In urma cu putin timp am avut deosebita placere a unei convorbiri prietenesti cu Ramona Iacobute, jurnalist in cadrul echipei din Iasi a ziarului Adevarul. Am discutat despre credinta, despre secularizare, despre islam si islamofobie, despre criza refugiatilor sirieni si multe altele. O parte a acestui dialog si-a gasit locul in interviul publicat astazi, 21 octombrie, 2015, de cotidianul Adevarul.
Redau mai jos prima parte a interviului.
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Dănuţ Mănăstireanu (60 ani), cu o vastă experienţă în zonele de conflict şi la catedrele universităţilor care au cursuri de istoria religiilor, îşi expune punctul de vedere în privinţa crizei imigranţilor din Siria şi a evoluţiei religiilor în Europa. Continue reading “Danut Manastireanu – Interviu pentru cotidianul Adevarul”
Take a first look at HE NAMED ME MALALA, a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s life, story and personal journey as an education activist. Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at http://bit.ly/1IlDIMg
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.
London, Jan. 16 (World Watch Monitor) — The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeal to reopen a blasphemy case against a 14-year-old Christian girl, who had been accused of burning verses from the Koran.
Rimsha Masih had been acquitted of the charges in November by the High Court in Islamabad. A Muslim cleric was subsequently charged with fabricating evidence against the girl. The lower court’s decision was appealed to the nation’s highest court.
One of the girl’s lawyers, Thahir Naveed Chaudhry, confirmed the Supreme Court’s rejection of the appeal to World Watch Monitor. Separately, Federal Minister for National Harmony Paul Bhatti told Asia News he was satisfied with the decision of the Supreme Court confirming “Rimsha Masih is innocent.”
According to Vatican Radio, the minister said these were “days of stress and tension” but “justice had prevailed”. Bhatti is the brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the government Minorities Minister who was assassinated for calling for reform of Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law.
Although Rimsha was 14 at the time of her arrest last summer, her developmental age is said to be lower. Some reports say she has Down syndrome and has never received an education. Continue reading “World Watch Monitor: Pakistan Supreme Court confirms decision to drop blasphemy case”
The Islamist paranoia is reaching gigantic proportions already. Here is another horror story for the blog of Anthony Permal, from The Express Tribune.
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An 8th grader was accused for blasphemy for misspelling the word ‘naat’.
If we were wondering whether Pakistan could sink any lower as a nation where morals are concerned, I must say we definitely exceeded our expectations this past week.
All issues related to the blasphemy law and its effect on the fabric of the current mindset in Pakistan can probably take a backseat to the idiocy that raised its head this week. In a spate of vivid defence of religion against the evil world, a teacher accused a 13-year-old Christian girl of blasphemy, alleging that a misspelt word had turned from praise to curse.
Of course, the initial reaction from all corners within and outside the country was predictable:
a) The shocked liberals and mild-conservatives alike raised their hackles
b) The ultra-conservatives were convinced of malicious intent Continue reading “Blasphemy for 8th graders in Pakistan”
Ci[rian Terinte, aflat la o conferinta academica la Cairo, impartaseste cite ceva din lucrurile noi pe care le-a aflat despre crestinii din Orientul Apropiat.
I have just received from Pakistan this urgent call for prayer for the Christians in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
As my friend says, there are no details available yet on the internet.
Gujranwala is a city of 1,5mln inhabitants in North-East Punjab.
Please remember Pakistan in your special prayers. Today a Theological Seminary and churches were burnt in Gujranwala and Christians are being persecuted. Much detail is not available at this point. However Christians are fleeing from the city.
May God have mercy!
(HERNDON, Virginia, April 2011) Religious freedom organizations united under the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) released a statement condemning the recent death of Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, and calling for immediate action from Pakistan’s government and the international community to safeguard the lives and the rights of Pakistan’s Christian minority. The World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission (WEA RLC) which is a member of the RLP fully endorses this statement referred to as “The Virginia Statement on the Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.
WEA RLC notes with deep sadness that the late Minister Bhatti was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Religious Liberty Partnership Conference in Virginia. Continue reading “Call to Safeguard Pakistan’s Christian Minority”
On the morning of 10 March, 2010, World Vision was shaken by the news that six of our staff had been killed in a cruel attack in Oghi, Pakistan. Four days later, another staff member who was seriously injured in the attack died. That hour of brutality changed our world. A year later, we are still coming to terms with it.
