We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.”
Further went on to say —
“We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism, and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America — none, whatsoever.
First, a personal story. I grew up Catholic (not as big into religion anymore but I digress). When I was in high school, I had a book that had a lot of Catholic definitions and terms and such. The thing that caught my eye the most in that book was the section about angels. There were a few different types and ranks of them, which I thought was fascinating. The highest (and personally, the coolest) of these was the seraph (seraphim being plural).
Now, different mythology/religion depict seraphim differently. And a lot of games and developers also depict them in different ways. However, my favorite was (of course) the Catholic description of one: “an angel with six red, burning wings and six red eyes.” I fell in love with that concept ever since.
Fast forward to Destiny 1!
During pre-alpha of the game Bungie teased the factions that you could join in Destiny. Dead Orbit, FWC, New Monarchy, Osiris, and the Seven Seraphs. INSTANTLY I knew which faction I wanted to be a part of. But, as you can see, they never made it into the game as a faction, nor have they been really mentioned in the game.
According to Rob Adams, Bungie’s Lead World Artist for Destiny, Seven Seraphs was a program overseen by the Cosmodrome’s “higher-ups”, who determined where to construct Rasputin’s bunker. This implies Seven Seraphs may be related to the Warminds.
In all honesty, it could just be a scrapped concept now. The Seven Seraphs logo appeared in a few sets of armor during early screenshots of Destiny 1. And I honestly believe that the symbol was changed to the current Warmind sigil. I am hoping they are at least mentioned in the second expansion for Destiny 2 since it appears to be centered around the Warminds.
In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.
The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.
The government’s hand is to be invisible to the foreign audiences. Daniel Seaman, the official who has been planning the effort, wrote in a letter on 5 August to a body authorising government projects that “the idea requires not making the role of the state stand out and therefore it is necessary to adhere to great involvement of the students themselves, without political linkage or affiliation”.
According to the plan, students are to be organised into units at each university, with a chief co-ordinator who receives a full scholarship, three desk co-ordinators for language, graphics and research who receive lesser scholarships and students termed “activists” who will receive a “minimal scholarship”.
Mr Netanyahu’s aides said the main topics the units would address related to political and security issues, combating calls to boycott Israel and combating efforts to question Israel’s legitimacy. The officials said the students would stress Israeli democratic values, freedom of religion and pluralism.
But Alon Liel, the doveish former director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry, criticised the plan as “quite disgusting”. “University students should be educated to think freely. When you buy the mind of a student, he becomes a puppet of the Israeli government grant,” he said. “You can give a grant to do social work or teach but not to do propaganda on controversial issues for the government.”
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Editor’s Note: This article was published August 2013.
Also the way that Zizek effectively compares anti-colonialist destruction of European cultural hegemony to late-capitalism’s proliferation and commodification of identities…..those two forces are so directly opposed!! but of course he’s casting about for connections to defend his trash xenophobic thesis.
Global capitalism has no problem in accommodating itself to a plurality of local religions, cultures and traditions. So the irony of anti-Eurocentrism is that, on behalf of anti-colonialism, one criticizes the West at the very historical moment when global capitalism no longer needs Western cultural values in order to smoothly function.