Monday, June 13, 2016
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau tells Knesset Channel he is in favor of building a new Temple, June 7, 2016 (Screenshot)
The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, said he would like to see the Jewish temple rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
To build it, there was no need to remove any of the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount, where there was plenty of room for “Jews, Christians, Muslims, everyone,” he told the Knesset Channel on Tuesday.
“I can’t tell you exactly what was in the temple, but the truth is that when you see the prophets, the writings, the sayings of the sages, you understand that whoever went there came back full of inspiration, emotion, joy and satisfaction, so I yearn for those days,” he added.
The most important site in Judaism because two temples stood there in biblical and post-biblical times, the Temple Mount today houses Islam’s third-holiest shrine., the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It sits at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over sovereignty and land, and what Palestinians perceive as a danger that Jews will rebuild it has fueled much of the terrorism against Israelis over the past eight months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to maintain the status quo that prohibits Jewish prayer at the site, and has ordered members of Knesset not to approach the Mount, a move contested by Jewish zealots bent to building a third temple
Credit to Timesofisrael.com
Canada’s Supreme Court has legalized oral sex with pets as long as no penetration is involved in a ruling slammed by animal rights groups.
The court ruled 7-1 in favor of a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts of sexually assaulting his stepdaughters who also “smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act,” court documents revealed.
“Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or buggery, penetration was the essence — ‘the defining act’ — of the offense,” the court ruled. “There is no hint in any of the parliamentary record that any substantive change to the elements of the offense of bestiality was intended.”
The lone dissenter, Justice Rosalie Abella, said penetration should not be considered essential when defining bestiality.
“Acts with animals that have a sexual purpose are inherently exploitative whether or not penetration occurs,” she stated.
Animal rights groups echoed a similar sentiment.
“As of today, Canadian law gives animal abusers license to use animals for their own sexual gratification,” said Camille Labchuk, the executive director of Animal Justice. “This is completely unacceptable, contrary to societal expectations, and cannot be allowed to continue.”
The Canadian legislature also made headlines recently after the Liberal Party, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, demanded two year prison sentences for people found guilty of “transgender discrimination.”
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Although it may take 5 years or more before researchers will be ready to try a controversial technology for eradicating or replacing populations of pests and vectors in the field, today a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee urged researchers, funding organizations, and regulatory agencies to waste no time in coming up with ways to deal with the societal and regulatory issues surrounding this technology, called gene drive.
Its report, Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty and Aligning Research with Public Values, stresses that although gene drive offers great promise for agriculture, conservation, and public health, neither the science nor the current regulatory system is adequate to address the risks and requirements of gene drive–altered organisms. Gene drive is a natural phenomenon whereby a certain version of a gene is passed on preferentially to the next generation and thus can quickly spread throughout a sexually reproducing population.
For example, by biasing inheritance toward the production of one sex over another, altered sex ratios might eventually cause a population to peter out. Thus, gene drive could be used to reduce malaria transmission in humans—or in endangered birds (see image, above)—by making the mosquito vectors incapable of spreading the malaria parasite or even eliminating the insects altogether.
Risks will likely vary by species and by each particular gene-drive modification, so the academies calls for a case-by-case evaluation of future gene-drive organisms. They advocate the use of “phased” trials as outlined in 2014 by a World Health Organization guidance framework that covered the use and development of genetically modified mosquitos. Under this framework, testing should move from the lab to natural environments in confined conditions before open release trials.
“There's a strong urging of caution, but they recognize the promise of the science is sufficient to go ahead with it,” comments vector biologist Anthony James from the University of California, Irvine, who has shown gene drive is possible in mosquitoes.
Credit to Sciencemag.org
Credit to Sciencemag.org