Sunday 22 June 2014

One less brick in the wall

This news story caught my attention this morning.

Whilst not big on the monotheistic Abrahamic religions, I can appreciate that this project is a step in the right direction, away from the fundamentalist cliff edge of the world going to hell in a handcart.

It is a small ray of hope, shining out from a once dark place.

Interestingly, I recall from a 1988 visit to East Berlin (as it was then), the strange tale of the television transmitting tower. This tower can be seen in the background of the photo accompanying the linked BBC report. It was built in the late 1960s, by the Communist authorities of the German Democratic Republic, and completed shortly after a campaign to remove the crosses from all the churches in East Berlin. The Communists weren't big on religion, full stop.

Unfortunately for the regime, light striking the globe of the tower produced the effect that is amply displayed in the accompanying photo... a cross. All attempts to scatter the light and prevent the manifestation failed, so it became known locally as the 'Pope's revenge'.

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