Godless Culture Magazine
Jumalaton kulttuurilehti
87 June 2013 kesäkuu 2013

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Publisher: Atheist Association of Finland
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Tämä on viimeksi päivitetty 30.6.2013 Last uppdate 6/30/2013

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Sisällysluettelo  Contents
  1. Femen activists go topless inside Swedish mosque
  2. Nature | News
    1. Silver makes antibiotics thousands of times more effective
    2. Toxic assets
    3. References
  3. Amnesty International condemns 'homophobia' in Africa
  4. Sharia law and other failures
  5. Books
    1. The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling – review
  6. The Christian summer hymn in the schools of Finland
  7. Promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief
  8. India villagers kill two for 'witchcraft': police
  9. DECLARATION OF FORMATION
    1. of the European Coordination Bureau of Free Thought
  10. June 28, 2013: First Christian Bishop-Mafioso arrested by Italian Police
    1. while attempting to transfer 26.000.000€ Cash in a hired Plane from Switzerland to Italy
  11. Homot naivat Kaliforniassa
    1. Uskovaisten ilkeät edusmiehet heitetty pihalle Korkeimmasta Oikeudesta, kun röyhkesivät valittaa tuomioistuimille homojen naimisista
  12. Hovioikeuden päätös Anneli Auerin tapauksessa
  13. Tuleeko ihmisestä hyvä itsestään?
  14. Jumalaton - lehti toivottaa
  15. Kaksi naista surmattiin noitina Intiassa
  16. Islamistit iskivät kouluun Nigeriassa
  17. Tunisia tuomitsi yläosattomat mielenosoittajat vankeuteen
  18. Mihin suuntaan Helsingin Sanomat muuttui
  19. Amnesty huolestui Egyptin jumalanpilkkatuomioista
  20. Vapaa-ajattelijat
    1. Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto hölmöilee ihmisoikeustoimikunnan suuntaan
    2. Pääkaupunkiseudun ateistit julkaisi artikkelin Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton korruptiosta
  21. Venäjä muutti lakia: vankeustuomioita "uskonnonloukkaajille" ja "homopropagandaa" levittäville
  22. Pussy Riot pyysi Yhdysvalloilta apua
  23. Ateistien kohtelua ennen
  24. Ruotsin hautausmaavero
    1. Kirkollisvero myös ateisteille
    2. Ruotsin hautausmaaveroon on tulossa muutoksia
  25. Suvivirsi on laulettu rukous
  26. Loppu suvivirsisimputtamiselle
  27. Jos jenkeissä tunnettaisiin suvivirsi,
  28. Keskustelua suvivirrestä
    1. Uskovaiset ovat ilkeitä ja itsekkäitä
    2. Teekkarimuunnos suvivirrestä
  29. Pappien todisteluvelvollisuus ja uskonnollinen vala
  30. Ei Ruotsin mallin mukaista uskonnonopetusta lukioon
  31. Papisto halusi Suomeen luterilaisen kuninkaan
  32. Kirkollisuutiset
    1. Jätetään kirkko uskovaisille
    2. Kirkon yhteistyö kuntien kanssa =  kirkko ryhtyy loisimaan
    3. Opetusministeri Krista Kiuru on jumaluusoppimista puuhastellut uskovainen
    4. Noituuden harjoittaminen yleistynyt luterilaisen papiston keskuudessa
    5. Nykyään vain pieni osa lapsista kasvaa pimennossa - joten kirkon kohtalo on näköpiirissä
    6. Suomen Humanistiliitto menetti valtion yleisavustuksensa 
    7. Kirkon edustajat tietävät paljon teinien seksikaupasta, paljastaa kirkollinen oma media
    8. Petri Karisma on onnistunut tappamaan Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijoiden toiminnan:  vain kuihtuneet muodolliset kuoret jäljellä yhdistyksestä
    9. Asterixin sanoin:  Hulluja nuo kristityt
    10. Riehuntaa pakkojäsenyyksiä vastaan
  33. Filosofia
    1. Jumala ja Adolf Hitler Suomen filosofiaan vaikuttajina
    2. Pitääkö ateistien keksiä pyörä yhä uudelleen ja uudelleen?
    3. Käytännöllinen filosofia
    4. Filosofisen antropologian harha
  34. Tekniikan filosofiaa
  35. Pääkirjoitus
    1. Uskonnon tai vakaumuksen vapauden edistäminen ja suojaaminen EU:ssa
    2. Ihmisten mittaamisesta
  36. Raamattuunkin jotkut uskovat
  37. Ulvilan murhasyyttäjien haastehakemus todistelun ja todistusteemojen osalta
    1. Todistelulistan erikoiset todistusteemat + kommentointi NB
  38. Kuukauden mietelause
  39. Kuukauden kysymys
  40. Miksi jääpaloissa on paljon bakteereja?
  41. Prosenttilasku suomeksi
  42. Gravitation
  43. Geometria
  44. Ateismin määritelmä
  45. Ateistin määrittelemä
  46. Agnostikon eli jumalaongelmaisen määritelmä
  47. Uskonnon määritelmä
  48. Raamatun ristiriidat
    1. Filosofia ja elämänkatsomustieto
    2. Filosofi och livsåskådning
    3. Philosophy and Life View
    4. Constructed language misil
  49. Katsomusaineiden didaktiikkaa
    1. Yleistä didaktiikkaa
    2. Kristillinen dogmatiikka
    3. Filosofian, elämänkatsomustiedon ja uskonnon didaktiikkaa
  50. Lukion filosofia, Filosofi i gymnasiet
    1. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    2. Ilmaiset filosofian oppikirjat
    3. Filosofian ylioppilastehtävät
  51. Elämänkatsomustieto, livsåskådning
    1. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    2. Peruskoulu Grundskola
      1. Ilmaiset oppikirjat
      2. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    3. Lukio Gymnasium
      1. Ilmaiset oppikirjat
      2. Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa
    4. Elämänkatsomustiedon ylioppilastehtävät
  52. Kevään 2013 ylioppilaskirjoituksiin valmistautuminen
  53. Elämänkatsomustieto ainereaalissa
  54. Muuta tietoa

Femen activists go topless inside Swedish mosque

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Three feminist activists from the radical protest group Femen staged a topless protest inside a Stockholm mosque on Saturday before they were led away by police.

The women burst into the mosque and tore off their black robes to bare their breasts, which were emblazoned with slogans such as "No sharia in Egypt and the world" and "My body is mine, not somebody's honour."

The women shouted "Free Women," "No Sharia" and "No Oppression."

The mosque was largely empty at the time apart from a couple of employees and some members of the press who had been told of the planned protest in advance.

Mosque employees called police who removed the women from the scene. The women did not explain why they wanted to protest inside an empty mosque.

"They're suspected of disorderly conduct and abuse," police commander Jonas Svalin told reporters, saying that the mosque employees had accused the women of shoving them.

The women were reportedly from Egypt, Tunisia and Sweden, although police were not immediately able to confirm their identities or nationalities.

Founded in Ukraine in 2008, Femen is a self-declared "radical feminist" group known for its topless protests against sexual exploitation of women, sexism and religious institutions.

(AFP)

Nature | News

Silver makes antibiotics thousands of times more effective

Brian Owens 19 June 2013Ancient antimicrobial treatment could help to solve modern bacterial resistance.   

Silver may help in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria such as Stenotrophomonas maltophilia by easing large antibiotic molecules through the microbes' outer coating.

Like werewolves and vampires, bacteria have a weakness: silver. The precious metal has been used to fight infection for thousands of years — Hippocrates first described its antimicrobial properties in 400 bc — but how it works has been a mystery.
Now, a team led by James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts, has described how silver can disrupt bacteria, and shown that the ancient treatment could help to deal with the thoroughly modern scourge of antibiotic resistance. The work is published today in Science Translational Medicine1.

“Resistance is growing, while the number of new antibiotics in development is dropping,” “We wanted to find a way to make what we have work better.”

Collins and his team found that silver — in the form of dissolved ions — attacks bacterial cells in two main ways:
  1. it makes the cell membrane more permeable,
  2. and it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.
Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today’s antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria, Collins says.
Resistance is futile

Many antibiotics are thought to kill their targets by producing reactive oxygen compounds, and Collins and his team showed that when boosted with a small amount of silver these drugs could kill between 10 and 1,000 times as many bacteria.

The increased membrane permeability also allows more antibiotics to enter the bacterial cells, which may overwhelm the resistance mechanisms that rely on shuttling the drug back out.

That disruption to the cell membrane also increased the effectiveness of vancomycin, a large-molecule antibiotic, on Gram-negative bacteria — which have a protective outer coating. Gram-negative bacterial cells can often be impenetrable to antibiotics made of larger molecules.

“It’s not so much a silver bullet; more a silver spoon to help the Gram-negative bacteria take their medicine,”

says Collins.

Toxic assets

Vance Fowler, an infectious-disease physician at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, says the work is “really cool” but sounds a note of caution about the potential toxicity of silver. “It has had a chequered past,” he says.

In the 1990s, for example, a heart valve made by St. Jude Medical, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, included parts covered with a silver coating called Silzone to fight infection.
“It did a fine job of preventing infection,”
says Fowler.

“The problem was that the silver was also toxic to heart tissue.”

As a result the valves often leaked.
Before adding silver to antibiotics,

“we’ll have to address the toxicity very carefully”,

says Fowler. Ingesting too much silver can also cause argyria, a condition in which the skin turns a blue-grey colour — and the effect is permanent.

Collins says that he and his colleagues saw good results in mice using non-toxic amounts of silver. But, he adds, there are ways to reduce the risk even further.
“We’re also encouraging people to look at what features of silver caused the helpful effects, so they can look for non-toxic versions,”
he says. 

References

Morones-Ramirez, J., Winkler, J. A., Spina, C. S. & Collins, J. J. Sci. Transl. Med. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.3006276 (2013).

Amnesty International condemns 'homophobia' in Africa

BBC 25.6.2013
Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report.

Governments are increasingly criminalising "homosexual acts" by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds.

This sends the "toxic message" that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says.

Some of the continent's leaders say homosexuality is un-African.

In 2011, the US and UK hinted that they could withdraw from countries which did not respect homosexual rights on the socially conservative continent.

However, Amnesty said US religious groups "actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa", while many of the laws were inherited from the colonial era.
Read more.
Supreme Court Rules Human Genes Cannot Be Patented, But...
SELECTION OF DR. RATH´S BULLETIN
June 13, 2013
In a unanimous decision with important implications for biomedical research, the US Supreme Court has invalidated key parts of two patents held by Myriad Genetics that form the basis of a widely used genetic test for breast and ovarian cancers. But the court also drew a distinction etween the right to patent genes based on naturally occurring DNA and genetic material created synthetically in laboratories.
Read article at pharmalive.com
Comment: As this article points out, the US Patent & Trademark Office has already granted patents on some 4,000 human genes. To what extent these may now be challenged in the US court system is currently unclear. Nevertheless, by ruling against Myriad Genetics and deciding that human genes cannot be patented, the US Supreme Court has clearly taken an important step in the right direction.
Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left
A new report by One Law for All entitled “Siding with the Oppressor: The Pro-Islamist Left
<http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/siding-with-the-oppressor-the-pro-islamist-left/> ” exposes Stop the War Coalition, Respect Party, Unite Against Fascism and individuals such as Ken Livingstone and George Galloway and their agenda and methods.

This section of the Left uses accusations of racism and Islamophobia and a conflation of Muslim with Islamist in order to defend Islamism and Islam rather than out of any real concern for prejudice against Muslims or their rights, particularly since Muslims or those labelled as such are the first victims of Islamism and on the frontlines of resisting it. The report has been written as a companion volume to “Enemies not Allies: The Far-Right <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/new-report-enemies-not-allies-the-far-right/> ”.

 Like the far-Right which ‘despises’ multiculturalism yet benefits from its idea of difference to scapegoat the ‘other’ and promote its own form of white identity politics, the pro-Islamist Left also uses multiculturalism to side with the oppressor by viewing the ‘Muslim community’ and ‘Muslim world’ as homogeneous entities thereby ignoring and silencing dissenters.

This politics of betrayal sides with the Islamic far-Right and the oppressor. Challenging this perspective is especially important given its wide acceptance as ‘progressive’ in mainstream society. Any principled point of view must oppose all forms of fascism, including Islamic fascism, and instead side with the countless people, including Muslims, who are fighting and challenging Islamism here in Europe as well as the Middle East, North Africa and the world.
Multiculturalism and Child Protection in Britain: Sharia Law and Other Failures

Another new report by One Law for All entitled “Multiculturalism and Child Protection in Britain: Sharia Law and Other Failures <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Multiculturalism-and-Child-Protection-in-Britain.pdf> ” reveals how a multicultural approach, adopted by local authorities and other public authorities, to child protection is placing children in danger and creating parallel societies.

The report also exposes Sharia tribunals and their increasing authority in the issue of child custody, and questions the impact this has, and is likely to have, on the equal protection of children regardless of race or ethnicity. Both reports are available for free download on One Law for All’s website. The books are available for purchase at 4.00 from One Law for All.

Essay Competition
One Law for All, in partnership with the Lawyers’ Secular Society, are calling on students across Europe to submit essays on the use of Sharia family and criminal law in countries in the EU. The National Secular Society will provide a cash prise for the winning essay.Details on the competition can be found here <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/sharia-whats-going-on/> .

Songs for Freedom and Passion for Freedom Festival
One Law for All is inviting musicians and songwriters to create and submit their original material for a song competition. Song entries should be focused on issues that relate to the work ‘One Law for All’ is engaged with, discussing themes like religion, freedom, secularism, Sharia law, equal rights and religious arbitration. Details of where to submit entries can be found here. The deadline for entries is 31 December <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/sounds-of-freedom/> .

Passion for Freedom will hold its fifth festival during 2-9 November 2013. Deadline to submit artwork is 20 September 2013. Terms and conditions can be found here <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/30-september-deadline-for-submissions-to-5th-passion-for-freedom-art-festival/> .

Events and Speaking Engagements
Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters will be speaking at various conferences and public meetings including Dublin, Manchester, Brighton, Boston and New York. Find out more about our upcoming speaking engagements here <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/category/events/>

Support One Law for All
One Law for All's important work is funded by the public. Please continue to support us by donating to One Law for All. You can send a cheque made payable to One Law for All to BM Box 2387, London WC1N 3XX, UK or pay via Paypal <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/donate/> .

You can also commit to giving at least 5-10 a month via direct debit. You can find out more about how to donate or join the 100 Club here <http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/donate/> .

Also, if you shop online, please do so via the Easy Fundraising’s website. It won’t cost you anything extra but can help raise much needed funds for One Law for All. One Law for All Campaign was launched on 10 December 2008, International Human Rights Day, to call on the UK Government to recognise that Sharia and religious courts are arbitrary and discriminatory against women and children in particular and that citizenship and human rights are non-negotiable.

The Campaign aims to end Sharia and all religious courts on the basis that they work against, and not for, equality and human rights. Thanks again for your support. A particular thanks to those who provide monthly donations, which is much appreciated. We look forward to continuing to fight for rights and secularism.

For further information contact:
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Good Summer Solstice 2013
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M. Erdoğan must refuse absolute power
Brussels, 20 June 2013
The European Humanist Federation (EHF) urges the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to resist the temptation of absolute power and to listen to the voice of thousands of protesters calling for a secular state which guarantees fundamental rights to all citizens - including religious ones.
For two weeks the EHF has been receiving many messages of protesters denouncing police violence and arbitrary arrests. They are also concerned about the growing authoritarianism of the Prime Minister and offended by his disdain for their legitimate claims. The European Humanist  Federation will not remain indifferent to their call, because a challenge of such magnitude cannot be downplayed as the actions of "looters, terrorists a nd anarchists" as claimed by M Erdoğan.
On the contrary, it is obvious that the wave of protest brings together a wide range of Turkish society: retirees, students, intellectuals, artists, representatives of civil society, trade unions, activists of various political parties, and members of many cultural minorities (Alevi, Kurdish and Armenian). Although media coverage was relatively incomplete and biased in the Turkish press, no one can pretend to ignore this reality.
Turkey is a cultural mosaic whose wealth is based on the peaceful coexistence of all its components. It is thus imperative that the country's authorities provide strict separation of religion and state, in order to guarantee equal rights to all, instead of just promoting Sunni Islam’s life standards. It's been over 60 years since Turkey signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it is high time for all its citizens - religious or not - to be finally granted such rights, in full.
Jew shouts 'Allahu Akbar,' is shot dead by guard at Jerusalem holy site
By: Agence France-Presse June 21, 2013

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli security guard shot dead a Jewish visitor at Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, on Friday, apparently mistaking him for a Palestinian militant.

"There was a Jewish guy, an Israeli guy, who was in the bathroom area," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "He for some reason shouted 'Allahu Akbar'. A security guard drew his weapon and fired several shots at the suspect ... He died from his wounds a few moments ago."

The shooting took place shortly before 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) as the plaza in front of the Wall filled with worshippers for morning prayers ahead of the start of the Jewish Sabbath at sundown.

The site was closed to the public for at least an hour afterwards.

Paramedic Zeevi Hessed told news website NRG that his team rushed to the scene as reports of a shooting came in.

"When we reached the place, we saw him lying at the Western Wall plaza," he said. "He had been shot in several parts of his body ... Sadly there was nothing we could do but declare him dead."

Rosenfeld said that an investigation had been opened into the shooting.

Public radio quoted the private security guard as telling police investigators that he thought the man, 46, was pulling something from his pocket as he shouted, and was about to attack him.

It said that police found nothing suspicious on the man's person.

Privately owned Channel 10 TV said the dead man was believed to be mentally disturbed.

It cited witnesses as saying that the guard fired between seven and 10 bullets and that the fire was unjustified and that the man appeared to be a harmless eccentric.

Rosenfeld said the circumstances were still unclear.

"We're looking into the background: why the security officer opened fire and what the motives were of the guy, the 46-year-old -- it's very strange behavior."

The Western Wall is venerated by Jews as the last remnant of the wall supporting the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

Above it is the compound housing the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the compound is a deeply sensitive location where clashes frequently break out between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli forces.

Jews are not allowed to pray inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
'I promise to be true to myself': Girl Guides no longer have to swear allegiance to God and country
Thursday, Jun 20 2013 Mail Onliner
Leaders said different words were needed so all girls can be included.
Members have been required to make a pledge to God since 1910.
Church of England appealed to the Guides to keep promise to God

Girl Guides will no longer pledge their loyalty to God and country under radical changes revealed yesterday.

