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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.

(conservator24.ro)

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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…

(Marcela Feraru)

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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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Note: this post originally had 143 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

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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.

(edutopia.org)

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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.”

(christianpost.com)

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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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SUA: TOT MAI MULȚI SECTANŢI SE CONVERTESC LA ORTODOXIE

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Unul dintre cei mai cunoscuți realizatori de emisiuni religioase la un post de radio din SUA, Hank Hanegraaff, apologet și cunoscător al sectelor, se adaugă pe lista evanghelicilor din Statele Unite care au decis să se convertească la Ortodoxie. Cunoscut și ca „Omul care răspunde cu Biblia”, Hank Hanegraaff a trecut la Ortodoxie chiar în Duminica de Florii, pe 9 aprilie. Imaginile acestui moment au fost postate pe o rețea de socializare.

Hanegraaff a fost timp de aproape trei decenii președinte al Institutului Creștin de Cercetare, un minister evanghelic de apologetică, a scris 20 de cărți care se opun cultelor, ereziilor și credințelor necreștine, iar dacă până mai ieri evanghelicii din SUA se mândreau cu un super-erou doctrinar, acesta era Hanegraaff.

Acum însă, „Omul care răspunde cu Biblia” a ales altă cale. Așa cum arată un filmuleț realizat în Duminica Floriilor, postat pe rețelele de socializare, Hanegraaff, în vârstă de 67 de ani, apare îngenuncheat, în Biserica Ortodoxă Greacă Sf. Nectarie din Charlotte, N.C, în timp ce este uns cu mir sfințit, ca parte a ritualului de botezare. Decizia lui i-a ofensat pe evanghelicii din SUA care, prin Bott Radio Network, un puternic imperiu mass media, cu 107 posturi evanghelice, au decis să întrerupă orice legătură cu el, acuzându-l că „a trădat adevăratul creștinism”. Replica lui a fost însă una pe măsură: ƒ„Nimic nu poate fi mai departe de adevăr. Nimic nu s-a schimbat în credința mea. Doar că am văzut că așa primesc mai multă dragoste de la Domnul și Mântuitorul meu Iisus Hristos”, a spus Hanegraaff, care nu a trecut singur la ortodoxie, ci alături de soție și de cei 12 copii ai lor. Deși nu există statistici clare, cel puțin până acum, se pare că Hanegraaff nu este singurul care renunță la Biserica evanghelică pentru a trece la Ortodoxie. Un exemplu este dat de parohul Bisericii ortodoxe grecești Sfinții Petru și Pavel, din Salt Lake City, care spune că, din 2009, când a fost deschisă biserica, numărul enoriașilor s-a triplat, iar peste 60% din cei care vin acum la această parohie sunt convertiți. Aproximativ jumătate dintre ei sunt foști mormoni, iar restul sunt foști protestanți și evanghelici, dar și foști catolici. Asta a făcut ca mica biserică să devină tot mai neîncăpătoare, mai ales de sărbători, lucru care s-a văzut și în Duminica Floriilor și de Înviere.

Așa că acum parohul speră să poată construi o biserică mai mare, în apropiere de cea actuală. Suzanne și Bruce Plympton sunt doi dintre foștii mormoni care au găsit calea spre Ortodoxie și care vin în fiecare duminică la Biserica Sfinții Petru și Pavel. Alți foști mormoni au găsit consolare în bisericile surori ortodoxe din Utah: cea rusă și cea sârbă. „Noi am fost botezați în Ortodoxie acum nouă ani”, spune Suzanne, care, înainte de a trece la credința ortodoxă a trecut și pe la biserică creștină evanghelică. „Întotdeauna am crezut în Dumnezeu, dar nu mi-a schimbat viața; Am vrut să mă apropii de El. În mod ironic, sora mea și familia ei au descoperit Ortodoxia în timp ce se pregăteau pentru o misiune protestantă în Rusia”, a povestit ea. Încurajată de sora ei, Suzanne a început să meargă la slujbele din bisericile ortodoxe. Și a fost, așa cum spune, un șoc cultural: pentru că slujba era în întregime în limba greacă, iar închinarea liturgică tradițională era departe de atmosfera evanghelică neclintită, muzicală și non-liturgică. „La început, nu am înțeles nimic, dar am continuat să studiez, am vrut mereu să știu adevărul. Mi-am dat seama că Biserica Ortodoxă e aici de 2000 de ani, că și-a păzit cu grijă teologia și nu a permis credințelor populare să o schimbe”, a mai spus Suzanne. „Biserica pe care Hristos a clădit-o, pe care o căutam, a fost întotdeauna aici”, spune Suzanne. Există și explicație a acestui fenomen tot mai mare, al convertirii mormonilor și evanghelicilor la ortodoxie. Deceniile de globalizare seculară au lăsat fără tradiții culturile și societățile, înlocuind modurile tradiționale de viață cu un stil de viață extrem de global și bazat pe consumator. Și, în timp ce ce societățile tradiționale cred că fiecare persoană născută în lume se naște într-o obligație morală de a-și adapta viața la o relație armonioasă cu sensul și scopul divin, secularizarea globală reduce persoana umană la un individ suveran a cărui unică obligație morală este ca altcineva să aleagă pentru sine.

