Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin | Christianity Today

Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin | Christianity Today.

Mark Elliott, editor of East-West Church & Ministry Report, writes about the large support that Putin militaristic policy strangely enjoys among evangelicals in Russia.
A case study about the lasting effects of Soviet brain washing.

Philip Jenkins – The 160-Year Christian History Behind What’s Happening in Ukraine

The 160-Year Christian History Behind What’s Happening in Ukraine | Christianity Today.

This text, written by historian Philip Jenkins, from Baylor University, could help us understand the historical background of the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia. And, yes, this is, again, about Russian exceptionalism, apocalipticism and imperial drive, all clothed shrewdly in the Eastern Orthodox garments of the ‘Third Rome’.

Uzbekistan – Savage Persecution of Christians

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Please join us in prayer for the urgent prayer requests that were just received from the persecuted church in Uzbekistan:

It was just discovered that at the houses of four families, members of a secret church, were raided by secret police. Christian literature and Praise and Worship CD’s were found throughout the homes.

Immediately, a criminal case was initiated against them, and the court sentenced them to pay an administrative fine for possession and distribution of banned literature.

We ask for you to join us in prayer for the believers. Here are some ways we can be interceding on behalf of these believers: Continue reading “Uzbekistan – Savage Persecution of Christians”

The Legacy of Fear – NYTimes.com

The Legacy of Fear – NYTimes.com.

David Brooks writes about the legacy of communism aft25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Read HERE the very interesting article of Branco Milanovic on which Brooks comments.

Numele lui Celibidache interzis institutiilor de stat din Romania

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Sergiu Ioan Celibidache, fiul lui Sergiu Celibidache, anunță că nu va mai organiza festivalul care poartă numele celebrului dirijor și compozitor, motivul fiind „indiferenţa statului român, atunci când vine vorba de onorarea valorilor României”. De asemenea, din cauza „indiferenţei, promisiunilor neonorate și neruşinării anumitor oameni politici”, fiul marelui artist spune că interzice, de acum înainte, folosirea numelui tatălui său de către orice instituție de stat din România.

Prezentăm mai jos scrisoarea deschisă a lui Sergiu Ioan Celibidache. O lectură necesară, mai ales acum, în plină campanie electorală.

„Tatăl meu a declarat mereu: M-am născut român, voi muri român. Şi asa s-a şi întâmplat. Însă, întotdeauna şi-a dorit să facă mult mai mult pentru ţara sa. În anii ‘70, Ceauşescu însuşi i-a interzis să revină în România. „Este prea carismatic acest domn Kolb“, acesta fiind numele de cod pe care i l-au dat comuniştii. După Revoluţie, vârsta înaintată l-a împiedicat să se implice mai mult, dar a crezut cu adevărat în spiritul talentat şi inspiraţional al românului. Era ferm convins că de tot ce are nevoie acest spirit românesc e doar o direcţie bună şi o speranţă reală pentru a se materializa singur. Continue reading “Numele lui Celibidache interzis institutiilor de stat din Romania”

Scrisoarea Primatului Bisericii Greco-Catolice Ucrainene catre comunitatea internationala

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De nouă luni de zile ucrainenii participă la un pelerinaj de la frica post-sovietică spre libertatea şi demnitatea dăruite de Dumnezeu. Traumatizaţi de războaiele secolului XX, de totalitarianismul şi genocidul maro sau roşu, căutăm să avem o societate dreaptă şi un viitor european democratic. Cu răbdare, perseverenţă şi enorme sacrificii umane, am reuşit să eliminăm, în februarie, regimul brutal al lui Victor Ianukovici. Această victorie morală a primit drept răspuns, în luna martie, anexarea teritorială a Crimeei de către Rusia. De luni de zile ţara îndură o destabilizare susţinută din exterior, separatism şi activităţi teroriste în regiunile Doneţk şi Luhansk, într-un cuvânt: război. În mod tragic, aşa cum o arată şi doborârea zborului Malaysian Airlines 17, situaţia din Ucraina afectează şi comunitatea globală.