Youngsters joining the Guides and Brownies will instead promise ‘to be true to myself’ and ‘serve my community’.

The change ends more than a century of tradition and has caused an outcry from the Church of England and other religious groups.
Islamists kill seven students, two teachers in secondary school attack in Yobe

Premium Times June 17,2013

At least 11 persons have been confirmed dead after gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram attacked a secondary school and a military check post in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, military and witnesses said.

The spokesman of the Military Joint Task Force, JTF, in Yobe State, Eli Lazarus, confirmed the incident, which took place on Sunday night.

The attack was the first in the last nine months in the city, which is now under a dusk to dawn curfew. The attack also comes despite the heavy deployment of soldiers after the emergency rule declaration in the state.

Mr. Lazarus said two teachers and seven students lost their lives during the attack on Government Secondary School, Damaturu.

Three soldiers were critically injured in the nocturnal clash that lasted over five hours, even as soldiers said three of the suspected Boko Haram members were caught alive and are currently in the custody of the security.

A doctor in the city’s General Hospital, Salem Umar, told Journalists that eleven corpses were brought to the hospital when he was on duty on Sunday.

“We had six other students admitted with various degrees of injuries and they are currently receiving treatment at the Accident and Emergency ward”,

said Dr. Umar.

Witnesses who would only speak on the condition of anonymity told reporters that the gunmen stormed their hostels few minutes after 9 p.m. on Sunday and started shooting. They said scared students were forced to flee for dear lives.

“They caught some of our student colleagues and ordered them to take them to the teachers’ quarters after which they were also killed thereafter,”
said one of the students who seemed broken and survived by hiding under a dormitory bed.
Legal recognition for those who don't identify as either 'M' or 'F'
People who do not identify as male or female have achieved formal legal recognition in Australia for the first time, after the NSW Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that everyone must be listed as a man or a woman with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

In a landmark decision with major implications for thousands of intersex, androgynous and neuter people across the country, the court on Friday upheld an appeal by Sydney activist 'Norrie' against a decision by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal that people must be officially registered as 'M' or 'F'.

It's not good enough if the law is just for the majority of people

In 2010, Norrie, who identifies as neuter and uses only a first name, became the first in NSW to be neither man nor woman in the eyes of the NSW government when the 52-year-old Sydneysider was given the designation "sex not specified".

But four months later the registry wrote to Norrie, saying that the change was invalid and had been "issued in error".
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Norrie subsequently appealed the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. But this was dismissed, with the tribunal declaring that, as a matter of law, the Registry must list someone's sex as either male or female.

Norrie appealed to the Court of Appeal and on Friday, three years later, won a near-total victory. The three-judge appeal panel unanimously declared that "as a matter of construction ... the word sex does not bear a binary meaning of 'male' or 'female'".

"The Appeal Panel erred in law in concluding that it was not open to the Registrar to register Norrie's sex as 'non-specific',"

the judges said.

The matter has now been sent back to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal which must decide on a 'sexless' designation for Norrie in the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

Though strictly the decision only applies to those such as Norrie who have had sex affirmation surgery (previously known as sex change surgery), it has potential implications for many others, including babies who are born with ambiguous genetalia, and people who do not identify as male or female despite having physical characteristics of a man or a woman.

"This is the first decision that recognises that 'sex' is not binary - it is not only 'male' or 'female' - and that we should have recognition of that in the law and in our legal documents,"

one of Norrie's solicitors, Emily Christie from DLA Piper said.

"This sets a precedent. In future, government departments and courts may adopt the reasoning found here."

Norrie said the decision was recognition that not all people were "unambiguously male or female".

"It's not good enough if the law is just for the majority of people,"

Norrie said.

"We accept that most people are going to be unproblematicly male or female, but the law should include everybody."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/legal-recognition-for-those-who-dont-identify-as-either-m-or-f-20130531-2ngy4.html#ixzz2WSShj9aQ
Atheist Syrian Boy Reportedly Executed By Rebels
The Huffington Post UK 11/06/2013
Syria Aleppo

A 15-year-old atheist boy was reportedly shot in the face in a brutal execution by Syrian rebels, in a crime revealed by an anti-government monitoring group concerned about the actions of some Islamist fighters.
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Coffee seller Mohammad Qataa was allegedly shot in the face and neck a day after being kidnapped by an Islamist group in Aleppo, called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, once previously known as the Nusra Front.

Photos have been released of the boy's bloodied mouth, his jaw blown off, with bullet wounds to his neck.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group opposed to the Assad regime, said it had decided to reveal the horrific crime because it undermines the opposition's cause, the group said in a statement.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the boy had been arguing with someone about the existence of God, and was heard to say:

"Even if the Prophet Mohammad returns, I will not become a believer."

But other sources suggested that the comment was misheard, and that the boy was actually arguing with another customer over giving him a free coffee, saying

"Even if the Prophet returns, I will not give you a free coffee."

Qataa was reportedly abducted and tortured for 24 hours, before being dragged into the middle of a crowded street and executed in front of his mother.

The Observatory said in a statement:

"People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: 'Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this'.

"He then fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy's mother and father, and got into a car and left."

"The observatory cannot ignore these crimes, which only serve the enemies of the revolution and the enemies of humanity,"

the Observatory's founder Rami Abdulrahman said.
Hague Court Declines Inquiry Into Church Abuse Cover-Up
New York Times, By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
June 13, 2013

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has decided not to investigate or prosecute the former pope and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church on allegations of covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests.

Victims of sexual abuse filed a complaint in 2011 asking the court to prosecute Benedict XVI, then the pope, and three other Vatican officials for what they called an international and systemic cover-up of sexual abuse that amounted to “crimes against humanity.”

The court responded in a letter dated May 31 that after analyzing the complaint, it had determined that the matters “do not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court.” The letter said that “some of the allegations” fell outside the court’s jurisdiction, which is to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

In addition, the case did not appear to meet the court’s time limits. For the most part, the court may prosecute only crimes committed after it was constituted in July 2002, and even though the cases submitted by the victims involved more recent allegations, some of the supporting material predated 2002.

The court said that “the decision not to proceed may be reconsidered in the light of new facts or information,” and suggested that the cases could be brought to “appropriate national or international authorities.”

The outcome was exactly what many international and human rights lawyers had anticipated. Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, the victims advocacy group that initiated the case, said, “We’re neither deterred nor discouraged by this news.”

Pamela Spees, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights who handled the case for the victims group, said that she knew it faced “many hurdles,” but that it was worthwhile because abuse victims from many countries had stepped forward after hearing about the case being taken to the International Criminal Court.

“We’re talking about people from more than 70 countries, survivors in Africa and Latin America who were isolated before, and who now have a whole different understanding of what happened to them and how it relates to the church,” she said.

Ms. Spees said she had delayed making the letter public to give her enough time to notify the victims in various countries who had presented their cases to the court.

The complaint named Benedict, who stepped down in February and is now pope emeritus; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state; Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the previous secretary of state; and Cardinal William J. Levada, an American who formerly led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office designated to receive cases of clergy sexual abuse forwarded by bishops.
Atheism = philosophy of religion
This is a rule for the writers of the books of philosophy of religion.
Is the immortality possible?
The Immortal Jellyfish
Takashi Murai
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Turritopsis nutricula.
Let's start with the oldest-living animal of all, and one of the strangest in the entire animal kingdom: Turritopsis nutricula, otherwise known as the immortal jellyfish. You might think that this animal's common name is poetic, that perhaps it lives for a few hundred years, impressing generations of scientists--but you'd be wrong. Its name is literal: Turritopsis nutricula is biologically immortal.
The immortal jellyfish can theoretically live forever, thanks to a process that is believed to be unique, called transdifferentiation. It has the ability, at any stage in its life, to completely transform back into a polyp, its earliest stage of life. You can imagine it like the mythical phoenix, an immortal bird which is repeatedly reborn as a chick. The immortal jellyfish doesn't die; it merely regenerates its cells in a younger stage, then ages naturally again.
That doesn't mean all Turritopsis nutricula are immortal; the species is a small invertebrate in the ocean, and is susceptible to all of the nasty things that can befall such creatures, whether that's being eaten or succumbing to disease. But it is biologically capable of immortality. The New York Times Magazine ran a great article about the immortal jellyfish last year--highly recommended reading
Tunisia sentences Femen topless activists to prison
Three Europeans were sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday for staging a topless protest to support a jailed Tunisian Femen activist. The two French citizens and one German national were charged with indecency and attacking public morals.

By FRANCE 24
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Two French and one German activist charged with indecency and attacking public morals for a topless May 29 protest in support of a jailed Tunisian Femen activist have been sentenced to four months in prison, a lawyer for the women said Wednesday.

"The judge condemned the three Femen activists to four months and one day in prison for an attack on public morals and indecency," Souheib Bahri told AFP.

A statement from the French foreign ministry said that it "regretted the severity of the sentences".

The judge opened the hearing by questioning the women, two French and one German, on the reasons and circumstances of their May 29 bare-breasted protest, a first in the Arab world.

"I came on May 28 to stage a political demonstration and support Amina [Sboui, a detained Tunisian activist]. We made our plan on the Internet and came from Paris," said Josephine Markmann, one of the three accused.
Security forces detain activist Amina Tyler

"Baring our breasts is not intended to cause sexual excitement but is a form of activism," said Marguerite Stern, one of the French women.

The German activist said: "I relish every opportunity to express my political views."

Lawyers for a number of Islamist associations, demanding to take part in the trial as a civil party, condemned the Femen protest in the socially conservative country governed by an Islamist-led coalition.

"It is Islam that honours women and offers them freedom, not the act of undressing," said Slah Khlifi, one of the Islamist group's lawyers.

Monaam Turki said their controversial act could be considered an attack on state security "under article 71 of the penal code, which carries a one-year prison sentence."

Another lawyer cited an Arab proverb, saying: "A free woman prefers to go hungry than to eat thanks to her breasts."

Judge Karim Chebbi suspended the hearing and indicated his verdict would be made public later on Wednesday. "The case can be settled, and the hearing is suspended for deliberation," he said.

The women's lawyers had said that the trial, which has already been put back for a week and the three women denied bail at the first hearing last Wednesday, could be delayed again if the judge decided to recognise the Islamist groups as a civil party.

Three other members of Femen staged a topless protest outside the Tunisian embassy in Madrid on Wednesday to demand the release of their fellow activists.

The case is being closely watched by activists and politicians in Europe, with Femen having also held protests in support of their arrested comrades outside the European Parliament in Brussels, the German chancellor's office and the Tunisian embassy in Paris.

Their French lawyers said they had not made the trip to Tunis for Wednesday's trial because they claimed the "rights of the defence are not guaranteed".

"We are waiting for the clear and unconditional release of our three clients," Patrick Klugman and Yvan Terel told AFP.

They underlined that if the activists were not freed on Wednesday, they would come "immediately to Tunis" to mobilise international support for the women, especially ahead of the expected visit by French President Francois Hollande in early July.

The women were arrested on May 29 after staging a topless demonstration outside the main courthouse in Tunis in support of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist with the same "sextremist" group who had been arrested 10 days earlier.

Sboui had been arrested for painting the word "Femen" on a wall near a cemetery in city of Kairouan last month, in an act of protest against a planned gathering of radical Salafists in the historic Muslim city south of Tunis.

The Tunisian activist, who sparked a scandal in March by posting topless pictures of herself on Facebook, defying Arab-Muslim convention, faces possible charges of indecency and desecrating a cemetery.
An Urgent Call for Donations to Prosecute an Appeal
Dear Friends,

Since 2007, I have been working and campaigning to bring to justice a 50 year old man accused of raping a 10 year old girl in 2007. As a result of this campaign, 5 libel suits were brought against me and my family members and our witnesses by the alleged rapist and his collaborators.

Attacks and several acts of intimidation have been carried out by the alleged rapist and his partners in crime.

Lawyers were hired at huge costs to defend us. 4 of the 5 suits were abandoned. The criminal case against the alleged rapist was stalled because the case file was missing- and is still missing. The family of the raped girl has decided to abandon the case. The courts ruled against us in one of the libel cases and awarded costs to the alleged rapist.

We are currently appealing the judgment at the Appeal court in Owerri in Imo State.

A few days ago , as the appeal is going on, the alleged rapist went and levied execution against me and my family including one of our witnesses. He carted away our water tanks, a gate, fans, a power generator, a motorbike and other household items.

Our lawyers plan to file a stay of further execution this week pending the determination of the suit before the Appeal Court.

Accessing justice is expensive in Nigeria. And this has created a situation of impunity and makes criminally minded people like the man in question to get away with their crimes. The Appeal process is a slow and expensive process.

It will cost over 6,000(six thousand ) dollars to prosecute the appeal and ensure that this local criminal is kept in check and does not get away unindicted.

I am urgently appealing to you to help us prosecute this appeal. Please consider making a donation and contributing financially towards the process. Thanks in anticipation of your financial support.

Sincerely
Leo Igwe
Nigeria
Egypt’s worrying rise in criminal blasphemy cases
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director
Tue, 11/06/2013
n January, a Cairo court upheld a verdict against another Coptic Christian, Alber Saber Ayyad, for “defamation of religion”.

Slapping criminal charges with steep fines and, in most cases, prison sentences against people for simply speaking their mind or holding different religious beliefs is simply outrageous.

Criminal “defamation of religion” charges must be dropped in a number of cases across Egypt, Amnesty International said today after a teacher was convicted for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom.

A Luxor court on Tuesday fined Coptic Christian teacher Dimyana Obeid Abd Al Nour 100,000 Egyptian pounds (approx. US$14,000) for allegedly insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad during one of her classes. It also referred compensation claims to civil court.

Her criminal conviction bodes ill for others in Egypt who have been facing trial on similar charges which the organization said are aimed at criminalizing criticism of or insult to religious beliefs.

“Slapping criminal charges with steep fines and, in most cases, prison sentences against people for simply speaking their mind or holding different religious beliefs is simply outrageous,”

said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.

“So-called ‘defamation of religion’ charges should not be used as a pretext to trample over people’s right to freedom of expression and conscience, and all such charges should be dropped, and the resulting convictions overturned.”

In another recent case, a 25-year-old Coptic Christian lawyer, Rumany Mourad, was also convicted on the charge of “defamation of religion”. On 1 June a court in Assiut – 360km south of Cairo – sentenced him in absentia to one year in prison, in addition to a 500 Egyptian pounds fine and 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$1,400) in compensation to the plaintiffs.

The case against him is based on a complaint lodged by two fellow lawyers in Assiut, who accused him of insulting Islam during a private conversation they had with him at the library of the Lawyer’s Syndicate in Assiut in July 2012.

One of the plaintiffs had apparently asked Rumany Murad’s opinion on “miracles” in the Bible. Despite trying to avoid the question, a few days later he discovered he had been accused of “defamation of religion”.

On at least two previous occasions, in an online debate and in person, Assiut lawyers had warned Rumany Murad to keep his views to himself after he had expressed disappointment at the results of the first round of presidential elections which saw the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi – who went on to become President – pitted against Ahmed Shafiq.

When his court case opened on 27 April, Rumany Murad’s lawyer did not attend because of threats to his safety. Lawyers from the Construction and Development Party, the political wing of the Gamaa Islamiya Islamist group, warned Rumany Murad on the safety of any lawyer attending court proceedings in Assiut.

Hearings in the case were reportedly characterized by a heavy presence of Islamist lawyers and their supporters.

During the second hearing on 11 May, one of the lawyers allegedly asked the judge to refer the case back to the prosecution to demand the application of the death penalty. Some of those present to hear the sentencing on 1 June reportedly complained that the punishment had been too lenient.

He is expected to appeal his in absentia conviction. His lawyers are seeking to transfer his trial to Cairo given concerns that the general climate in the court in Assiut is not conducive to upholding fair trial guarantees, including the right to adequate defence.

Before the latest two convictions, Amnesty International had received numerous recent reports of others accused and convicted of blasphemy in Egypt. Bloggers and media professionals whose ideas are “deemed offensive” as well as Coptic Christians – particularly in Upper Egypt – make up the majority of those targeted. 

Another teacher from the Upper Egypt governorate of Souhag is facing trial on charges of “defamation of religion” on 25 June.
Russia embraces religious intolerance with draconian blasphemy and anti-gay laws
By Barry Duke – June 12, 2013

THE  Lower House of the Russian parliament has approved a controversial bill which criminalizes insulting people’s religious feelings. According to this report, it could come into effect as early as July if passed by the Upper House and the President.

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A new orthodox church in Moscow.

In the current version of the bill, insulting religious feelings in public can be punished with up to three years in prison. Other possible punishments include fines up to half a million rubles (about £10,000) and compulsory correctional work.

Before the final reading MP's amended the draft to make it a criminal offense to obstruct  the activities of religious organisations. Such a felony will be punished with up to one year in prison and those convicted will be barred from taking certain official posts for two years.

Premeditated and public desecration of religious objects or books will also be punished by fines of up to 200,000 rubles (about £4,000).

The current bill was promoted by a large part of the Russian political establishment and strongly backed by the Russian Orthodox Church whose leader has publicly accused some unnamed forces of staging attacks on faith and religion in the country.

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The bill is intended to deter such incidents as feminist punk band Pussy Riot’s impromptu appearance in Moscow’s main cathedral in February last year, when they attacked the church and its alleged strengthening ties with Russian authorities and President Vladimir Putin personally.

The three band members were apprehended and sentenced to two years in prison each for aggravated hooliganism, despite numerous objections from Russian activists and foreign rock and pop stars. One of those convicted has already been released on probation and two others remain behind bars.

Significant part of the society still oppose the bill saying that it contradicts the basic principles of a free and secular state, and the freedom of expression provided by the Constitution. The leader of one of Russia’s oldest political parties Yabloko, Sergey Mitrokhin, took part in protests outside the State Duma office with a poster that compared the controversial bill with the Spanish Inquisition.

Supporters of the bill, such as deputy head of the Lower House Committee for Religious Organizations Mikhail Markelov, claim that it is a reply to dangerous tendencies in society. He said:

People who practice traditional forms of religion constantly face threats of various kinds. This includes the stunts by the Pussy Riot group, this includes the cemetery vandalism, and this also includes attempts on lives of spiritual leaders.

The MP added that according to opinion polls the majority of Russians supported the bill protecting believers’ feelings. He added that such laws were a recognized international practice and had been  enforced in many European countries.

A young gay Russian, part of a protest against the anti-gay bill, is hit by an egg thrown by a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.

In another controversial move, Russia’s lower house passed a law banning gay “propaganda”, a measure that human rights groups say has already fueled attacks on homosexuals as President Vladimir Putin pursues an increasingly conservative social agenda.

