Sunday, July 30, 2006

We are History's playthings

Recently was informed by a Indonesian student that protection of religious belief is enshrined in Indonesia's constitution. All 5 beliefs were protected he said. I could guess four ,Hindu ,Muslim,Buddhist and Christian but what was the other I asked?
Not Christian-Catholic and Protestant he replied.
Yes of course the writers of that document must have been aware that ever since Martin Luther banged his little protest note up on a church door Christians (whose central doctrine is surely love thy neighbour) have been at each others throats. We had the Thirty years war and The St. Barthothemew's Day Massacre, not to forget a couple of English civil wars and The Troubles in Ireland.. It's been going on for five hundred years and the good news is it's just about stopped. A war of centuries can turn to peace if there is sufficient will and disgust for blood shed.
Which brings us to the Vexed Middle East.
What can anyone say except the obvious-Stop killing each other!
I want to take neither side, a dead child is a dead child, hate begets hate, and two wrongs don't make a right.
Can you fight for peace? Or only pray for it?
Is love stronger than hate? People can forgive but can they ever forget?
In time anything is possible.......
Read some blogs below, make your own judgments what is truth and which is propaganda?
It's a very hard call.
An excellent article on blogging from Beirut
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And in a strange twist of fate Mel "Passion of Christ"Gibson is the talk of blogs all over the world for his Anti-Jewish drunken rant at a cop.This is so strange how fortunes can reverse-See Andrew Sullivans blog.Was he some kind of lightning rod,picking up signals from an evil entity because for a Hollywood Star there is certainly no quicker way to stuff up your career than the words he spouted.
Like William Wallace he may find himself being hung,drawn and quartered...for a few days anyway, until the next Celebrity Train Wreck pulls off the station.

1 comment:

(('{~_~}')) said...

Mel sure stuffed up big this time!