North Korea in recent weeks was "extraordinary," Kerry said, adding that the isolated state should have no doubt that the U.S. will fulfill its treaty obligations to allies in the region. Pentagon spokesman George Little said that two destroyer warships, the USS Decatur and USS McCain, have arrived in the region as part of a missile-defense mission. Previously, the Pentagon had only revealed that it had moved the USS McCain to the region. "They have arrived at predetermined positions in the western Pacific, where they will be poised to respond to any missile threats to our allies or our territory," Little said Tuesday. In addition, the Pentagon has already announced plans to have two sea-based radar systems in the western Pacific. One is already in northern Japan; the other has not yet deployed and is currently conducting non-North Korean related systems tests off Pearl Harbor. The system in Japan can serve to protect the Korean peninsula as well as threats to the western United States that originate from North Korea. "I am not going to get into specifics of where our assets are in South Korea or elsewhere, but we stand ready to defend South Korea from external threats, wherever they may originate," Little said, while also calling for "the temperature to be taken down." Meanwhile, U.S. officials on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest threat to restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb's worth of plutonium a year. The plutonium reactor was shut down in 2007 as part of international nuclear disarmament talks that have since stalled. The declaration of a resumption of plutonium production -- the most common fuel in nuclear weapons -- and other facilities at the main Nyongbyon nuclear complex will boost fears in Washington and among its allies about North Korea's timetable for building a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach the mainland U.S., technology it is not currently believed to have. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said it would be "extremely alarming" if North Korea followed through on the vow to restart the reactor, though added that there was "a long way to go" between the North stating an intention and following through on it. Nuland spoke ahead of a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. is taking steps to ensure it has the capacity to defend itself and its allies, and that President Obama is being updated regularly. "The entire national security team is obviously focused on this, as you would expect," Carney said. But Carney noted that a string of threats from North Korea toward the U.S. and South Korea so far have not been backed up by action, calling the threats part of a counterproductive pattern. He called on Russia and China, two countries he said have influence on North Korea, to use that influence to persuade the North to change course. A spokesman for North Korea's General Department of Atomic Energy said Tuesday scientists will quickly begin "readjusting and restarting" the facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex, including the plutonium reactor and a uranium enrichment plant. Both could produce fuel for nuclear weapons. Fox News' Justin Fishel and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/02/us-moving-ships-radar-systems-in-response-to-n-korean-threat/?cmpid=googextension#ixzz2PLYGWmse
  3. Pope Washes Feet Of Young Muslim Woman

    Nightingale, I to hope the Pope lives up to his name. The RCC is in need of a strong leader especially through example. My word to those Catholics who are offended by the Pope's actions read the Bible and the Catechism. Jesus did many things in the Bible that the Pharisees were offended by. There has been great scandals though out the Church history unfortunately. Man is prone to sin and all sin is detestable in the sight of God. May God lead the Pope and us all.
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  5. Christianity & Islam

    If I might chime in a little. As a Christian on this forum I do find it for the most part welcoming and warm to me. As to what Dot says to curb the problem of religious text in PM's. I don't know if I personally think that is a good idea. Some topics are not allowed for discussion. I have recently had one locked that was not allowed. In my opinion if we lock out religious links in pm's then maybe highly controversial topics should have a special place for discussion on the forum. Now in JP's defense Abdullah did contact him. To know if JP intentionally tried to convert him to the RCC one would have to know the line of questioning that Abdullah asked JP. Also I know Abdullah was a convert but did not know how recent. If I remember correctly he also had a RC wife. I know this from post on this forum. This also may have played a role in his conversion back to the RCC. All that is pure speculation though. Only Abdullah and JP know the whole factor in this matter. Thank you for your time and I hope I have not over stepped my bounds. God Bless
  6. Pope Washes Feet Of Young Muslim Woman

    So a Christian (let alone the Pope does what the Bible teaches through example) and it is a gimmick? A Christian behaves badly and it is pointed to and said they don't even live what their Holy Book teaches. Well all I can say to that is all people are fallen and prone to sin and mimicking Christ's example and teaching from the Bible is not a gimmick. As for the video news story Corruption while disheartening is not surprising. People including religious leaders can get wrapped up in sin. Hence the need for God. The investigation will have to play out.
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  8. Pope Washes Feet Of Young Muslim Woman