As parliament debated the bill, gay activists who had taken part in a “kissing protest” outside parliament to demonstrate against the law were harassed and pelted with eggs by anti-gay protesters. About 20 of them were arrested.

The law bans the spreading of “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors and sets heavy fines for violations. It passed with 436 votes in the 450-seat lower house, the Duma. One deputy abstained and no one voted against.

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Peter Tatchell.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who was beaten and arrested four times for participating in successive Moscow Gay Pride parades, from 2007 to 2011, said in a statement:

This new law is symptomatic of Putin’s increasing authoritarianism and his crackdown on civil society. It violates the Russian constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression, and the European Convention on Human Rights, which Russia has signed and pledged to uphold.   Although the law is ostensibly aimed at prohibiting the dissemination of so-called ‘gay propaganda’ to young persons under 18, in reality it will criminalise any public advocacy of gay equality or same-sex HIV education where a young person could potentially see it. 

In practice, gay marches, festivals, posters, magazines, books, welfare advice and safer sex education will be at risk of criminal prosecution. It is a blanket censorship of any public expression of same-sex love or gay human rights.   This is likely to result in the purging of many books, films and plays from libraries, schools, theatres and cinemas, including many classic works of art and literature.   It is one of the harshest laws against gay freedom of expression anywhere in the world.

Other critics say the bill – a nationwide version of laws already in place in several cities including Putin’s hometown of St Peters burg – would in effect ban all gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals.
Said Viktoria Malyasova, 18, standing outside the Duma:

There is already enough pressure and violence against gays, and with this law it will only continue and probably get worse. I may not be gay but I came to stand up for my rights and the rights of other people to love whom they want.

The gay rights protesters outside the Duma on Tuesday were far outnumbered by around 200 anti-gay activists who surrounded them, chanting “Russia is not Sodom”, singing Orthodox Christian prayers, crossing themselves and throwing rotten eggs.

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Vladimir Putin.

Putin, who has embraced the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority and harnessed its influence as a source of political support, has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012.

The 60-year-old president denies that there is discrimination against gays, but has criticized them for failing to increase Russia’s population, which has declined sharply since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Russia: Religious insult laws a threat to free expression
Laws accepted by the State Duma today (11 June 2013), will create a prohibition of the defamation of religions in violation of international human rights standards, and in particular in relation to the right to freedom of expression.

The amendments are widely seen to be a reaction to the Pussy Riot case, in which members of the group performed a ‘punk prayer’ inside a Moscow cathedral to protest about the relationship between President Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

‘At international level there is a growing consensus that prohibitions on defamation of religions violate freedom of expression standards, and can stifle dissent and criticism from religious believers, religious minorities and non-believers alike.’,
stated Agnes Callamard, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19. Given the lack of clarity, overbroad legal definitions in combination with the current political climate in Russia, there is a distinct likelihood of a selective and discriminatory application of the law’.

Politicians had initially intended to create new legal provisions, but during a second reading of proposed legislation on 21 May 2013 – they decided that they would instead make a series of amendments to existing legislation, including to Article 148 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and Articles 3.5 and 5.26 of the Code of Administrative Offences. 
The amendments are widely regarded as an attempt by the Russian government to legally entrench ‘traditional values’ and strengthen the position of religious believers, particularly the Russian Orthodox Church.

International human rights standards do not protect religions per se, but rather individuals and groups from discrimination and harassment on the basis of their religion or ethnicity. Belief systems themselves should not be exempt from debate, commentary or even sharp criticism, whether internal or external. Moreover, there is evidence that laws on “defamation of religions” have a discriminatory impact in practice.

BACKGROUND

Earlier this year, ARTICLE 19 provided a legal analysis of the initial proposals considered by the State Duma to introduce legislation ‘countering insult of religious beliefs and feelings’. This would have introduced sentences of up to five years imprisonment or fines of up to 500,000 RUB (10,609 GBP) for ‘insult of religious beliefs and feelings’.

The current laws includes minor changes to the original text, including:
The maximum prison sentence would now be three years;
An amendment to the Criminal Code will be included as part of the current Article 148 (Violations of the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion) instead of the originally proposed new provision 243.1 (Insulting Religious Beliefs and Feelings)
Amendments to Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code will require that the ‘public desecration’ of religious items should be intentional;
The listed items that can be ‘desecrated’ under Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code is expanded;
The punitive measures available under Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code are expanded.

ARTICLE 19 finds that the changes introduced are inadequate. By introducing a prohibition of ‘defamation of religions’, Russian law may considerably restrict public discourse on religious issues.

ARTICLE 19 reiterates that the legal amendments fail to meet international human rights standards; and if adopted, will introduce illegitimate restrictions on the right to freedom of expression.
240 honor killings, 160 rapes registered in Afghanistan in 2 years
KABUL, Afghanistan, June 10 (UPI)
About 240 honor killings and 160 rape cases were registered with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in the past two years, the agency says.

Agency officials said the numbers were "shocking," Khaama Press reported Monday.

Suraya Sobhrang, in charge of the commission's women's affairs department, said the actual number of cases could be much higher than those filed since many families of victims do not report them.

The report said about 21 percent of the honor killings -- slayings of people, usually women, who are perceived to have shamed their families or communities -- were committed by the victims' husbands, 7 percent by their brothers, 4 percent by their fathers and the rest by other relatives.

The agency said 65 percent of the rapes were committed by strangers and the rest involved the victims' close relatives and neighbors.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/06/10/240-honor-killings-160-rapes-registered-in-Afghanistan-in-2-years/UPI-48031370844487/#ixzz2VtkWLfX3
Atheists turn to science during times of stress
New Scientist 07 June 2013 by Michael Bond

It's well known that religious faith can help believers cope with stress and anxiety, by providing them with a sense of meaning and control at times of uncertainty. It now seems that a "belief" in science and a rationalistic outlook might do the same for the non-religious.

A team of psychologists led by Miguel Farias at the University of Oxford asked 52 rowers to fill in a "belief in science" questionnaire just before taking part in a competitive regatta. They gave the same test – in which participants had to score statements such as "science is the most valuable part of human culture" – to a similar number of rowers at a training session. The questionnaire also assessed self-reported stress levels and degree of religious belief.

Farias and colleagues discovered that those about to race were both more stressed, and rated their belief in science 14 per cent higher than those who were simply training.

Some caveats: the effect was modest, the team didn't measure whether the rowers' stress levels went down, and the subjects – competitive athletes who follow a rational training regime – are probably already scientifically minded. However, the findings reflect a growing body of psychological evidence that people find comfort in times of threat by moving closer to certain aspects of their world view – conservatives become more conservative, for example, liberals more liberal, religious believers more devout.

Farias speculates that a rationalist outlook would provide similar relief. "Any kind of belief system helps you structure your perception of reality," he says. "It allows you to think of the universe in a particular meaningful way."

The researchers have begun a similar study using scientists who are religious to see how the two belief systems interact in response to stress.

Journal reference: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.05.008

Petition to remove religious observance from schools presented to City of Edinburgh Council
Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013
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The National Secular Society has supported one of its members, Veronica Wikman, in presenting a petition to City of Edinburgh Council to remove Religious Observance from the city's non-denominational schools.
NSS Council member Professor Norman Bonney and NSS Scottish representative Alistair McBay supported Ms Wikman, whose petition was backed by the NSS affiliated Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS), which has enjoyed extensive publicity as a result of its campaign.
Under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, schools have a statutory requirement to offer religious education and religious observance. However, under Section 8 of the Act, Local Authorities in Scotland are empowered to abolish RO, subject to a resolution in favour of discontinuance being approved by a majority of local voters.
Ms Wikman's petition called for a local vote on a proposal to discontinue religious observance in non-denominational schools in the city.
The Council also accepted a rival petition to retain Religious Observance, in effect a petition to the Council to do nothing. The rival petitioners chose not to appear on the day to present their case, but Church of Scotland minister and former leader of the Council Reverend Ewan Aitken did make a 'deputation' on behalf of the Kirk. Rev Aitken insisted that the Church did not want to indoctrinate children and suggested RO should be preserved in the best interests of children and their 'spiritual development'.
Secularists in Scotland have expressed concern that much of the religious observance in non-denominational schools is being facilitated by external evangelical groups such as Scripture Union and Prayer Spaces in Schools.
The ESS backed petition attracted 896 valid signatures. The Church of Scotland backed counter 'do nothing' petition attracted 1522 signatures, but had a proportionately higher number of invalid and disqualified signatures.
The Petitions Committee decided to refer the petitions on to the Education Committee.
Alistair McBay, NSS representative for Scotland said: "It is perhaps no surprise that the vested religious interests mobilised behind their counter petition, but it was clearly a surprise to some councillors present that there was such a high level of objection to RO in schools.
"It is something of a victory for the ESS for the petition to have passed this stage, and we are particularly pleased that some councillors expressed their concern about the infiltration into schools by religious groups with questionable positions on evolution, science and human sexuality. The Council's Head of Schools and Community Services undertook to research exactly what was happening in the city's schools under the heading of RO. Naturally both the NSS and ESS will be making our own research available to the Council."
The full presentation to the Petitions Committee can be viewed online.
Afghanistan 1950-1960
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Multiculturalism does not work
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John Draper.

Published on Saturday, 08 June 2013 by Cobourg Atheists. Written by
John Draper
Sometimes in life, we have a choice of one thing or the other - not a range of choices - just choose this or that. 
For example, agreeing to help someone or not; believing in a god or not; tolerate a behavior or not; speak out against a wrong or not etc. 
Many religions teach that morality is absolute - Catholics are taught that an action is either right or wrong.  For example, abortion is always wrong no matter the circumstances. 
One version of Islam teaches that all Christians are infidels and should be killed.  Other religions teach that morality is relative - abortion is OK sometimes, killing in self-defense is allowed but not murder etc. - and that is a saner judgement. 
But when considering cultures, there are many moral values that are defined by the culture.  However, if you compare cultures, there are values and moral preferences that are mutually exclusive - you can't have one and also have the other.

Even if we want to, we can't blend or compromise or harmonize or take a little from this culture and a little from that and come up with an acceptable new, blended, merged culture.  Having one set of values simply rules out the other, period.

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For example: In Canada, the politicians have chosen multiculturalism with reasonable and desirable goals of tolerance and understanding. 
But this often clashes with equally reasonable and desirable goals of preventing harm to others, criticizing unjust laws, customs and traditions, and exposing exploitation and oppression. 
These practices are often entrenched in unfair, cruel, punitive and destructive institutions.  Sometimes those institutions,  practices and customs come from undeveloped countries, and then attempts of westerners to reform or abolish them will conflict with the goal of not being a cultural imperialist or self-righteous or intolerant. And then one has to choose.

So what exactly is culture?  If we say that women shouldn't be murdered by their fathers and brothers for, e.g., resisting an arranged marriage, only to be told that that's their culture and it's arrogant to judge other cultures by Western standards, then we should ask: what do you mean 'their culture'?
Whose culture? And what follows from that? Is it the culture of the women who are murdered? Or is it only the culture of the men doing the murdering. Why should a culture that includes murdering people be privileged?

In fact it's quite strange that people intending to support the oppressed often actually side with oppressors in the name of multiculturalism.
A great many practices could be put in the box 'their culture'. Dowry murders, female infanticide, female genital mutilation, slavery, child labor, drafting children into armies, the caste system, beating and sexually abusing and withholding wages from domestic servants especially immigrants, Sharia law, fatwas, suttee.
These are all part of someone's 'culture', as murder is a murderer's culture and rape is a rapist's. But why validate only the perpetrators? Have the women, servants, slaves, child soldiers, Dalits (untouchables), ten-year-old carpet weavers in these cultures ever even had the opportunity to decide what their culture might be?

And this is where the hard choice comes in, where the competing values have to be sorted out. One can decide that tolerance and cultural pluralism trump all other values, and so turn a blind eye to suffering and oppression that have tradition as their underpinning, or one can decide that murder, torture, mutilation, systematic sexual or caste or racial discrimination, slavery, child exploitation, are wrong, wrong everywhere, universally wrong, and not to be tolerated.
Burqa-clad women prone to vitamin D deficiency: Doctors
Syed Mohammed, TNN Jun 7, 2013

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HYDERABAD: In an alarming trend, an increasing number of women from across the city who wear the burqa or observe purdah are being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency on account of inadequate exposure to sunlight. Exposure of at least hands or feet to sunlight every day for 15-20 minutes is necessary for the vital compound to be absorbed into the body, advice doctors.
   
"Around 15 per cent of the body should be exposed to sunlight for around 20 minutes a day. It could be hands or feet,"

National Institute of Nutrition deputy director Dr N Lakshmaiah told TOI.

"Otherwise supplements in the form of conventional tablets should be used regularly."

Scientists from the NIN, who are now working on a study on vitamin D deficiency, said women wearing the veil are prone to the deficiency, more than ones who do not. Studies have also been carried out in Saudi Arabia which showed deficiency levels between 76 per cent and 85 per cent among women there, NIN scientists pointed out.

City doctors also voiced concerns, pegging the susceptibility levels to around 35 per cent more than those who do not wear the burqa.

They estimate roughly 65 out of 100 patients who complain of muscle pains are those who wear the veil.

"Many burqa-clad women do not venture out. That coupled with the garment directly blocking sunlight makes them suffer from osteoporosis and various psychosomatic disorders. Based on my experience, I would say that these women have a 30 to 40 per cent increased chance of being vitamin D deficient,"

says Mazharuddin Ali Khan, a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Owaisi Hospital.

Khan says that medication is pre-emptive as getting a test done is expensive costing around 2,500 rupees. Exposure to sunlight is also a 'mood elevator' apart from stimulating improvement in bones and muscles.

"Around 65 per cent such patients I receive wear the burqa. The reason is the same. The deficiency is because the burqa blocks most of the sunlight,"

Dr Ahrar Ahmed Feroz from Olive Hospital said.

He said number of cases have increased in the past couple of years when patients have been diagnosed with muscle and bone pain and even dementia on account of low vitamin D intake.

Doctors said they are not advising patients to shed the burqa, but maintain women should expose themselves to sunlight everyday. Feroz said exposure to sunlight causes 'mild pinkness to the skin and is equal to 20,000 international units of vitamin D.'

He said though deficiency is noticed in burqa clad women, those using sunscreens or staying indoors for too long also suffer from it.
Atheists challenge churches' free parking permits
National Secular Society takes Woking council to court over 'worshipper-only' free parking, which it claims is discriminatory
 

The Guardian, Sunday 2 June 2013

More and more councils are scrapping free evening and Sunday parking - except for churchgoers. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

Many churches give out holy communion wine and wafers to the faithful. In Woking, Surrey, congregations can also queue up to have their free parking permits validated. But this privilege of churchgoing, however, is about to be challenged.

The National Secular Society (NSS) is challenging Woking borough council in the courts, warning that the exemption amounts to direct discrimination against non-believers who must still pay to park in the town centre on Sunday mornings.

The issue has become increasingly contentious as more councils scrap free evening and Sunday parking in pursuit of additional streams of income. The charges were initially denounced as a "tax on worshippers", so a number of local authorities – including Wyre council in Lancashire and Canterbury city council – responded by setting up "worship parking permit" schemes.

Woking, which established its scheme in May 2012, is the authority that the NSS has chosen to target for a test case, exploring whether the preferential treatment amounts to a breach of the Equality Act 2010.

Their letter of claim, sent by lawyers Leigh Day, explains that the local Anglican Christ Church, evangelical Coign Church and Trinity Methodist Church have all been provided by the council with ticket validating machines. Woking United Reform Church gives out council-backed parking permits to churchgoers valid between 9.30am and 1pm on Sundays.

The action has been brought in the name of Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the NSS, who drove to Woking on Sunday 14 April and paid £3 to park his car in the Heathside Crescent council car park. Wood does not hold any religious beliefs.

"He was afforded no opportunity to park his car there without charge," the letter states. Those attending local church services parked in the same car park for free. Wood's "less favourable treatment" was because of religion or belief, Leigh Day argues in its letter.

Wood said: "The equal treatment of all, regardless of belief or non-belief, is a key secular principle. We have launched this challenge to preferential treatment of worshippers because it is neither legitimate nor lawful for local government to favour the activity of any faith (or non-faith) group through tax-funded subsidies."

One local resident, Aidan Griffin, who supports the legal challenge, said: "As someone who doesn't attend church, I should not be treated any less favourably than anyone else parking their car in Woking town centre on a Sunday morning. As a taxpayer, I'm also concerned about the loss of revenue to the council arising from this policy."

The society is calling for the scheme to be abandoned or for parking to be made free for everyone. Local Liberal Democrats have also opposed the scheme.

Peter Bryant, Woking council's head of democratic and legal services, said: "The policy applies to all faiths, not just church-goers. The council considers that places of worship, and the faith communities that they serve, play an important role, both in society in general and Woking in particular.

"They encourage people to participate in society, thereby promoting social inclusion. In addition, considerable voluntary work is organised by faith communities, often for the benefit of the more disadvantaged members of our society … In furtherance of this aim, the council allows members of a faith community to park free of charge.

"The council took legal advice. Counsel advised that it amounted to indirect discrimination, but could be justified on the basis that it was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim."

The cost of the scheme was estimated to be £41,000 in 2012.
Femen activists on trial in Tunisia for topless protest
BBC 5 June 2013
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Three members of the feminist group Femen have appeared in court in Tunisia after holding a topless protest in support of a detained activist.

Two French women and a German face a one-year prison sentence if convicted of public indecency.

They were arrested in May after demonstrating for the release of Amina Tyler, who has been charged with carrying an "incendiary object".

Religious activists rallied outside the courthouse on Wednesday.

One shouted at one of the women's Tunisian lawyers: "How can you defend those women? You are not Tunisian; you are not Muslim."

'Fighting patriarchy'

Pauline Hillier, Marguerite Stern and Josephine Markmann appeared in court wearing traditional white veils.

Femen, a Ukrainian group, is famous for its topless protests. Correspondents say the demonstration on 29 May was the group's first such protest in the Arab world.

The three women waved banners and displayed messages on their bare chests in support of Ms Tyler.

She was prosecuted after reportedly writing "Femen" on a wall in the religious centre of Kairouan. She outraged some Tunisians in March by posting photos of herself topless with the slogan "my body is my own" written on her torso.

Femen describes itself as

"fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations - sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion".