(aparatorul.md)

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O victorie importantă

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O curte de apel din Statele Unite a decis săptămâna trecută că lobby-ul LGBTQ nu poate să-i oblige pe cineaștii creștini să filmeze pentru “nunți” gay.

Telescope Media este o mică firmă de producție video ai cărei patroni promovează viziunea creștină asupra căsătoriei. Firma a fost obligată de Statul Minessota să filmeze și la “nunți” pentru cupluri de același sex; dacă nu, firma nu avea voie să mai filmeze deloc la niciun fel de nunți. Telescope Media a câștigat procesul la curtea de apel, ceea ce înseamnă că pot refuza, din motive de conștiință, acele comenzi care contravin convingerilor lor religioase.

Aceasta se adaugă unei alte victorii pe care a a repurtat-o anul trecut un cofetar din Colorado, Jack Phillips, care a câștigat după aproape opt ani de luptă un proces la Curtea Supremă a Statelor Unite, proces care îi garantează libertatea de conștiință. Phillips fusese obligat să aleagă – ori face torturi inclusiv pentru “nunțile” gay, ori nu mai face torturi deloc. Mai mult, bărbatul a fost supus unui proces de reeducare, timp de doi ani, a primit numeroase amenințări cu moartea, și a fost victima unui linșaj mediatic intens.

Pare o victorie mică, însă în contextul actual este o victorie importantă pentru libertatea de exprimare.

(Gabriel Popa)

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Koran read at Westminster Abbey

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„Bishop Gavin Ashenden, who resigned as Queen’s Chaplain after objecting to the reading of the Koran in Glasgow Cathedral in 2017, commented:

“Reading the Koran in cathedrals is sometimes seen as a sign of civility, hospitality or inclusion. Instead, it validates Islam’s teaching that is predicated on the claim that the resurrection was a fraud and Jesus lied to his followers and the world.”

When this happens, it is a sign that the hosts misunderstand the ambition of the Koran and the assertions of Mohammad. In this epistemological conflict between Jesus and Mohammad, the Gospels and the Koran, the core contradiction signified is that one source is authentic and the other is bogus. By welcoming an uncritical reading of the Koran, Westminster Abbey asserts the legitimacy of Mohammad and in so doing repudiates Jesus. One has to wonder what their claim to be a Christian cathedral rests on at that point? he continued. ”

Sursa: julesgomes.com/single-post/Koran-read-at-Westminster-Abbey-as-Royal-Cathedral-bows-to-Islam

Vă spuneam la un moment dat că voiam să mă mut în Anglia!… Iată un motiv întemeiat să nu mai fac asta!…

(Bogdan Costin Georgescu)

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Scientist suggests eating human flesh to fight climate change

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A Swedish scientist speaking at Stockholm summit last week offered an unusual possible tactic in combating global climate change: eating human flesh.

Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund reportedly said he believes eating human meat, derived from dead bodies, might be able to help save the human race if only a world society were to “awaken the idea.”

Soderlund’s argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit, reports the Epoch Times. “Conservative” taboos against cannibalism, he said, can change over time if people simply tried eating human flesh.

Some of the talking points at the seminar included whether humans were too selfish to “live sustainably” and if cannibalism is the solution to food sustainability in the future.

When asked during an interview after his talk if he personally would try human flesh, Soderlund said he was open to the idea.

“I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative … I’d have to say … I’d be open to at least tasting it,” he told Sweden’s TV4.

He suggested more plausible options such as eating pets and insects.

Before human meat becomes the next cuisine trend, however, history shows there are potential health risks to cannibalism.

A tribe in Papua New Guinea practiced eating their dead as an alternative to allowing them to be consumed by worms, according to the Standard. The cultural practice led to an epidemic of a disease called Kuru, also known as laughing death.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, the disease is caused by an infectious protein found in contaminated human brain tissue. The practice of cannibalism among the people of New Guinea came to an end in 1960.