Toate Bisericile şi organizaţiile religioase din Ucraina s-au unit împotriva violenţelor regimului Ianukovici, împotriva anexării Crimeei, împotriva divizării ţării. În Piaţa Maydan, timp de luni de zile, în fiecare zi şi noapte, uniţi în rugăciune, oamenii au cerut respectarea drepturilor civile, non-violenţă, unitatea ţării şi dialogul. Această armonie şi cooperare civică, ecumenică, interreligioasă a reprezentat o sursă importantă de inspiraţie morală şi coeziune socială în Ucraina.  Continue reading “Scrisoarea Primatului Bisericii Greco-Catolice Ucrainene catre comunitatea internationala”

International Conference – Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism

Call for Papers

Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism

The International Conference of Bucharest

20 and 21 November 2014

Organizers: Memoria Cultural Foundation, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exil (IICCMER)

Partners: Francophone Regional Center of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CeReFREA), National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)

Conference Committee:

Convenors: Claudia-Florentina Dobre (Memoria Cultural Foundation, CEREFREA), Valeriu Antonovici (SNSPA)

Advisory Board : Cosmin Budeancă (general manager, IICCMER), Liliana Deyanova (Professor, Department of Sociology, St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University), Micaela Ghiţescu (Director, Memoria Cultural Foundation), Adrian Miroiu (Professor SNSPA), Radu Preda (Executive President, IICCMER), Liviu Rotman (Professor SNSPA), Izabela Skórzyńska (Associated Professor of History at the ‘Adam Mickiewicz’ University of Poznań), Anna Wachowiak (Professor at the Higher School of Humanities, Szczecin). Continue reading “International Conference – Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism”

Danut Manastireanu – Interviu de istorie orala – 11 – Elemente specifice evanghelicilor II

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1975 – Agapa cu pemeni a Bisericii baptiste din Iasi

Spiritualitatea

IO – Dacă ar fi să identificaţi câteva caracteristici ale spiritualităţii evanghelice, cum le-aţi enumera, numi?

DM – Cred că Bebbington o face mai bine pentru mine. Este caracterizarea standard – cele 4 mărci, nu? Conversionismul este foarte important, centralitatea convertirii. Pentru evanghelic, convertirea ca proces nu are foarte mare atracţie. Convertirea ca eveniment punctual, cu cât îl poţi identifica mai bine, cu atât este mai important. Dar, în general, pentru evanghelic, momentul dedicării personale, a angajării personale şi a uceniciei, eventual, care urmează este foarte important. De asemenea, este foarte importantă dimensiunea proclamării, ceea ce numeşte Bebbington activism. Pentru evanghelic, responsabilitatea predicării evangheliei, responsabilitatea împărtăşirii propriei convertiri şi a credinţei în Cristos faţă de alţii este o marcă identitară. Deci creştinul care nu-şi împărtăşeşte credinţa cu alţii este sub un semn de întrebare. De asemenea, biblicismul, importanţa Bibliei. Şi în paralel cu asta, nici un fel de atenţie dată tradiţiei sau tradiţiilor. Deşi evanghelicii au tradiţii şi sunt adeseori surprinşi cât de ataşaţi sunt de ele, dar sub raport teologic, biblia este centrală, şi adeseori interpretată cât mai literalist posibil. Şi sigur, crucicentrismul, accentul pus pe jertfa lui Cristos, adeseori interpretata în sens penal, în sensul împlinirii dreptăţii lui Dumnezeu şi mai puţin ca expresie a iubirii lui Dumnezeu, mai puţin ca expresie a unei transformări ontologice pe care o face jertfa lui Cristos în noi şi mai mult stingerea mâniei lui Dumnezeu din pricina păcatului.

