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By Jan Keessen

Phrases resembling cardinal and scarlet can describe a similar colour yet they tackle markedly diverse meanings after we use them to contemplate the price of a cardinal guy or a scarlet girl. The comparability turns out to conjure considerably extra prejudice once we reflect on cardinal guy is respected as righteous whereas a scarlet lady is reviled as depraved, quite by way of her sexual intercourse. similarly, via contrasting different pairs of phrases, we will see how they too invite discriminatory connotations by way of what we worth: Christian and pagan, campaign and jihad, intellectual and lowbrow, wizard and witch, correct and left, white and black. Keessen provides this playful but scholarly learn in terms of a chain of casual essays, prepared via bankruptcy and subject, and in a storytellers lexicon tells us how yes notions constructed. Generously illustrated with whimsical illustrations via award successful artist invoice Hannan.

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Meanwhile around that same time the word blockbuster became a big hit. It was another marketable version of “praise God and pass the ammunition,” and it didn’t take long for us to view a blockbuster as something remarkably entertaining. What follows here is a history of words that tells us something about our righteous and racist sense of patriotism, politics, and war, and how religion, particularly Christianity, has been parlayed to support it. 56 cardinal men and scarlet women 1. Raised in a Christian Home Not so long ago, the local newspaper advertised some rather remarkable dogs for sale: “Bull Mastiff pups.

Warring Christians, who slaked their ambitions in the blood of martyrs, believed it was their God-given right to retake Jerusalem and any of God’s holy lands captured by the Muslims. In those huge armies each of the knights who did the actual fighting was outfitted with at least fifty pounds of treasurydraining defense armor. ” He also carried an eighteen-foot lance, about the length of your neighbor’s flagpole, hoping to take a galloping poke at his enemy. If that didn’t work, he could swing his mace.

Not everybody in Britain agreed with him, particularly in Ireland which was mostly Catholic. The tension intensified, and when Cromwell heard wildly exaggerated reports, perhaps the kind he was hoping to hear, about how the Irish Catholics were planning to annihilate the Protestants, he seized the opportunity to send in troops to crush them. What followed were brutal battles that inflamed passions all the more, setting off a long, long history of bitterness in Ireland between Catholic and Protestant, bitterness that can still explode in Britain today.

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