    He who is great must serve the least. It is as was stated a example of Jesus in the Bible humbling himself to servant stature by attending to those who appear to be below him. Were not all created equally in the image of God?
  9. De-Extinction

    Do we really think this is a good idea? I think this is science not asking the question of should we? Man should not play God. 17 animals scientists want to bring back from extinction It's called "de-extinction," the act of bringing an extinct animal back to life by reassembling its genome and injecting it into embryonic cells. After that, it's the simple matter of finding a surrogate. Last week, scientists met to discuss which animals should be up for consideration. We've highlighted 17 of their 24 final choices. Browse Slideshows Next SlidePreviousImage 17 of 17 Previous SlideNext Slide Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/slideshow/2013/03/27/animals-bring-back-from-extinction/?cmpid=googextension#slide=17#ixzz2OnDsixqf
  10. De-Extinction

    I agree with what you said Dot, but mankind does not always do what is right or wise with the knowledge imparted to us by God. This I fear could be one of those things.
  11. De-Extinction

    Saracen, may I inquire as to why? I find the idea behind it intriguing but very dangerous at the same time. Kinda reminds me of Jurassic Park. It raises the moral question of should man be creating/playing god.
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  13. Egypt's Secular Terrorists Attack Muslim Brotherhood

    TY for updating the situation for me Dot. I figured there was a little more to it than was reported. Fox is probably one of the more reliable sources in the U.S. Though it carries a slant like most media.
  14. Egypt's Secular Terrorists Attack Muslim Brotherhood

    Is there truth to the story of what Fox News is reporting in the story below? Or is there more to it, that the western media is reporting? Sounds like things are starting to get worse. Egyptian Masjid turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest Published March 26, 2013 FoxNews.com Amir Ayad lies in a hospital bed after he was allegedly beaten by Islamic hardliners who stormed a Masjid in suburban Cairo. (MidEast Christian News) Protesters chant in front of the general prosecutor's office in Cairo this week after the arrest of a prominent blogger and four others following violent clashes between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is under fire from Copts and moderate Muslims, but violent militias are fighting his opponents in the streets. (AP) (AP/Egypt State TV) Next Slide Previous Slide Islamic hard-liners stormed a Masjid in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse. Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby Masjid on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members. “There is no longer anything to hold them back. The floodgates are open.” - Shaul Gabbay, University of Denver professor on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood “They accompanied me to one of the Masjids in the area and I discovered the Masjid was being used to imprison demonstrators and torture them,” Amir Ayad, a Coptic who has been a vocal protester against the regime, told MidEast Christian News from a hospital bed. Ayad said he was beaten for hours with sticks before being left for dead on a roadside. Amir’s brother, Ezzat Ayad, said he received an anonymous phone call at 3 a.m. Saturday, with the caller saying his brother had been found near death and had been taken to the ambulance. “He underwent radiation treatment that proved that he suffered a fracture in the bottom of his skull, a fracture in his left arm, a bleeding in the right eye, and birdshot injuries,” Ezzat Ayad said. Officials at the Bilal ibn Rabah Masjid said radical militias stormed the building, in the Cairo suburb of Moqattam, after Friday prayers. “[We] deeply regret what has happened and apologize to the people of Moqattam,” mosque officials said in a statement, adding that “they had lost control over the Masjid at the time." The statement also “denounced and condemned the violence and involving Masjids in political conflicts.” The latest crackdown is further confirmation that the Muslim Brotherhood’s most hard-line elements are consolidating control in Egypt, according to Shaul Gabbay, a professor of international studies at the University of Denver. “It will only get worse,” said Gabbay. “This has been a longstanding conflict, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is in power, it is moving forward to implement its ideology – which is that Christians are supposed to become Muslims. “There is no longer anything to hold them back,” he continued. “The floodgates are open.” Gabbay said the violent militias that allegedly tortured Ayad work hand-in-hand with police and may, in fact, be beyond the control of increasingly unpopular President Mohammed Morsi. While he may benefit from roving bands that attack demonstrators, they also undermine his claim of being a legitimate leader. “Egyptian society is split over the Morsi regime, and it is not just a Coptic-Muslim split,” Gabbay said. “The less conservative elements of the Muslim society are increasingly uneasy with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Christian Copts are an easy target, but they are not alone in their mistrust of the Brotherhood.” Experts agreed that the Copts, who comprise roughly 10 percent of the nation’s 83 million people, are not alone in their opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, which took power in hotly contested elections following the 2011 ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Moderate Muslims and secular liberals are increasingly uncomfortable with the Islamization of the government. Sheikh Ahmed Saber, a well-known imam and official in Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments, has blasted Morsi’s justice ministry for allowing persecution of Copts. “All Egyptians in general are oppressed, but Christians are particularly oppressed, because they suffer double of what others suffer,” Saber told MCN. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/26/egyptian-mosque-turned-into-house-torture-for-christians-after-muslim/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2Oh2UmrG0
  15. North Korea Starting Again