The suffering of the survivors and the sense of loss felt by the families, friends and colleagues of those who were killed continues to be a vivid reality. Those who were injured have all been able to return to work, but the recovery from physical and psychological wounds continues for many. Continue reading “The World Vission Community Remembers the Seven Colleagues Killed in Pakistan A Year Ago”
Pakistani Christian women in church (source, here)
As Pakistan’s main churches held special prayers in memory of Salman Taseer, the Punjab governor assassinated for his opposition to a law that punishes insult to Islam by death, Christians in Pakistan spoke of their feelings that they are in a precarious position in their own country.
“Religion in our country has always been a sensitive issue but after the brutal killing of Salman Taseer, we as a minority group feel that the less we talk, the better it is,” said Amna Ayaz, a teacher, adding that with the recent level of intolerance in Pakistani society, she feels it is difficult to decide whether it is safer to “speak less” or keep silent. Continue reading “Christians feel vulnerable in Pakistan”
(Source: Der Spiegel)
The terrorist attack against the Coptic Church in Alexandria at the New Year Der Spiegel to publish a review article about the situation of persecuted Christians around the world, particularly in the East. This thorough article, titled ‘Murderers and Martyrs: The Difficult Situation of Christians in the Orient’ is worth reading. Here are just a few quotes, to raise your interest. Continue reading “Christians in Danger Around the World”
Just days before his death, Salman Taseer had sent out a New Years message via Twitter, saying “I am full of optimism.” Here he is pictured during a visit to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian minority woman, who was sentenced to death by a local court for blasphemy last year. Taseer was targeted because of his critique of the blasphemy law under which Bibi was convicted.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian in Punjab is awaiting execution by hanginf after being (most probably falsely) accused of blasphemy towards the prophet Mohammad. You may find HERE more details about this case.
The Pakistani blasphemy law is the most used means to persecute the Christian minority in this Islamic republic. Continue reading “Plead for the release of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, condamned for alleged blasphemy”
This is a very sad night for me. I have just received news that a good friend in Pakistan, Dr.Muhammad Farooq Khan, has been killed today in the Swat Valley. He was for a long time on the Taliban hit list, because of his moderate views. He was a good man and a man of peace. The world will be poorer without him. May Allah rest him in peace!
I have met Dr. Farooq a few years ago in Istanbul, at a Channels of Hope training. Channels of Hope is a World Vision programme training Christian and Muslim leaders on alleviation of stygma related to HIV & AIDS.
After this training, Dr. Farooq, a well known psychiatrist and a public personality of national stature in Pakistan, has been involved in training Muslim leaders in his country for using this effective methodology. Continue reading “Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan – A Pakistani Martyr for Peace”
Anul trecut, in august, anuntam AICI si AICI teribila tragedie care a lovit comunitatea crestina din Goira, in Punjab, Pakistan. Iata mai jos o serie de inagini legate de aceste tragice si regretabile evenimente.
Ii multumesc lui Dumnezeu pentru sansa pe mi-a dat-o de a oferi, prin intermediul World Vision, un ajutor celor loviti de aceasta napasta.
The Diary of A Psychiatrist, an extremely interesting film by my friend Khalid Hussain, a window into real life in Pakistan, including the conflict between the Muslim majority and the Christian minority.
By Rich Stearns, President of World Vision US
The same week as the tragic deaths of our colleagues in Pakistan, World Vision had another unprecedented event in our 60-year history.
We received a $35 million gift commitment from a private donor – the biggest single gift ever given to us. This is a remarkable blessing which God has provided through the generosity of a couple who have taken their stewardship seriously. Continue reading “Largest Private Cash Gift in World Vision History”
Jeff Hall with World Vision’s Middle East and Eastern Europe advocacy team pays tribute to our fallen colleagues in Pakistan. Continue reading “A Tribute to our Fallen World Vision Colleagues in Pakistan”
Half the population of Pir Wadhai, Pakistan’s busiest open air bus terminal, is under 15. Eighty percent have been working since they were three, or younger. Continue reading “Pir Wadhai – Terminal Life – An Extraordinary Documentary”
As Jasmina Varupa was reflecting with her peers on the morning of March 10, she was unknowingly led to share Romans 12:9-21, minutes before news from Pakistan came on the death of six members of staff in Pakistan after an attack by gunmen.
“Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another (…) Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath.”
