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"For you must hasten to carry aid to your brethren dwelling in the East, who need your help, which they have often asked. For the Turks, a Persian people, have attacked them I exhort you with earnest prayer - not I, but God - that, as heralds of Christ, you urge men by frequent exhortation, men of all ranks, knights as well as foot soldiers, rich as well as poor, to hasten to exterminate this vile race from the lands of your brethren Christ commands it. And if those who set out thither should lose their lives on the way by land, or in crossing the sea, or in fighting the pagans, their sins shall be remitted. Oh what a disgrace, if a race so despised, base, and the instrument of demons, should so overcome a people endowed with faith in the all-powerful God, and resplendent with the name of Christ. Let those who have been accustomed to make private war against the faithful carry on to a successful issue a war against the infidels. Let those who for a long time have been robbers now become soldiers of Christ. Let those who fought against brothers and relatives now fight against these barbarians. Let them zealously undertake the journey under the guidance of the Lord."

(The speech by Pope Urban II who started the first Crusade by calling for colonization of the Muslim world. Much love and turning the other cheek)

In Daimbert's comments in the Official Summary of the 1st Crusade, he notes that many crusaders boasted how they rode in the blood of their enemies, whether they were children or women: 

"And, if you desire to know what was done about the enemy whom we found there, know that in the portico of Solomon and his Temple, our men rode in the blood of the Saracens (i.e. Muslims) up to the knees of the horses."

This may give you some insight into biblical beliefs:

Some sexual behaviors in which lesbians frequently engage are likely means of STD transmission and have been associated with trichomoniasis, HIV and bacterial vaginosis infections in women who have sex with women. Moreover, infections with chlamydia and human papillomavirus are quite common among them.

In a study; Women who had had two or more female partners had a higher STD risk than did women who had had only male partners ( odds ratio 1.7).  Adjusting for social and demographic characteristics did not substantially alter these results; however, the associations between sexual identity, gender of sex partners and STD diagnosis were eliminated after adjustment for sexual behaviors (e.g., having had anal sex).


January 16, 2008 — Sexually active gay men are up to 13 times more likely than the general population to acquire a highly drug resistant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), according to a study from the University of California, San Francisco. The study was published online January 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

CA-MRSA typically is resistant to beta-lactams and 1 or 2 other classes of antibiotics but remains susceptible to older generations of drugs. However, the multidrug-resistant (MDR) clone of the USA300 strain of CA-MRSA carries a large genetic segment (pUSA03) that also makes it resistant to macrolides, clindamycin, and mupirocin — the topical antibiotic used to decontaminate sites of skin colonization.

The clonal isolate is still susceptible to rifampin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, but lead author Binh An Diep, PhD, from the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Medical Center, California, expects the bacteria to develop resistance to those drugs as well. "So, pretty much the first-line antibiotics are all gone," he told Medscape Infectious Diseases.

"The second-line drugs are vancomycin, which is intravenous and requires hospitalization, and daptomycin and linezold, both of which are exceedingly expensive."

San Francisco Cases

The study was based on chart reviews and analysis of clinical isolates of MRSA from hospitals representing more than 98% of the hospital beds in San Francisco, plus 2 public outpatient clinics, from 2004 to June 2006. It used a stratified random sample of 532 (21%) of the 2495 San Francisco residents who had culture-proven MRSA infections.

The annual incidence of USA300 infection per 100,000 persons was 275 cases, and the incidence of the MDR isolate with the pUSA03 plasmid was 26 cases. Geographically, 8 contiguous zip codes had an average incidence of 59 cases compared with 4 cases in the remaining zip codes.

Overlaying the incidence with census information, the researchers found that 10.3% of the population in the first cluster of zip codes was same-sex male couples, compared with 2.2% in the rest of the city. The Castro district (zip code 94114) had the highest percentage (25.7%) of male same-sex couples in the United States and a MDR USA300 incidence rate of 170 cases per 100,000 residents. However, the confidence interval in that small sample was large (41 – 299).

An analysis of 183 consecutive patients with MRSA infection treated at the SFGH HIV Clinic found that most cases (179 patients) were skin or soft tissue infections with symptoms of abscess (121), cellulitis (17), folliculitis (18), impetigo (2), ulceration (6), or wound infection (15).

The vast majority of the infections (170) were caused by USA300, with 30 being MDR. MDR infections were more likely than other isolates to involve the buttocks, genitals, and perineum than other anatomical sites (30% vs 14%).

The Boston cohort was drawn from a baseline study conducted by Fenway Community Health during a roughly similar time period. It involved 130 patients with MRSA; almost all (n = 126) were infected with USA300, nearly half (60) of which had the MDR variant.