    N. Korea puts artillery forces at top combat posture in latest threat on S. Korea, US Published March 26, 2013 Associated Press New North Korean video shows 'defeat' of US troops Report: North Korea sets missiles to target US SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States. The announcement came as South Koreans marked the third anniversary of the sinking of a warship in which 46 South Korean sailors died. Seoul says the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo, while the North denies involvement. Seoul's Defense Ministry said Tuesday it hasn't seen any suspicious North Korean military activity and that officials are analyzing the North's warning. Analysts say a direct North Korean attack is extremely unlikely, especially during joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that end April 30, though there's some worry about a provocation after the training wraps up. The rival Koreas have had several bloody naval skirmishes in disputed Yellow Sea waters since 1999. In November 2010, a North Korean artillery strike on a South Korean island killed two marines and two civilians. North Korea, angry over routine U.S.-South Korean drills and recent U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test, has vowed to launch a nuclear strike against the United States and repeated its nearly two-decade-old threat to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire." Despite the rhetoric, outside weapons analysts have seen no proof that North Korea has mastered the technology needed to build a warhead small enough to mount on a missile. On Tuesday, the North Korean army's Supreme Command said it will take "practical military action" to protect national sovereignty and its leadership in response to what it called U.S. and South Korean plots to attack. The statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, cited the participation of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers in South Korea-U.S. drills. North Korea's field artillery forces -- including strategic rocket and long-range artillery units that are "assigned to strike bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops in the U.S. mainland and on Hawaii and Guam and other operational zones in the Pacific as well as all the enemy targets in South Korea and its vicinity" -- will be placed on "the highest alert from this moment," the statement said. Pentagon press secretary George Little said the threat would only further isolate North Korea. "North Korea's bellicose rhetoric and threats follow a well-worn pattern designed to raise tensions and intimidate others," Little said. He said there have been three flights by U.S. B-52 bombers during the recent military drills with South Korea. The North's recent threats are seen partly as efforts to strengthen internal loyalty to young leader Kim Jong Un and to build up his military credentials. Kim "needs to show he has the guts. The best way to do that is to use the military might that he commands," said Lee Yoon-gyu, a North Korea expert at Korea National Defense University in Seoul. "This paves the way for greater praise for him if North Korea makes a provocation later and claims victory." Kim will eventually be compelled to do "something provocative to prove the threats weren't empty," Lee said. Meanwhile, websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea said they suffered cyberattacks on Tuesday, one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted. Daily NK, which posts news about North Korea, said it experienced a cyperattack, and South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Free North Korea Radio also was attacked. Yonhap said a computer network used by seven local governments was also briefly attacked, as was a network belonging to broadcaster YTN. Authorities have not confirmed who was behind last week's cyberattack but suspect North Korea. At a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the warship sinking, new South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the North again to abandon its nuclear weapons program. "Focusing its national strength on the development of nuclear weapons while its people are suffering starvation ... will only bring international isolation to themselves," Park said in a televised speech at a national cemetery south of Seoul where the 46 sailors are buried. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/26/north-korea-puts-artillery-forces-at-top-combat-posture-in-latest-threat-on/?cmpid=googextension#ixzz2Oh1KOYKE
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  17. North Korea Starting Again

