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Did Prostitution Really Exist in the Temples of Antiquity?

By Matthias Schulz


 

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"Holy harlots" in Jerusalem, temple sex in the service of Aphrodite? Many ancient authors describe sacred prostitution in drastic terms. Are the accounts nothing but legends? Historians are searching for the kernel of truth behind the reports.

The "ugliest custom" in Babylon, the historian Herodotus wrote (who is believed to have lived between circa 490 to 425 B.C.), was the widespread practice of prostitution in the Temple of Ishtar. Once in their lifetimes, all women in the country were required to sit in the temple and "expose themselves to a stranger" in return for money.

 

"Rich and haughty" women, the ancient Greek historian railed, arrived in "covered chariots."

The Persians on the Black Sea were apparently involved in similarly nefarious activities. According to the Greek geographer Strabo, "virgin daughters," hardly 12 years old, were dedicated to cult prostitution. "They treat their lovers with such friendliness that they even entertain them."

There are many such reports from classical antiquity. Tribes from Sicily to Thebes are believed to have indulged in perverse religious customs.

The Jews were also involved in such practices. There are about a dozen passages in the Old Testament that revolve around "Qadeshes," a word for female and male cult practitioners. The Bible calls them "lemans" and "catamites." In the Fifth Book of Moses, male prostitutes are prohibited from donating their "dogs' money" to the House of Yahweh.

Twentieth-century researchers eagerly seized on the references, which were often mysterious. Soon it was considered a fact that priests in the Eastern World performed forced defloration. It was said that there was "dowry prostitution" and "sexual copulation at the cult site."

Temple sex, according to the "Encyclopedia of Theology and the Church," was a "moral and hygienic plague spot on the body of the people."

But is this true? More and more academics are now questioning the erotic fables of the ancients.

Were Erotic Tales Exaggerated?

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The case of the missing tattoos: Altered photo lineup by Portland police draws objection

There’s no mistaking the elaborate tattoos that cover Tyrone Lamont Allen’s forehead and right cheek.

But when Portland police suspected Allen was involved in four bank and credit union heists, and none of the tellers reported seeing tattoos on the face of the man who robbed them, police digitally altered Allen’s mugshot.

They covered up every one of his tattoos using Photoshop.

“I basically painted over the tattoos,’’ police forensic criminalist Mark Weber testified. “Almost like applying electronic makeup.’’

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also read: Fake Faces: These People DO NOT EXIST...  Could you be charged with a crime you didn't do, convicted by a video that is fake? 


How The Army Tried To Avoid Telling The Truth About Women In Ranger Training

The Plain Truth is that PC and lying will not make women stay alive in a real war, and this attitude will not allow America to win another war like World War II. We are being set up to fail, as the Bible prophesies. 

The impetus for Susan Katz Keating’s bombshell story in People diagramming the concerns from Ranger Instructors (RIs) about watering down of course requirements for women was a letter sent by a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma, to Army Secretary John McHugh. 

Russell was a highly-decorated infantry lieutenant colonel and Ranger School graduate who had a distinguished career of more than twenty years in the Army (including commanding a battalion that played a central role in capturing Saddam Hussein) before retiring and becoming a member of Congress. Russell’s letter asked the Army to provide all internal Ranger School documents related to the female candidates’ training and assessment, including “test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more.” 

Russell had spoken to several RIs who told him one story—that standards had been lowered and senior Ranger Training Brigade officials had unduly influenced the outcome of the course—while the Army was telling him another—that everything was the same as always. “The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense,” Russell wrote to Secretary of the Army John McHugh. “In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to defend the nation, we must ensure that our readiness is not sacrificed.”  (It’s worth noting that Russell also went out of his way to emphasize in his public statements that he did not, and would not, question the abilities or records of any of the individual candidates themselves. His concern was solely about the possibility that officials with their own agendas had improperly influenced the course and about the effects their actions would have on the Army.).  MORE


TV personality Jessi Combs, dies trying to break land speed record in jet car...

BURNS, Ore. -- Television personality and professional driver Jessi Combs died Tuesday in Oregon trying to break a land speed record in a jet car, according to local authorities. She was 39.

The Harney County Sheriff's Office said it was called to a scene of a fatal crash in the Alvord Desert about 90 miles south of Burns, Oregon, around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Combs, of Long Beach, California, was identified as the sole fatality connected to the accident.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. According to Combs' family, the fatal crash occurred in a dry lake bed in the North American Eagle jet car. Jet cars are race cars propelled by jet engines.

Combs was widely known in the niche sport of jet-car racing and was attempting to break the Women's Land Speed Record of 512 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil when she died. Combs wrote on Instagram on Sunday: "People say I'm crazy. I say thank you."

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NUKE SUBS FOR N KOREA?