The study actively screened patients for colonization with MRSA and so identified a significantly greater number of anatomic sites where the bacterium was present. Nearly half of them showed presence of MRSA at each of the 4 sites sampled.

The broader screening of all participants, not just those with active MRSA infection, found that 4% carried USA300 in the nose and 2% in the perianal area. Dr. Diep said, "This is an extremely high rate of perianal colonization that is practically unheard of."

Comparing the SFGH and Fenway groups, Dr. Diep found that the risk for MDR USA300 on the buttocks, genitals, or perineum was 30% and 47%, respectively. Because the sites are where there is physical contact during anal sex, it strongly suggested that the infections were transmitted during that activity.

The study also identified a Boston patient who regularly traveled to San Francisco; his medical chart specifically mentioned the 94114 zip code. Given the identical genetic sequences of the USA300 clones found in both cities, it seems likely that they shared a common origin and were disbursed by travelers from that site to other — perhaps many other — locations.

Fenway's research director, Kenneth Mayer, MD, said the retrospective nature of the study made it impossible to ascertain the effect of multiple sexual partners on risk of acquisition of MRSA or link that acquisition to any particular venue or sexual activity.

He acknowledged that bathhouses and sex clubs, not to mention gyms, are all possible locations for acquisition of MRSA through contact with surfaces contaminated with the bacteria; sexual activity is not required for transmission. Issues of infection control are likely to become more important in many such venues.

HIV Status

Being HIV-positive carries a 2-fold increased risk of developing MDR USA300 infection. "However, the much stronger predictor, 13-fold, is men having sex with men," said Dr. Diep. "The role of HIV infection is probably minimal in this setting; it is the sexual transmission of this clone that is important."

He said they saw little difference among HIV-positive patients in terms of acquisition, disease progression, or response to therapy. However, most of those patients had a CD4 cell count greater than 200 cells/mm3. Significant risks of opportunistic infections often are not seen until the CD4 count decreases to less than 100 cells/mm3, and the number of patients in that category was too small for meaningful analysis.

Clinical Practice

Derek Jones, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles, California, wrote about an outbreak of CA-MRSA in gay men in a 2004 paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

That outbreak began in the summer of 2000 and "is still very much [present] here in Los Angeles," he told Medscape Infectious Diseases. "We'll see upticks and downticks from time to time, but the incidence has been fairly stable." Dr. Jones attributes that to a series of high-profile outbreaks in the region that have alerted clinicians to the risk; primary care physicians have learned to recognize and treat the infection at an early stage.

He sees active infection at various sites on the body; it does not seem to be focused in areas of direct sexual contact, as was the case in Boston and San Francisco. His patients are still sensitive to rifampin and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim, but drug–drug interactions generally preclude the use of rifampin in an HIV-positive population receiving therapy.

Dr. Jones maintains aggressive infection control in his office, wiping down all surfaces, including doorknobs, once a patient with MRSA leaves. He also cultures the noses of his staff for the presence of MRSA on an annual basis, although he has not found any yet. He recommends those practices to other clinicians.

Soap and water is highly effective against all forms of MRSA. Patients can help protect themselves from infection by washing well after sexual activity and working out. Good hand hygiene can reduce the risk that nasal or other site colonization can spread to become active infection.

Ann Intern Med. Published online January 14, 2008.

True.. Jazakum Allahu khaira

The Rabbi presents its historical context. At the end of the video one would garner more knowledge that the verse was aimed at a specific group of Jews who broke the Sabbath. The Rabbi, acknowledges that Jews have been described in much harsher language in the Bible (Old Testament) ‘when they sin’.

In NT:
Luke 11
40You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?
45 One of the experts in the law answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."

« on: March 29, 2018, 01:33:51 AM »
"The multiverse describes a set of infinite universes, which includes the one in which we live. To date, no evidence has been found that the multiverse is more than science fiction, but researchers are continually pushing the boundaries of the observable universe to determine whether this concept is fact or fiction. While at the moment the Cold Spot is certainly not definitive evidence of a multiverse, it does indicate a problem in our standard cosmological model that may need addressing if the cause of the temperature fluctuation in this area remains unclear."

Watch this:

Homosexuality is associated with higher incidence of mental illness as stated above.