    China tightens border searches to punish North Korea as US asks for sterner measures Published March 23, 2013 Associated Press BEIJING – China is trying to punish ally North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests, stepping up inspections of North Korean-bound cargo in a calibrated effort to send a message of Chinese pique without further provoking a testy Pyongyang government. Freight handlers and trading companies at ports and cities near the North Korean border complain of more rigorous inspections and surprise checks that are raising the costs to doing business with an often unpredictable North Korea. Machinery, luxury goods and daily necessities such as rice and cooking oil are among the targeted products, the companies said, and business is suffering. "Some business orders we don't dare take. We don't dare do that business because we fear that after the orders are taken, we will end up unable to ship them," said a Mr. Hu, an executive with Dalian Fast International Logistics Co. in the northeastern port city of Dalian, across the Yellow Sea from the North Korean port of Nampo. Hu said the company's business is off by as much as 20 percent this year. North Korea's economic lifeline, China is showing signs of getting tough with an impoverished neighbor it has long supported with trade, aid and diplomatic protection for fear of setting off a collapse. The moves to crimp, but not cut off trade with North Korea come as Beijing falls under increased scrutiny to enforce new U.N. sanctions passed after last month's nuclear test, Pyongyang's third. Targeted in the sanctions are the bank financing and bulk smuggling of cash that could assist North Korea's nuclear and missile programs as well as the luxury goods that sustain the ruling elite around leader Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang has reacted with fury and threatening rhetoric against South Korea and the U.S. U.S. officials in Beijing for two days of talks to lobby China on enforcement said Friday that they were heartened by Chinese expressions of resolve. Spurring Beijing to cooperate, the U.S. officials said, is a concern that North Korean behavior had begun threatening China's interests in a region vital to its economic and security. "There's reason to believe the Chinese are looking at the threat in a real way," Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen told reporters. China's change of tack with North Korea unlikely foreshadows a total end to Beijing's support. For Beijing, North Korea remains a pivotal strategic buffer between China and a U.S.-allied South Korea, and Chinese leaders worry that too much pressure could upend an already fragile North Korean economy and cause the Kim government to collapse, leaving Beijing with a security headache and possible refugee crisis. But North Korea watchers said between blind support and complete abandonment there's much Beijing is doing and can do to try to rein in Pyongyang. "We have to get away from the binary thinking that either they support North Korea or they pull the plug. That's not the way the world works," said Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institution, a Washington think-tank. "The interesting thing is not what happens at the UN but what happens beneath the radar in terms of what Chinese provide in economic aid and energy assistance." Over the past decade, as previous nuclear and long-range missile tests and other provocations saw the UN, the U.S., South Korea and Japan impose sanctions and reduce trade and assistance to North Korea, China has stepped into the breach. By 2011, China provided nearly all of North Korea's fuel and more than 83 percent of its imports, everything from heavy machinery to grain and electronics and other consumer goods, according to statistics from the International Trade Center, a research arm of the United Nations and World Trade Organization. Though Pyongyang could look to other trading partners like Russia, Iran or Kuwait for fuel and some other goods, China's proximity — their shared 1,400-kilometer (880-mile) border — makes it indispensable. Chinese companies, often with backed by the government, are enlarging North Korean ports and building roads, helping to underpin growth after more than a decade of famine and economic decay. Such was the Chinese support that U.S. politicians and UN experts complained that Beijing was failing to enforce previous rounds of sanctions, particularly on luxury goods. The $169,000 worth of pleasure boats imported by North Korea last year all came from China, the ITC data show, as did most of the liquor and cigarettes. As China upped its investment, it became disillusioned with Kim Jong Un. Since coming to power after the sudden death of his dictator father, Kim has refused to heed Beijing's prodding to engage in economic reform and return to negotiations over its nuclear program. Beijing's unhappiness began to show in December, around the time of North Korea's latest long-range rocket launch but before the nuclear test. It was then, traders and cargo companies said, that orders for tightened inspections appeared. At Complant International Transportation in the port of Dalian, customs inspectors began opening containers and packages with equipment or luxury goods or anything they deemed sensitive rather than just scan them, said a company executive who identified himself only by his surname, Zhang. "That was since the end of last year. Now they're even stricter," Zhang said. Companies in the border city of Dandong on the Yalu River said North Korean-bound goods have to be stored in bonded logistics centers for inspection by customs authorities. Banking restrictions mean North Korean traders have a hard time getting hard currency. "Due to the lack of cash, North Korean companies tend to pay with minerals or coal, but we only trade with those able to pay in cash," said Yu Tao, vice general manager of the Dandong Import and Export Co. Yu said the company trades daily consumer goods and has been reducing its trade with North Korea because of the risks. Banking is one area where China has been tightening controls, but the U.S. would like Beijing to do more. "China remains the name of the game when it comes to financial sanctions against North Korea," said Jo Dong-ho, an expert on the North Korean economy at Seoul's Ewha Womans University. In late 2011, Beijing forced the China Construction Bank to close accounts opened by the Korea Kwangson Banking Corp. in Dandong and the Golden Triangle Bank in Hunchun, another border city, to comply with previous U.N. sanctions. Still, with tens of thousands of North Koreans having fled to China, many just for short-term work, plus traders, the yuan is used inside North Korea, and smuggling of large amounts of the Chinese currency across the border has become common. Cohen, the U.S. Treasury official, said he urged China to follow the U.S. lead and impose sanctions on North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank. The bank serves as the main foreign exchange bank for North Korea, wiring and receiving funds to facilitate trade, most of which goes through China, so sanctions would in effect further force more North Koreans to turn to cash. "North Koreans will have no choice but to carry a large amount of cash by themselves," said Kim Joongho, a senior research fellow at South Korea's Export-Import Bank. That will cause "inconvenience on the Pyongyang elites' economic lives. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/23/china-tightens-border-searches-to-punish-north-korea-as-us-asks-for-sterner/#ixzz2ONfzhxaI
  18. The Bad Situation In Syria

