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Programe de educație pentru viață și sănătate, inclusiv educație sexuală pentru copii, derulate în școli. Legea a fost promulgată

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Preşedintele Klaus Iohannis a promulgat, vineri, legea care prevede obligativitatea organizării în unităţile şcolare, cel puţin o dată pe semestru, a unor programe de educaţie pentru viaţă şi pentru sănătate, inclusiv educaţie sexuală pentru copii, potrivit Agerpres.

Actul normativ modifică şi completează Legea 272/2004 privind protecţia şi promovarea drepturilor copilului, în sensul stabilirii în sarcina autorităţilor administraţiei publice locale, precum şi a oricăror instituţii publice sau private cu atribuţii în domeniul educaţiei, a obligaţiei de a derula în unităţile şcolare, cel puţin o dată pe semestru, programe de educaţie pentru viaţă şi pentru sănătate.

„Organele de specialitate ale administraţiei publice centrale, autorităţile administraţiei publice locale, precum şi orice alte instituţii publice sau private cu atribuţii în domeniul sănătăţii şi în domeniul educaţiei sunt obligate să adopte, în condiţiile legii, toate măsurile necesare pentru: derularea sistematică în unităţile şcolare, cel puţin o dată pe semestru, de programe de educaţie pentru viaţă, inclusiv educaţie sexuală pentru copii, în vederea prevenirii contactării bolilor cu transmitere sexuală şi a gravidităţii minorelor; derularea sistematică în unităţile şcolare, cel puţin o dată pe semestru, de programe de educaţie pentru sănătate, inclusiv pentru dezvoltarea capacităţilor psiho-emoţionale, a competenţelor sociale şi interpersonale”, se arată în lege.

Aceasta mai prevede şi facilitarea accesului la programe de educaţie pentru sănătate pentru toţi elevii înscrişi în învăţământul preuniversitar.

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Musulmanii distrug crucile creştine în toată lumea şi nimeni nu vorbeşte despre asta

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Un imigrant musulman din Roma a înjunghiat recent un bărbat creştin în gât fiindcă purta un crucifix la gât. Atacantul, un marocan de 37 ani, este acuzat de tentativă de omucidere; ,,ura religioasă” este citată ca ,,factor agravant” în infracţiune.

Din nefericire, acesta nu este primul caz de infracţiune de ,,ură religioasă” din Italia care se petrece având ca subiect crucea. Printre altele,

– un băiat musulman de origine africană a sâcâit, a insultat şi în cele din urmă a bătut o fată de 12 ani în timpul orelor de şcoală pentru că şi ea purta un crucifix;

– un imigrant musulman s-a năpustit într-o biserică veche din Veneţia şi a atacat crucea mare, veche de 300 ani, rupându-i un braţ, în timp ce zbiera: ,,Tot ce este într-o biserică este fals !”

– după ce a fost distrus un crucifix în vecinătatea unei moschei aglomerate, primarul din Cinisello Balsamo a spus cu privire la identitatea vinovatului/vinovaţilor: ,,Înainte să ne arătăm uniţi cu musulmanii, haideţi să-i facem să înceapă prin a respecta civilizaţia şi cultura noastră”.

Din ce motiv crucifixul îi face pe unii musulmani să reacţioneze violent ? Ostilitatea islamică faţă de cruce este un fenomen decisiv, care străbate continentele şi secolele şi este foarte grăitor pentru ostilitatea înnăscută a islamului faţă de creştinism.

Pentru necunoscători ar trebui spus nu numai că crucea este simbolul fundamental al creştinismului – pentru toate confesiunile, inclusiv pentru majoritatea formelor de protestantism altfel iconoclast –, dar ea simbolizează dezacordul fundamental dintre creştini şi musulmani. Potrivit profesorului Sidney Griffith: ,,Crucea şi icoanele au declarat public tocmai acele puncte ale credinţei creştine pe care Coranul, potrivit poziţiei musulmane, le-a negat explicit: faptul că Hristos este Fiul lui Dumnezeu şi că El a murit pe cruce”. Drept aceea, ,,practica creştină a închinării la cruce … stârnea adeseori dispreţul musulmanilor”, astfel că de la începutul cuceririlor teritoriilor creştine de către musulmani, a existat o permanentă ,,campanie de a şterge simbolurile publice ale creştinismului, în special semnul anterior omniprezent al crucii”.

Această campanie porneşte de la profetul musulman Mohamed. Se pare că el ,,avea o asemenea aversiune faţă de forma crucii încât spărgea orice obiect care era adus în casa lui şi avea pe el semnul crucii”, scria un istoric[1]. De asemenea, Mohamed a afirmat că la sfârşitul vremurilor, Iisus (,,Isa” la musulmani) Însuşi va considera important să ,,zdrobească crucea”.

Raymond Ibrahim s-a născut în 1973, în SUA, din părinţi imigranţi copţi din Egipt. El a studiat la Universitatea de stat din Fresno, California, unde a scris o teză de master despre întâlnirea militară timpurie dintre Bizanţ şi islamism, bazată pe texte greceşti şi arabe medievale. De asemenea, a urmat cursuri de istorie, politică şi economie a lumii arabe contemporane şi a studiat istorie islamică medievală şi limbile semite la Universitatea Catolică a Americii.