“Up to 1973 the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) did include ego-syntonic (comfortable with orientation) homosexuality as a mental disorder. The reason it was dropped was not a change in scientific or medical thinking, but that homosexual activists besieged and disrupted psychiatric meetings and intensely harrassed and abused psychiatrists. For instance, psychiatrist Nelson Borelli was at the 1972 APA convention, and noted the following in the BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL: ‘I was there in San Francisco at the 1972 APA convention when the “Gay and Lesbian” activists forced the APA leadership to promise to drop ‘Homosexuality’ from the diagnostic manual or else there would be no APA Convention. Not only the scandal they were causing, but the activists had gained control of the infrastructure of the convention building. The APA kept the promise.”‘

Some absurdly argue that homosexual inclinations are inherited through one’s genetics. However ridiculous such a claim may be, even if accepted for the argument’s sake, it still does not justify the criminal act. Many scientists have argued a genetic basis for a disposition to commit crimes such as burglary, theft, and sexual abuse, yet the law rightly condemns and punishes these acts. Some scientists have claimed that it is programmed into men’s genetics to be unfaithful to their partners, yet society does not deem such behaviour morally acceptable.,3098.msg15398.html#msg15398

There are certain measures that lowers but does not eliminate the risk of STD.

For anyone, choosing to be sexually active means you are at risk for STDs. However, there are many things you can do to protect your health. You can learn about how STDs are spread and how you can reduce your risk of getting infected.

Get Vaccinated: Gay and bisexual men are at greater risk for hepatitis A and B, and human papillomavirus (HPV). For this reason, CDC recommends that you get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. The HPV vaccine is also recommended for men up to age 26.

Be Safer: Getting tested regularly and getting vaccinated are both important. There are other things you can also do to reduce your risk for STDs:

    Get to know someone before having sex with them. Talk honestly about STDs and get tested—before you have sex.
    Use a condom correctly and use one every time you have sex.
    Think twice about mixing alcohol and/or recreational drugs with sex. For example, when you’re drunk or high, you’re more likely to make decisions that put you at risk for an STD, such as having sex without using a condom. Limit your number of sex partners. You can lower your risk for STDs if you only have sex with one person who only has sex with you.

« on: March 23, 2018, 04:56:06 PM »
You are welcome, no problem

« on: March 23, 2018, 03:44:13 PM »
Why does God create ?

Allah is the creator and everything besides Him is His creation, which He created from nothing.
The creation is the natural consequence of the attribute of creator.

You wouldn't call a painter, "painter", if he doesn't paint.

Does God need our worship ?

إِن تَكْفُرُوا۟ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَنِىٌّ عَنكُمْ ۖ وَلَا يَرْضَىٰ لِعِبَادِهِ ٱلْكُفْرَ ۖ وَإِن تَشْكُرُوا۟ يَرْضَهُ لَكُمْ ۗ
"If you disbelieve - indeed, Allah is Free from need of you. And He does not approve for His servants disbelief. And if you are grateful, He approves it for you"

All this takes place according to God’s design who knows all. He does not need any of His servants. They are essentially weak and powerless, but He bestows on them an abundance of His grace. “If you disbelieve, God has no need of you.” If you believe, you will not increase His kingdom in any way. If you disbelieve, this too will not affect His kingdom in any adverse way. He, however, does not like people to disbelieve. By contrast, “lf you give thanks, He is pleased with you.” He will accept this from you and reward you generously for it. Everyone is accountable for their own deeds, and none will be held responsible for another, nor will he be allowed to take upon himself part of another’s burden.

So relative to Allah, we were created in a means or a way in which Allah has chosen to manifest his attributes of creation, mercy, grace etc and he could have chosen another one. But relative to us as human beings, we know that our purpose is to worship Allah.

Does Allah punish those who doesn't deserve punishment ?


إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَظْلِمُ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ ۖ وَإِن تَكُ حَسَنَةً يُضَٰعِفْهَا وَيُؤْتِ مِن لَّدُنْهُ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom's weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.

Why do we need to worship God ?

Worship your Lord, Who created you and those who came before you, that ye may guard (against evil).

There is an outcome of worship: Attaining the degree of guarding (taqwa). Man attains the degree of taqwa, that is, he attains the degree of fearing of Allah, abstaining from his prohibitions, keeping away from what He has forbidden. It means, the benefits of worship pertain to man.

People, who do not attain this degree, spend their lives in sins, disobedience, polytheism and ingratitude. They lead men to go to Hell.

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« on: March 23, 2018, 03:13:11 PM »
they believe that everything before the beginning was unstable physics law, after big bang everything turns stable following proper physics law. no need of a Creator to be involved.
Non Sequitur
Whether their view is true or not is irrelevant to the conclusion.
When the conclusion does not follow from the premises.

(I can say: The creator made the laws stable).

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