    A follow up to the news story above! Syria's Assad vows to "wipe out" extremists after top Sunni cleric killed Published March 22, 2013 Associated Press BEIRUT – The Syrian president vowed on Friday to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for a suicide blast the previous evening that killed dozens of people, including a top Sunni preacher who was a staunch supporter of Bashar Assad. And in a warning to rebels battling to topple his regime, the Syrian leader pledged that his troops will "wipe out" and clean the country of the "forces of darkness." Assad's statement came as the Syrian Health Ministry raised the death toll from the Thursday night bombing in Damascus to 49, after seven of the wounded died overnight in hospital. In the attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Masjid in the heart of the Syrian capital, killing Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti as he was giving a sermon. The blast also wounded 84 people. It was one of the most stunning assassinations of the two-year civil war and marked a new low in the conflict: while suicide bombings blamed on Islamic extremists fighting with the rebels have become common, the latest attack was the first time a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a Masjid. The grandson of the 84-year-old al-Buti was among those killed in the attack. In the statement carried by Syria's state SUNA news agency, Assad said al-Buti represented true Islam in facing "the forces of darkness and extremist" ideology. "Your blood and your grandson's, as well as that of all the nation's martyrs will not go in vain because we will continue to follow your thinking to wipe out their darkness and clear our country of them," said Assad. Syria's crisis started in March 2011 as peaceful protests against Assad's authoritarian rule. The revolt turned into a civil war as some opposition supporters took up arms the fight a harsh government crackdown on dissent. The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed since. It was not immediately clear when al-Buti's funeral would take place. The government declared Saturday as a day of mourning and state-run Syrian TV halted its regular programs on Friday to air readings from the Muslim holy book, the Quran, as well as speeches of the late cleric. Al-Buti was the most senior religious figure to be killed in Syria's civil war and his slaying was a major blow to Assad. The preacher had been a vocal supporter of the regime since the early days of Assad's father and predecessor, the late President Hafez Assad, providing a Sunni cover and legitimacy to their rule. Sunnis are the majority sect in Syria while Assad is from the minority Alawite sect -- an offshoot of Shiite Islam. In a speech earlier this month, al-Buti had said it was "a religious duty to protect the values, the land and the nation" of Syria. "There is no difference between the army and the rest of the nation," he said at the time -- a clear endorsement of Assad's forces in their effort to crush the rebels. The Masjid bombing was also among the most serious security breaches in Damascus. In July, an attack that targeted a high-level government crisis meeting killed four top regime officials, including Assad's brother-in-law and the defense minister. Last month, a car bomb that struck in the same area, which houses the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party, killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 200. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/22/syrian-president-vows-to-rid-country-extremists-after-suicide-blast/#ixzz2ONbwRCKk
  19. Egypt's Secular Terrorists Attack Muslim Brotherhood

    This is something I have been following from afar. It is never good when protests turn violent. From what I have seen from western media the MB needs to pay closer attention to what the people of Egypt want. My opinion though is just that opinion. I am not there first hand nor live with what goes on daily.
  20. ZamZam, no we will not discuss the paraclete discussion here. That would completely ruin this thread.