El este specialist în Orientul Mijlociu şi islamism, concentrându-se asupra evenimentelor contemporane. Scrierile, traducerile şi comentariile sale au apărut într-o mulţime de publicaţii cunoscute la nivel internaţional: New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, USA Today, Washington Post; în reviste de specialitate ca The World Almanac of Islamism, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly; pe site-uri populare ca American Thinker, Bloomberg, Breitbart, Christian Post, FrontPage Magazine etc. De asemenea, a depus mărturie înaintea Congresului SUA cu privire la islamism şi nenorocirea creştinilor copţi din Egipt.

A contribuit cu capitole la mai multe antologii, a scris mai multe cărţi care au fost traduse în zeci de limbi. Printre cărţile lui se numără Sabia şi paloşul: 14 secole de război între Islam şi Occident, 2018, Răstigniţi din nou: expunerea noului război al islamului împotriva creştinilor, 2013 etc.

Clericii musulmani contemporani confirmă acest lucru. Când a fost întrebat despre hotărârea islamului privind dacă unei persoane – în acest caz, creştinii – îi este îngăduit să poarte sau să se roage înaintea crucii, şeicul Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi, un expert saudit în legea islamică, a spus: ,,Sub nici o formă nu îi este permis unui om să poarte crucea”, nici ,,nu este permis nimănui să se roage înaintea crucii”. De ce ? ,,Pentru că profetul – pacea şi binecuvântările cu el – a poruncit zdrobirea ei (a crucii)”.

Istoria islamică este o reflectare a acestor sentimente. De exemplu, şeicul al-Tarifi amintit mai sus a explicat de asemenea că, dacă este prea greu să strici crucea – de exemplu, dacă este o statuie mare de beton –, musulmanii ar trebui cel puţin să încerce să sluţească unul dintre braţele ei ,,astfel încât să nu mai semene cu o cruce”. Dovezile istorice şi numismatice confirmă că, după ce califatul Umayyad a cucerit vistieria bizantină la sfârşitul secolului al VII-lea, a poruncit ca unul sau două braţe ale crucii de pe monede să fie şterse astfel ca imaginea să nu mai semene cu un crucifix.

Există numeroase mărturii din cele mai timpurii invazii ale musulmanilor în Siria şi Egiptul creştine privind stricarea sistematică a tuturor crucifixelor pe care ei le-au întâlnit. Potrivit lui Anastasie de Sinai, care a trăit în timpul cuceririlor arabe din secolul al VII-lea, ,,demonii îi numesc pe saracini (arabi/musulmani) drept tovarăşii lor. Şi este cu temei. Cei din urmă poate că sunt chiar mai răi decât diavolii”, căci pe câtă vreme ,,diavolii sunt adesea foarte înfricoşaţi de tainele lui Hristos”, printre care el menţionează crucea, ,,aceşti diavoli de carne calcă totul sub picioarele lor, batjocoresc, dau foc, şi distrug”.

Legat de recenta schiţare a unei cruci din materii fecale pe zidul unei biserici franceze, istoria ne spune că în 1147, în Portugalia, musulmanii au expus ,,cu multă batjocură simbolul crucii. Ei au scuipat asupra ei şi au şters fecalele de la dosurile lor cu ea”. Cu câteva decenii mai înainte, în Ierusalim, musulmanii ,,au scuipat asupra lor (crucilor) şi nici măcar nu s-au înfrânat să nu urineze pe ele în văzul tuturor”. Până şi acel aşa-zis ,,mărinimos” sultan Saladin a poruncit ,,oricui vedea că exteriorul unei biserici era alb, să-l acopere cu murdărie neagră” şi a poruncit ,,îndepărtarea tuturor crucilor din vârful turlelor tuturor bisericilor din provinciile Egiptului”.

Ca nu cumva ostilitatea musulmană faţă de cruce să pară încă necaracteristică – mărginită la o spusă obscură a lui Mohamed sau ,,istorie străveche” – mai jos este o listă extrem de incompletă a exemplelor despre cum crucea continuă să-i ducă la paroxism până şi pe musulmanii ,,de rând”:

Egipt: O tânără creştină coptă pe nume Mary a fost omorâtă în bătaie de turbulenţii din Frăţia Musulmană când a fost identificată, după crucea de la gât, că era creştină. În mod similar, Ayman de 17 ani, elev copt, a fost strangulat şi ucis în bătaie de profesorul său musulman şi colegii săi pentru că a refuzat să se supună ordinelor profesorului de a-şi acoperi crucea.

Pakistan: Când un bărbat musulman a văzut-o pe Julie Aftab, o femeie creştină, că purta o cruce la gât, a atacat-o, i-a turnat acid de baterie pe gât şi a stropit-o cu el pe faţă, vătămându-i ireversibil esofagul, orbind-o de un ochi şi făcând-o să-şi piardă ambele pleoape şi majoritatea dinţilor.

Turcia: Un băiat de 12 ani care purta un lănţişor de argint cu cruce în clasă a fost scuipat şi bătut regulat de colegii şi profesorii musulmani.

Malaiezia: Un cimitir creştin a fost atacat şi profanat în toiul nopţii de persoane necunoscute în naţiunea majoritar musulmană. Câteva cruci au fost distruse, inclusiv prin folosirea ,,unei unelte grele pentru spart”. Separat, o gloată musulmană a pornit o campanie împotriva unei mici biserici protestante din cauza crucii vizibile din vârful lăcaşului. Aceasta a fost îndepărtată imediat.

Maldive: Autorităţile au trebuit să salveze o profesoară creştină după ce ,,părinţii musulmani au ameninţat că o leagă şi o târăsc afară de pe insulă” pentru că ,,propovăduieşte creştinismul”. Infracţiunea ei a fost să deseneze un compas – care în mod greşit a fost luat drept cruce – în cadrul unei lecţii de geografie la clasă.