Sub raportul spiritualităţii, accentul pe rugăciune este extrem de important şi cred că este una dintre explicaţiile pentru care tradiţia penticostală este mult mai dinamică şi sub raport numeric, pe lângă creşterea demografică, pentru că ei accentuează numărul mare de copiii, dar accentul pus pe rugăciune şi accentul pus pe proclamare în spaţiul propriu, în paralel cu acest soi de atitudine contraculturală, care creează atracţie pentru unii şi îi respinge pe alţii, este explicaţia dinamicii demografice mai mari a penticostalilor faţă de restul evanghelicilor. Există, de asemenea, am putea, spune o marcă în spaţiul eticii, o anumită rigoare, o anumită atitudine ascetică. În general, evanghelicii sunt percepuţi ca fiind mai dedicaţi unii altora şi în acelaşi timp având standarde etice înalte. Sigur, uneori sunt acuzaţi de eticism, şi poate că această acuzaţie are anumite legitimităţi, dar în general societatea în ansamblu se aşteaptă ca evanghelicii să aibă standarde etice superioare ansamblului societăţii. Încearcă să nu mintă, să nu fure, să nu înşele, să fie disciplinaţi, şi aşa mai departe. Dacă se întâmplă sau nu lucrul ăsta în practică este o altă poveste, dar cel puţin aşteptările sunt în acest spaţiu. Continue reading “Danut Manastireanu – Interviu de istorie orala – 11 – Elemente specifice evanghelicilor II”

Peter Kuzmic – The Kingdom of God and Caesar

28 March – Day of Prayer for Ukraine

Winter 2014 has become the most tragic period in Ukraine’s history of national development. For more than three months, there has been a very aggressive confrontation between the people of Ukraine and government special police forces. Demonstration lost its peaceful character after people were killed, and the 19th of February was a horrible day, marked by close to 900 injured people and 77 dead due to gunshot wounds. Prayer is much needed for families of those who lost their loved ones. May the Lord protect their hearts, minds, and souls from hatred and aggressive decisions.

Continue reading “28 March – Day of Prayer for Ukraine”

Forum 18 Archive: KAZAKHSTAN: Religious freedom survey, March 2014 – 20 March 2014

Forum 18 Archive: KAZAKHSTAN: Religious freedom survey, March 2014 – 20 March 2014.

Kazakhstan proven again to be one of the major human rights criminal states.

Forum 18 – UZBEKISTAN: Anti-Terrorism Police seize religious literature, tear down religious posters

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(Article written by By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service)

In two separate raids in early March, Anti-Terrorism Police and other officials seized religious literature from private homes, Forum 18 News Service has learned. In one raid in Uzbekistan’s central city of Samarkand, Anti-Terrorism officer Makhmud Nodyrov “tore posters with Scripture texts from the walls, and kept threatening [home owner Veniamin] Nemirov that his home could be taken away from him, and that his children could be expelled from school,” Baptists complained to Forum 18. Personal details of the 25 adults and the family’s 12 children present after the Baptist congregation’s Sunday service were taken. Four church members face administrative punishments. Asked why he tore down posters in Nemirov’s home, and why he threatened that Nemirov’s children would be expelled from school, officer Nodyrov referred Forum 18 to the Foreign Ministry, and put the phone down.

Continue reading “Forum 18 – UZBEKISTAN: Anti-Terrorism Police seize religious literature, tear down religious posters”

Dan Wooding – Exclusive Interview with Acting President of Ukraine

 

 

 

 

Olexandr Turchynov, talking to Victor Hamm, from BGEA

Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries, writes in this news piece about the exclusive inyerview given by acting Ukrainian President, Olexandr Turchynov, to Victor Hamm, vice-president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). The interview will apear in a special issue of Ukraine or the BGEA magazine Decision.

Hamm, who was born in a Societ labour camp, writes Wooding, ‘has led 15 crusades in Ukraine between 1994 and 2006 as a BGEA associate evangelist’ and met with Turchynov at the request of ‘BGEA President Franklin Graham, who preached in Kiev in 2007’.