Satellite photos show North Korea may be building a new submarine

Images of the Sinpo South Shipyard suggest circumstantial evidence of the construction of a new ballistic missile submarine, according to the report on Wednesday. The evidence supports claims last month in North Korean state media, which said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had inspected a newly built submarine at an undisclosed location. North Korea is thought to have one Sinpo-class submarine in operation, which launched what is believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in 2016.


Amazon Fires – A Big, Fat Nothingburger of a #FakeNews Scare Story

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All this week, the mainstream media have been trying to scare you with heartrending tales of burning Amazonia — a conflagration the like of which we have never seen before. Supposedly…

A Washington Post story headlined ‘Bolsonaro, Trump, and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster’ quotes Vitor Gomes, an environmental scientist at the Federal University of Para:

“I cannot remember any other big fire episode like this one.”

According to the BBC:

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.

The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018.

According to NPR:  "Disaster Looms!"

But almost everything you have read or heard about the Amazon fires in the mainstream media is #FakeNews.

Like so many of the environmental scare stories which grip the world’s media periodically, it is a panic which has been deliberately and cynically stoked by left-leaning eco-activist groups for a number of purposes:

  1. To generate public hysteria in order to precipitate expensive and unnecessary government action which no sober cost benefit analysis could ever justify
  2. To raise ‘awareness’ — and, by extension, money — for the green cause
  3. To discredit conservatives, especially those who are properly sceptical of the green agenda, such as President Trump and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro
  4. To reinforce in the popular imagination the notion that economic growth and expressions of national sovereignty — in this case the interests of Brazilian farmers — are intrinsically bad for the environment
  5. To promulgate the common received idea that the Amazon is the ‘lungs of the planet’ and therefore sacrosanct and inviolable in much the same manner as polar bears, glaciers, Pacific islands, the Great Barrier Reef, etc.
  6. To lend false credibility to the global left’s claim that the planet is experiencing a #ClimateEmergency
  7. To invoke the spectre of the Green New Deal and, by extension, to rain on the parade of Trump 2020
  8. To exploit the mainstream media’s insatiable demand for environmental scare stories, especially in the August “silly season” when there’s a shortage of real news

Here is the truth about the Amazon fires:   Read the story here

UPDATE: Brazil to France on Amazon Fire: ‘Colonialist’ Macron Couldn’t Even Save Notre Dame


The Lie About Life Expectancy

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By Bob Barney

One of the things that I try to do with The Plain Truth is educate our readers in the tenants of propaganda. We are surrounded by “lies, damn lies and statistics,” as Mark Twain once said, which those who try and control us twist these lies into “facts” in order to change our behavior, tax us, and ultimately control us. I proved this with the argument concerning smoking. We are lied to about the effects of smoking, not because smoking is really bad for us, but rather because our government and elite to control our behavior and TAX us!

 

So today’s topic is life expectancy. How often have we read or heard an “expert say,“Of course people didn’t live long … the average life expectancy was 40 years?” It’s a lie. A complete lie, a lie that again is propaganda used to control you.Go to a cemetery and look at the grave stones and you might be a bit surprised. Look at a list of our Presidents:

Geo Washington - 67

John Adams - 90

Thomas Jefferson - 83

James Madison - 85

James Monroe - 73

John Quincy Adams - 80

Andrew Jackson - 78

 

Are you a little shocked? The Plain Truth that is when experts use "average life expectancy" numbers, they are so low because they include the number of babies who die at or just after birth (infant mortality) and the number of children who die very early in their lives (before 5). Infant and early childhood mortality was much higher in earlier centuries and millennia for all races and ethnicities than today for all types of obvious reasons. Also, because of the miracles of modern TRAUMA CARE, accident victims live today when even 25 years ago, those patients would die! The only miracle in medicine really isn’t modern drugs, but rather modern trauma care! We see this in the Iraqi war. The deaths were 5X’s lower than VietNam, but injuries of those who may have died in Vietnam, but through modern trauma care survival rates reached 35,000 by 2010! So potentially, if this war was fought in 1865, 45,000 may have died young in this same war!

 

By averaging in a much higher infant and early childhood mortality rate, along with those who died in childbirth (much lower today) and war and accidents, we end up with a much lower 'average life expectancy.'

 

The truth is that if you lived to age 5 in Roman times, and were a man, you didn’t die in a battle somewhere, you probably would live to age 75! If a women, and didn’t die in childbirth, your average life was about 79! I know this isn’t what you have been told, but again, what you are often told is a LIE!

