Friday, March 28, 2008
UN rights council passes Islamic resolution on religious defamation
: The top U.N. rights organic structure on Thursday passed a declaration proposed by Islamic states saying it is deeply concerned about the calumny of faiths and urging authorities to forbid it.
The European Union said the textual matter was one-sided because it primarily focused on Islam.
The U.N. Person Rights Council, which is dominated by Arabian and other Moslem countries, adopted the declaration on a 21-10 ballot over the resistance of Europe and Canada.
EU countries, including France, Federal Republic Of Germany and Britain, voted against. Previously europium diplomatists had said they wanted to halt the growth worldwide tendency of using spiritual anti-defamation laws to restrict free speech.
The document, which was set forward by the Organization of the Muslim Conference, "expresses deep concern at efforts to place Islamism with terrorism, force and human rights violations." Today on IHT.com
Although the textual matter mentions frequently to protecting all religions, the lone faith specified as being attacked is Islam, to which eight paragraphs refer.
The declaration "notes with deep concern the intensification of the political campaign of calumny of faiths and the ethnical and spiritual profiling of Moslem minorities in the wake of the tragical events of Sept. 11, 2001."
The europium said, "International human rights law protects primarily people in their exercising of their freedom of faith or belief, not faiths or beliefs as such."
Speaking for the EU, Slovenian Ambassador Andrej Logar said the 27-nation organic structure was committed to tolerance, nondiscrimination and freedom of religion. But instead of a one-sided approach, it would be better to prosecute in duologue with common respect.
The declaration "urges states to take actions to forbid the airing ... of racist and xenophobic ideas" and stuff that would incite to spiritual hatred. It also urges on states to follow laws that would protect against hate and favoritism stemming from spiritual defamation.
Saudi Arabian Peninsula said, "Maybe Islamism is one of the most obvious victims of aggressions under the stalking-horse of freedom of expression."
"It is too bad that there are false interlingual renditions and readings of the freedom of expression," the Saudi Arabian Arabian deputation told the council, adding that no civilization should incite to spiritual hate by attacking sacred teachings.
Some 15 OIC members throw seating on the 47-nation council. All but Gabon, which abstained, voted for the resolution.
India, as one of 14 states to abstain, said the textual matter addressed the job insufficiently from a narrow position because it focused on one religion.
The pressure level to protect faiths from calumny have been growing ever since a Danish magazine published imitations of Muhammad, provoking public violences across the Muslim human race in 2006 in which tons of people were killed. The publication of a different ape in a Swedish newspaper last twelvemonth again led to protestations from Muslims.
Islamic tradition prohibits images of Muhammad, and Muslims claimed the imitations were intended to affront their faith.
The declaration shows "grave concern at the serious recent cases of intentional stereotyping of religions, their disciples and sacred people in the media."
In a separate vote, South Korean Peninsula joined European states and Japanese Islands in passing a U.N. declaration against human rights maltreatments in North Korea.
It was only the 2nd clip since 2003 that Capital Of South Korea have supported a U.N. declaration on North Korean human rights rather than abstain.
The U.N. Person Rights Council in the declaration expressed deep concern about continuing studies of systematic misdemeanors in the North. The council decided to widen the assignment of a U.N. expert to look into the state for another year.
It adopted the declaration on a 22-7 vote, with 18 abstentions. The no ballots included China, Cuba, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, Malaya and Nicaragua.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Christ Is Christmas, It Said
It was just a hebdomad ago today that I pulled my small Echo into the private road after pushing it all the manner to Florida. And we don't dwell in Georgia. We dwell in Chicago.
While drive through Clearwater during that most fantastic trip, we happened upon a mark posted at a big Presbyterian Church. It said simply, "Christmas IS Christ." I was at least a small while distracted from the birds and the flowers and the most un-Chicago-like temperatures.
Christmas IS Christ? Bashes that mean, the jubilation as we cognize it today? Are they saying that what we observe every twelvemonth is truly a Jesus Of Nazareth event?
Christmas IS Christ? Are that supposed to be a historical statement? Was the vacation meant from the beginning to honour the Godhead and retrieve His birth?
As more than Sunshine State statute miles got away from me, I began thinking, if there had been no embodiment of the Son of God, would there have got been a wintertime jubilation anyway?
I wasn't too happy with any of my responses to my questions.
Yes, Jesus is honored by some, but those folks award Him all year. No, most of what travels on in the season have to make with greed and paganism. Yes, the wintertime vacation itself travels back manner before Jesus Of Nazareth came and awards the birth of the sun. It have a life of its own. Roma baptized the celebrations when it declared it would observe the Christ-Mass astatine a clip that coincided with the heathen celebration. Take Jesus out of it, and it goes on merrily on its way. Ho-ho-ho.
There is of course of study no bid to observe any event in Jesus' life except His decease (Lord's Supper) and entombment (baptism) and resurrection (by our day-to-day family with the risen Lord.) I think there is no expressed prohibition from other celebrations, but when they begin looking like the world, we necessitate to fly from them as from anything else babylonian. Or at least not name them "Christian".
It's over for a year. But the harm is done in so many lives. I advocate pupils whose parents, I'm sure many of them believers, obviously went into great debt to purchase them the things that their equals were getting. The pressure level is so incredible. And it develops and feeds a avaricious spirit.