Pe măsură ce prezenţa islamului continuă să sporească în Europa, ar trebui să nu fie nici o surpriză că atacurile împotriva crucilor se înmulţesc şi ele. Pe lângă atacurile menţionate mai sus din Italia, următoarele s-au petrecut în Franţa şi Germania, unde atacurile împotriva bisericilor şi crucilor au devenit endemice:

– un bărbat musulman a comis acte majore de vandalism la două biserici, printre care s-a numărat strâmbarea unei cruci masive de bronz;

– cruci şi morminte creştine dintr-un cimitir au fost stricate şi profanate de un musulman;

– un bărbat musulman care s-a internat într-un spital pentru tratament a intrat brusc într-o stare de frenezie pentru că erau ,,prea multe cruci pe perete”. El a făcut-o pe asistentă ,,curvă” şi ,,fascistă” şi a devenit agresiv fizic;

– după ce musulmanii au primit un sector propriu într-un cimitir şi li s-a permis să săvârşească ceremonii islamice separate, aceiaşi musulmani au început să ceară ca simbolurile şi crucile creştine din cimitir să fie îndepărtate sau acoperite în timpul înmormântărilor islamice;

– un raport în limba germană notează că numai în Alpi şi în Bavaria, circa 200 de biserici au fost atacate şi multe cruci stricate: ,,Făptaşii sunt adesea tineri răsculaţi care provin dintr-un mediu de imigraţie”.

Aşa este istoria şi continuitatea urii islamice faţă de cruce – acel simbol care constituie miezul credinţei creştine, adică moartea şi învierea lui Hristos, două evenimente pe care islamul le neagă cu vehemenţă.

Jihadul asupra crucii a început cu Mohamed, a fost săvârşit de califii de la început şi este continuat până astăzi de jihadiştii lumii, fără a-i mai aminti pe musulmanii de rând.

Traducere: Catacombele Ortodoxiei

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The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million High-Res Images Online and Into the Public Domain

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No matter how many public institutions you visit in a day—schools, libraries, museums, or the dreaded DMV—you may still feel like privatized services are closing in. And if you’re a fan of national parks and public lands, you’re keenly aware they’re at risk of being eaten up by developers and energy companies. The commons are shrinking, a tragic fact that is hardly inevitable but, as Matto Mildenberger argues at Scientific American, the result of some very narrow ideas.

 

But we can take heart that one store of common wealth has majorly expanded recently, and will continue to grow each year since January 1, 2019—Public Domain Day—when hundreds of thousands of works from 1923 became freely available, the first time that happened in 21 years. This year saw the release of thousands more works into the public domain from 1924, and so it will continue ad infinitum.

And now—as if that weren’t enough to keep us busy learning about, sharing, adapting, and repurposing the past into the future—the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million images into the public domain, making them searchable, shareable, and downloadable through the museum’s Open Access platform.

This huge release of “high resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections,” notes Smithsonian Magazine, “is just the beginning. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.”

There are those who would say that these images always belonged to the public as the holdings of a publicly-funded institution sometimes called “the nation’s attic.” It’s a fair point, but shouldn’t take away from the excitement of the news. “Smithsonian” as a conveniently singular moniker actually names “19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo,” an enormous collection of art and historic artifacts.

That’s quite a lot to sift through, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the site’s highlights will direct you to one fascinating image after another, from Mohammad Ali’s 1973 headgear to the historic Elizabethan portrait of Pocahontas, to the collection box of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society owned by William Lloyd Garrison’s family, to Walt Whitman in 1891, as photographed by the painter Thomas Eakins, to just about anything else you might imagine.

Enter the Smithsonian’s Open Access archive and browse and search its millions of newly-public domain images, a massive collection that may help expand the definition of common knowledge.

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Pakistan court validates forced conversion, marriage of Christian girl

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A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said.

The High Court in Sindh Province on February 3 dismissed a petition to have the marriage and forced conversion of a Catholic girl overturned. The court ruled that both were valid since a girl under sharia (Islamic law) can marry after her first menstrual cycle.

“The court … has justified the violation of the girl’s body” – Tabassum Yousaf

Huma Younus was taken from her home in Karachi’s Zia Colony on October 10 while her parents were away. She was forced to marry the man who abducted her, identified as Abdul Jabbar of Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab Province, her attorney said.

“The hearing on February 3 lasted only five minutes,” the family’s attorney, Tabassum Yousaf, told Morning Star News. “The court, in just a few words citing the sharia, has justified the violation of the girl’s body since she has already had her first period.”

Yousaf added that the family was prohibited from seeing Huma because police said her life would be at risk if she was brought to the courtroom.

He said the family challenged Huma’s marriage and forced conversion under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013, which declares marrying a person under 18 years old an offence punishable by up to three years in prison.

Although the Sindh government takes credit for becoming Pakistan’s first elected assembly to pass a bill on child marriage in April 2014, the law is still poorly implemented, sources said.

Yousaf said he submitted Huma’s baptismal and school documents in court that proved she was 14 years old. Nevertheless, Sindh High Court judges Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Irshad Ali Shah ruled that the marriage was valid based on her menstrual cycle.

The legal battle has been going on for months with constant delays and excuses cited so as not to present the underage girl in court, sources said.

The family has filed an appeal to the Court of Justice in Sindh Province, and Yousaf said a hearing is scheduled for March 4. Police will thus have more time for medical tests to determine Huma’s age, he said.