(nypost.com)

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Adeverință de non-voilator

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Mare bătaie de cap in acest weekend pentru persoanele a căror activitate presupune contactul cu copii sau cu persoane vulnerabile.

Angajatorii lor, publici sau privați, le-a solicitat să se prezinte la serviciu cu adeverinţă de integritate, potrivit prevederilor din Legea Registrului autorilor de infracţiuni de hărţuire sexuală, care a intrat recent în vigoare. Polițiștii au serios de lucru cu chestia asta, mai ales că unii cetățeni nu știu de trebușoara asta. O suna amuzant ”adeverință de non-violator”, dar chiar nu-i de rîs!

Poliția Capitalei (posibil și în alte orașe) s-a mobilizat și a transmis un comunicat cu ultime informații. E aglomerație mare, numărul solicitărilor pentru eliberarea adeverinței de non-violator a crescut semnificativ la nivelul structurilor din București, așa că Poliția Capitalei a dispus ca, în zilele de 7 și 8 septembrie, în intre 09.00 – 17.00, la nivelul fiecărui sector să fie deschis câte un ghișeu de eliberarea a acestor documente.

Sa nu vă gândiți la unul ca Dincă, fiindcă el n-avea nevoie de adeverință de non-violator!

(Simona Ionescu)

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Chambord : les mariniers fêtent les 500 ans du début du chantier du château

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Jusqu’à ce vendredi, des mariniers retracent le parcours historique des pierres de tuffeau, utilisées pour la construction du château au XVIe siècle.

À l’ombre des peupliers, les bateaux à fond plat quittent doucement l’embarcadère de Rochecorbon (Indre-et-Loire) et glissent sur l’eau. Posé sur le portant d’une toue, embarcation traditionnelle de la Loire, un bloc de tuffeau de 60 kg contemple la rive. Il symbolise les 500 ans du lancement du chantier de construction du château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher).

Comme il y a cinq siècles, les mariniers doivent mener à bon port la cargaison. Le 6 septembre 1519, la nomination par François Ier d’un superintendant pour les travaux de Chambord marque le début d’un colossal chantier qui aboutira au dernier château royal du Val de Loire. Pour la fourniture et le transport des matériaux, toute la région est mise à contribution.

« Nous nous sommes basés sur des documents d’archives, les contrats d’engagement de marchands nautoniers chargés du transport des quartiers de pierre de Bourré (carrière d’extraction du tuffeau dans le Loir-et-Cher) sur la Loire. Nous retraçons le parcours historique des pierres de 1529 à 1534, entre Tours (Indre-et-Loire) et Saint-Dyé (Loir-et-Cher), port historique du domaine royal. Les mariniers empruntaient à l’époque le même chemin », explique Virginie Berdal, historienne au château.

Un véritable défi pour les cinq associations de mariniers de la Loire, la Rabouilleuse, Boutavant, Millière Raboton, Observatoire Loire et les Marins du port de Chambord qui forment ce train exceptionnel de bateaux.

« À l’époque, ces expéditions s’effectuaient plutôt au printemps ou à l’automne. C’est difficile car la Loire est extrêmement basse en ce mois de septembre », analyse Gildas Véret, navigateur sur la Loire. « Il a fallu soigneusement préparer les passages sous les ponts en amont. À chaque fois, plus d’une vingtaine de personnes nous attendaient sur les chemins de halage pour nous aider. Autrefois déjà, les ouvriers dormaient sous les ponts et guettaient les bateaux pour les faire passer. C’était leur gagne-pain. »

Devant le château d’Amboise, face au soleil couchant et à ses tons orange et violet, les hommes, bras nus, pieds dans l’eau, tirent les bateaux avec des cordes alors que les mariniers poussent sur le fond à l’aide de bourdes, de grandes perches de bois de plusieurs mètres. Appareil photo ou smartphone en main, les curieux massés sur le bord de l’un des derniers fleuves sauvages d’Europe immortalisent la scène.

« On redécouvre la Loire, trop longtemps oubliée »

« Quelle chance d’assister à cela ! » s’enthousiasme Betty, une Américaine venue avec son mari du Connecticut faire du camping dans la région. Brigitte et Claude, eux, ont fait le déplacement de Cangey, une commune toute proche. Attablés à la terrasse d’un bar cocktail, ils sont aussi aux premières loges pour assister à ce spectacle gratuit.

(Christian Panvert, correspondant à Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) – leparisien.fr)

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