With those same verses, Yasmina was able to spare more bloodshed 13 years ago in Bosnia, when she was the repatriation coordinator with World Vision, helping displaced people return to their homes after the end of war in 1994. Continue reading “Comforting Words in Times of Grief”
March 11, 2010
To whom it may concern,
On March 10, you killed my friend Ahmed. You killed him, and you killed 5 others. You came into our office, our office, decorated with the happy colors of a kindergarten, and defiled it with the dark colors of your trade.
What was it that sparked your rage? Was it the thousands of children that now go to school because of Ahmed’s work? Maybe it was the trees that he and our friends in the community planted on that hillside? Or was it the health clinic we helped rebuild?
All egregious acts, no doubt. Continue reading “Letter to an Unknown Terrorist”
Last year I spent a wonderful week in Pakistan, visiting with my colleagues there. Among other things, I have spent a delightful night in Oghi, in the World Vision team house with my Muslim Pakistani colleagues. Now, six of them are dead and other eight are injured, fightin:g for their life as a result of a senseless attach from Muslim fundamentalists.
May God have mercy on them, their families and their attackers.
Here is an official message from World Vision on this tragic incident: Continue reading “Pakistan: Attack on World Vision staff brutal and senseless – UPDATE”
Cu câteva zile în urmă vă prezentam (AICI) tragicele evenimente petrecute la Gojra, în Pakistan, unde mulţimi furioase de musulmani, aţâţate de vestea (falsă) a unei presupuse profanări a Coranului, au distrus peste o sută de case şi au făcut cel puţin 14 victime, unele dintre ele arse de vii.
Vă prezint acum mai jos o serie de fotografii care atestă cele întâmplate pe data de 1 august în provincia Punjab din Pakistan. Continue reading “Crestini persecutati in Pakistan”
Agenţiile de presă anunţă că sîmbătă 1 august 2009 un număr de creştini din estul Pakistanului au fost arşi de vii în casele lor de către mulţimi furioase de musulmani, fiind acuzaţi de deteriorarea unei copii a Coranului.
Numărul exact de victime este însă incert. Realitatea.net anunţă că este vorba de opt persoane, în vreme ce agenţia Reuters vorbeşte de şase. Christianity Today, citeaza agentia Compas Direct, potrivit careia este vorba de cel putin 14 victime si peste 100 de case distruse.
Rugaţivă pentru familiile afectate de acest nou conflict religios.
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Cititi AICI o scrisoare a adresata de Dr Samuel Kobia, Secretar General al Consiliului Mondial al Bisericilor (WCC), Presedintelui Republicii Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, in apararea crestinilor din aceasta tara.
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Un nou articol pe aceasta tema din revista Christianity Today sugereaza ca aceasta tragedie, cauzata de extremisti suniti, si pornind de la niste zvonuri car3e nu s-au confirmat, ar putea conduce la o serie de necesare schimbari cu prire la situyatia minoritatilor religioase din Pakistan, mai ales cele crestine.
CLAAS regret to inform that today on 1st of July, 2009 in the city of Kasur south, east of Lahore Pakistan 100 Christian houses and Churches have been burned by local Muslims. The riots were incited by broadcast from local mosques. This incident reminds of another one on 6th of February, 1997 when thousands of Christian’s houses, Churches were burned and hundreds of Christians were injured.
As displacement crisis continues, Charlie Dokmo, MEER Regional Vice President, visits those trapped inside the conflict zone in northwest Pakistan
On May 18, Charlie Dokmo, MEER Regional Vice President, accompanied a World Vision team into Buner District in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province to assist with the distribution of essential relief items to desperate displaced families.He also had meeting with potential partner organisations and the full team.
Voice of the Martyrs Canada anunta ca un grup de crestini au fost atacati in orasul Taiser, din sudul Pakistanului, de o multime de musulmani, asmutiti de talibani. In momentul atacului, crestinii stergeau de pe zidul bisericii o serie de grafitti jignitoare scrise de talibani. Trei persoane au murit in urma acestui incident.
Pentru detalii, citi AICI.
Rezultatul cutremurului din 2005 din Pakistan
De mai multe zile încerc să pun pe hârtie câteva note legate de călătoria mea în Pakistan, dar programul încărcat nu-mi permite nicicum lucrul acesta.
O serie de evenimente ptrecute astăzi mă fac însă să nu mai aştept un text închegat, ci să vă împărtăşesc câte ceva din ceea ce simt şi trăiesc aici în aceste zile fierbinţi.