It’s only contemptuous if you actually believe Jesus is appearing to people in toast. You didn’t really say one way or another.
I have no idea who this “urban myths” person is. I don’t count on “experts” to tell me what I can see with my own eyes.
I look at the actual picture of the ring, and what I see is a nice ring adorned with two things that look like snakes, one of which has been beat up as you’d expect a ring to get over the years, so it is scratched.
I’ve seen the “expert” overlays, where the supposed muslim characters are put next to the scratched-up picture. And my own eyes tell me they are projecting.
I’m waiting for one of those who believe this story to actually put the character overlay onto the focused picture of the ring, rather than the unfocused, blurry, low-res image. The reason I don’t expect them to do so is that it will be very clear that they are seeing things that aren’t there.
The fact is, people see patterns where they don’t exist. A lot of people were convinced that Obama was using a robo-signer for condolence letters. They even posted low-res pictures of different letters, supposedly “proving” that they were the same.
Unfortunately, if you overlayed the letters, it was clear the signatures were NOT the same, they just were seeing what they wanted to see.
Likewise, here you are seeing what you want to see. Now, I’d love to find out that Obama had revealed his affinity for muslim beliefs in this way. I just don’t find it useful to have our side made fools of time and again by WND and Corsi.
I'm simply suspicious about the sudden appearance of this “high definition” image. It could be that WND had access to it, and chose to ignore it because it didn't fit their story.
But there are other possibilities. Perhaps the WH provided the photo to “urban myths” in order to discredit the story. The story in urban myths didn't say where or from whom the photo was obtained. Color me suspicious on that account. Also, who is this person at “urban myths” to pronounce what may, or may not be an example of a highly stylized and abstract example of Arabic?
What many are choosing to ignore is the vast tradition in Islam of highly abstract renditions of written Arabic, many examples of which I've linked in earlier posts, because Islam forbids the depiction of images of the “real” world. Design and calligraphy comprise almost all of Islamic art, and words can take on highly abstract forms with many, many variations. Written Arabic adopts itself to to this kind of abstraction.
It's certainly possible that Corsi has duped me, and others, again. It's also possible that his charges are substantially correct. I want to see how WND responds to this high res photo, and if other experts corroborate or shoot down the “squiggle” as Arabic.
I can only say that to my very much non-expert eyes, the lower “squiggle” in particular could be a stylized “Allah.” The drops and loops all correspond to the examples I've linked.