 

Here are some articles on the facts on life expectancy from other sources:

 

 

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President Trump's Oil Sanctions Driving the Iranian Regime's Collapse

President Trump's Oil Sanctions Driving the Iranian Regime's Collapse

Members of Iran's Assembly of Experts attend a session to appoint a new chairman on March 10, 2015, in Tehran. The Assembly of Experts, the clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country's supreme leader, picked the ultraconservative Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi as their new chairman in a surprise appointment. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

By Amir Fakhravar and G. William Heiser    |   Monday, 26 August 2019 11:07 AM

 

Especially noteworthy is the ongoing battle between Ayatollah Yazdi and Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani, two former Chief Justices and two of the six top ayatollahs on the Supreme Leader’s Guardian Council, who have presented persuasive evidence of one another’s corruption in these public disputes.

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Why Is The Middle East Always Going To Be In YOUR Future

ArmageddonFirst Published Dec 14 2008 Editor's note: This article was the very first one ever published on The Plain Truth back on December 14th 2007! By Bob Barney


Satellites are starting to watch your every move

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Satellites deserve a closer look. 

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The dramatic advances in satellite imaging technology in the last 10 years have privacy advocates worried about 24-hour surveillance. Right now, US federal regulations help keep things in check, so that while commercial satellite imagery is powerful enough, for instance, to see a car, it's not detailed enough to identify the make and model, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review. 

Satellite companies say they keep a person's data separate from any identifying characteristics, but Peter Martinez of the Secure World Foundation said that doesn't matter.

"The risks arise not only from the satellite images themselves but the fusion of Earth observation data with other sources of data," Martinez said in an email.    MORE


Metformin used to treat cancer- More effective than Chemo?

Could cheap drugs (up to a century old) be the new way to tackle cancer?

As a GP, Lisa McGrath had always considered herself healthy, but then, at 42, she found a lump in her breast, and was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It was, as Lisa recalls seven years later, a complete shock. 'I have never smoked and hardly drink,' she says. 'I run regularly and the most overweight I've ever been is by 7-10lb. I have had four babies, all breastfed, and I have no family history of breast cancer.' The cancer had spread into her left armpit and into most of the lymph nodes. 'It had grown in a sheet rather than a tight ball - a type of tumour that's harder to detect and is often bigger when it's found,' she says.


Lincoln was a War Criminal: it’s a FACT!

Sometimes when one 's life is cut short (MLK, JFK, etc) we tend to make them into Gods.... They are not. Often they are quite terrible human beings... On our message board, several months ago, we published an article on Lincoln's Crimes. Today we are following up with another history lesson on the subject...

Consider a few rarely spoken facts:

  • -Northern General U.S. Grant continued to hold a slave for nearly a year after the war. In fact, it took an act of Congress to finally free the man from Grant’s possession.
  • -Northern General Tecumseh Sherman was arrested many times for brutally abusing several of his slaves.
  • Conversely, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed all of his slaves prior to the start of the war. That act by the military leader of the South truly displays that for the Confederacy, the war was only about states’ rights and a just rebellion against tyranny–not about slavery!

Lincoln PortraitPresident Lincoln, who is considered by most historians (or at least the politically correct ones) to be the best and certainly the most important U.S. President, wielded power in a fashion never seen before nor since. The fact that he died as a martyr is why history has viewed him in such a kind albeit sanitized light.

During the Civil War, Lincoln continuously circumvented the law and in many cases suspended the Constitution altogether. In doing so, Lincoln denied the rights of citizens he was sworn to protect. He suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus, closed courts by force, and arrested citizens and elected officials without cause. Lincoln also raised troops without the consent of Congress, closed-down newspapers whose writers displayed any dissent to U.S. policy.

Lincoln’s troops razed the South and doomed to poverty–generations of Southerners for many years to come. General Sherman‘s “March to the Sea” was nothing more than a marauding rampage filled with robbery, rape, and murder. These men were less soldiers on a military mission and more common thugs on a crime spree. Northern armies brought war to women, children, and privately held property as a matter of official policy (rather than as so-called “collateral damage”).

Lincoln ordered the arrest of Baltimore police chief George P. Kane, police commissioner Charles Howard, as well as fellow commissioners: William H. Gatchell, John W. Davis, and Charles D. Hinks. Baltimore Mayor George W. Brown was arrested and sent to Fort McHenry. The men were incarcerated because they dared to publicly disagree with Lincoln and refused to carry-out the President’s tyrannical orders.

 

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Trump Tweets Quote Saying Jews ‘Love’ Him Like ‘The King Of Israel’

I don't know, but to a Christian JESUS is the King of the Jews!

Now the story........

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President Donald Trump thanked Newsmax TV host Wayne Allyn Root Wednesday for saying he is “the greatest President for Jews,” who love him like “the King of Israel.”

Root’s comments came from a Tuesday broadcast of Newsmax during when he also said “75[%] of all Jews vote Democrat.”   MORE


Jr Speaks about Plane Crash

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr breaks his silence after family escaped fiery plane crash

NEW Dale Earnhardt Jr released a statement on Monday, four days after his private plane went up in flames and careened off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The racer, his wife Amy and their one-year-old daughter Ilsa were hospitalized with minor injuries. Earnhardt said the family would not be speculating about the cause of the crash, which is now under investigation.