Its action in Tunisia is set against the background of tensions following the overthrow of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

There has since been an increase in the prominence of ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists, who campaign for greater public piety in Tunisia.
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America's First Atheist Monument on Government Land to Be Unveiled
It's a response to Ten Commandments monument at Florida Courthouse
by Mary Noble
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10 commandments memorial at Bradford County Courthouse, Florida.

Usually when you see atheists and government buildings in the same headline, the non-believers are protesting religious signage on government land.

Now the tables have been turned with the opening of America's first atheist monument on government property, which will be unveiled on June 29 at Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, northern Florida.

The 1,500-pound granite bench is inscribed with with atheistic quotations from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

The bench is part of a quid pro quo settlement with Bradford County, Florida. American Atheists sued the county for allowing a 6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments to be installed outside the courthouse by the Christian group Community Men's Fellowship. The settlement allowed American Atheists to erect their own monument at the courthouse.

"The Ten Commandments doesn't belong on government property,"

said American Atheists President David
Silverman.

"But if keeping it there means we have the right to install our own monument, then installing our own is exactly what we'll do."

"We want you all to remember that this issue was won on the basis of this being a free speech issue, so don't be alarmed when the American Atheists want to erect their own sign or monument,"

the Community Men's Fellowship posted on Facebook.

"It's their right."


With an on-air grin, a Fox News co-host who opposes a planned atheist monument in Florida said the bench will likely quickly be vandalized.
The Blessings of Atheism
By SUSAN JACOBY, The New York Times
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IN a recent conversation with a fellow journalist, I voiced my exasperation at the endless talk about faith in God as the only consolation for those devastated by the unfathomable murders in Newtown, Conn. Some of those grieving parents surely believe, as I do, that this is our one and only life. Atheists cannot find solace in the idea that dead children are now angels in heaven. “That only shows the limits of atheism,” my colleague replied. “It’s all about nonbelief and has nothing to offer when people are suffering.”

This widespread misapprehension that atheists believe in nothing positive is one of the main reasons secularly inclined Americans — roughly 20 percent of the population — do not wield public influence commensurate with their numbers. One major problem is the dearth of secular community institutions. But the most powerful force holding us back is our own reluctance to speak, particularly at moments of high national drama and emotion, with the combination of reason and passion needed to erase the image of the atheist as a bloodless intellectual robot.

The secular community is fearful of seeming to proselytize. When giving talks on college campuses, I used to avoid personal discussions of my atheism. But over the years, I have changed my mind because such diffidence contributes to the false image of the atheist as someone whose convictions are removed from ordinary experience. It is vital to show that there are indeed atheists in foxholes, and wherever else human beings suffer and die.

Now when students ask how I came to believe what I believe, I tell them that I trace my atheism to my first encounter, at age 7, with the scourge of polio. In 1952, a 9-year-old friend was stricken by the disease and clinging to life in an iron lung. After visiting him in the hospital, I asked my mother, “Why would God do that to a little boy?” She sighed in a way that telegraphed her lack of conviction and said: “I don’t know. The priest would say God must have his reasons, but I don’t know what they could be.”

Just two years later, in 1954, Jonas Salk’s vaccine began the process of eradicating polio, and my mother took the opportunity to suggest that God may have guided his research. I remember replying, “Well, God should have guided the doctors a long time ago so that Al wouldn’t be in an iron lung.” (He was to die only eight years later, by which time I was a committed atheist.)

The first time I told this story to a class, I was deeply gratified when one student confided that his religious doubts arose from the struggles of a severely disabled sibling, and that he had never been able to discuss the subject candidly with his fundamentalist parents. One of the most positive things any atheist can do is provide a willing ear for a doubter — even if the doubter remains a religious believer.

IT is primarily in the face of suffering, whether the tragedy is individual or collective, that I am forcefully reminded of what atheism has to offer. When I try to help a loved one losing his mind to Alzheimer’s, when I see homeless people shivering in the wake of a deadly storm, when the news media bring me almost obscenely close to the raw grief of bereft parents, I do not have to ask, as all people of faith must, why an all-powerful, all-good God allows such things to happen.

It is a positive blessing, not a negation of belief, to be free of what is known as the theodicy problem. Human “free will” is Western monotheism’s answer to the question of why God does not use his power to prevent the slaughter of innocents, and many people throughout history (some murdered as heretics) have not been able to let God off the hook in that fashion.

The atheist is free to concentrate on the fate of this world — whether that means visiting a friend in a hospital or advocating for tougher gun control laws — without trying to square things with an unseen overlord in the next. Atheists do not want to deny religious believers the comfort of their faith. We do want our fellow citizens to respect our deeply held conviction that the absence of an afterlife lends a greater, not a lesser, moral importance to our actions on earth.

Today’s atheists would do well to emulate some of the great 19th-century American freethinkers, who insisted that reason and emotion were not opposed but complementary.

Robert Green Ingersoll, who died in 1899 and was one of the most famous orators of his generation, personified this combination of passion and rationality. Called “The Great Agnostic,” Ingersoll insisted that there was no difference between atheism and agnosticism because it was impossible for anyone to “know” whether God existed or not. He used his secular pulpit to advocate for social causes like justice for African-Americans, women’s rights, prison reform and the elimination of cruelty to animals.

He also frequently delivered secular eulogies at funerals and offered consolation that he clearly considered an important part of his mission. In 1882, at the graveside of a friend’s child, he declared: “They who stand with breaking hearts around this little grave, need have no fear. The larger and the nobler faith in all that is, and is to be, tells us that death, even at its worst, is only perfect rest ... The dead do not suffer.”

Today’s secularists must do more than mount defensive campaigns proclaiming that we can be “good without God.” Atheists must stand up instead of calling themselves freethinkers, agnostics, secular humanists or “spiritual, but not religious.” The last phrase, translated from the psychobabble, can mean just about anything — that the speaker is an atheist who fears social disapproval or a fence-sitter who wants the theoretical benefits of faith, including hope of eternal life, without the obligations of actually practicing a religion. Atheists may also be secular humanists and freethinkers — I answer to all three — but avoidance of identification with atheism confines us to a closet that encourages us to fade or be pushed into the background when tragedy strikes.

We must speak up as atheists in order to take responsibility for whatever it is humans are responsible for — including violence in our streets and schools. We need to demonstrate that atheism is rooted in empathy as well as intellect. And although atheism is not a religion, we need community-based outreach programs so that our activists will be as recognizable to their neighbors as the clergy.

Finally, we need to show up at gravesides, as Ingersoll did, to offer whatever consolation we can.

In his speech at an interfaith prayer vigil in Newtown on Dec. 16, President Obama observed that “the world’s religions — so many of them represented here today — start with a simple question: Why are we here? What gives our life meaning?” He could easily have amended that to “the world’s religions and secular philosophies.” He could have said something like, “Whether you are religious or nonreligious, may you find solace in the knowledge that the suffering is ours, but that those we love suffer no more.”

Somewhere in that audience, and in the larger national audience, there were mourners who would have been comforted by the acknowledgment that their lives have meaning even if they do not regard death as the door to another life, but “only perfect rest.”

Susan Jacoby is the author of the forthcoming book “The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought.
The Police Prayer in Australia
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The Australian Federal Police recite a Christian based Police Prayer as part of the Australian Federal Police graduation ceremony. 
Given that Australia Police officers are not exclusively Christian and are tasked to protect Australians of all worldviews including but not exclusively Christian, is it not also reasonable that we acknowledge their efforts in group ceremonies such as Graduation in a wholly secular way – that avoids association with any particular worldview including Christian prayer.
It is of concern that the nation’s federal police force is seemingly dedicated to a religious (Christian) centric identity that excludes many members of the community who do not share such beliefs. 
Surely it is critical that the Australian Federal Police is committed to a completely secular identity to ensure it is seen as a fair and impartial instrument of government by all segments of the community.
The Police Prayer

God of all people, we know it is from you that we have learned what goodness and justice are.

You have given us the task of maintaining law and order in our community.

We seek the strength to meet the many challenges encountered in this endeavor.

Give us the courage and the resolution to do our duty at all times, and such a respect and love for justice that neither promise nor threat will ever make us depart from it.

Help us with your guidance to be the Guardian and the Friend of the whole community; a friend to children, an example to youth, a counselor and adviser to all citizens.

Grant us the skill, and the wisdom, to make us always stronger in protecting and supporting the community.

Guide us in knowing when to enforce and when to relax the letter of the law.

Help us to be a personal example of the honesty, the goodness, and the justice which it is our duty to maintain, and grant that our actions will inspire in our community confidence in its police officers.

We make our prayer to you, confident of your love and your compassion.

Amen
A Week in A ‘Witch’ Camp in Ghana
I arrived at Gnani by a bus traveling from Yendi to Tatali, a border town. My local contact arranged a room where I stayed for the week. There are no guest houses in Gnani, so getting a place to stay for a short period was really a challenge. Visitors who come to the village mainly because of the ‘witch’ camp lodge either in Tamale or in Yendi.
During the week, I met with the local administrator called the ‘Assembly man’ and some of his committee members. I watched as they ‘judged’ cases and resolved local disputes.
I interviewed and interacted with some of the alleged witches and wizards and listened to their stories. I visited two local soothsayers and observed how they divine, consult and pass on ‘revelations from the gods’ to people who come with their problems. These ‘revelations’ are often behind most cases of witchcraft accusation in the region.
Ironically some locals address their soothsayers as ‘wise men’. Personally I never saw any wisdom in the way soothsayers cold read and make vague and wild guesses about people’s lives or pretend to be consulting and getting revelations from gods and spirits while staring at some coweries, pieces of dry kolanut and some other objects covered with layers of blood of sacrificed animals .
One day we saw an egg, a piece of red cloth, kolanut, some pieces of calabash and charcoal at a junction inside the witch camp in Gnani. My contact person said that a soothsayer must have told somebody to do that as a form a sacrifice in order to ward off misfortune.
Any initiative to combat the phenomenon of witchcraft accusation in Northern Ghana must address the tradition of soothsaying and divination by charlatans mistaken to be wise men.
Incidentally I met in Gnani Tindan a man who was accused of witchcraft by the brother and then driven out of his community. This man was a soothsayer. He still operates as a soothsayer in Gnani Tindan!
I also attended a Kokomba funeral ceremony in the village of Kpanjanba, near Gnani. The Kokombas are one of the major ethnic groups in the Northern Region of Ghana. Funerals are important cultural events among the Kokombas. Funerals are led by soothsayers who are locally known as Ubua.
And their major assignment is to find out from the ancestors the cause of the death or those who are responsible for the death. One of the alleged wizards in Gnani Tindan was identified at a funeral to be responsible for the death of a family member, and was subsequently exiled from his community.
In Gnani, most people live in huts. There is power only in some parts of the village. Unfortunately there is still no electricity in the area where the alleged witches are living. Several appeals to local authorities to extend electricity to the area have fallen on deaf ears. There is one toilet facility for the whole Gnani Tindan. Many people, I guess, go to toilet when they get to the farm in the morning or they use, at night or before dawn, the bush which surrounds most huts.
There is an acute problem of water in Gnani. I saw two water harvesting tanks in the local school and clinic. They were constructed by a christian charity from Canada. There are two boreholes in Gnani Tindan but one has broken down. The other one, I was told, pumps water to a limited section of the community only on Fridays. So, most people depend on the nearby Oti River for water.
Oti River is around two kilometers from Gnani Tindan.
Accessing water is difficult for alleged witches and wizards particularly those of them who are living alone. Many are old and weak, and cannot climb down the hill to fetch water. Some still do so because they have no other choice and have to go to the river even if it means going there with a walking stick.

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I visited the Oti River and on my way back I met one of the alleged witches, Matta, coming from the river. She went to fetch just a bucket of water. Matta is over 70 years and now moves with a walking stick. She was using her walking stick to know where to step her foot as she climbed out of the river when I spotted her.

I helped Matta carry her bucket of water to her hut. On getting to the hut, we spent sometime together and she told me her story. Matta came to the camp several years ago. She could not recall the exact year. She only told me that those who were born when she came to the camp had become adults. The uncle alleged that he saw Matta in his dream. That Matta was carrying his child and climbing a tree. Such stories of dream are common among witchcraft believers in Ghana.

Generally, people in Northern Region take their dreams seriously. They believe that dreams are means of conveying important messages to human beings. Dreams are ways of revealing to people the evil schemes of witches and other practitioners of malevolent magic.

So anyone who is seen in a dream is often taken to be a witch. So, Matta was branded a witch and driven out of her community. Matta has a daughter who visits her occasionally. Unlike some of her female colleagues, she does not have any of her grand children staying with her.

She lives alone in her hut. Matta has problem fetching water and firewood, but also getting and preparing food to eat, getting clothes to wear, reroofing her hut and attending to her other basic needs.

She may have to keep doing whatever she can to help herself till the day she drops dead.

Like many of the accused persons in the camp, Matta faces a bleak and uncertain future unless local authorities and international organisations come forward to assist. I am therefore appealing to all international NGOs for help in building the capacity of the seven witch camps in the region.

Some NGOs are already providing some support. But the support is grossly inadequate. Very little of the resources trickles down and reaches people who are urgently in need like Matta.

So I urge groups around the world to consider adopting a witch camp in Ghana.

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Sharia law and other failures

11 June 2013, Talk on Multiculturalism, Child Protection in Britain: Sharia law and other failures, London

Join One Law for All Spokesperson Anne-Marie Waters and Baroness Caroline Cox who will be speaking about One Law for All's newest report on the state of children's rights in Britain on 11 June at 18.00 hours at the London School of Economics. The talk is going to be chaired by Professor of Social Policy Eileen Munro.

More information can be found here: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/11-june-2013-multiculturalism-child-protection-and-sharia-lse/ .

13 June 2013, Oxford Union panel on Iran, Oxford


Maryam Namazie will be speaking on Oxford Union panel forum on the topic 'The election, the Arab Spring and the bomb - what next for modern Iran'? Moderator: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. Other panellists are Dennis Kucinich, Mohammad Ali Shabani, and Hazhir Teimourian.

15 June 2013, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s 6th Anniversary luncheon, London

Join us to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on 15 June 2013 at 12pm for a 12:30pm start in central London. The keynote speaker will be writer Kenan Malik. Other speakers and acts include Magician Neil Edwards, Centre for Secular Space's Executive Director Gita Sahgal, comedian Kate Smurthwaite and CEMB Co-Spokesperson Maryam Namazie. CEMB Co-Spokesperson Nahla Mahmoud will be the MC for the event. Special guests include scientist Richard Dawkins. Book your tickets today.

More details here: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/2013/03/6th-anniversary-luncheon-with-kenan-malik/ .

29-30 June 2013, International Conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism, Dublin

Maryam Namazie and Anne Marie Waters will be speaking at Atheist Ireland's international conference on Empowering Women Through Secularism during 29-30 June.

More information here: http://ewts2013.com/ .

29 June 2013, 12pm, Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group, Manchester

Northern Ex-Muslim Meet-Up Group is organising a lunch in Manchester on 29 June.

To join the event, visit here <http://www.meetup.com/Ex-Muslim-North/members/> : http://ex-muslim.org.uk/2013/05/northern-ex-muslim-meet-up-lunch-in-manchester/ .

6 July 2013, Launch of Council of Ex-Muslims of France, Paris

Join us for the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of France. Speakers include Waleed Al-Husseini, Nadia El-Fani, Caroline Fourest, Marieme Helie Lucas, Maryam Namazie, and many more.

More details here: http://ex-muslim.org.uk/2013/04/launch-of-council-of-ex-muslims-of-france/ .

Books

The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling – review

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The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling – review
Julian Baggini, The Observer, Sunday 17 March 2013

Ten years ago, Alastair Campbell spoke on behalf of the whole nation, not just Tony Blair, when he said "We don't do God". But the very fact Campbell needed to spell this out was a sign that, post 9/11, things were changing. In 2006, Richard Dawkins published The God Delusion and everyone has been talking God ever since.

For a while it was at least invigorating. But the most vocal atheists and the believers who take their bait appear ever more like a long-married couple who prefer the familiarity of their dysfunctional relationship to the emptiness that lies beyond an amicable divorce. They trade the same old niggles and complaints with no hope or expectation of mutual understanding.

AC Grayling has been one of the leading atheist protagonists. He writes as one confident that he holds all the best cards, and he has already played them with style in his anti-religion book Against All Gods and his pro-humanist What is Good? and The Choice of Hercules. For The God Argument he has shuffled the pack once more and brought both the negative and positive sides of his position together in one volume.

Grayling's case is most powerful against those who believe, literally, that holy texts convey the word of God, who is a real, personal being who cares for, rewards and punishes us. For a sensible philosopher like Grayling, this is all-too obviously ridiculous, and by the second chapter, he is already unable to resist making the inevitable comparisons with tooth fairies and Father Christmas.

Most intelligent defenders of religion don't buy this nonsense either and protest that this misses the point. But Grayling is not attacking a straw man. Even the most intellectually sophisticated Christians, for example, usually draw the line at the empty tomb, believing that if Jesus did not really rise from the dead, then their faith is empty. It is simply disingenuous for them to complain about Grayling's excessive literalness while their entire faith quietly rests on a literal belief in Christ's resurrection.

Nonetheless, there is much more to faith than a stone-age metaphysics of divine beings and miracles. Grayling, however, dismisses all the rest as the mere residue of an outdated worldview or the obfuscation of confused minds. For him, the matter is simple: all religion is built on supernatural beliefs and "when one rejects the premise of a set of views, it is a waste of one's time to address what is built on those premises". As a result, he simply refuses to engage with the most interesting aspect of the God debate: what, if anything, remains of truth and value in religion if you accept its stories as myths?

The second half of the book builds a positive case for humanism, which is in broad terms simply the reasonable and sensible working through of the idea that "our ethics must be drawn from, and responsive to, the nature and circumstances of human experience". However, as an unapologetic champion of humanism, Grayling skirts over its more problematic aspects. He rightly stresses the importance of reason and autonomy, for example, but doesn't deal with the serious worries that we are nowhere near as free or rational as traditional humanists have believed. Similarly, he presents a vision of the good life without taking seriously enough the possibility that we could equally despair at the meaninglessness of it all.

The God Argument sums up the mainstream humanist position well, but I can't see it taking the debate forward. Perhaps that would be a foolish hope. The public debate Dawkins started seems to have done as much to make the participants feel validated as it has to change their opinions. The God argument remains unwinnable.

The Christian summer hymn in the schools of Finland

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6/1 is the day when most schools have their closing ceremony. Traditionally, the last song of the ceremony is Suvivirsi, a Cristian summer hymn.

Some schools have decided not to have it in their programme, because there are so many students who don't belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and being allowed to leave the room during the hymn would be inconvenient for all.