It's over. But the Christian church is no richer. Every year, for a month, the Christian church is stuck on a smattering of songs that learn only one thing about Jesus. The Biblical textual matters and sermons, ditto. Then there's the cancellation of truly profitable programmes as they are replaced by political parties and food. These things ought not to be.
Let the human race observe and travel into debt and be gluttonous and drunken. Don't we have got more than than they? Have Jesus ordained this unusual clip of year? Are Jesus truly "Christmas"?
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Before The Sowing
As a teacher, one of my favourite transitions in Bible is the narrative Jesus Of Nazareth told in Mark's Gospel, the 4th chapter, about the sower and the seed. I like it because I acquire to see Jesus Of Nazareth talking to the battalions in parables, and then afterward, when the battalions have got left, I see him expounding the same truths to those who stayed behind to acquire more. It's wish when I was in class school and got to peep into the "teacher's edition" of the textual matter book.
The story, in a nutshell, is as follows: The sower travels out to sough seed, and some seed falls by the wayside, where the birds eat it, and it bears no fruit. Some seed falls on stony ground, and jumps up, but when the sun come ups out, it hasn't got enough root to provide it with moisture, and it withers and dies. Also unfruitful. Yet again, some seed falls among thorns, where it is choked out and, you guessed it, no fruit. It's beginning to look like this sower have chosen a bad field to spread his seed. Ah, but then he acquires a break; some of his seed actually falls on good soil, and when the crop comes, he have a fine-looking wages for his difficult work, some thirty-, some sixty-, and some a hundred-fold tax return on his investment.
Now, Jesus Of Nazareth was talking to people who were very familiar with agriculture methods, much more-so than most of us are today; indeed, even the husbandmen among us are used to very different sowing and reaping methods than those of a couple of millennial ago. So for clarity's sake, let's watch this sower in action. Not, however, in action sowing his seed; before that.
The sower travels forth, well before the clip of sowing, to set up the soil. You don't just scatter your seed on top of the bare ground. So first, our sower Marks out the field into sections. Remember, he have to sough by hand, and so when he ploughs his field, he go forths path-ways between the secret plans so he can walk and spread his seed without sinking up to his ankle joints in clay and earthworms. (Sorry. I have got a graphic imagination.)
As he plows, the sower turns up rocks and stones, and when a good-size stone appears, he picks it up and flips it into a corner of the field. Maybe later, he will take that heap of rocks and usage it to repair a spot of wall or something, but for now, he just flips it out of the manner and goes on plowing. And from clip to time, he come ups across a spot of thistles or thorns, and those have got to travel as well. He draws them up, getting as much of the root as he can, and pitches them into the other corner. Later, when there's time, he will profligate them all together and fire them, but not now. For now he have plowing to do; seed-time is upon us, and we make bold not delay.
Do you detect that the same dirt that bring forths stones and thistles, and do a way for the husbandman to walk on, also bring forths the hundred-fold return? What do the difference? The difference is in the preparation. The huge bulk of the field have got been carefully plowed, the rocks and the widow's weeds and irritants have been removed, and the Earth broken up to aerate the dirt and excite those earthworms. (You townies out there necessitate to cognize that worms are an of import ingredient in the harvest.)
By the clip the seed is sown, you can state by looking where the good crop is going to come up from. Not from the dorsum corner of the field where the heap of rocks waits to be hauled away, not from the corner where there a great bon-fire expects the match, not from the path-way where seeds autumn by accident, and no manus shoos away the birds who come up to dine, but from the freshly-turned soil, where for years the sower have planned and toiled to set up the field to have the seed. Now I'm no farmer, but I cognize a metaphor when I see one...
"He that hath ears to hear, allow him hear."
Monday, March 17, 2008
Road Trip - Matthew 5 43-48
Here is a personal Book Survey of mine
WIS: What it Says...put into my ain words, somewhat.
WIT: What Iodine Think...What this transition made me believe about
TBV: The Best Verse...I believe you got this 1 :)
WIS: It have been said to love your neighbours and to detest your enemies, but I state you to love your enemies and to pray for those that persecute you. The Godhead do the sun to lift on the good and on the wicked and He directs the rainfall onto the righteous and the unrighteous. Loving those that love you is not worthy of a reward, anyone can make that. Greeting only your blood brothers is easy to do, even the heathens are doing that. Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
WIT: I love poetry 46, which states how anyone can love the individual that loves them. How true is that? It is easy to make something when everyone is pulling for you. It is easy to carry through a dreaming when everything falls right into your lap. What wages is there? Often the best portion about getting somewhere is the journeying that you took to acquire there, road TRIP!
The same travels for loving people. If you wronged me and I demo you decorate that is the worst penalty ever. It is a very uncomfortable feeling when person I really disfavor makes something nice for me. They throw the door, take other clip to assist me transport something, whatever it is. You are torn between your dislike and gratitude. Usually, the gratitude wins and you pass on your appreciation. This 1 bantam event is often the first in tearing down the barriers that separate you two.
TBV: 5:44 But I state you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be boys of your Father in Heaven.
AND... 5:46 If you love those who love you, what wages will you get? Are not even the taxation aggregators doing that?