Here are a few of the things declared by Turchynov (his own words in italics), as recorded by Wooding. (Thanks to Rev Colin Chapman for sending me information about this.) Continue reading “Dan Wooding – Exclusive Interview with Acting President of Ukraine”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 7. Building European Values

Three main factors are decisive for the establishment of European values in the post-Soviet space: experiential, linguistic and religious.

The experiential factor implies people traveling to the Western world and acquainting themselves with the values and rules of societies there, becoming convinced that our compatriots in the post-Soviet space are much more oppressed than in the West. People in the West are much freer, have opportunities to receive good education, quality medical care and social services. They also see that a westerner has same abilities as an easterner. The difference, however, is that the easterner does not have the possibility to fully realize his/her abilities, whereas the westerner does. This happens because an individual person and his/her welfare has superior value in the West. The more intensively people travel to the West, the clearer they will understand Western values if, of course, they want to – I have seen many Eastern Europeans in the West who have failed to understand why Western values are so different from Soviet ones. The state of affairs in this regard is much better among Ukrainians. Ukrainians can cross over into Western Europe in the morning and be back in Ukraine the same evening. They can use cheap transportation to travel to the West and can easily familiarize themselves with Western culture and values. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 7. Building European Values”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 6. Hope for Post-Soviet Countries

In evangelical circles it is customary, as a sign of intercommunion, to ask foreign guests: how can we pray for your country? I have often joked, especially after the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008 that one does not need to pray for Georgia; it is Russia that badly needs to be prayed for today. It needs prayers to be freed from that rancor that chokes it and makes it hostile, not only towards the Western Christian civilization, but also towards its co-religionists of Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Moldova. Co-religionism is both a noose and a stick in its hands. This clearly has nothing in common with either Christianity or love towards Jesus. Unfortunately, the Russian Orthodox Church is a steadfast implementer of the Kremlin’s politics in this area. It seems that the hierarchs of the Russian Church are not concerned about the fate of their people and country. The only thing they are concerned about is maintaining the “superpower.” This is very regretful, but that is how it is. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 6. Hope for Post-Soviet Countries”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 5. In Search of Freedom


An Orthodox priest between police and protesters in Kiev

I was observing this milieu in amazement, thinking to myself that these people definitely deserve to be free and to live in the European environment.

What has been happening over the past three months or so in the capital city of Ukraine is a clear expression of the will of the freedom-loving Ukrainian people. The Ukrainian people wish to link their fate not only to the European Union and the West, but also to those values which Western civilization is built upon.

Every civilization has its positive and negative sides, and the West is no exception. The virtue of the West is that human beings and the universe they live in are considered the most important phenomena. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 5. In Search of Freedom”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 4. A Meeting with the Synodals


Ukrainian Orthodox priest on the Maidan

I will now go back to my visit to Kiev this January: the Synod ended and the bishops of Synod (the Ukrainian Synod comprises 10 bishops out of a total 30) went out of the room. The Patriarch met me with the same warmth as before, but it was easy to discern that he was worried. On that day, government forces had killed three demonstrators and used tear-gas against the protestors. Among the injured in Kiev’s central square, the Maidan, was a Crimean bishop who, along with us, was also waiting for the end of the Synod.

Both Synodals (that’s how the bishops in the synod are called) and those who were waiting in the lobby were hungry, so we moved straight to a dining hall. A modest but delicious dinner awaited us there: hot borscht, fish and fruit. The Patriarch blessed the food and we sat at the table. The dinner of the Patriarch was quite a scene. Once we sat at the table, the bishops and metropolitans immediately took out their iPads and iPhones – all of them were rushing to learn about what was happening on the barricades. One after another, they read out the news while having dinner. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 4. A Meeting with the Synodals”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 3. An Historical Excursus


Vladimir the Great, the grand prince of Kiev

Today, the Kiev Patriarchate is in a similar state as the Georgian Orthodox Church was in the period between 1917 and 1943, before Joseph Stalin came to its defense and forced the Russian Church to recognize its autocephaly. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church had no such defender to help restore its autocephaly. The former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, tried to defend it and turned to the Patriarchate of Constantinople for help. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople subsequently arrived in Kiev and was ready to conduct negotiations with the Kiev Patriarchate, but the Kremlin got involved and, by means of the Turkish government, dissuaded the Patriarch of Constantinople, whose residence is located in Istanbul, from assisting the Kiev Patriarchate.

