Last year I undertook an interesting challenge: read every single religious scripture cover to cover at least once. That’s how I read and understood the Torah, the Talmud, the Christian Bible, the Quran, The Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada and other more esoteric texts. I also did work on the ground trying to find out how different religions organize, and how those religious beliefs apply in the field.
So here’s a very brief overview of the different religions I encountered.
Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!
Pope Benedict XVI has received an unprecedented presidential greeting from George W Bush after arriving for his first official visit to the US.
Mr. Bush and his wife Laura were waiting on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base when the Pontiff’s plane touched down. During his six-day visit, the head of the Catholic Church will address the UN and lead prayers at Ground Zero.
Before arriving the Pope told reporters on board his plane that he was “deeply ashamed” of sexual abuse by US clergy. Pope Benedict, who was elected three years ago, vowed to work against a recurrence of the crisis, which tarnished the Church’s reputation, saying “we will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry”.
In recent years, the US Catholic Church, which has around 65 million followers, has paid $2bn (£1bn) to settle clergy sexual abuse cases. The damage limitation over past scandals is not the main purpose of the Pontiff’s first trip to the US though.
So this is it, the Pope is not going to talk about Iraq and George W. Bush will avoid …children! What a …blessing!
The Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial film critical of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, on the internet. The opening scenes show a copy of the Koran, followed by footage of the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.
The 15-minute film was posted on video-sharing website LiveLeak. Its planned release had sparked angry protests in Muslim countries. The Dutch government has distanced itself from the views of Mr. Wilders.
The film is called “Fitna”, a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”. Dutch broadcasters have declined to show it.
Graphic images from the bomb attacks on London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004 are also shown.
Scenes from a beheading and pictures of the Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a radical Islamist in 2004, are also included. The film ends with someone turning pages of a Koran, followed by a tearing sound.
It was natural that something like that was coming after all action brings reaction and the extreme Muslims were till now the only ones to act so it’s the turn of extreme European to react especially after what happened with the Mohamed cartoons and all the demonstrations in most of the European cities.
The fascinating thing about all these is that the people who will find the chance to talk about freedom of speech and the right to show whatever they want are the ones who if ever come in power will shut the mouths of everyone!