No. 1 suspect in Epstein’s death: The Clintons

image from thenypost.files.wordpress.comThe apparent murder of Jeffrey Epstein last weekend – a felon who sexually abused and exploited underage girls – came as no surprise. Likely murdered in a federal prison, when he was supposed to be on “suicide watch,” can only be explained by realizing that this was likely a “Mafia hit.”

The No. 1 user and abuser of Epstein’s evil was of course former President Bill Clinton, who it is known traveled on Epstein’s private plane with underage girls at least 23 times.

Clinton is known for his obsessive, unhinged and perverted sexual abuse of women, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal is just one small example. I know personally because I represented the women who were sexually and otherwise abused by “Slick Willy” during the Clinton years. And who was the person who sought to harm and did harm these women? You guessed it – Hillary Clinton, who had the IRS sicced on them, sent private investigators to threaten their children and did other felonious deeds to keep their mouths shut, especially during the impeachment proceedings, which I as the founder of Judicial Watch helped start.   MORE


How to enjoy Florida fun without breaking the bank

Florida has all the fun of the fair - mainly because it's jam-packed full of them.

Theme parks, water parks, zoos - the Sunshine State really is a mecca for those looking for an action-packed holiday.

But does going on an American adventure really have to cost the big bucks? Luckily for Florida fans, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have four fantastic parks and two great-value tickets to enjoy them all.

So here's how YOU can get the most out of your Stateside break...

Theme parks, water parks, zoos - the Sunshine State really is a mecca for those looking for an action-packed holiday, and thanks to SeaWorld Parks, it doesn't have to break the bank
 

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The Plain Truth about Homosexuality and The Bible

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“Sin is the transgression of the Law.” You can find that and one 1 John 3:4. It is the only definition of what sin is! One sins, only when they break the Law of God, in Hebrew known as the Torah, summed up in the Ten Commandments.

John also tells us that if we confess our sin, God will forgive us.  If we say we have no sin, then there is no forgiveness. 1John:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

This article is not about homosexual marriage, or about the role of homosexuality in government. This article is about what God has to say about homosexuality, about sin in general, and what is The Plain Truth about the matter. Often, many Christians want to demonize homosexuality - by making it a far worse than any other sin; But biblically that is a false teaching, and it is not accurate at all.

 

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Archaeologists in Jerusalem unearth 2,600-year-old artifacts at Mount Zion

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DISCOVERY? 

Archaeologists digging at Jerusalem’s Mount Zion have uncovered what they say is clear evidence of the ‘devastation and destruction’ that occurred during the Babylonian conquest 2,600 years ago

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte say they've found evidence of the Babylonian conquest at Mount Zion from 587 to 586 BCE.

The team points specifically to the passages 25: 1-2 from the second book of Kings.

This, as cited by the university, states: 

'So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. 

'On the ninth day of the [fourth] month the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. 

'Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war [fled] by night by the way of the gate between the two walls...

'And he [Nebuzaradan, the Babylonian captain of the guard] burnt the house of the Lord, and the King's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great man's house, burnt he with fire.'

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Who Is The Beast of Revelation?

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The Bible clearly identifies Europe as the Germany, Holy Roman Emp[ire  For years, Bible scholars who know this has been waiting for Europe to reawaken it's Nazi past and find a strongman to lead a newly yet to be formed Holy Roman Empire, with recognition from the Pope and led by Germany.  Modern day Germany are the people that the Bible refers to as the Assyrians.  

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Recently German chancellor Angela Merkel reminded us of that German fixation, when she made some astounding statements to the German media that revealed what many Americans had long ago surmised.

Merkel all but announced that Germany, or for that matter Europe itself, is no longer really an ally of the United States: “There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world. . . . The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply.”

She insisted that Germany views the democratic United States as not much different from autocratic Russia and Communist China: Urging Europe to present a united front in the face of Russia, China, and the U.S., she said, “They are forcing us, time and again, to find common positions.” And Merkel concluded that therefore Germany must find “political power” commensurate with its economic clout to forge a new independent European path.

In other words, in the calculus of the supposedly sober and judicious Merkel, the democracy that saved Europe twice from a carnivorous Germany — and Germany once from itself and once from becoming a Soviet vassal — is now similar to the world’s two largest authoritarian dictatorships, nations that not so long ago murdered respectively 30 million and 70 million of their own citizens. And how odd a sentiment for someone who grew up in Communist East Germany, a nightmarish state whose collapse was largely attributable to the Reagan-era effort to bankrupt and roll back the Soviet empire.   MORE