Some other people won't let their kids attend the ceremony if Suvivirsi is not sung.

Atheist Association of Finland is strongly opposing the singing of Christian hymns in the seremonies of the schools of Finland

The constitution of Finland says:

Section 11 - Freedom of religion and conscience

Everyone has the freedom of religion and conscience.
Majority of the members of the parliament of Finland is supporting the singing of Suvivirsi.

Promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

European Parliament recommendation to the Council of 13 June 2013 on the draft EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief (2013/2082(INI))

The European Parliament ,

–  having regard to the proposal for astyle recommendation to the Council by Laima Liucija Andrikienė, on behalf of the PPE Group, on the draft EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief (B7-0164/2013),

–  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief,

–  having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and General Comment 22 by the United Nations Human Rights Committee(1) ,

–  having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to the Council Conclusions on intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief from 2009 and 2011,(2)

–  having regard to the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, adopted by the Council on 25 June 2012,(3)

–  having regard to the Commission Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council of 12 December 2011 entitled ‘Human Rights and Democracy at the Heart of EU External Action – Towards a More Effective Approach’ (COM(2011)0886),

–  having regard to its' recommendation to the Council of 13 June 2012 on the EU Special Representative for Human Rights(4) and to Council Decision 2012/440/CFSP of 25 July 2012 appointing the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights(5) ,

–  having regard to its' resolution of 13 December 2012 on the review of the EU's human rights strategy(6) ,

–  having regard to its' resolutions on the annual reports on Human Rights and Democracy in the World and the European Union's policy on the matter(7) ,

–  having regard to Article 36 of the Treaty on the European Union,

–  having regard to the draft EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief (‘the Guidelines’),

–  having regard to Rule 121(3) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A7-0203/2013)

A.  whereas, according to Article 21 of the Treaty on the European Union, democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law are the guiding principles for all EU external actions;

B.  whereas the right to freedom of religion or belief, including theistic, non-theistic and atheistic beliefs, the right not to believe and the right to change one's religion or belief, is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of each human being, interrelated with other human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

C.  whereas the European Parliament has repeatedly called for an ambitious toolkit to advance the right to freedom of religion or belief as part of EU external policy;

D.  whereas the European Parliament has welcomed, in this context, the EU's commitment to developing guidelines on freedom of religion or belief in accordance with the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, and has stressed the need for Parliament and civil society organisations to be involved in the preparation of these guidelines;

E.  whereas according to the standards of international law, all states have the duty to provide effective protection to all their citizens and all other persons under their respective jurisdictions; whereas persecutions against persons and their families, communities, places of worship and institutions, based on their particular religious affiliation, their convictions or any legitimate public expression of their religion or belief, are widely reported in some regions of the world; whereas discrimination based on religion or belief still exists in all regions of the world including Europe and its neighbourhood, and whereas persons belonging to particular religious communities, including religious minorities and non-believers, continue to be denied their human rights and are regularly discriminated against, arrested, convicted and in many countries sometimes even executed because of their religion or belief;

1.  Addresses the following recommendations to the Council:

Reason for action


   (a) Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief and preventing it from being violated has to be a priority in the EU's external policies;
   (b) Violence, persecution and discrimination against people belonging to religious communities and minorities, or against people who hold non-religious beliefs, persist in many parts of the world; the lack of religious tolerance and openness to dialogue and the lack of ecumenical coexistence often lead to political unrest, violence and open armed conflicts, endangering lives and undermining regional stability; clear and prompt condemnation by the European Union of all forms of violence and discrimination should be a basic element of EU policy in the area of freedom of religion or belief; particular attention should be paid to the situation of those who change their religion or belief, as in practice they are subject in a number of countries to social pressure, intimidation or outright violence;

Purpose and scope

   (c) The purpose and scope of the EU Guidelines should be to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief in third countries, to mainstream freedom of religion or belief in all the EU's external actions and human rights policies and to develop clear benchmarks, criteria, standards and a practical orientation in order to enhance the promotion of freedom of religion or belief in the work of officials from the EU institutions and Member States, and thus contribute to more coherence, effectiveness and visibility on the part of the EU in its external relations;

Definitions

   (d) As their successful implementation will depend on this, the Guidelines should offer clarity in the definitions used and the appropriate and full protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief, in accordance with international law, in its private and public expressions, as well as in its individual, collective and institutional dimensions, including the right to believe or not to believe, the right to change one's religion or belief, the freedom of expression, assembly and association, as well as the right of parents to educate their children according to their moral convictions – i.e. religious or non-religious; clear definitions and full protection are also required as regards the recognition of the legal personality of religious and belief-based institutions and respect for their autonomy, the right to conscientious objection, the right to asylum, the right to observe days of rest and to celebrate holidays and ceremonies in accordance with the precepts of one's religion or belief, and the fundamental right to protection of one's property;

Operational Guidelines

   (e) The Guidelines should be based on international law and treaties recognised and ratified by the international community;

Proportionality

   (f) As the draft Guidelines state, in accordance with the principles accepted by the international community, the freedom from coercion to have or to adopt a religion or belief and the liberty of parents and guardians to ensure religious and moral education cannot be restricted. Any other manifestation of the right to freedom of religion or belief may be subject only to ‘such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others’ (8) ; at the same time, the limitations must be strictly interpreted, directly related and proportionate with regard to the protected rights of others and the right balance must be achieved; the proportionality criterion should therefore be stressed in the Guidelines;

Freedom of expression

   (g) While freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression are mutually reinforcing rights, in cases where these two rights are invoked against each other, the EU should also bear in mind that modern media tools allow for a greater degree of interconnectedness between cultures and faiths; therefore steps need to be taken to avoid intercultural violence as a reaction to acts of freedom of expression related to criticism and especially ridicule or mockery; in this context, the EU should help in reducing such tensions, for example by promoting mutual understanding and dialogue, and condemn unequivocally any act of violence committed in reaction to such speech, and it should firmly oppose any attempt to criminalise freedom of speech in relation to religious issues, such as blasphemy laws;

Collective dimension of freedom of religion or belief

   (h) It should be stressed in the Guidelines that an indispensable part of freedom of religion or belief is the right of each individual to manifest the freedom of religion or belief alone or in community with others; this includes:
   the freedom to worship or assemble in connection with a religion or belief, and to establish and maintain places and religious sites for these purposes;
   the freedom not to participate in any given religious activity or event,
   the freedom to establish and maintain appropriate religious, media, educational, health, social, charitable or humanitarian institutions;
   the freedom to solicit and receive voluntary financial and other contributions from individuals and institutions;
   the freedom to train, appoint, elect or designate by succession appropriate leaders called for by the requirements and standards of any religion or belief;
   the freedom to establish and maintain communications with individuals and communities in matters of religion and belief at the national and international levels; equally, it should be noted in the Guidelines that the right to exercise religion in community with others (in the context of which ‘individual freedoms must always be respected) should not unnecessarily be limited to officially recognised places of worship, and that all undue limitations to the freedom of assembly should be condemned by the EU; the Guidelines should underline that States have a duty to remain neutral and impartial towards religious groups, including as regards symbolic or financial support;
   (i) considers that secularism, defined as the strict separation between religious and political authorities, implies the rejection of any religious interference in the functioning of government and of any public interference in religious affairs except for the purpose of upholding rules of safety and public order (including respect for the freedom of others), and that it guarantees equal liberty of conscience for all, be they believers, agnostics or atheists;

Registration requirements

   (j) The EU should take action when registration requirements for religious or belief-related organisations unduly limit the freedom of religion or belief. Registration should not be understood as a prerequisite for the enjoyment of one's human right to freedom of religion or belief, as that right cannot be conditional upon administrative or legal requirements; the EU should call for the abolishment of any legislation, such as the mandatory registration of one's religion in civil status documents, if this legislation leads to discrimination against persons holding non-religious beliefs or persons who have changed their religion or belief;

Education

   (k) As recognised by internationally accepted standards, the parents or legal guardians of a child have the liberty to ensure that their children receive a religious and moral education in conformity with their own convictions, and the child shall not be compelled to receive teaching on religion or belief against the wishes of his or her parents or legal guardians, the best interests of the child being the guiding principle; the right of parents to educate their children according to their religious or non-religious convictions includes their right to deny any undue interference by state or non-state actors in their education opposed to their religious or non-religious convictions; the Guidelines should stress these aspects of the right to freedom of religion or belief, and should also guarantee secularisation in public education, and EU delegations should take appropriate action if this principle is violated;

Family and social laws

   (l) The EU should pay particular attention to discrimination based on religion or belief in the family and social laws of third countries, especially but not exclusively within the context of the right to marriage and the right to child custody;

The right to conscientious objection

   (m) The Guidelines should include the right to conscientious objection to military service as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; the EU should call on states with a system of compulsory military service to allow for an alternative service of a non-combatant or civilian character, in the public interest and not of a punitive nature, and to refrain from punishing, including through prison sentences, conscientious objectors for failure to perform military service;

Asylum

   (n) The EU should encourage third countries to accept refugees persecuted on the basis of their religion or belief, and to provide them with asylum protection, especially in cases where refugees are threatened by death or violence. EU Member States should step up their efforts to accept refugees persecuted on the basis of their religion or belief;

Support for – and engagement with – civil society

   (o) Support for and engagement with a broad range of civil society organisations, including human rights organisations and religious and belief-based groups, while developing and implementing the Guidelines, will be of crucial importance for the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, and therefore the human rights focal points in the EU delegations should maintain regular contacts with these organisations in order to be able to identify as soon as possible problems arising in the area of freedom of religion or belief in their respective countries;

Monitoring and assessment

   (p) Proper and ongoing monitoring and assessment of the situation in the area of freedom of religion or belief in the world has to be ensured by the European External Action Service, under the responsibility of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and a section should continue to be dedicated to this issue in the EU's Annual report on Human Rights in the World, including recommendations for improvement; monitoring of the situation in the area of freedom of religion or belief should be one of the key issues among other human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU relations with third countries, especially in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy; this should be reflected in all agreements and in reviewing and reporting documents; the EU Special Representative for Human Rights should pay particular attention to questions relating to the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief in the course of all his or her activities and should have a visible role in promoting this freedom through the external relations of the EU; he or she should also liaise with the European Parliament and its relevant committees on areas of concern and progress achieved and engage with relevant non-governmental organisations;
   (q) A set of instruments for the monitoring, assessment and support of the EU Guidelines should be adopted. It should focus on operational tools in order to better reflect the priority areas of action spelled out in the Guidelines and should, inter alia:
   provide a detailed situation analysis checklist to track and monitor the situation as regards the right to freedom of religion or belief in the respective country in order to identify progress/setbacks;
   require EU Heads of Mission to report regularly on freedom of religion or belief issues, with a detailed assessment of the situation, as well as of the existence of violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief and repression against its defenders or other individuals, identifying particular cases of apparent violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief; these reports by the EU Heads of Mission should be standardised to the greatest extent possible so that they can be compared;
   emphasise concrete action in international fora, or in development cooperation activities which have been instrumental in protecting and promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief, including the successful handling of particular cases (individuals, groups, minorities, institutions) of discrimination or persecution ‘on the grounds of religion or convictions;
   recall that the support given to victims of discrimination or persecution based on their religion or convictions can be manifold, including inviting those victims to the EU institutions to give testimony on their situation;
This set of instruments (circulaire) should be prepared in consultation with stakeholders and be ready before the end of 2013;

Use of external financial instruments

   (r) The EU's external financial instruments should be used both as incentives and deterrents (for example, freezing funds) with regard to freedom of religion or belief in a particular country, as this forms an integral part of the assessment of the overall human rights situation in the country; in the event of a serious deterioration of the human rights situation, including that as regards freedom of religion or belief, the EU should apply the existing human rights clauses in EU external agreements with the country concerned; the use of human rights clauses in EU external agreements has to be binding and systematically integrated into all agreements of the EU with third countries;

EU action in multilateral fora

   (s) The EU should continue its initiatives in various multilateral fora in order to promote and protect the freedom of religion or belief; when appropriate, and upon request, the EU should assist third countries in drawing up legislation promoting and protecting freedom of religion or belief;

Evaluation

   (t) In accordance with Article 36 of the Treaty on the European Union, the European Parliament should be involved in the evaluation of the implementation of the Guidelines, which should be carried out no later than three years after the Guidelines have come into force; the evaluation should be based on an analysis of the EU response to concrete situations related to the violation of freedom of religion or belief in third countries; the European Parliament should be regularly informed of areas or developments of concern, as reported by the EU delegations; its relevant committees should receive detailed information;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this recommendation to the Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and, for information, to the Commission.

(1) General Comment adopted by the UN Human Rights Committee under Article 40, paragraph 4 of the International Covenant on civil and political rights CCPR/C/21/Rev.1/Add.4, 27 September 1993
(2) Council of the European Union 24.11.2009, 21.2.2011
(3) Council of the European Union 11855/2012
(4) Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0250.
(5) OJ L 200, 27.7.2012, p. 21.
(6) Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0504.
(7) Texts adopted, P7_TA(2010)0489, P7_TA(2012)0126, P7_TA(2012)0503.
(8) UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, Art. 1, par. 3, A/RES/36/55

India villagers kill two for 'witchcraft': police

14 June 2013 FOCUS News Agency

Raipur. A group of villagers in eastern India killed an elderly woman and her daughter-in-law after accusing the pair of practising witchcraft, police have said, AFP reported.

Police in the eastern state of Jharkhand said a group of mainly female assailants beat the pair to death, after earlier deciding that they were responsible, through their alleged witchcraft, for the recent deaths of several children from illness.

"A 70-year-old woman and her 42-year-old daughter-in-law were killed by a large number of village women, who accused the duo of practising witchcraft," district police chief Rakesh Bansal said on Thursday.

"We have arrested 19 women from Karonda Jor village for their involvement in the killing," Bansal told AFP.

The incident highlights the persistence of witchcraft and occult beliefs in some impoverished and tribal-dominated areas of India, leading to crimes primarily against women accused of taking part in black magic.

DECLARATION OF FORMATION

of the European Coordination Bureau of Free Thought

Following the Free Thought gathering in Strasburg on June 4th 2013, for the abrogation of the Alsace-Moselle Concordat a meeting was held to form the European Coordination Bureau of Free Thought. This common statement aims at ratifying and broadening this decision to all the associations willing to join in.

Two decisions have been made by mutual agreement by the participants  :


- To form this European Bureau and submit a ratification declaration
- To request an audience from the European Commission to protest, in the name of 55 associations in Europe, against the EU/OIC’s common statement which promotes the blasphemy offence.
* * *
The undersigned associations whether with or without any international membership decide to form together a European Coordination Bureau of Free Thought.

Our associations have a large scope of activities linked to Free Thought and atheism (fight for the separation of Churches and State, refusal of dogma, full emancipation of humanity, pacifism etc…)

This European Bureau is independent from any institutional, state or supranational structure.

It aims at uniting, in the frame of an informal structure, free thinkers and atheists in their common actions, at making necessary, useful and possible convergences easier in order to promote the democratic requirements of Free Thought.

Since it is not a tool of power there will be several spokesmen in order to show how diverse it is.

June 28, 2013: First Christian Bishop-Mafioso arrested by Italian Police

while attempting to transfer 26.000.000€ Cash in a hired Plane from Switzerland to Italy


by HANS ATROTT

Author of the book “Jesus’ Bluff – The Universal Scandal of the World” 

1. “Do not the resist the evil” (Mt 5:39) – the Christian Mafioso did not and the Mafia never did

He took the Christian “gospel” very seriously: “…do not resist the evil” (Mt 5:39, Young’s Literal Translation) but cant and deny it, if necessary, even for two millennia!

He attempted to transport 26 millions of Euros from Switzerland to Italy in cash by hired plane and hereby became arrested. 

The hiring of the plane he bribed by 500.000€. This time, the Italian authorities did not join the crime!  Indeed, he could not resist like his Mafia cannot do so!

Finally, the criminal and terrorist record the pope first time admitted on March 12, 2000[i] is due to this commandment.

Everything else is Christianly lying at any price (Nietzsche).

On June 28, 2013, a Catholic bishop-Mafioso from Salerno (South Italy) also charged as a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration in a suburb of Rome became arrested with two accomplices as part of an investigation into the Vatican bank by Italian authorities.

Some months ago, the Italian banks stopped all cash dispensers in the Vatican area on account of the Vatican’s criminal money laundry.  Since June 28, 2013 the Christian bishop-Mafioso has been residing in the Roman jailhouse “Queen of Heaven."

One of the accomplices was an Italian secret agent clueing that the state of Italy was accomplice of such crimes of the Christian Mafia, in former times.

The state of Italy did not to do what it did for centuries: to apply double standards, one to the citizens of Italy and one to the Christian Mafia.

This is mostly the case in Christianized countries. Italy’s fight against the Mafia now has reached the archetype of the Mafia, the Vatican.

The fact that the pope two days before the arrest again could come up with the Christians’ old scam: within the next five  minutes, the true gospel is going to come – is evidence that to a certain degree, the Italian state still in an accomplice of the Vatican Mafia.

2. The Peak of Christian Money Frauds in the last Decades

Twenty years ago, this would have been  an incredible occurrence! At that time, Christian Mafiosa “Mother Theresa” and the Californian Mafioso Charles Keating deprived many US-Americans of their pensions by embezzlements of pension funds. 

However, this fraud of money is not the worst crime, neither of this Mother Murderess nor of the Christian Mafia[ii].

The filched money went into prestigious constructions in Kenya (Africa) and not to the poor and sick of India, as perfidiously lied by the Mafiosi.

She did not receive “peace” in the jailhouse “Queen of Heaven” but got the Nobel Price for Peace…  In contrast with Germany, in Italy the Christian party (“Democrazia Christiana”) dominating the country and protecting those crimes for decades, in the meantime has become an irrelevant sect of some Mavericks. 

3. he Western Phonies “heroically” against Off-Shore Accounts and Switzerland while protecting the Vatican Mafia

Shall now all the people wanting to dodge taxes go to the Vatican? A new source of income for the top organized crime of the whole planet![iii]  Much fuss in Western media on  Off-Shore and Swiss bank accounts but resolute concealment about the money laundry in the Vatican.

Already in the 1990ties, the Vatican ranked before the Cayman Island and Luxemburg concerning money laundry.  

Each clergy has the right to keep a bank account in the Vatican and so to evade the tax regulations of his country.

4. Christian Organizations are  not non-Profit ones

Associations that can hide money are no non-profit organizations. If they, nevertheless, are, it is about (Christian) state criminality or (Christian) state terrorism.  