Guardian Consent Needed

The girl’s parents were informed via text message that Huma had converted to Islam and had married Jabbar “of her free will,” sources said.

Since forced conversions are not illegal in Pakistan, her attorney said he believed the case hinged on Huma’s age.

Prominent Supreme Court Advocate Saiful Malook told Morning Star News that even though sharia allows marriage of a minor girl if she has her first period, the marriage has to be validated by the girl’s guardian.

“In no way can any court of law endorse an underage marriage unless it is supported by the girl’s guardian,” Malook said.

“Marriage is governed by the Contract Act, wherein no minor can enter into a contract or agreement without the explicit approval of her guardian. In this particular case, the court must take into account whether the girl’s legal guardian has consented to her marriage even if it’s judging the act under the sharia.”

“Another Christian girl aged 14 was recently abducted and gang-raped …” – Napoleon Qayyum

He added that a 14-year-old minor cannot be deemed mature enough to change her religion by her own will, considering the fact that she could have been coerced or blackmailed into renouncing her faith. Huma reportedly filed an affidavit declaring that she married of her own free will, but Yousaf has said that such an affidavit can’t be filed legally until she obtains an identity card at age 18.

The high court must order Huma to record a statement in the courtroom, Malook said.

“If the police are not producing the girl before the court on various pretences, the court should be wise enough to see through the police’s mala fide [‘in bad faith’] and hand the custody of the minor back to her parents,” he said.

Malook, who represented Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy convict, Aasiya Noreen – better known as Asia Bibi – before the Supreme Court and won her freedom, said that abducting for the purpose of forced conversion and underage marriage is a major problem in Pakistan.

He added that legislation effective in curbing the practice is long overdue.

Christian rights activists believe that the ruling of the Sindh High Court will encourage more perpetrators of such crimes to hide behind sharia. Pakistan Center of Law of Justice Executive Director Napoleon Qayyum told Morning Star News that the high court’s ruling would result in a surge in cases of forced conversion and underage marriages of Christian girls.

“Another Christian girl aged 14 was recently abducted and gang-raped by some Muslim youths in Bihar Colony area of Lahore,” Qayyum said. “The victim is a student of grade nine and was abducted by four or five boys on her way to a local tuition centre on January 16. The abductors not only raped her but also obtained her signatures and thumb impressions on some papers.”

Police were able to recover her on January 19, but Qayyum said he fears the suspects will use her signed documents to produce a fake marriage certificate and religion conversion letter in a bid to escape abduction and rape charges.

“This is common modus operandi of Muslims to confuse the court and avoid justice,” he said. In nearly all such cases, Qayyum said, the rapists threaten to harm the girls’ families if they reveal the truth.

“Moreover, the girls are also forced to give false statements in court that they have changed their religion of free will and had married of their own choice,” Qayyum said. “Girls belonging to minority communities often succumb to pressure and consideration for their family’s security, which has further emboldened the men belonging to the majority faith.”

Each year, about 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam

Most victims of forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan are reportedly Christian and Hindu girls and women forced to marry Muslim men who are much older than them. According to the Centre for Social Justice, at least 159 such cases were reported between 2013 and 2019.

The Sindh legislature in 2016 passed a law outlawing forcible conversions and conversions before the age of 18 but, under pressure from Islamic extremist groups, the governor declined to sign it.

Each year, about 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and then married off to their abductors or rapists, according to the National Commission of Justice and Peace and the Pakistan Hindu Council.

Pakistan ranked fifth on Christian support organisation Open Doors 2020 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. In November, the United States of America added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom.

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Croaţia: Cuplurile de acelaşi sex pot primi copii în plasament, a stabilit Curtea Constituţională

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Cuplurile de acelaşi sex din Croaţia vor putea primi copii în plasament familial, conform unei decizii pronunţate vineri de Curtea Constituţională, care a tranşat astfel într-o dezbatere furtunoasă în această ţară catolică, informează AFP, citată de Agerpres.

Sesizată de mai multe persoane care au contestat legea plasamentului familial, Curtea a constatat că legislaţia în vigoare produce ‘efecte discriminatorii’ faţă de homosexualii care trăiesc în uniuni civile, ceea ce este ‘inacceptabil’.

‘Este cu adevărat o decizie istorică în Croaţia’, a reacţionat pentru AFP Daniel Martinovic, responsabil în cadrul unei asociaţii pentru drepturile persoanelor LBGT.

În Croaţia, legislaţia nu permite căsătoria între persoane de acelaşi sex, însă acestea se pot înregistra din 2014 ca ‘parteneri de viaţă’, ceea ce le aduce drepturi adesea echivalente.

Până în prezent, aproximativ 360 de cupluri au încheiat astfel de parteneriate, într-o ţară cu 4,2 milioane de locuitori. Aceste cupluri nu au însă dreptul să adopte copii.

Legea privind plasamentul familial al minorilor luaţi părinţilor decăzuţi din drepturi, adoptată în decembrie 2018, a fost imediat criticată de activişti pentru drepturile homosexualilor, pe motivul că, în lege, cuplurile care au încheiat un ‘parteneriat de viaţă’ nu figurau în lista de familii susceptibile să-i poată primi pe aceşti minori.

Curtea Constituţională a explicat că nu poate interveni pentru a modifica această lipsă a legii, pentru a nu crea un ‘vid juridic’.

Totuşi, Curtea le-a ordonat tribunalelor şi instituţiilor responsabile de aceste dosare să aplice legislaţia în vigoare astfel încât să permită participarea la procedura de plasament familial ‘în aceleaşi condiţii’ pentru toţi, inclusiv ‘partenerii de viaţă’.

