Glenn Franco Simmons


Silicon Valley

Glenn Franco Simmons

Artist, Journalist, Photographer.



Islamic Black Standard Prophecy Answered In Persia In Mid-1800s

“Should your eyes behold the Black Standards proceeding from Khurasan, hasten ye towards them, even though ye should have to crawl over the snow, inasmuch as they proclaim the advent of the promised Midhi, the Vicegerent of God.” ~ Prophet Muhammad. That is an Islamic prophecy uttered by The Prophet Muhammad Himself.

Tahirih A Heroine Not To Be Forgotten

She Signaled Humanity’s Embrace Of The Emancipation Of Women. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*a6y1Jl49UY2QgGwHEb2sSg.jpeg"> In an age when women were little more than property in what was then called Persia, a female poet and mother challenged a highly patriarchal society and gave humanity a glimpse of little-seen faith and courage.

Nationalism Is Nefarious Fanaticism; Patriotism, A Sane Love Of One’s Country

Nationalism Is Nefarious Fanaticism; Patriotism, A Sane Love Of One’s Country. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*oNiEGmwt8V5ULIbGg7-6_w.jpeg"> Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA’s endorsement of such use.

Climate Of Anti-Semitism Alleged At SFSU

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*uW5JsnFA0Sgy5t5Ww6WgYg.png"> A 76-page lawsuit filed in federal district court against the San Francisco State University Board of Trustees, SFSU and a number of SFSU officials reveals a shocking climate of what plaintiffs allege is a climate of anti-Semitism.

Virulent Anti-Semitism Plagues San Francisco State University Campus

Virulent Anti-Semitism Plagues San Francisco State University Campus. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*L_Z-3i3-tcA-xSm1l6WKqg.jpeg"> The Star of David in the oldest surviving complete copy of the Masoretic text, the Leningrad Codex, dated 1008.

Humanity Complicit In Genocide Of Yazidis

The Islamic Revolution in Iran has intensified the genocide of the Bahá’ís. Such persecution makes me acutely aware of other religious minorities who are persecuted, as is the case with the Yazidi, who are an ethnic and religious minority primarily located in Iraq. “The Yazidis are monotheists believing in God as creator of the world, which he has placed under the care of seven holy beings or angels, the chief of whom is Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel,” according to Wikipedia and verified by other sources.

Genocide of Yazidis Continues

It was in the oppressively hot August Sinjar sun that an apocalyptic wave of contemporary barbarians engulfed 150,00 defenseless Yazidi civilians in Iraq in 2014. The world took scant action as the barbarian horde known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant descended upon innocent men, women and children and indiscriminately unleashed murder and mayhem.

Sandy Hook Parental Abuse Continues

Her name was Ana Grace. She was 6 years old with curly black hair accentuated by a blue ribbon, beautiful brown eyes, pierced ears and a smile sure to bring joy to any heart. Ana Grace sang while her brother would play the piano. She was loved and cherished by her adoring and loving parents. Ana Grace was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 ~ a crime the malevolently misguided call the “Sandy Hook Hoax” or “Sandyhoax.”.

Who Remembers The Armenians? I Do

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*FS70DiGq8q1Qp-lH3MhUXQ.jpeg"> “Armenian civilians are marched to a nearby prison in Mezireh by armed Ottoman soldiers. Kharpert, Ottoman Empire, April 1915,” according to Wikipedia. Photo is public domain, via Wikimedia.

A voice of tolerance from Egyptian Islamic cleric

Islamic voices of moderation and inclusion pave the way for more Muslim tolerance of other religions? One such voice is that of Ayatollah Seyyed Hussein Ismail al-Sadr of Egypt. Ayatollah Sadr is one Islamic cleric who sees no benefit in prejudice of and discrimination toward adherents of other faiths.

Why is a religious shrine located on Mount Carmel?

The Shrine of The Báb sits majestically on Mount Carmel’s steep slopes overlooking Haifa. Its nearly 12,000 gilded tiles can be seen for miles. At night, it is a familiar, friendly beacon. Many people may see this majestic shrine but not know why it is on Mount Carmel nor who The Báb was. His given name was Siyyid `Alí Muhammad and He was a merchant from Shiraz, Iran.

How To Prepare For ‘Nuclear Detonation’

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*_NFEX8plk2Hh7RUs7sfvSQ.jpeg">  Dog test — with troops participating in exercise Desert Rock I. It was the first U.S. nuclear field exercise conducted on land; troops shown are a mere 6 miles from the blast.


Glenn Franco Simmons

The main part of my journalism career has ended, although I occasionally write about subjects which most interest me. My career spanned a variety of jobs that included reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher. Photojournalist. Weeklies and dailies. I even co-founded a daily that is now defunct. Presently, I'm self-employed as a professional photographer whose specialty is flowers. Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Professional Photographers of America. My moniker as a journalist is Scoop; as a photographer, it's The Flower Photographer of Silicon Valley.



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  • Photojournalism
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