It is to assume that by the black money of the Vatican Mafia, many journalists become corrupted to play as influence agents for the Christians in the media.

Already, in the 1980ties, I got secret information that the Vatican pays German journalists to goad the German authorities into committing crimes one me, in favor of Christian Mafia.

In particular, the authorities in Asia (India, China, Korea, etc.) should investigate by what money Christian media are financed.  

Christian politicians in Europe and the whole American continent enable and protect the Christians’ Mafia black money and its money laundry.

In addition, the destruction of existing cultures – what the Christians now are perpetrating in Asia – as nothing to do with human rights and non-profit but the respective contrary.

5. What the Arrest clues about the Change in the Papacy

The reasons for the German pope’s resignation more and more become apparent.

The doctrinarian was not smart enough as to cognize what a Mafia he was preaching and heading.

The new pope – a descendant of the Christian murderers on the Native American cultures – apparently became elected because he can play at best the “innocent goof” allegedly knowing nothing and perpetrating nothing and lying the advocate of the poor…

Hans Atrott 06/20/2013

[i] See: The criminal record of the Christians as given by the pope on March 12, 2000. Sacred Heart University – Center For Christian-Jewish Understanding, Pope John Paul II asks for Forgiveness, (March 12, 2000), in the following quoted as  “The „Christians“’ criminal record of March 12, 2000”, electronically published:
http://replay.web.archive.org/20100531213945/http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/12654_pope_
john_paul_ii_asks_for_
forgiveness_march_12_2000_.cfm, last call: 01/23/2013, in the following quoted as “the cross criminals’ record disclosed on 03/12/2000 ”.

[ii] See: The cross criminals’ record disclosed on 03/12/2000

[iii] See: The cross criminals’ record disclosed on 03/12/2000

Homot naivat Kaliforniassa

Uskovaisten ilkeät edusmiehet heitetty pihalle Korkeimmasta Oikeudesta, kun röyhkesivät valittaa tuomioistuimille homojen naimisista

Keskiviikkona 26. kesäkuuta 2013 Yhdysvaltain Korkein Oikeus päätti, että homojen avioliitot eivät koske uskovaisia tyyppejä ja heidän järjestöjään, vaikka ne olivat valittamalla yrittäneet estää homoja avioitumasta Kaliforniassa.

Korkein Oikeus ikään kuin sanoi uskovaisille että he eivät saa kiusata homoja tuomalla tuommoisia ilkeitä ja asiattomia valituksia tuomioistuimiin.

Hovioikeuden päätös Anneli Auerin tapauksessa

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Tuleeko ihmisestä hyvä itsestään?

Helsingin Sanomat 24.6.2013 Jani Kaaro

Onko ihminen luonnostaan paha? Yksi vastaus siihen saatiin vuonna 1971, kun psykologi Philip Zimbardo järjesti kuuluisan Stanfordin vankilakokeen. Siinä lehti-ilmoituksella rekrytoidut vapaaehtoiset jaettiin vankeihin ja vanginvartijoihin. Tämän jälkeen heidät vietiin Stanfordin yliopiston kellariin, josta oli tehty mahdollisimman vankilamainen, ja vankilaelämää pyrittiin jäljittelemään mahdollisimman realistisesti.

Alunperin kaksiviikkoiseksi tarkoitettu vankilakoe oli pakko keskeyttää kuuden päivän kuluttua. Tapahtui nimittäin abughraibit, kun osa vartijoista löysi yhteyden sisäiseen julmuriinsa. Vankeja nöyryytettiin, kidutettiin psyykkisesti, ja heille määrättiin rangaistuksia triviaaleista rikkomuksista.

Vartijoiden ohjeistus oli pitää vankilassa kuria ja järjestystä. Tutkimus näytti osoittavan, että kun ihmiselle annetaan rajaton valta, hänen todellinen petomaisuutensa pääsee esiin. Siksi kaltaisemme laji tarvitsee järjestysvaltaa, mikä pitää petomaiset impulssimme kurissa.

Vuonna 2007 Western Kentuckyn yliopiston tutkijat keksivät kokeeseen uuden näkökulman. He laittoivat lehteen kaksi ilmoitusta, joissa haettiin vapaaehtoisia vankilakokeeseen. Ensimmäinen ilmoitus oli täsmälleen samanlainen, jolla oli haettu vapaaehtoisia alkuperäiseen Stanfordin vankilakokeeseen. Toinen ilmoitus oli muuten samanlainen, mutta siinä ei mainittu sanaa vankila.

Tulokset olivat paljonpuhuvia. Vankilakokeeseen hakeneissa oli piirteitä, joita ei ollut toiseen kokeeseen ilmoittautuneissa. He olivat aggressiivisempia, autoritaarisempia, itsekkäämpiä, vallanhaluisempia, narsistisempia, sosiaalisesti dominoivampia ja vähemmän myötätuntoisia.

Kertooko Standfordin vankilatutkimus ihmisen universaalista pahuudesta vai johtuvatko tulokset siitä, että mielleyhtymä vallankäyttöön houkutteli kokeeseen jo valmiiksi hieman kieroon kasvaneita?

On tietysti luonnollista, että me länsimaiset ihmiset tulkitsemme kaikenlaisten pahuuden ilmentymien nousevan suoraan ihmisen universaalista pahuudesta. Mutta voisiko tämä tulkinta olla näköharhaa, joka johtuu oman väkivaltaisen ja hierarkkisen kulttuurimme päähänpinttymistä?

Inuitien, eli eskimoiden, käsitys ihmisyyden perusolemuksesta on kovin toisenlainen kuin meillä. Heillä kaksi ihmisyyttä kuvaavaa peruskäsitettä ovat ihuma ja naklik.

Ihuma tarkoittaa ihmisyyttä: henkilö, jolla on ihumaa, on riittävän kypsä, ettei hän tunnemyrskyssäkään käyttäydy aggressiivisesti, vaan osoittaa toisia ihmisiä kohtaan hyvää tahtoa. Naklik puolestaan tarkoittaa ihmisessä olevaa hyvää: halua suojella lähimmäistä kylmältä, nälältä ja vaaroilta.

Eskimoiden näkemyksessä hyvyys liittyy läheisesti ihmisyyteen, sillä naklik on ihuman mitta. Mitä enemmän ihminen osoittaa toiminnassaan hyvyyttä, sitä kypsempi ihminen hän on.

Vanhemmat ovat tyytyväisiä, kun lapset ovat niin kypsiä, etteivät he vahingoita heille annettua lemmikkiä, vaan haluavat suojella sitä. Lapsen naklik on lisääntynyt, ja hän on kypsymässä täydemmäksi ihmiseksi.

Kun keskustelu Alppilan tapahtumista kävi kiivaimmillaan, HS:n nettikeskustelussa joku kirjoitti, että jos lasta ei kasvateta, hänestä tulee peto. Se oli voimakas kannanotto ihmisen sisäisen pahuuden puolesta ja kasvatuksen kyvystä hillitä tuota pahuutta.

Mutta löytyykö tälle käsitykselle todella katetta? Vai löydämmekö todisteita toisenlaisista ajatuksista?

Kuvaavan esimerkin antavat kaksi Amazonin intiaaniheimoa, Piaroat ja Shavantet.

Molemmat heimot elävät suunnilleen samankokoisissa ryhmissä, ovat väestörakenteeltaan suunnilleen samanlaisia ja saavat elantonsa jokseenkin samalla tavalla. Mutta sosiaalisesti ja mielenlaadultaan ne eivät voisi olla erilaisempia.

Piaroat ovat lempeitä, rauhantahtoisia ja tasa-arvoisia, kun taas shavantet ovat aggressiivisia ja sotaisia, ja naisille on varattu lähinnä esineen asema.

Kysymys kuuluu, miten nämä heimot siirtävät näin erilaisen mielenlaadun jälkeläisilleen?

Piaroat kasvattavat lapsiaan tavalla, jota antropologit kutsuvat joskus ei-kasvatukseksi. Toisin sanoen, lapsia ei kielletä eikä rangaista, ja jos he joskus tekevät jotakin, mitä vanhemmat eivät hyväksy, vanhemmat osoittavat sen lähinnä mulkaisemalla lasta tyytymättömästi. Piaroa-lasten elämä on siis lähellä sitä, mikä on omankin poikani unelma: voi kun saisi olla vaan.

Shavantet sen sijaan eristävät poikalapset vanhemmistaan vähintään viideksi vuodeksi. Tuona aikana vanhemmat miehet simputtavat heitä kuin armeijassa ikään, ja heidät pakotetaan kestävyystesteihin, tappelemaan ja valvomaan yöt läpeensä. Jos shavantepoika vastustaa äitiään tai lyö häntä, vanhemmat miehet kehuvat ja kannustavat häntä.

Mitä nämä erot teille kertovat? Minulle ne kertovat, että Piaroain rauhanomaisessa kulttuurissa hyvä näyttää tulevan itsestään, koska aikuiset eivät juuri puutu lasten kasvatukseen. Mutta jos lapsestaan haluaa aggressiivisen tyrannin, se pitää häneen pakottaa.

Lähteitä: Signe Howell ja Roy Willis: Societies at Peace, Routledge, 1989. (Piaroa, Shavante-esimerkki). Montague Ashley: Learning Non-Aggression, Oxford University Press, 1978. (Inuitien käsitys ihmisyydestä.)

Kirjoittaja on tiedetoimittaja ja tietokirjailija.

Jumalaton - lehti toivottaa


summer-solstice

hyvää kesäpäivän seisausta 2013.

-Signatory associations :

Kaksi naista surmattiin noitina Intiassa

14.6.2013 STT–FP

Raipur. Intian itäosassa ryhmä kyläläisiä on hakannut kuoliaaksi kaksi naista, joita he pitivät noitina. Surmatut olivat poliisin mukaan 70-vuotias nainen ja tämän 42-vuotias miniä.

Myös surmaajat olivat poliisin mukaan kylän naisia. He pitivät surmattuja vastuussa kylässä tapahtuneista lasten sairastumisista ja kuolemista. Yhteensä 19 naista on pidätetty teosta epäiltynä.

Tapaus sattui tiistaina Jharkhandin osavaltiossa noin 85 kilometriä pohjoiseen osavaltion pääkaupungista Ranchista.

Vuosi sitten alueella sattui samantyyppinen veriteko, kun noituuden harjoittamisesta syytetty mies ja hänen kaksi teini-ikäistä lastaan surmattiin. Noituuden pelko ja taikausko eivät ole harvinaisia Intian köyhimmissä ja syrjäisimmissä osissa.

Islamistit iskivät kouluun Nigeriassa

YLE

Seitsemän koululaista on kuollut Boko Haram -järjestön hyökkäyksessä Nigeriassa.
Ulkomaat

11 ihmistä on kuollut järjestö iskussa nigerialaiseen kouluun Damaturun kaupungissa.

Hyökkääjät iskivät koulun asuntola-alueelle sunnuntain ja maanantain välisenä yönä. Hyökkäyksessä kuoli armeijan mukaan seitsemän oppilasta, kaksi opettajaa ja kaksi Boko Haramin jäsentä.

Järjestön väitetään iskeneen myös armeijan tarkastusasemalle. Välikohtauksessa kerrotaan loukkaantuneen kolme sotilasta.

Hausankielinen Boko Haram tarkoittaa suomeksi "läntinen koulutus on synti". Järjestö on tehnyt aiemmin useita iskuja kouluihin. Boko Haramia pidetään suurena uhkana Nigerian vakaudelle.

Tunisia tuomitsi yläosattomat mielenosoittajat vankeuteen

YLE

Kaksi ranskalaista ja yksi saksalainen mielenosoittaja tuomittiin neljän kuukauden vankeuteen rinnat paljaana esiintymisestä Tunisian pääkaupungissa Tunisissa.

Kolme yläosattomana mieltään osoittanutta eurooppalaisnaista on tuomittu vankeuteen Tunisiassa. Naiset ovat radikaalifeministiryhmä Femenin jäseniä. Tunisialaisoikeus langetti heille neljän kuukauden vankeustuomion keskiviikkona.

Tuomion mukaan naisten yläosaton mielenosoitus oli "hyökkäys yleistä moraalia ja siveellisyyttä vastaan". Tuomionjulistuksen jälkeen Femeniä johtava Inna Shevtshenko vannoi, että järjestö aikoo jatkaa toimintaansa Tunisiassa.

- Tämä on poliittinen päätös, joka vahvistaa Tunisian diktatorisen luonteen, jonka mukaan on helpompaa laittaa tytöt vankilaan kuin tunnustaa, että naisilla on oikeus tehdä mitä haluaa omalla vartalollaan, Shevtshenko sanoi puhelimitse Pariisista.

Myös naisten ranskalainen lakimies sanoi, että kyseessä on erittäin raskas tuomio.

- Tämä on vakava hyökkäys ilmaisunvapautta vastaan, ei vain näiden tyttöjen vaan ilmaisunvapauden ylipäätään, Souheib Bahri sanoi.

Naisista kaksi on ranskalaisia ja yksi saksalainen. Heidät pidätettiin 29. toukokuuta pääkaupungin Tunisin oikeustalon edustalla, kun he osoittivat yläosattomana mieltään tukeakseen pidätettyä tunisialaisaktivistia Amina Sbouia, joka on myös Femenin jäsen.

Viisi vuotta sitten Ukrainassa syntyneellä Femen-liikkeellä on itsensä mukaan nykyään osastoja yli kymmenessä maassa ja aktiivijäseniä kolmisensataa.

Mihin suuntaan Helsingin Sanomat muuttui

Erkki Hartikainen 13.6.2013

Minun mielestäni Riikka Venäläisen tulo Helsingin Sanomain vastaavaksi päätoimittajaksi on muuttanut lehteä naistenlehden suuntaan. Kun muita muutoksia tapahtuu, tämä lehti aikoo kertoa niistä.

Amnesty huolestui Egyptin jumalanpilkkatuomioista

Kotimaa24.fi Simo Alastalo 12.06.2013

Ihmisoikeusjärjestö Amnesty International vaatii Egyptiä luopumaan uskonnonpilkkaa koskevista syytteistä useissa käsiteltävänä olevissa tapauksissa.

Järjestö otti asiaan kantaa tiistaina sen jälkeen, kun egyptiläinen opettaja oli tuomittu islamin ja profeetta Muhammadin loukkaamista luxorilaisessa tuomioistuimessa. Taustaltaan koptikristitty opettaja sai runsaat 10 000 euroa sakkoa luokkahuoneessa tapahtuneesta uskonnonpilkasta.

Amnestyn mukaan vastaavia tuomioita on langetettu viime aikoina lukuisia eri puolilla Egyptiä.

– Niin kutsuttua uskonnonloukkausta ei tulisi käyttää keinona polkea ihmisten oikeutta mielipiteen ja omantunnon vapauteen, kaikista meneillään olevista aiheeseen liittyvistä oikeusjutuista tulisi luopua ja jo langetetut tuomiot kumota,

sanoo Amnestyn Lähi-Idän ja Pohjois-Afrikan aluejohtaja Philip Luther.

Useat uskonnonpilkkaa koskevat syytökset ja tuomiot ovat kohdistuneet koptikristittyihin.

Laajempi englanninkielinen selostus on ylempänä tässä lehdessä.

Vapaa-ajattelijat

Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto hölmöilee ihmisoikeustoimikunnan suuntaan

Erkki Hartikainen 25.6.2013

Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto on lähettänyt YK:n ihmisoikeuskomitealle kriittisiä kommentteja Suomen kouluissa usein viralliseen koulutyöpäivään liitetystä uskonnonharjoituksesta, kuten koululaisjumalanpalveluksista ja uskonnollisista aamuhartauksista. Järjestöillä on ollut mahdollisuus tehdä kommentteja ennen Suomen valtion 6. määräaikaisraportin käsittelyä heinäkuussa Genevessä.

Genevessä ei toimi YK:n ihmisoikeuskomitea vaan YK:n ihmisoikeustoimikunta. Järjestöt eivät voi tehdä kanteluita toimikunnalle, vaan niitä voivat tehdä vain yksityiset kansalaiset, joiden pitää näyttää toteen, että heidän ihmisoikeuksiaan on loukattu.

Ennen kuin toimikunta ottaa kantelun käsiteltäväkseen, kaikki kotimaiset oikeusasteet on käytävä läpi. Tässä tapauksessa pitää olla korkeimman hallinto-oikeuden päätös. Mahdollisesti eduskunnan oikeusasiamiehen tai oikeuskanslerin päätös riittää.

Jos jokin laki on viallinen, myös sen perusteella voi valittaa. Suomessa mikään laki ei ole viallinen, vaan vikana on se, ettei lakeja noudateta.

En usko, että YK:n ihmisoikeustoimikunta ottaa Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton kantelua käsiteltäväkseen.

Jos ihmisoikeustoimikunta vastoin odotuksia ottaa asian käsiteltäväkseen, valtion on helppo vastata kanteluun. Suomen perustuslain  mukaan
11 §
Uskonnon ja omantunnon vapaus

Jokaisella on uskonnon ja omantunnon vapaus.

Uskonnon ja omantunnon vapauteen sisältyy oikeus tunnustaa ja harjoittaa uskontoa, oikeus ilmaista vakaumus ja oikeus kuulua tai olla kuulumatta uskonnolliseen yhdyskuntaan. Kukaan ei ole velvollinen osallistumaan omantuntonsa vastaisesti uskonnon harjoittamiseen.
Suomen valtio voi vedota perustuslain 11§:n viimeiseen lauseeseen ja todeta, että asia on Suomessa kunnossa.

Mainittakoon, että toimikunta on tapauksessa Erkki Hartikainen vastaan Suomen valtio käsitellyt myös tätä asiaa, ja asetuksia muutettiin niin, että niissä mainittiin sekä opettajien että oppilaiden oikeus olla osallistumatta koulujen uskonnon harjoitukseen.

Ensimmäinen vapautettu opettaja oli Erkki Hartikainen. Saman koulun oppilailla oli rehtorin antama todistus siitä, että he eivät tarvitse osallistua päivänavauksiin.

Kun asia tuli peräti perustuslakiin, se poistettiin tarpeettomana asetuksesta.

Pitäisiköhän Suomen eduskunnan säätää erikseen laki, jossa sanotaan, että Suomen perustuslakia on noudatettava?

Pääkaupunkiseudun ateistit julkaisi artikkelin Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton korruptiosta

Lukeaksesi artikkelin napauta tästä.