Deşi homosexualii au obţinut câteva succese în ce priveşte drepturile familiale, Croaţia rămâne o ţară conservatoare în problemele sociale, cu o influenţă puternică a Bisericii catolice.

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Emmanuel Macron: „Problema dvs. este că vă închipuiți că un tată este obligatoriu un bărbat”

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Președintele Franței, Emmanuel Macron, a fost abordat la Palatul Elysée de președintele Asociației Familiei Catolice (AFC), care i-a cerut să respingă actul legistlativ pentru procrația asistată medical (PMA).

Acest act prevede că lesbienele și femeile singure pot avea acces universal la fertilizarea artificială (FIV), iar copiii născuți în urma acestui procedeu ar avea oficial în acte ca „tată” o femeie, sau nu ar avea nici un tată. Altfel spus, această lege promovează „crearea” unor copii care nu au, oficial, tată.

La Palatul Elysée tocmai se sărbătorea cea de-a treisprezecea aniversare a Convenției Drepturilor Copilului, care spune printre altele: „un copil are dreptul să își cunoască părinții și să fie crescut de părinții lui”. Președintele AFC i-a arătat lui Emmanuel Macron că ar fi absurd să sărbătorești ratificarea Convenției Drepturilor Copilului în timp ce accepți „crearea” artificială și intenționată a unui copil care nu are tată, prin PMA.

Vreți să știți care a fost răspunsul lui Macron? A fost de-a dreptul suprarealist. Președintele Macron a răspuns că, la nivel simbolic, nu este nici o problemă cu PMA.

„Problema dvs. este că vă închipuiți că un tată este obligatoriu un bărbat. Toți psihanaliștii vă vor spune că nu este deloc așa.”

Cred că problema noastră a tuturor este că ne închipuim că mai există vreun strop de normalitate în capul politicienilor precum Emmanuel Macron. Toți pshinaliștii ne vor spune că nu este deloc așa.

https://www.lesalonbeige.fr/emmanuel-macron-votre-probleme-cest-que-vous-croyez-quun-pere-est-forcement-un-male/

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She Goes Everywhere Except School

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No gathering of world leaders is complete these days without Greta Thunberg, everyone’s favourite education-dodging autistic teen.

Jim Treacher reviews her latest appearance, and looks forward to grown-up Greta’s future challenges:

Swedish child-priestess and chronic truant Greta Thunberg is at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, because that’s where the spotlight is. And she’s scolding all the grown-ups for not doing what she wants when she wants it …

This kid is in for a shock when she grows up. Because she’s going to grow up. The adults who stole her childhood will have died off, but the planet will still be here.

How will she reconcile the resulting cognitive dissonance? Will she acknowledge the truth, or will she find more excuses to believe the lie? That’ll be up to her, once she’s no longer being exploited for political purposes.

While she’s still considered a guru, it might be interesting to find out Greta’s views on issues besides climate change. Perhaps a journalist in Davos could ask, for example, what she thinks about certain Swedish social problems.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump deals with the doomsters:

“To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers.

“They want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen,” he said.

“They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 80s.

“They always want to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives. We will never let radical socialism destroy our economy and wreck our country or eradicate our liberty.”

Well said.

UPDATE. Don Surber:

Our president said, „America’s newfound prosperity is undeniable, unprecedented and unmatched anywhere in the world. America achieved this stunning turnaround not by making minor changes to a handful of policies, but by adopting a whole new approach centered entirely on the well-being of the American worker.”

That is incredible. A billionaire spoke to fellow billionaires, fellow world leaders, and academics not about the swell digs they were staying at or the lush cuisine they enjoyed.

President Trump talked about actually serving the people who entrusted them with power.

UPDATE II. He’ll be waiting a long time:

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When is @GretaThunberg going to acknowledge explicitly that by far the biggest culprit is China, which signed up for Paris but continues to build one coal-burning power station a week? China is responsible for 60% of the increase in global emissions of CO2 since Greta was born. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1219639109062361088 

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„Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour.”

Read Greta Thunberg’s full speech from the World Economic Forum in Davos: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/climate/greta-thunberg-davos-transcript.html 

(dailytelegraph.com.au)

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100.000 de francezi au ieșit în stradă. „Un copil nu este un drept, are dreptul la un tată”

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Sloganul marșului a fost: „Un copil nu este un drept, are dreptul la un tată”. Protestul a fost organizat de platforma „Marchons Enfants!” din care fac parte 22 de asociații. Prin actul normativ copiii ce apar sunt privați de existența tatălui iar legea va  da cale liberă și pentru legalizarea mamelor surogat, inclusiv pentru homosexuali. „Legea duce la distrugerea familiei și la comercializarea embrionului, ceea ce înseamnă scoaterea la vânzare a mamei și a copilului”, a afirmat Guillaume de Prémare de la „Manif pour tous”. Aceasta poate duce la practici care transformă conceperea copilului într-un serviciu iar copilul într-o achiziție.

Motivația socialiștilor ce au propus legea este discriminarea cuplurilor homosexuale, cărora nu li se permite să aibă o „familie”.  Camera Deputaților a aprobat legea iar aceasta va permite și ștergerea tatălui din actele de identitate. Președintele Emmanuel Macron susține acest act normativ.

Criticii inițiativei spun că scenariul este distopia lui Aldous Huxley „Minunata lume nouă” iar cei ce vor avea de suferit vor fi copii. Tehnicile de procreație au fost oficializate în Franța, dar numai pentru cupluri heterosexuale sterile.