For almost 20 years now, the Moscow Patriarchate has successfully blocked the foreign relations of the Kiev Patriarchate. It wants the Kiev Patriarchate to be isolated from any Orthodox Christian Church and from the Christian world in general. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 3. An Historical Excursus”

Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 2. Creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate


Patriarch Filaret of Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate

Patriarch Filaret is an exceptional person. I first met him during the Orange Revolution, together with Deacon Basil Kobakhidze and Father Zaza Tevzadze. We three arrived in Kiev to express our Christian solidarity with Ukraine’s religious communities, which each supported the revolution to a greater or lesser extent. The three of us were thus walking about Kiev’s streets, each sporting orange shawls around our necks. Father Zaza Tevsadze was holding a Georgian flag fixed to the top of a rod. Father Basil Kobakhidze was wearing his cap and any time he wanted to smoke, he folded up his vestment to hide it under his coat. I was wearing a black cape and sandals on bare feet. I am sure it was quite a scene, these three eccentric Georgians on the streets of Kiev. At times, all three of us got very cold. Father Zaza Tevzadze even turned blue from the cold, but he did not let go of the Georgian flag atop of the rod in his hand.

If memory serves me well, we were on our way to a meeting with Filaret when a passer-by asked in surprise: “Why is this Armenian priest holding a Georgian flag?” This provoked heavy laugher among us.

This year, Patriarch Filaret turned 85 years old and I scheduled my visit to Kiev to coincide with this anniversary. Before the recent revolution in Kiev started, the Church of Ukraine drew up a plan for holding large-scale festivities to mark the birthday of the Patriarch, but because of the ongoing revolution, Filaret cancelled all festive events and also refused to receive an award dedicated to the date from the country’s president. Continue reading “Malkhaz Songulashvili – Ukraine in Europe – 2. Creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate”

Adventismul românesc – sau patologia unei confesiuni | Dilema Veche

Adventismul românesc – sau patologia unei confesiuni | Dilema Veche.

Gabriel Jarnea face in acest articol o analiza a cartii Biserica prin pustiul roşu. Rezistenţă şi compromis în adventismul din România în perioada comunistă (1944-1965), scrisă de dr. Gheorghe Modoran.

Traiasca Ucraina libera!

Raspuns lui Mihai Oara – Despre Ucraina

Mihai Oara

Bunul si vechiul meu prieten, Mihai Oara, care traieste de multi ani in Statele Unite (de aceea imi scrie in engleza), imi pune intr-un comentariu la chemarea la solidaritate cu Ucraina publicata de mine AICI, o serie de intrebari absolut legitime in legatura cu situatia din Ucraina.

Pentruca intrebarile lui sunt vrednice de mai multa atentie, am decis sa le raspund intr-o postare separata. Inserez comentariile mele in textul lui, intre [paranteze patrate]. Si o fac in limba romana, pentru beneficiul cititorilor romani. Mihai inca vorbeste perfect aceasta limba, spre cinstea lui. Iata mesajul lui Mihai. [Si raspunsul meu.] Continue reading “Raspuns lui Mihai Oara – Despre Ucraina”

Kazakhstan – Religious Persecution Continues Unrelentlessly

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Kazakhstan, one of the former Soviet colonies in Central Asia, and a reputable oil power, is trying to convince the world it is a civilised nation. Yet, religious persecution cotinues and even intensifies there, for decades, as proven by this recent article published by Forum 18.