Venäjä muutti lakia: vankeustuomioita "uskonnonloukkaajille" ja "homopropagandaa" levittäville

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Uskonnollisia tunteita loukkaavat henkilöt saattavat joutua kolmen vuoden vankeuteen. Arvostelijoiden mukaan valtio syrjii ateisteja ja käyttää lakia toisinajattelijoiden vainoon.
Ulkomaat

Venäjä on tiistaina hyväksynyt lain, jonka mukaan uskonnollisia tunteita loukkaavat henkilöt voidaan tuomita jopa kolmen vuoden vankeuteen. Samoin vankilatuomio saattaa uuden lain mukaan kohdata heitä, jotka levittävät homoseksuaaleja tukevaa "propagandaa".

Uskonnollisia tunteita loukkaava lakimuutos nuijitiin sen jälkeen kun punkyhtye Pussy Riotin jäseniä oli tuomittu vankeuteen presidentti Vladimir Putinia ortodoksikirkossa viime vuonna. Lakiuudistus meni läpi parlamentin alahuoneessa äänin 308 - 2. Lain mukaan julkisista uskontoa loukkaavista teoista saattaa joutua vuoden vankeuteen, ja mikäli teon tekee uskonnollisissa paikoissa, tuomio saattaa olla kolme vuotta.

Arvostelijoiden mukaan valtio syrjii ateisteja ja pystyy myös käyttämään sitä toisinajattelijoiden vainoon.

- Tämä polku johtaa inkvisitioihin, sanoi Jabloko-puoluetta johtava Sergei Mitrohin viitaten keskiaikaisiin uskonnonvainoihin.
"Hallituksen turvattava perinteiset seksisuhteet"

Homoseksuaalista materiaalia alaikäisille levittävät henkilöt voidaan tuomita maksimissaan kolmen kuukauden vankeusrangaistukseen tai koviin sakkoihin. Laki kieltää muun muassa Pride-kulkueet ankarien sakkojen uhalla. Laki koskee myös ulkomaisia aktivisteja. Laki meni läpi ylivoimaisesti äänin 436 - 0.

Kiistellyn lain pelätään vaikeuttavan homoseksuaalien asemaa Venäjällä ja pahentavan homokammoa. Lain puolustajat ovat toista mieltä:

- Perinteiset seksuaaliset suhteet ovat miehen ja naisen välisiä suhteita, sanoi lakia kirjoittamassa mukana ollut kansanedustaja Jelena Mizulina.

- Nämä suhteet tarvitsevat hallituksen erityissuojelusta, hän jatkoi.

Molemmat lait vaativat vielä parlamentin ylähuoneen hyväksynnän sekä presidentti Putinin allekirjoituksen. Hyväksynnät ovat enää pelkkiä muodollisuuksia.

Kremlin ja Venäjän vaikutusvaltaisen ortodoksikirkon kannan mukaan länsimainen vapaus pilaa Venäjän nuoret.

Pussy Riot pyysi Yhdysvalloilta apua

Ilta-Sanomat 7.6.2013

Kaksi venäläisen Pussy Riot -ryhmän jäsentä vieraili Yhdysvalloissa perjantaina.

Kyseessä oli yllätysvierailu, jossa feministisen punk-yhtyeen jäsenet tapasivat muun muassa Valkoisen talon ja Yhdysvaltojen ulkoministeriön työntekijöitä.

Vierailulla he pyysivät Yhdysvaltoja auttamaan heidän vangittujen ystäviensä Nadezhda Tolonnikovan ja Maria Aljohinan vapauttamisessa. Aljohina ja Tolonnikova ovat olleet vangittuina viime elokuusta lähtien esitettyään presidentti Vladimir Putinia kritisoivan performanssin moskovalaisessa kirkossa.

Washingtonissa pidetyssä lehdistötilaisuudessa salanimillä esiintyneet aktivistit kertoivat pitävänsä kansainvälistä huomiota asialle erittäin tärkeänä. He kehottivat Yhdysvaltojen johtoa keskustelemaan aiheesta suoraan presidentti Putinin kanssa.

Ateistien kohtelua ennen

Olin aikoinaan Suomenlinnan rannikkotykistörykmentissä varusmiehenä. Jäin juhannukseksi saareen koska kotini oli Pohjois-Suomessa ja aioin lukea yliopiston pääsykokeisiin.

Olin ainoa alikessu ja muut olivat tykkimiehiä. Tuli iltahartauden aika ja ylivääpeli joka päivysti pakotti minut pitämään iltahartauden. Ilmoitin sille että olen ateisti enkä osaa hartautta pitää.

Ei auttanut selitykset ja niinpä pidin sen lyhyessä muodossa sanoen että "herra siunaa patterin yöunet aamen , veisataan virrestä jumala ompi linnamme"

Iltahartaus katkaistiin tähän ja minut vangittiin. Vietiin kasarmille putkaan pariksi tunniksi ja sitten kuulustelu. " Kuulunko terrotisteinhin, ehkä kommunisteihin" "varmaan kuulutte ja merkitsen raporttiin että terrorisoitte iltahartauden ja saatte siitä rangaistuksen, kyseessä on jumalan pilkka"

Koitin selittää, että en usko jumaliin enkä ole ollut uskontotunneilla koulussa mutta ei auttanut. Seuraavana arkipäivänä sitten patterin päällikkö otti puhutteluun ja aikoi laittaa tiedot kantakorttiini punaisella kynällä. Sanoi että tästä tulee siviilissä teille ongelmia.

Rangaistus oli 4 päivystystä. Todennäköisesti kantakortissani on merkintä "kommunisti". En kuulu mihinkään puolueeseen ja vähiten kommunisteihin. Paremminkin olisin jos pakko niin äärioikeistolainen. Kertausharjoituksiin ei ole koskaan kutsuttu. Tästäpä näkee mitä ne kristityt oikein ovat. Varmasti panisivat noitaroviot pystyyn, jos vallan saisivat.

kirjoitti Internetissä nimimerkki Ateisti

Ruotsin hautausmaavero

Kirkollisvero myös ateisteille

Ruotsin luterilaista hautausmaamonopolia vahvistaa se, että kaikki joutuvat verotuksen yhteydessä maksamaan Ruotsin kirkolle menevää hautausmaaveroa, vaikka heidän tuhkansa levitettäisiin taivaan tuuliin. Tavallinen ihminen maksaa tätä veroa eläessään keskimäärin 30.000 kruunua.

Ruotsin hautausmaaveroon on tulossa muutoksia

kertoo Kotimaa24.fi 3.6.2013.

Kaikille muille paitsi Tukholmassa ja Tranåsissa asuville tulee Ruotsissa samansuuruinen hautausmaksu, kertoo Kyrkans Tidning.

Eri seurakunnissa on ollut isoja eroja maksujen suuruuksissa. Uudistuksella maan hallitus pyrkii tasoittamaan erot. Ruotsin kirkko on vastustanut uudistusta ja toivonut kuntakohtaisia maksuja.

Hautausmaksujen samansuuruisuuteen siirrytään vuonna 2017.

Suomessa seurakunnat päättävät itse maksuista. Kirkkohallituksen maankäyttöpäällikön Harri Palon mukaan Suomessakin on pohdittu maksujen samansuuruisuutta. Tähän ei ole kuitenkaan menty.

- Meillä on erilaisia hautausmaita, olosuhteet ovat erilaiset. Maksut suhteutetaan kustannuksiin, se on oikeudenmukaisinta, Palo sanoo.

- Kirkkohallitus suosittaa tällä hetkellä, että seurakunnat perivät 20-25 prosenttia maksuina hautaustoimen bruttokustannuksista. Kun tähän päästään, maksut ovat suhteessa hautaustoimen kustannuksiin sekä myös olosuhteisiin ja palvelun laatuun, hän jatkaa.


Suvivirsi on laulettu rukous

PÄIVI RÄSÄNEN LASTEN KIMPUSSA ILMAN LUPAA VANHEMMILTA

paivi-rasanen

"Mitäs lasten hyväksikäyttöä se Päivi Räsänen nyt tässä oikein ajaa.

Kyllä lasten vanhempien lupa pitää olla uskonnollisten laulujen laulattamiseen, jos vanhemmat ei anna lupaa niin eihän se Päivi Räsänen saa ryhtyä hyväksikäyttämään sellaisia lapsia oman hihhuliutensa lauluihin.

Tässä sitä kyllä nyt näkyy miten kammottavat ovat Päivi Räsäsen perhearvot, noin sitä Päivi Räsänen ihan vanhempien luvatta lapsia panee laulamaan ja arvaanko oikein että Päivi Räsänen haluaa tehdä sen vaikka vanhempien tietämättä. Että sellaista perheiden hajottamista sitä Päivi Räsäseltä."

Kirkkoministeri Päivi Räsänen julkisti 31.5.2013 kannanottonsa

"Suvivirren laulattamiseen ei tarvita vanhempien lupaa"

Prometheuksen pj: 

"Koulu pidettävä katsomuksellisesti neutraalina"

ILTALEHTI.fi  Perjantai 31.5.2013 klo 13.45

Prometheuksen puheenjohtaja Kim Sjöström kummastelee Päivi Räsäsen puheita.


Helsingin Yliopiston Vapaa-ajattelijayhdistys Prometheuksen puheenjohtaja Kim Sjöström tyrmää sisäasiainministeri Päivi Räsäsen (kd) pyrkimyksen pakottaa uskonnottomia lapsia ja toisuskoisia laulettuihin rukouksiin. Räsänen ilmoitti aiemmin perjantaina lähettämässä tiedotteessaan olevansa huolissaan monien koulujen jätettyä Suvivirsi pois kevätjuhlasta ja pitävänsä hyllyttämisen perusteluna kerrottua syytä oppilaiden erilaisista uskonnollisista taustoista vääränä.

Sjöström kummastelee Räsäsen viime kesäkuussa perusopetusasetukseen lisäämää kohtaa, jossa peruskoulut velvoitettiin edistämään kristillisen perinteiden tuntemista ja ymmärtämistä. Räsäsen mukaan asetus koskee kaikkia oppilaita riippumatta uskontokunnasta.

-Tämä asetus jää kuitenkin ristiriitatilanteessa aina häviölle kun sitä vastoin korkein lakinormi, Suomen Perustuslaki, säätää, että ketään ei voida velvoittaa osallistumaan uskonnon harjoittamiseen, Sjöström huomauttaa.

-Vähintäänkin Päivi Räsänen on ymmärtänyt väärin sen mihin asetuksen voima enintään voi ulottua ja ymmärtänyt väärin sen, että osallistumiseen ei saa ketään pakottaa. Pakottamista on sekin, jos virsiä ja evankeliumeja järjestetään osana yhteistä ohjelmaa, johon kaikki laitetaan osallistumaan, hän jatkaa.

Jokaisen oppilaan omassa harkinnassa pitäisi Kim Sjöströmin mukaan olla, osallistuako koulun yhteisiin uskonnollisiin juhliin vai ei.

-Peruskoulu on pidettävä katsomuksellisesti neutraalina alueena, jossa kaikenlaisista uskonnollisista ja uskonnottomista taustoista tulevien lasten on yhtä hyvä olla.

Loppu suvivirsisimputtamiselle

Joidenkin kirjoituksista käy ilmi sosiologian opinnoista tuttu ilmiö: Kun jokin on ollut inhottavaa, pakkopulla, ja sen on itse jo kärsinyt, niin joihinkin ihmisiin tästä virittyy sellainen vaikutus että he haluavat kärsityttää saman myös myöhemmillä sukupolvilla.

Sellaisesta ilmiöstä syntyy muun muassa simputusta armeijassa, pennalismia kouluissa, ja valheellisen ylistäviä vertaiskuluttajamainoksia jonkin kurjan tuotteen markkinointiin.

Olisi kuitenkin asiallisempaa ja miellyttävämpää, jos tämä suvivirrellä simputtamisen kierre nyt vain katkaistaisiin kerralla.

Tämä vetoomus löytyi kokoomuslaisen kansanedustajan Sari Sarkomaan facebook-sivulta. Sari Sarkomaa ylistelee suorastaan pakkomielteenomaisesti suvivirttään.

Jos jenkeissä tunnettaisiin suvivirsi,

sen soittamista käytettäisiin valtionvihollisten kiduttamiseen merijalkaväentukikohdan vankilassa

- Suomessa sitä käytetään puolustuskyvyttömien koululaisten kiusaamiseen koulujuhlissa

René Malmström kirjoittaa:

Minusta kenenkään ei pitäisi joutua kuuntelemaan, saatikka sitten laulamaan ensimmäistäkään säkeistöä suvivirrestä. Se on kerta kaikkiaan hirveää tuubaa. Kaameaa sahaamista ja vinkumista. Aivan hirveää.

Jos merijalkaväki kuulisi siitä, sitä soitettaisiin Guantanamo Bayssä terroristien pehmittämiseksi heavy metalin sijaan.

Kun ajattelenkin sitä kappaletta alkaa nenästä valumaan verta. Jos joutuisin laulamaan sitä, olen varma että sisäelimeni nesteytyisivät.

Keskustelua suvivirrestä

Uskovaiset ovat ilkeitä ja itsekkäitä

Minusta on väärin, että jotkut uskonnon harjoittajat pääsevät estämään muita osallistumasta juhliin, jossa juhlitaan esim. ylioppilaslakin saamista. kyllä se on kaikille hieno hetki kun saa painaa päähänsä kolmen vuoden uurastuksen tuloksen.

Pitääkö silloin yhden oppilaan kyyhöttää yksinään jossain puoli pimeässä luokassa vain sen takia, että jotkut haluavat siirtää kunnian 12 vuoden työstä työstä jollekin virtuaaliolennolle laulamalla hänen kunniakseen.

Olen muuten inhonnut suvivirttä jo silloin kuin kuuluin vielä kirkkoon....

Nimimerkki Enää en kuulu.

Teekkarimuunnos suvivirrestä

Jo joutui kallis aika
ja juhla melkoinen
kauheesti joka paikkaa
kolottaa kankkunen
se muiston mieleen tuopi
illan eilisen
huominen lohdun suopi
jos jättää ryyppäyksen

Pappien todisteluvelvollisuus ja uskonnollinen vala

http://www.ateistit.fi/uutiset/uuti130616.html

Ei Ruotsin mallin mukaista uskonnonopetusta lukioon

Erkki Hartikainen 3.6.2013

Pro Lukio -yhdistys on hyväksynyt kannanoton lukiouudistukseen. Siihen sisältyy muun muassa uusi oppiaine, katsomustieto, johon integroitaisiin myös uskonnonopetus.

Jos sellainen toteutettaisiin, se merkitsisi kaiken lukion katsomusaineiden ja filosofian opetuksen muuttamista Ruotsin mallin mukaiseksi uskonnonopetukseksi. Tätä oppiainetta opettaisivat tietysti uskonnonopettajat.

Suomen ateistiyhdistys vastustaa Ruotsin mallin mukaista uskonnonopetusta sen kaikissa muodoissa, myös siinä muodossa, missä nykyinen Vapaa-ajattelijain liitto sitä esittää.

Olen ehdottanut, että lukioissa voitaisiin säilyttää yksi pakollinen filosofian kurssi, mutta yksi pakollinen oman uskonnon kurssi ja yksi pakollinen elämänkatsomustiedon kurssi voitaisiiin kokonaan poistaa.

En lähetä tätä nykyiselle opetusministerille, koska hän on uskonnon opettaja.

Papisto halusi Suomeen luterilaisen kuninkaan

Kotimaa24.fi Simo Alastalo   02.06.2013

suomen-kruunu

Suomen kruunu.

Hessen-Brabantin ruhtinassuvun päämies Moritz on kuollut. Frankfurt am Mainissa viime viikon torstaina menehtynyt Moritz olisi saattanut elää elämänsä pari tuhatta kilometriä pohjoisempana, mikäli ensimmäinen maailmansota olisi päättynyt Saksan voittoon. Moritzin isosisä oli Hessenin prinssi Fredrik Kaarle, josta kaavailtiin vuonna 1918 Suomen kuningasta.

Dosentti Vesa Vareksen mukaan suomalainen monarkismi henkilöityi "kuninkaanhakijaksi" kutsuttuun Lauri Ingmaniin, joka toimi syksyllä 1918 eduskunnan I varapuhemiehenä. Suomen valtiomuodon ratkettua myös pääministerinä ja myöhemmin luterilaisen kirkon arkkipiispana toiminut Ingman oli Vareksen mukaan reaalipoliitikko, jolle monarkismi ei ollut aatteellista.

Monarkismi oli Vareksen mukaan papiston suosiossa, koska papit olivat konservatiivisia. Kuningaskandidaattien joukossa esiintynyt Fredrik Wilhelm ei papeille kelvannut, koska hänen puolisonsa oli roomalaiskatolilainen. Fredrik Kaarlen tapauksessa tällaista ongelmaa ei ollut. Vareksen mukaan hän oli puolisoineen luterilainen.

– Papisto kannatti valtiomuodoksi monarkiaa, koska he edustivat säilyttävää, esivallalle uskollista ja punaisen vallan säikäyttämää voimaa. Papit olivat jo vanhastaan puoluetaustaltaan vanhasuomalaisia, Vares sanoo.

Piispat eivät hänen mukaansa tuoneet kantaansa esiin kovin näkyvästi, vaikka hekin olivat kuningasvallan kannalla.

– Oulun piispa Juho Koskimies oli monarkisti mutta hän ei pitänyt saksalaisista. Arkkipiispa Gustaf Johansson oli hänkin monarkisti. Maalaisliitossa oli joitakin pappishenkilöitä, jotka olivat tasavaltalaisia. Puoluekanta määritti aika pitkälle sen mitä asiasta ajateltiin.

Itsenäisyyden alkuvuosien maalaisliitto oli pienviljelijöiden puolue, joka vastusti sosialismia mutta teki eroa taantumuksellisena ja harvainvaltaisena pitämäänsä oikeistoon. Monarkismi ei maalaisliiton ajatteluun sopinut.

Puolueista kuningasmielisin oli Rkp, seuraavana tulivat vanhasuomalaiset. Nuorsuomalaisten tasavaltalainen enemmistö suli Vareksen mukaan 1918 kesän aikana ja syksyllä valtaosa nuorsuomalaisista oli kääntynyt monarkian kannalle.

Kuninkaan henkilöstä päästiin sopuun ja Lauri Ingman matkusti lokakuussa 1918 kertomaan vaalin tuloksesta Fredrik Kaarlelle. Marraskuuhun mennessä usko monarkian toteutumiseen Suomessa hiipui. Saksa oli hävinnyt I maailmasodan ja keisarikunta oli muuttunut tasavallaksi.