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Palais de l’Élysée, le dimanche 5 janvier 2020

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Entretien du Président de la République avec le Président des États-Unis d’Amérique

Le Président de la République s’est entretenu cet après-midi avec le Président des États-Unis d’Amérique, M. Donald Trump.

Face à la récente montée des tensions en Irak et dans la région, le Président de la République a souligné son entière solidarité avec nos alliés face aux attaques perpétrées ces dernières semaines contre les emprises de la Coalition en Irak. Il a exprimé sa préoccupation concernant les activités déstabilisatrices de la force Al Qods sous l’autorité du Général Qassem Soleimani, rappelé la nécessité que l’Iran y mette maintenant un terme et s’abstienne de toute mesure d’escalade militaire susceptible d’aggraver encore l’instabilité régionale. Il a marqué la détermination de la France à travailler aux côtés de ses partenaires régionaux et internationaux à l’apaisement des tensions.

Il a indiqué que la priorité devait aller à la poursuite de l’action de la Coalition internationale contre Daech, dans le plein respect de la souveraineté de l’Irak, pour sa sécurité et pour la stabilité régionale.

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URGENT : VIDEO : Haftar déclare la guerre sacrée contre les turcs et appelle à la mobilisation générale des libyens et des peuples arabes

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Le chef de l’armée libyenne, Khalifa Haftar s’est adressé, ce soir aux libyens, pour les remercier de leur confiance et pour leur assurer qu’ils n’auront aucun avenir et aucune souveraineté sur leur nation et leurs biens, sans une victoire écrasante de l’armée libyenne contre ceux qu’il a qualifié de « lèche-bottes », ceux qui se sont abaissés à demander l’aide de leurs anciens bourreaux qui ont fait tant de mal à leurs grands parents, après qu’ils se soient rendus compte de l’avance inexorable des forces armées vers leur fief à Tripoli.

كلمة القائد العام للقوات المسلحة المشير خليفة حفتر …………………………………………………الجمعـــــــة …….. الثالـــث مــــن ينـــاير 2020

Publicată de ‎قناة ليبيا الحدث مباشر – Libya Alhadath TV Live‎ pe Vineri, 3 ianuarie 2020

Le chef de l’armée libyenne, Khalifa Haftar s’est adressé, ce soir aux libyens, pour les remercier de leur confiance et pour leur assurer qu’ils n’auront aucun avenir et aucune souveraineté sur leur nation et leurs biens, sans une victoire écrasante de l’armée libyenne contre ceux qu’il a qualifié de « lèche-bottes », ceux qui se sont abaissés à demander l’aide de leurs anciens bourreaux qui ont fait tant de mal à leurs grands parents, après qu’ils se soient rendus compte de l’avance inexorable des forces armées vers leur fief à Tripoli.

Haftar a ajouté qu’il n’y a plus le moindre doute de l’imminence de la libération de Tripoli, après que les forces armées aient saigné à blanc les milices terroristes, depuis le début de l’offensive lancée en avril dernier.

Haftar a, par ailleurs, précisé que la guerre n’est plus menée aujourd’hui contre des milices terroristes, mais contre une puissance colonisatrice qui rêve de reconquérir ses « territoires d’antan » et qui est en train d’amasser ses troupes pour envahir la Libye, contrôler ses richesses et réduire à l’esclavage son peuple, aidé en cela par des traîtres qui ont signé avec elle un pacte de « soumission ».

Haftar a ajouté solennellement, que son armée allait relever le défi et se préparait à affronter cet envahisseur en appelant à la mobilisation générale. Il a appelé tous les libyens et toutes les libyennes à lever les armes pour défendre leur nation et leur dignité afin de se dresser face à cet « idiot fou » qui rêve de les contrôler et les asservir.

Haftar a lancé un appel au peuple turc « frère », pour qu’il se révolte face à ce dictateur kamikaze, qui envoie ses hommes à la mort.

Il a averti tous les peuples arabes et leurs dirigeants que ce « Sultan fou » est en train de déclencher une guerre dans toute la région du monde arabe, visant à anéantir l’identité et la nation arabe. Car, quand Erdogan prétend que la Libye est une partie de son empire, il ne faut pas oublier que çà concerne aussi le reste du monde arabe qui fut, un moment occupé par ses aïeuls. Il a appelé les peuples arabes à répondre à la provocation et l’insulte de “ce fou” et à prémunir leurs pays.

A la fin, Haftar a rassuré le peuple libyen par rapport à la puissance et à l’aptitude de son armée à vaincre l’envahisseur.

(tunisienumerique.com)

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O fațetă diferită a Africii, iar noi..

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“…si in acest timp,

Pamantul continua sa se invarteasca. NATO se disloca; China isi reafirma puterea politica, stiintifica si economica dar isi sparge dintii in manifestatiile honkongeze; Marea Britanie decide (cu adevarat) sa paraseasca UE; ISIS reapare incet urmare abunui joc pervers al Turciei in Siria; Libanul se ridica, Bolivia si Algeria de asemenea…Premiul Nobel pentru Pace, prim ministrul etiopian Abiy Ahmed, arata o fateta diferita a Africii, dar cine sa remarce?…Titanii societatilor numerice isi disputa superioritatea quantica sau intietatea inteligentei artificiale. Cati dintre ei sunt insa europeni?…”

Etienne Grenelle pentru Le Point. Un tur al lumii in cateva cuvinte. Iar noi ne ocupam de Johannis…

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I’m Honestly Fed Up With All The Bad News, So I Illustrated 50 Of The Best Ones From 2019

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We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart.

