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Nelson and Larry Chip: Taggers (February 5, 2009)

I got the idea of this article out of a chapter in the French book “Like a drifting eagle” by the Lebanese author Alexandre Najjar.

Nelson Chip is a tagger; that is how he describes his profession.  Nelson cannot help it: he always carries a painting “bomb” to tag his graffiti on anything drab, ugly, plain boring. Nelson tags on crumbling walls, graying train carriages, dirty metro subways, but never on private properties, telephone booths, private cars, or window shops.

Nelson is not a drug addict or a drunkard; he works alone and by night fall. He likes his privacy and solitude. Nelson tags works of art, messages of peace, of hope, expressive words in order to cheer up what he judges to be drab and uninspiring; many gangs try to emulate his artistic calligraphy design by tagging their war names for narcissistic exhibition.

Larry Chip is his Nelson’s brother; he also paints.

The ID plaque on his combat uniform states “CDR-Larry Chip-Combat Artist“.  The Navy Art Gallery dispatched Larry to Kuwait during Desert Storm war against Iraq in 1992.

Larry’s job was to draw soldiers and immortalize the G.I.  He then painted over 30 of these portraits for the exhibit in his honor.

During the war, Larry was distinguished and received recognition by painting graffiti on missiles and bomb shells destined for the Iraqi civilians. Sort of foul languages against the Iraqis…

Two brothers, two artists; Nelson is serving jail terms for carrying a painting bomb in his bag; he is charged of “voluntary defacing, degrading, deterioration of public properties and monuments”.  Nelson is no longer permitted shaving foam. He said: “My hands itch when I carry a painting bomb; I have to relieve my idea, to express my revolt; I have then this irrepressible desire to paint

Larry returned home a War Hero; the famous and glamorous are flocking to watch his artistic “chef d’oeuvre” in Washington, DC.

Two brothers, two artists “painters”.

Nelson’s art are still emulated by the little people to express their frustrated emotions and miserable living.

Larry’s graffiti disintegrated; only the hate mongers are emulating his art: the Zionists painted blasphemous graffiti on missiles and shells targeted to Palestinian babies in Gaza.

Islam: In its two messages of Jesus and Mohammad (February 5, 2009)

Islam means submission (to God, the one and only).  I am throwing  a challenge to all theologians, religious researchers, and philosophers of all religious denominations (monolithic or not).

My hypothesis is:  The religious message of the Prophet Muhammad, during the first 13 years of proselytizing in Mecca, is identical to one of the “heretic” Christian sects (“heretic” as labeled by the Byzantium Emperor)

Muhammad was a learned man and read the Aramaic texts available in the Arab Peninsula and in Syria. Let me suggest the following procedure or protocol:

First, select all the religious Christian sects from the first to the Nicee council in 325; then select the remaining Christian sects after Nicee to the split between Rome and Byzantium around the year 1000, then the Christian sects that were formed between the year 1000 to the Martin Luther schism, then all the modern Christian sects from Protestantism, Calvinism, Baptism, Methodism, Episcopalian, Armenians (Catholic and Orthodox), and all the sects in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.

Second, develop taxonomy of attributes in order to categorize all these Christian sects.

Third, allocate all the sects to one of six categories or more if need be.

Fourth, select the verses in Islam that correspond to the period before the flight of the Prophet Muhammad to Medina or Yathreb

Five, assign each verse in that period to the taxonomy of step two.

Six, allocate the message of the prophet Muhammad in one of the categories chosen in step three.

The foundation of my hypothesis stems from reading a manuscript titled “Islam in its two messages: Christ and Muhammad” The author of the book is late Antoun Saadeh, a Lebanese of Christian Geek Orthodox denomination.  The book was written in 1942 and Saadeh proves that Islam is almost identical to the message of Christ when we analyze the verses of the Koran pronounced during Muhammad proselytizing of his message before the legislation period for the new community in Medina.

Since Christianity is an amalgam of many sects that split into schisms in the last two thousand years, then I figured that, from a scientific perspective, it would be more appropriate to differentiate Christianity according to sects.

It would also be fitting to study Islam by analyzing the various Moslem sects; though the variations would be based more on the legislation and Hadith than the fundamental spiritual content during the first 13 years of the message.




August 2009

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