Cazul Bodnariu, prin ochii norvegianului Steinar Lone: „Din secolul 19, noi nu ne mai batem nici câinii”

„Am auzit că vine o delegație din Parlamentul României, dar în Norvegia instituția Protecția Copilului e independentă. Niciun primar, nici parlamentul, nici guvernul nu pot interveni în niciun caz”

Source: Cazul Bodnariu, prin ochii norvegianului Steinar Lone: „Din secolul 19, noi nu ne mai batem nici câinii”

Iata o noua voce norvegiana, vorbind despre Barnevernet si despre cazul Bodnariu. Si este vorba despre cineva care vorbeste romaneste si este un foarte bun cunoscator al mentalitatilor romanesti.

Interviul contine si citeva detalii noi care singur nu vior conveni unora.

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Refugiatii, o provocare pentru Europa – simbata 9 ianuarie, ora 2pm, Muzeul Unirii, Iasi

Refugiatii, o provocare pentru Europa

Stephen Holmes – Mr Graham, you ain’t no Baptist, bruv – An open letter to Franklin Graham

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Franklin Graham

ear Mr Graham,

This week someone who has put himself forward as a candidate for the presidency of your great nation made a number of hate-filled and inaccurate comments about Muslims, and proposed some extreme policies on the back of those comments. This came to our attention here in the UK because one of the things he claimed, entirely erroneously, was that parts of London were so radicalised that they had become no-go areas for our police and security services.

Our national response was, as our national responses so often are, as mocking as it was derisive. The mayor of London led the way, but on social media many of us joined in with the humour. I know London well; I trained for ministry there, took my PhD there, pastored my first church there, made, with my wife, our first home there, and saw two of our three daughters come into the world there. My home has been elsewhere for eleven years now, but it is a city I still visit several times a year, a city that still has a significant place in my heart. For all these reasons, I know that the truth about London was expressed far better by a young Muslim Londoner caught on camera as our police arrested someone who had attempted violence, pretending to represent Islam. In a pure London accent he called out to the attacker, ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv!’

London is an exhilarating and sometimes disorientating coming together of people of different national backgrounds and of different faiths; London is also a city that is passionate that people come together, without denying who they are. London Muslims are truly Muslim, and devoted the the peace of the city also; London Baptists the same, as I know well. In London, the person who believes the two are impossible to hold together will be told, straightforwardly, ‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv.’ Continue reading “Stephen Holmes – Mr Graham, you ain’t no Baptist, bruv – An open letter to Franklin Graham”

World Watch Monitor – Vietnam’s Religion Law

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ANALYSIS: The ‘Great National Unity’ requires a great big bureaucracy

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is drafting a “Law on Belief and Religion,” for passage in the National Assembly in 2016, and possibly this year. It is almost inevitable the new law will disappoint proponents of universal human rights.(1)

Diverse religions and religious practices flourish in communist Vietnam. Religious believers far outnumber the government figures on the number of people who practice religious faith. Yet Vietnam maintains restrictive and controlling managerial policies, some quite harsh, especially toward religions that are feared to have political influence, including the Catholic and Evangelical Christian traditions, mistakenly still deemed Western.

A deep, politically-constructed narrative called Dai Doan Ket, or the Great National Unity, appears to be the standard against which religions are tolerated and deemed to be sufficiently conformed to Vietnamese tradition and culture. Dai Doan Ket, nebulous though it may be, tries to define a national identity, a common culture and even a spiritual bond. Rights are relativized in reference to support for the Dai Doan Ket. Some are hopeful that globalization will dilute DDK thinking. (2) Continue reading “World Watch Monitor – Vietnam’s Religion Law”

13 Million Flee Religion-Linked Conflicts Worldwide

Here are some excerpts from a recent article on religious persecution in the world published by Timothy C. Morgan in Christianity Today, occasioned by the release of the 2015 Report of the Unites States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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More than 13 million people worldwide have fled conflicts and crises in which religion has been a key factor, according to the 2015 report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The annual report released today reveals that most of the 13 million people displaced are from seven nations: Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Central African Republic (CAR), Eritrea, Burma, and Afghanistan. Continue reading “13 Million Flee Religion-Linked Conflicts Worldwide”

World Watch Monitor – Vietnam’s Two Faces

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Religion-law reforms awaited at time of ‘remarkable spike in attacks’ on Christians

As Vietnam celebrates 40 years since the end of what is commonly known elsewhere as the ‘Vietnam War’, its government faces accusations of failing to ensure the rights of its citizens to religious freedom.

“In Vietnam, we still have a government that shows two faces – the friendly and welcoming face on one side and the oppressive face on the other.”

These words, attributed by Open Doors to a Vietnamese Christian whose name was withheld, provide an insight into a country which, on the one hand, is reportedly close to making positive reforms to its laws on religious practice, but on the other is accused by the UN of “gross violation” of religious freedom “in the face of constant surveillance, intimidation, harassment and persecution”.

Where Vietnam is concerned, religious freedom is rarely black and white.

Consider the “cautious optimism” of Nigel Cory, a researcher at the The Center for Strategic & International Studies, who suggests “the space for religious freedom [in Vietnam] seems to be growing”. Continue reading “World Watch Monitor – Vietnam’s Two Faces”

Ross Douthat – Imaginary Interview with A Christian on Indiana ‘Religious Liberty Bill’

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Ross Douthat

I must confess I did not follow very closely the hot debate in the American media on the Indiana ‘Religious Liberty Bill’. The characteristic pathological excesses on the American political and religious scene put me off most of the time. Yet, I wondered from time to time what is this fuss all about. Until today, when I found this Op-Ed article in The New York Times, which helped me make some sense of it.

Ross Douthat, a The New York Times Op-Ed columnist, is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, published in 2012.

Although I do not necessarily agree with everything that Ross writes here, or in other articles, he actually represents quite well what I think on these matters.

Here is the beginning of this imaginary interview. Continue reading “Ross Douthat – Imaginary Interview with A Christian on Indiana ‘Religious Liberty Bill’”