However, while it’s important to report on problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that it needs to be found and promoted just as widely.

Because of that, I started The Happy Broadcast. It’s an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. Also, this year, I’ve illustrated even more happy news than in 2018.

We need more positive news to acknowledge that the world is actually getting better little by little.

More info: Instagram

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When I’m working on The Happy Broadcast, I try to pick news that has an international appeal and touches themes like animal rights, climate change and science. News that shows how much we’re progressing on many fronts despite being often bombarded with few-mongering headlines.

I think there are many reasons why negative news is dominating the media. It’s like a sudden disaster a, it’s more compelling than, for example, little improvements. Bad things can happen quickly, but good things aren’t built in a day, and as they unfold, they’re out of sync with the news cycle.

As humans, we have this thing called “negative bias” that make us respond quicker to bad or dangerous situations. Nowadays, this bias is getting in the way of our happiness and well-being, and even our productivity because most of the narrative surrounding us (print, online or mobile) is that the “world is ending”.

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I think we should find a balance between negative and positive news. From politics to climate change and economy, negative and bad news surrounds us everywhere we go. A potential solution could be to limit the amount of bad news, basically slow down our personal news cycle, adding some positive news to our “news diet” to make sure that our outlook on the world is more optimistic. Also, it’s very important to invest time to deal with misinformation and the reliability of news sources.

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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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I really appreciate teachers who are truly passionate about teaching. The teacher who wants to be an inspiration to others. The teacher who is happy with his/her job at all times. The teacher who every child in the school would love to have. The teacher kids remember for the rest of their lives. Are you that teacher? Read on and learn 11 effective habits of an effective teacher.

1. Enjoys Teaching

Teaching is meant to be a very enjoyable and rewarding career field (although demanding and exhausting at times!). You should only become a teacher if you love children and intend on caring for them with your heart. You cannot expect the kids to have fun if you are not having fun with them! If you only read the instructions out of a textbook, it’s ineffective. Instead, make your lessons come alive by making it as interactive and engaging as possible. Let your passion for teaching shine through each and everyday. Enjoy every teaching moment to the fullest.

2. Makes a Difference

There is a saying, „With great power, comes great responsibility”. As a teacher, you need to be aware and remember the great responsibility that comes with your profession. One of your goals ought to be: Make a difference in their lives. How? Make them feel special, safe and secure when they are in your classroom. Be the positive influence in their lives. Why? You never know what your students went through before entering your classroom on a particular day or what conditions they are going home to after your class. So, just in case they are not getting enough support from home, at least you will make a difference and provide that to them.

3. Spreads Positivity

Bring positive energy into the classroom every single day. You have a beautiful smile so don’t forget to flash it as much as possible throughout the day. I know that you face battles of your own in your personal life but once you enter that classroom, you should leave all of it behind before you step foot in the door. Your students deserve more than for you to take your frustration out on them. No matter how you are feeling, how much sleep you’ve gotten or how frustrated you are, never let that show. Even if you are having a bad day, learn to put on a mask in front of the students and let them think of you as a superhero (it will make your day too)! Be someone who is always positive, happy and smiling. Always remember that positive energy is contagious and it is up to you to spread it. Don’t let other people’s negativity bring you down with them.

4. Gets Personal

This is the fun part and absolutely important for being an effective teacher! Get to know your students and their interests so that you can find ways to connect with them. Don’t forget to also tell them about yours! Also, it is important to get to know their learning styles so that you can cater to each of them as an individual. In addition, make an effort to get to know their parents as well. Speaking to the parents should not be looked at as an obligation but rather, an honour. In the beginning of the school year, make it known that they can come to you about anything at anytime of the year. In addition, try to get to know your colleagues on a personal level as well. You will be much happier if you can find a strong support network in and outside of school.

5. Gives 100%

Whether you are delivering a lesson, writing report cards or offering support to a colleague – give 100%. Do your job for the love of teaching and not because you feel obligated to do it. Do it for self-growth. Do it to inspire others. Do it so that your students will get the most out of what you are teaching them. Give 100% for yourself, students, parents, school and everyone who believes in you. Never give up and try your best – that’s all that you can do. (That’s what I tell the kids anyway!)

6. Stays Organized

Never fall behind on the marking or filing of students’ work. Try your best to be on top of it and not let the pile grow past your head! It will save you a lot of time in the long run. It is also important to keep an organized planner and plan ahead! The likelihood of last minute lesson plans being effective are slim. Lastly, keep a journal handy and jot down your ideas as soon as an inspired idea forms in your mind. Then, make a plan to put those ideas in action.

7. Is Open-Minded

As a teacher, there are going to be times where you will be observed formally or informally (that’s also why you should give 100% at all times). You are constantly being evaluated and criticized by your boss, teachers, parents and even children. Instead of feeling bitter when somebody has something to say about your teaching, be open-minded when receiving constructive criticism and form a plan of action. Prove that you are the effective teacher that you want to be. Nobody is perfect and there is always room for improvement. Sometimes, others see what you fail to see.

8. Has Standards

Create standards for your students and for yourself. From the beginning, make sure that they know what is acceptable versus what isn’t. For example, remind the students how you would like work to be completed. Are you the teacher who wants your students to try their best and hand in their best and neatest work? Or are you the teacher who couldn’t care less? Now remember, you can only expect a lot if you give a lot. As the saying goes, „Practice what you preach”.

