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The flag of Sardinia, called the flag of the Four Moors or simply the Four Moors (Italian: I quattro mori; Sardinian: Sos bator moros in Logudorese or Is cuatru morus in Campidanese), is the official flag of the autonomous region of Sardinia, Italy, and the historical flag and coat of arms of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
There are separate Spanish and Sardinian traditions to explain the origin of the flag and there is no consensus among scholars as to which is correct. According to the Spanish tradition, it was a creation of King Peter I of Aragon, celebrating his victory at the Battle of Alcoraz in 1096. It was said that St. George miraculously appeared on the field of battle and that there were four severed heads of Saracen kings at the end; thus the red cross and white background of the St George’s Cross and the heads of four Moors.
The Sardinian-Pisan tradition attributes the arms to a banner given by Pope Benedict VIII to the Pisans in aid of the Sardinians in a conflict with the Saracens of Musetto who were trying to conquer the Italian peninsula and Sardinia. This flag however has inverted colours and no heads on it.
According to some, the flag derives from Alcoraz victory of 1096, is linked to the Crown of Aragon, and represents the Spanish Reconquista against the Moors who occupied most of the Iberian Peninsula. It is composed of the cross of St. George, also a symbol of the Crusaders fighting in the same time in the Holy Land, and the four severed heads, representing four major victories in Spain by the Aragonese: the reconquest of Zaragoza, Valencia, Murcia, and the Balearic Islands.
The four Moors became the symbol of the Kingdom of Sardinia at its foundation, with the single Moor’s head Corsican flag dating back to the same era. It became in time the flag of the island and its people. In any case, the meaning of the symbols, either two holy warriors or Moor heads cut off, makes it an emblem of warring Christianity, crusader in the broad sense of the term, originated in a historical period of bitter conflict between Islam and Christianity, in which Sardinia was fully involved.
Their city is effectively in the process of becoming part of Turkey, but City officials in Berlin are hoping to solve the problem of lengthy female toilet queues by introducing gender-neutral urinals.
In a 99-page policy document titled “The Toilet Concept for Berlin”, the left-wing coalition governing the German capital committed itself to pissoirs – public urinals – for both men and women.
The paper explains: “In the future urinals which can be used by all genders should be offered.”
It was justified as an enterprise because it represented a “continuation of the [toilet] concept and an opportunity for Berlin to show that it is innovative”, according to a translation on the BBC.
Other features to be included in the German toilet of the future are a well-lit exterior, an emergency alarm, gender-neutral signs and clear visibility at the entrance.
Professor Mete Demiriz of Gelsenkirchen University said that because women often flush the loo three times during a visit, gender-neutral urinals could save water.
He told the website jetzt that a design team of his is working on a pissoir with a cubicle and a door.
It is also lower down and allows the woman to have her back against the wall.
Defying 1600 years of Catholic practice and Holy scripture, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis had amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church, condemning capital punishment as an “attack” on the dignity of human beings.
Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and the Catholic Church should campaign to abolish it, a change in church teaching that could influence Catholic politicians and judges in the U.S. and across the globe.
The change, announced Thursday, was hailed by anti-death penalty activists and scorned by Francis’ frequent conservative critics, who said he had no right to change what Scripture revealed and popes have taught for centuries.
Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude recourse to capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.” Past popes have upheld that position, though St. John Paul II began urging an end to the practice and stressed that the guilty were just as deserving of dignity as innocents.
The new teaching says the previous policy is outdated because there are new ways to protect the common good, and the church should instead commit itself to working to end capital punishment.
“Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme means of safeguarding the common good,” reads the new text.
Today “there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes,” it said, adding that society now has effective ways to detain prisoners so they aren’t a threat and even provide the possibility of rehabilitation.
“Consequently, the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide,” reads the new text, which was approved in May but only published Thursday.
The tired old liberal argument that only The Old Testament calls for capital punishment is shown to be bare-naked ignorance on the part of opponents of capital punishment. The writings of The New Testament explicitly call for the death penalty for certain crimes:
- In Matthew 7:2: "Whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you."
- In Matthew 15:4 Jesus says: "He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die".
- In Romans 13:4 Paul writes that the magistrate who holds authority "does not bear the sword in vain; for he is the servant of God to execute His wrath on the wrongdoer."
In the City of God, St Augustine writes:
The same divine law which forbids the killing of a human being allows certain exceptions, as when God authorises killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.
Since the agent of authority is but a sword in the hand, and is not responsible for the killing, it is in no way contrary to the commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill' to wage war at God's bidding, or for the representatives of the State's authority to put criminals to death, according to law or the rule of rational justice.
Many Church Theologians, Historians and Philosophers have noted that the alteration flies in the face of established Catholic teaching that legitimate civil authority has the right to use capital punishment and the practice is supported by scripture.
Every decent patriot in Britain – and indeed all over the world – is mightily relieved that campaigner Tommy Robinson has been released from prison in which the fake-conservative government of Theresa May had flung him as part of a deliberate policy to intimidate their opposition.
But anyone who thinks that this remarkably brave man is now safe needs to think again – and to understand the sinister forces using Tommy for their own ends.