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KAZAKHSTAN: Criminal conviction, large “moral damages” – and new criminal case?

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service

Retired Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev was this afternoon (17 February) given a four-year suspended prison term in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. He was convicted of harming the health of a church member, even though that church member has repeatedly insisted to state authorities that her health was not harmed. He also has to pay his alleged “victim” large “moral damages” of 2 Million Tenge (about 65,800 Norwegian Kroner, 7,900 Euros or 10,800 US Dollars). “In my experience as a lawyer, this is one of the strangest cases I have seen in terms of legality”, Pastor Kashkumbayev’s lawyer Nurlan Beysekeyev told Forum 18 News Service after the verdict was handed down orally. “It was not just strange, but from the standpoint of the law, all types of violations occurred, when the case was opened, when it was being investigated and during the trial.” Kashkumbayev will appeal against the verdict. Other violations of freedom of religion or belief continue, including ongoing raids on meetings for worship without state permission. Continue reading “Kazakhstan – Religious Persecution Continues Unrelentlessly”

I Am An Ukrainian… Too! Are You?

My maternal grandfather was called Serediuc. Get it? I, too, have Ukrainian blood.

However, even if I would not, I would still consider myself an Ukrainian these days.

Please remember Ukrainian in your prayers.

To see more of the Maidan and the people who are protesting there, please visit this website.

Analysis: Religious Restrictions Likely to Worsen in Tajikistan

Analysis: Religious Restrictions Likely to Worsen in Tajikistan.

Tajikistan is worse than Kazakhstan in terms of human rights. Another curse of Soviet communism.

We are not extremists! – Open letter of Ukrainian scholars

We are not extremists! 

Open letter of the Ukrainian scholars, scientists, artists, doctors, lawyers, pedagogues and journalists to their fellow citizens and to the international community. 

In the past several days, the protests of Ukrainians against the policies of the Ukrainian government have taken on a new quality. The peaceful demonstrations turned into a forceful confrontation between the protesters and the police. For the past six days, in the government quarter at the heart of Kyiv, on Hrushevskyi Street, genuine battles between the demonstrators and the police have been going on, with hundreds of wounded and several deaths.

The government in Ukraine is trying to frame the situation as progroms initiated by the extremist, radical rightist organizations, Ukrainian neofascists, mostly from the Western regions of Ukraine.

We are moderate people, peaceful professionals, of varied ethnic origin, from various regions of Ukraine. We do not sympathize with the right-wing radical organizations, let alone being their members. We do not think that throwing Molotov cocktails or stones can serve as adequate instruments for protecting one’s values.

Despite this, we declare our solidarity with those, who have been forced to use these instruments today.  Continue reading “We are not extremists! – Open letter of Ukrainian scholars”

Adam Michnik – Nu ucide – Elegie pentru Ucraina


Confrontation in Kiev (Source, BBC)

Această zi va rămâne pentru totdeauna întipărită în istoria Ucrainei, în tradiția ei eroică și tragică. Străzile Kievului au fost acoperite de sânge.

Elita puterii i-a lansat societății o provocare în limba gloanțelor lunetiștilor și a violenței crude a poliției. Noile legi, copiate după practicile putiniste, trebuie să facă din Ucraina un stat al stării de urgență. Poporul trebuie imobilizat în cătușe, pus sub interdicție și redus la tăcere cu călușul.

Acestea sunt deciziile suverane ale președintelui Ianukovici? Viktor Ianukovici nu a devenit deja o marionetă asemeni lui Kaganovici, guvernatorul stalinist al Kievului?

Regimul lui a trecut Rubiconul; Ucraina a ajuns pe marginea prăpastiei.

În acest moment dramatic, trebuie spus fără urmă de echivoc: democrația poloneză este de partea democrației și suveranității ucrainene.