9. Finds Inspiration

An effective teacher is one who is creative but that doesn’t mean that you have to create everything from scratch! Find inspiration from as many sources as you can. Whether it comes from books, education, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, TpT or what have you, keep finding it!

10. Embraces Change

In life, things don’t always go according to plan. This is particularly true when it comes to teaching. Be flexible and go with the flow when change occurs. An effective teacher does not complain about changes when a new principal arrives. They do not feel the need to mention how good they had it at their last school or with their last group of students compared to their current circumstances. Instead of stressing about change, embrace it with both hands and show that you are capable of hitting every curve ball that comes your way!

11. Creates Reflection

An effective teacher reflects on their teaching to evolve as a teacher. Think about what went well and what you would do differently next time. You need to remember that we all have „failed” lessons from time to time. Instead of looking at it as a failure, think about it as a lesson and learn from it. As teachers, your education and learning is ongoing. There is always more to learn and know about in order to strengthen your teaching skills. Keep reflecting on your work and educating yourself on what you find are your „weaknesses” as we all have them! The most important part is recognizing them and being able to work on them to improve your teaching skills.

There are, indeed, several other habits that make an effective teacher but these are the ones that I find most important. Many other character traits can be tied into these ones as well.

Last word: There is always something positive to be found in every situation but it is up to you to find it. Keep your head up and teach happily for the love of education!

This piece was originally submitted to our community forums by a reader. Due to audience interest, we’ve preserved it. The opinions expressed here are the writer’s own.

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China destroys 3,000-seat church, detains pastors

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The People’s Republic of China destroyed a church that reportedly could seat 3,000 people and detained its pastors, according to a human rights organization.

China Aid, an international nonprofit Christian human rights group based in Texas, reported the incident in a statement released Saturday. According to the group, Chinese authorities provided no legal papers to justify the demolition.

The church was located in Funan, Anhui province. Its pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, were detained under suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.”

China Aid President Bob Fu said in a statement that the incident was “yet another clear example showing the escalation of religious persecution today by the Chinese Communist regime.”

“The total disregard of religious freedom’s protection as enshrined in the Communist Party’s own Constitution tells the whole world President Xi is determined to continue his war against

the peaceful Christian faithful. This campaign will surely fail in the end,” he continued.

While China’s persecution of religious groups has existed for many years, recently under President Xi Jinping a wave of crackdowns on religious practices in China has taken place.

The Communist government has destroyed or damaged several churches, reflecting concerns about the increasing Christian population of the country.

In the summer, True Jesus Church in Henan province was razed to the ground, according to persecution watchdog Bitter Winter. Police officers reportedly dragged out all believers from the church before they demolished the property.

Bitter Winter also reported last month that the Ten Commandments have been removed from nearly every Three-Self church and meeting venue in a county of Luoyang city and replaced with the President Xi Jinping’s quotes as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to “sinicize” Christianity.

In addition to cracking down on its Christian minority, China has engaged in violent persecution of its Uighur Muslim and Falun Gong communities.

The China Tribunal, a human rights group, told the United Nations Human Rights Council last month that the Chinese government is harvesting organs from religious minorities, with possibly hundreds of thousands of victims.

“Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uighurs, has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale, and that it continues today. This involves hundreds of thousands of victims,” explained China Tribunal lawyer Hamid Sabi to the UNHRC.

“Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century.”

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Le politiquement correcte

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Te obisnuiesti cu orice, chiar si sa traiesti pe un butoi de pulbere.

In urma cu 4 ani, atacul de la Charlie Hebdo a starnit un enorm val de emotie. Azi, un terorist ucide 4 politisti in chiar templul institutiei si totul pare un fapt divers.

Conform legilor lui Murphy (genial tipul asta…) daca ceva rau e posibil sa se intample, atunci se va intampla. Asasinul nu e un lunatic lovit de o criza dupa ce, surd cum era, „a auzit voci”. E chiar un radicalizat, convertit la Islam in urma cu 8 luni. Si nu un functionar oarecare ci unul abilitat cu un inalt grad de confidentialitate. Ultima veste, cea mai proasta, este ca s-a gasit in biroul lui o cheie USB cu adresele politistilor sub acoperire (si nu numai). A transmis-o deja? Conform lui Murphy, da! Ce alte informatii confidentiale mai erau pe cheia respectiva? Nu ni se spune.

Conform informatiilor oficiale, un numar de cel putin 15 politisti proveniti „din diversitate” sunt identificati drept „radicalizati” Astfel de persoane au fost identificate si in armata (Armée de Terre, pentru ca Marina si Aviatia au un barem mai ridicat de selectie intelectuala…).

Asadar cum procedam? Cum sa mai ai incredere in colegul tau de birou care poate iti zambeste si te saluta politicos dar cu care nu te vizitezi si deci nu stii prea multe despre el? Cum sa nu intorci capul pe strada sau in metrou cand vezi un barbos in djelaba sau o femeie voalata, neagra ca o cioara pe gard si care ar putea ascunde orice sub poalele sale largi? Pana unde merge neincrederea? Cum se mai poate trai impreuna?

„Le politiquement correcte” ne impiedica sa mai traim in propria noastra cultura, cu propriile noastre obiceiuri, ne impiedica sa punem bariere unei schimbari a modelului de societate, ne culpabilizeaza pentru ca suntem crestini, albi, europeni. Iti respect libertatea pana in punctul in care libertatea ta aduce atingere libertatii mele. Restul e ipocrizie.

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