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!