Să repetăm la adresa taberei puterii apelul memorabil al marelui mitropolit al Ucrainei, Andrei Șeptițki, din tragicul an 1942: Nu ucide!

Iar fraților noștri ucraineni le spunem cuvinte pline de speranță, deși cu vocea sugrumată: Șce ne vmerla Ucraina!

Gazeta Wyborcza, 23.01.2014

(Sursa, Revista 22)

Promovarea dreptului constitutional de revocare a parlamentarilor in timpul mandatului

APADOR-CH

APADOR-CH a luat initiativa de a sugera cetatenilor romani sa ceara dreptul de a-si revoca parlamentarii in timpul mandatului lor, daca considera ca acestia nu-si indeplinesc obligatiile asumate in alegeri.

Iata argumentarea organizatiei (sursa, AICI):

În actuala Constituție a României un parlamentar nu-și poate pierde funcția decât în caz de deces, demisie sau condamnare penală. Pentru că tot se discută revizuirea Constituției, haide să forțăm introducerea unui articol prin care noi, alegătorii, să avem dreptul constituțional de a-i elibera din funcție pe aleși și în timpul celor patru ani de mandat, dacă nu suntem mulțumiți de activitatea lor.

Aşa cum cetăţeanul, când alege un parlamentar, nu trebuie să-şi justifice opţiunea, ci e suficient să-şi exprime votul, tot aşa şi atunci când apreciază că parlamentarul pe care l-a ales nu-l mai reprezintă, trebuie să-l poată revoca, fără alte justificări, motivări, explicaţii, în afara votului pe care şi-l exprimă pentru revocare. Continue reading “Promovarea dreptului constitutional de revocare a parlamentarilor in timpul mandatului”

Gheorghe Modoran – Biserica prin pustiul rosu

Dupa baptisti (prin citeva lucrari mai degraba teziste si prea apropiate de diversii poli de putere ai acestei comunitati)  si penticostali (prin Rascumpararea memoriei, o lucrare remercabila prin acuratetea ei, tinind cint de faptul ca autorul nu este istoric de profesie), iata ca si adventistii din Romania au publicat un text care analizeaza situatia acestei confesiuni sub comunism, cu luminile si umbrele ei. Este vorba de cartea lui Gheorghe Modoran, Biserica prin pustiul rosu. Rezistenta si compromis in adventismul din Romania in perioada comunista.

Deoarece abia astazi am aflat despre ea si abia am comandat-o, nu pot emite niciun fel de consideratiipe marginea acesteia. Va veni, sper si vremea pentru aceasta.

Pina atunci, iata citeva date despre autor si despre carte, de pe situl acesteia. Continue reading “Gheorghe Modoran – Biserica prin pustiul rosu”

New Persecutions in Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: “They need permission from the local authorities”

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service

Up to 16 police officers and journalists – led by the local religious affairs official – raided the meeting for Sunday worship on 10 November of Baptists in Oral (Uralsk) in West Kazakhstan Region. Ten of those present face possible fines of one or two months’ average salary, for meeting for worship without state permission. One of the Baptists, Kenzhetai Baytinov, may have been removed from his job under state pressure. Elsewhere, imam Mukhammad Toleu of a mosque in Aktobe, which was denied state re-registration, has had his appeal against a fine for leading the community of one month’s average salary rejected. He told a court that “no law bans praying five times a day”, but he was found guilty. “They had no registration and no permission to meet”, Prosecutor’s Assistant Talap Usnadin insisted to Forum 18 News Service. Asked why, he insisted that “they need permission from the local authorities”. And in a village near Aktobe, a Muslim who turned his home into a mosque with an unapproved minaret has been fined.

Up to 16 police officers and journalists – led by the local religious affairs official – raided the meeting for Sunday worship on 10 November of a small Baptist congregation in Oral (Uralsk) in West Kazakhstan Region, local Baptists complained to Forum 18 News Service from the town on 21 November. Ten of those present are due in court to face possible fines of one or two months’ average salary.

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