Dedicated British patriot and pro-life campaigner explains more…
In the August heat of 1944, thousands of Poles – many of them just teenagers – rose in defiance of the Nazi war machine to liberate their own capital city without the unwelcome ‘help’ of the Red Army.
What followed was an epic battle, in the course of which the heroic young Poles were utterly betrayed by their Western ‘allies’. Despite that, however, their sacrifice and courage live on, and will inspire generations of Poles to come.
Western Europe has committed suicide, but as a new Christendom rises in the East, Poland will have a central role. Deus vult!
With their homeland crushed between simultaneous invasions by the Nazis and Soviet Communists, thousands of young Polish men escaped to Britain to continue the fight for freedom. Many volunteered to join the RAF, just in time for the Battle of Britain in 1940. The famous Polish 303 Squadron was formed this day 78 years ago in recognition of their heroic part in the Battle.
The Poles were keen to fight but the RAF would not at first let them fly operationally. This was because few of the exiles spoke English and there was concern about their morale. What the British did not yet realise was that many of the Poles were excellent pilots. Having come through the Polish and French Campaigns, they had more combat experience than most of their British comrades and they employed superior tactics.
As the Battle of Britain wore on, and the shortage of trained pilots became critical, the exiles were accepted into RAF squadrons and two Polish fighter units, Nos. 302 and 303 Squadrons, were formed. Once committed to action, the Poles flew and fought superbly, shooting down 203 enemy aircraft for the loss of 29 pilots killed. No. 303 Squadron became the most successful Fighter Command unit in the Battle, shooting down 126 German machines in only 42 days. Czech Sergeant Josef Frantisek, also of ‘303’, was the top scoring pilot with 17 confirmed victories.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, who led Fighter Command, would later write:
“Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle would have been the same.”
Ever since Bill Clinton and Tony Blair forced Serbia to hand Kosovo over to rule by Islamist gangsters, the surviving Christian Serb minority have lived in fear and under constant oppression.
But whatever happens in the short term, "Kosovo is Serbia" to all true Serbs. Sooner or later, they will liberate the heart of their ancient homeland.
In this video, a popular Serbian singer sums it all up....
Mr Khan wanted to block Mrs Akhter’s divorce on the basis that they are ‘not legally married’ under English law and says they are married ‘under Sharia law only’.
The High Court ruling on Wednesday said their union should be valid and recognised because their vows had similar expectations of a British marriage contract.
This means women married in an Islamic faith ceremony will have an easier time securing a divorce in the UK, paving the way for them to claim half their husband’s assets.
The judge had heard that the couple, who have a Pakistani background, had taken part in a ‘nikah’ ceremony at a restaurant in Southall, west London, nearly 20 years ago and lived in Pinner, Middlesex.
Mrs Akhter said the nikah ceremony was conducted by an Imam before about 150 guests.
With each passing day, Christianity in Europe moves further and further away from God. The submission of church leaders to the cult of liberalism in the hope of attracting a new congregation is not only futile but is driving the faithful away from the church doors.
A priest in the Canary Islands posed with drag queens in the sanctuary of a Catholic church after letting the men use the church rectory as a temporary dressing room.
Photos show Fr. Fernando Báez in a parish in La Breña, Gran Canaria, Spain, posing in the midst of almost a dozen garishly dressed drag queens, all of them standing directly in front of the holy altar. The photo is framed to include in the background a large cross on which is hanging a figure of Jesus.
Gloria TV News called the photo op an “abomination.”
In Spanish, a Facebook user identified as Grego Bagon warned the priest on his social media page that he will one day have to be judged by Jesus Christ. God, warns, Bagon, will judge the priest’s “scandalous attitudes.”
Parishioners have also reportedly contacted the local bishop to demand that the priest be recalled from the parish of La Breña.
But the vicar general of Gran Canaria, Hipólito Cabrera, has reportedly kept mum about the incident with the drag queens, calling it an internal matter for the parish.
According to news reports, there were 10 drag queens in the church, all of them taking part in a July 7 gala in the multi-purpose Narea building in nearby Telde during celebrations ostensibly in honor of Saint Joseph and the Virgin of the Pine. The drag show was called "Gala Drag Queen de Telde."
Thankfully, traditional churches (at least in Britain) are seeing an increase in church attendance as the liberal sermons of the church modernisers drive their own flock into the pews of the true men of God.
The persecution of farmers in South Africa has been ramped up by the surge in farm murders and the looming prospect of land confiscations. The Marxist ANC is now on the verge of passing legislation that will do just that and the predominately Calvinist farmers are preparing to resist.
Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC will try to amend the Constitution with the support of the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters.
Experts have warned the country faces huge food shortages if the constitutional amendment is pushed through and foreign companies are weary of investing in Africa's largest economy.
Bennie Van Zyl, the general manager of the Agricultural Union of South Africa said: “For us, this is a pity that they've made their choice, because no one will invest in this economy and we actually need growth to address the realities of South Africa. So we have great concern for this approach."
“A lot of foreign countries that have already contacted us as an organisation say if that is the case, we are not willing to invest in your country anymore."
The Western medias silence on this issue tells us all we need to know about their agenda. The slaughter of thousands of farmers and the theft of ancestral lands would not be tolerated in any part of the civilised world, yet with the exception of some Australian and Hungarian politicians, no Western leader dares touch the subject.