– Kun kuningasta valittiin, suomalaiset ajattelivat, että Saksa on selvinnyt neljä vuotta kahden rintaman sodasta ja voittanut Venäjän. Saksan uskottiin säilyttävän asemansa. Kun Saksa romahti, kuningassuuntauksessa ei ollut enää mitään mieltä. Suomen tueksi ei ollut enää tarjolla voimakasta suurvaltaa. Suomalainen monarkismi ei ollut niin aatteellista, että hankkeen kaatuminen olisi ollut suuri pettymys, tosin tasavaltalaiset käyttivät sitä aika pitkään propagandassaan, vaikka olivat täysin hyväksyneet saksalaissuuntauksen.

Kirkollisuutiset

Jätetään kirkko uskovaisille

Katri Mannonen kirjoittaa Kouvolan Sanomissa 30.6.2013:

Mitä tapahtuisi, jos kirkko julistautuisi uskovaisten yhteisöksi?

Siis porukaksi, joka etsisi Raamatusta ohjeita ja koettaisi elää niiden mukaan. Nyt tuntuu siltä, ettei kirkko tiedä, mitä sen pitäisi tehdä ja kenen oppien mukaan elää.

Varmaan kävisi niin, että moni suomalainen huomaisi olevansa väärässä seurassa ja eroaisi kirkosta. Mutta mitä siitä. Mitä kirkko edes tekee niillä sadoillatuhansilla jäsenillä, joita sana ei liikuta? Rahaa kirkolle tietysti tulisi vähemmän, mutta ei kai rahan pitäisi olla tässä pääasia.

Samalla toivottavasti tapahtuisi se, että valtio tekisi pesäeron kirkkoon ja nostaisi kaikki kansalaiset samalle viivalle. Siis antaisi kaikille virallisille pareille kaikki samat lailliset oikeudet ja velvollisuudet.

Kirkon yhteistyö kuntien kanssa =  kirkko ryhtyy loisimaan

Kirkon ja kuntien "yhteistyö" ei ole yhteistyötä vaan kirkon yrittämää loisimista. Parasiitti eli loinen imee kuiviin niin sanottua yhteistyökumppaniaan eli kupattavaa kuntaa.  "Yhteistyön" todellisena tarkoituksena on perusteettoman taloudellisen edun antaminen kirkolle.

Kun kunta ja kirkko (kirkon seurakunta) neuvottelevat, siis suhmuroivat, silloin usein molemmilla puolilla pöytää istuu kirkon edun ajaja.
Jääviys on heille yleensä tuntematon asia tai sellainen jota ovat haluttomia ottamaan huomioon.

Opetusministeri Krista Kiuru on jumaluusoppimista puuhastellut uskovainen

Nykyinen opetusministeri Krista Kiuru (sos.dem) on opinnoissaan keskeneräinen teologianopiskelija ja entinen uskonnonopettaja. Hän kuuluu luterilaiseen kirkkoon, kuten moni muukin uskoonhurahtanut.

Ministeri Kiurun teologitausta ja uskonnonopettajuus näkyy hänen tekemisisissään monin tavoin, sekä huonossa että hyvässä.

Erona siihen että jotkut pölvästit edelliset opetusministerit ovat intoilleet ihmisoikeusrikollisen uskontotiedon opetuksen käynnistämisellä,  opetusministeri Kiuru on ilmaissut haluavansa kehittää uskonnonopetusta, ja suorastaan korkeatasoiseksi.

Korkeatasoisuus on aivan mahdotonta. Kun oppiaine on roskaa, siitä ei saada korkeatasoista. Sillä ei yksinkertaisesti ole olemassa eikä voi olla korkeatasoista roskaa oppiaineissa. Tällaista asiaa demarien on aina ollut vaikea käsittää. Karkeatasoista roskaa voi olla, mutta sitä demari Kiuru ei liene tarkoittanut kehittämissuunnitelmillaan.

Uskonnonopetuksen parasta kehittämistä olisi lopettaa se kokonaan. Vaikka tilalle tulisi tyhjää koululaisten lukujärjestykseen, se olisi parempaa kuin yleisvahingollisena pidettävä uskonnonopetus.

Entinen uskonnon sijaisopettajatar Krista Kiuru, uskovainen Jutta Urpilaisen tottelevainen apuri, ei kuitenkaan liene valmis leikkaamaan poikki uskonnon tekohengitystä kouluissa. Nykyään demareille on tyypillistä että he eivät käsitä realiteetteja ja roikkuvat kiinni älyttömyyksissä. Uskonto on eräs hyvä esimerkki demarien haitallisista pinttymistä

Noituuden harjoittaminen yleistynyt luterilaisen papiston keskuudessa

Kappalainen, pastori Anita Venäläinen esittelee yksityiskohtaisesti harjoittamiaan juhannustaikoja.

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Myös uhrausrituaaleja nähdään.

Nykyään vain pieni osa lapsista kasvaa pimennossa - joten kirkon kohtalo on näköpiirissä

Kouvolan Sanomien verkkosivukeskustelussa 16.6.2013:

Onhan täysin selvää, ettei tuollainen pronssikautisissa kulttuureissa kehittynyt kuva maailmankaikkeuden synnystä ja toimintaperiaatteista  voi vakuuttaa tietokoneajan ihmisiä.

Kristinusko, kuten kaikki muutkin uskonnot, on niin tiedon ja järjenvastainen oppirakennelma, ettei siihen haksahda juuri kukaan joka siihen törmää vasta 15-16 vuotiaana.

Uskonto saa ihmisestä otteen melkein pelkästään varhaislapsuudesta alkaneen kasvatuksen kautta. Silloin uskonnosta on tullut ns. ensimmäinen tieto, joka on saatu istutettua lapsen mieleen, ennenkuin hän on ehtinyt kerätä elämänkokemusta ja tietopohjaa.

Silloin näitä jälkimmäisiä peilataan värittynein silmälasein ja moni fiksu ja menestynytkään, ei missään vaiheessa tule tajunneeksi, että häntä on indoktrinoitu lapsuudessa.

Nykyään vain pieni osa lapsista kasvaa niin pimennossa, että tuollainen "kauhuskenario" toteutuu ja siksi kirkon kohtalo on ihan selviö.

Miettikää mitä tapahtuu, kun ruvetaan puhumaan kirkon verotusoikeuden poistamisesta...

Suuri osa papistoon kuuluvista on nykyään käytännössä humanisteja vaikka pappislupauksensa mukaisesti joutuukin esittämään muuta.

nimimerkki Bestwisser

Suomen Humanistiliitto menetti valtion yleisavustuksensa 

Pääkaupunkiseudun ateistit kertoo:

Suomen Humanistiliitto menetti valtion yleisavustuksensa

Kirkon edustajat tietävät paljon teinien seksikaupasta, paljastaa kirkollinen oma media

Teinien seksikauppa on varsin piilossa oleva ilmiö. Siitä pystyvät tietämään vain harvat. Virallinen tieto ja faktat puuttuvat.

Kokemukset seksin ostamisesta teineiltä ja seksiä kauppaavista teineistä ovat tietoa.

Kirkollinen media paljastaa, että nuorten seksikauppa on tuttua kirkon nuorisotyön papeille ja nuorisotyöntekijöille.

Eräs perusteellisemmin teinien seksikauppaan paneutunut kirkon asiantuntija kertoo, ikään kuin kokemuksen äänellä: "Osa nuorista kokee, että he ovat tilanteen herroina ja hyväksikäyttävät aikuisia"
Nuoret "voivat ryhtyä myös seksuaaliseen kanssakäymiseen vastikkeita - vaatteita tai päihteitä - saadakseen."

Kun puhe tuli alaikäisten kauppaamasta seksistä, eräskin kirkon pervo edustaja kertoo: "Lapsilta ja nuorilta puuttuu luotettavia ja turvallisia aikuisia." Kirkon edustaja tarjoaakin itseään lapsille ja nuorille luotettavaksi ja turvalliseksi aikuiseksi. Huh huh.

Eräässä haastattelussa, kelvoton oikeusministeri Anna-Maja Henriksson lupasi ryhtyä selvittämään alaikäisten seksikauppaa lähitulevaisuudessa. On odotettavissa että Henrikssonille luontaisten pöljäilyjen takia asiat pahenevat kun Henriksson niihin sekaantuu. Kuten on moneen kertaan havaittu, kirkkoihminen Anna-Maja Henrikssonin on tyystin mahdotonta tehdä yhtään mitään järkevästi.

Petri Karisma on onnistunut tappamaan Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijoiden toiminnan:  vain kuihtuneet muodolliset kuoret jäljellä yhdistyksestä

Eräs Tampereen lähettyvillä nykyään asuva uskonnoton yksilö rohkeni kysyä vapaa-ajattelijain liiton keskusteluryhmässä, onko Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijoista enää elonmerkkejä.

Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijoihin kuuluva "aktiivi toimija" Jori Mäntysalo kirjoittikin vastaukseksi tunnustuksen, että eipä mitään ole jäljellä.

"Eipä tuo nyt paljon sellaista näytä tekevän, jota voisi sanoa nimenomaan paikallisen yhdistyksen toiminnaksi. Paikallinen tapahtuma on suunnitteilla pitkästä aikaa, mutta ei siitä nyt vielä ole mitään varmaa kerrottavaa."

Tämän sijasta Jori Mäntysalo ryhtyikin kuvailemaan sitten kokonaan toisen järjestön, Vakaumuksen Tasa-arvo ry:n toimintaa Tampereella. Vakaumusten Tasa-arvo ry ei siis ole vapaa-ajattelijayhdistys eikä edes organisatorisessa yhteydessä vapaa-ajattelijoihin. Senkään toiminnassa ei ole hurraamista: Vakaumusten Tasa-arvo ry:llä on toimintaa lähinnä vain paperilla.

Kuten lehtemme on jo vuosia tiedottanut ja ennustanut, Petri Karisma on siis puheenjohtajakaudellaan onnistunut tuhoamaan toiminnan Tampereen Vapaa--ajattelijat ry:stä ja jäljellä ovat vain hänen tyhjiin pusertamansa kupatut tyhjät kuoret. Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijat ry potee vakavaa ratkaisevien resurssien puutetta ja sitä että sen nykyinen muodollinen johto on tulppana kaiken toiminnan esteenä. Sillä tavoin Tampereen Vapaa-ajattelijat ry:n tilanne muistuttaa tyypillistä kukkosyhdistystä.

Asterixin sanoin:  Hulluja nuo kristityt

Parisuhteeseen rekisteröidyn homoparin siunaaminen lähetystyöhön on herättänyt monissa kristityissä reaktioita, jotka osoittavat Asterixia mukaillen, että hullujahan nuo kristityt. Nämä monet kristityt ovat riehaantuneet ja kuohahtaneet ihan normaalista, tavallisesta asiasta eli siitä että jotkut ovat seksuaalisesti viehättyneitä samasta sukupuolesta. Homoja on aina ollut ja on aina oleva. Ei se voi olla yllätys eikä järkytys kenellekään edes vähäsen tervettä järkeä omistavalle.

Tästä normaaliudesta huolimatta, omituisia kristittyjä reaktioita on nyt nähty. Joidenkin kristittyjen tärähtäneisyys on ilmeisen tunnettua, sillä vaikka moisia ennakkoluuloja ei olisi mitään järkeä hyvitellä eikä sen kummemmin "ymmärtää", silti useat merkittävätkin kirkolliset toimijat ovat nyt esitelleet ihan julkisestikin selittelyä miksi näitä hysteerisiä reaktioita tapahtui. Kirkollisen median päätoimittaja Mari Teinilä esimerkiksi kirjoittaa näistä hulluista kristityistä: 

”On ymmärrettävää, että [parisuhteensa rekisteröineen parin siunaaminen lähetystyöhön] kiihdytti lähetysväkeä. Onhan seksuaalinen suuntautuminen ja sen toteuttaminen monille kristityille edelleen keskeinen osa uskontulkintaa."
Teinilä siis jotenkin ymmärtää ja hyvitteleekin  näitä kaheleita, joilla on jokin "uskontulkinta". Hullutuksensa eli uskontulkintansa takia he sitten Teinilän mukaan KIIHTYIVÄT, ja mikä kummallisinta, tämä muka olisi ymmärrettävää. Mielestämme olisi paremmin paikallaan antaa näille rauhoittavia pillereitä kuin päinvastoin rohkaista heitä hullutuksissaan.

Joku toinen kirkkoihminen laukoo myös "ymmärtämystä": "että lähetystyön ja homoseksuaalisuuden yhteenkytkeminen saa aikaan suuria tunteita."

Kun minä olin lapsi, muistan että "tarvitaan ymmärtämistä", juuri sitä sanaa käyttäen, aikuiset puhuivat eräästä naapurustossa asuvasta mielisairaasta tämän selän takana, kun selittivät mielisairaan joitakin "vouhotuksia". Nyt tällä kertaa kristityistä hysteerikoista käytetyt ymmärtämisen sanakäänteet ovat mielestäni aivan samanlaisia.

Eihän ole normaalia tuollainen kristittyjen käytös, kiihtymisineen, hysteerisyyksineen, vouhotuksineen.

Riehuntaa pakkojäsenyyksiä vastaan

Monia kirkollisissa medioissa kirjoittelevia kristittyjä on alkanut jäytää, että he ovatkin yllätyksekseen Suomen Lähetysseuran jäseniä ainakin seurakuntiensa kautta. Älämölöötä pitävät kristityt tajusivat tämän juuri nyt, kun esiin oli noussut iso kinastelu homojen pääsystä Lähetysseuran työntekijöiksi.

Monet kristityt riehaantuivat vaatimaan että mitään kirkkojärjestöjen pakkojäsenyyksiä ei saa olla ja että he eivät halua olla minkään muun jäseniä kuin mihin ovat itse halunneet liittyä.

Olemme aivan järkyttyneitä.

Nämä kristityt ryhtyivät yhtäkkiä vaatimaan samaa kuin mitä Suomen Ateistiyhdistys ynnä muut ovat vaatineet jo vuosikymmeniä. Siis todella outoa käytöstä kristityiltä.

Nämä kristityt ryhtyivät vaatimaan sellasta mitä heidän kirkkonsa ei pidä ollenkaan suotavana ja jonka he ja heidän kirkkonsa on tähän saakka yrittänyt estää.

Ymmärsivätköhän nämä riehaantuneet kristityt että heidän uusi vaatimuksensa on täysin vastakkainen kansankirkon idean kanssa ja heidän kirkossaan suunnilleen kerettiläisyyttä.

Meidän ateistien onkin aihetta olla järkyttyneitä.

Tämä vaatimushan merkitsee loogisesti suoraan että näiden äänekkäiden kristittyjen mielestä on väärin liittää pieniä lapsia kirkon jäseniksi.

Alaikäiset lapset eivät itse käytännössä pääse irti Suomessa kirkon jäsenyydestä. Alaikäinen lapsi ei ole itse sinänsä liittynyt kirkkoon, mutta jos hän ei sen jäsen halua olla, silti hän ei pääse irti ennen kuin täyttää 18.

Sinänsä olisi hyvin tervetullutta kielto liittää pieniä lapsia kirkon jäseniksi. Voitaisiinko sellainen kielto nyt mielellään heti säätää laiksi Suomessa. Heti. Kiitos.

Meidän uskonnottomien mielestä on aivan riittävää että olemme jäseniä maallisessa yhteiskunnassa. Siihen jäsenyyteen ei mielestämme saa ympätä mitään kuulumisia uskonnollisiin perinteisiin.
Miksi emme saisi olla vain yhteiskunnan jäseniä, eikä samalla jonkin uskonnollisesti sävyttyneen perinteen pakkojäseniä.

Filosofia

Jumala ja Adolf Hitler Suomen filosofiaan vaikuttajina

Erkki Hartikainen 12.6.2013

Kun vanhoja kirjoja kiertää kirjastojen kierrätyshyllyillä ilmaiseksi, myös tällainen eläkeläinen on voinut tutustua ilmaiseksi suomalaisen filosofian menneisyyteen.

Tämä menneisyys vaikuttaa tällä hetkellä Suomessa hyvin voimaperäisesti, elämmehän syvän taantumuksen kautta.

Yhteiskunnalta palkkansa saavat ihmiset kirjoittavat mm. seuraavaa:

"Tästä kehityksestä huolimatta suomalaisen sivistyneistön keskuudessa maailmansotien välisenä aikana vallinnut saksalaismielinen ja saksalaista kulttuuria ihannoiva henki sai aikaan sen, että erityisesti Husserlin fenomenologia ja sen vanavedessä myös Heideggerin ajattelu herättivät nopeasti huomiota ja kiinnostusta.

Turussa filosofian professorina 1931–1958 toiminut J. E. Salomaa (1891–1960), joka opettajansa Arvi Grotenfeltin tavoin kuului uuskantilaisen ajattelun vaikutuspiiriin, toi ensimmäisten joukossa fenomenologian suomalaiseen tietoisuuteen: Filosofian historiansa II osassa (1936) hän käsittelee laveasti Husserlia ja mainitsee myös Heideggerin ”vielä keskeneräisen eksistentiaalifilosofian”, jota pitää Max Schelerin kehittämän ”fenomenologisen metafysiikan” siihenastisena huippukohtana (Salomaa 1936, 302–303).

Ensimmäisinä varsinaista fenomenologista opetusta antoivat Jyväskylän kasvatusopillisessa korkeakoulussa ja Helsingissä käytännöllisen filosofian professorina toiminut Erik Ahlman (1892–1952) sekä Salomaan viran Turussa perinyt Sven Krohn (1903–1999), jotka niin ikään olivat Grotenfeltin oppilaita.
Ahlman oli innoittunut erityisesti Schelerin arvofenomenologiasta, ja teosofiastakin kiinnostunut Krohn katsoi, että ”filosofit ovat harjoittaneet fenomenologiaa kaikkina aikoina” (Krohn 1990, 163) ja herätti pahennusta kutsumalla väitöskirjassaan Der logische Empirismus (1949) loogista empirismiä ohimenneeksi suuntaukseksi, joka oli vain Helsingin yliopistossa jäänyt elämään omalaatuisena ”provinsiaalisena ilmiönä” (Krohn 1949, 9–10)."

Professori Erik Ahlmanin vuonna 1943 julkaistussa kirjassa "Oikeudenmukaisuus ja sen suhde moraaliin" (WSOY) kirjoittaja onnistuu sovittamaan oikeudenmukaisuuden yhteen Adolf Hitlerin "Taisteluni" -kirjan ajatusten kanssa. Viimeksimainitun kirjan olen lukenut, mutta en sitä omista, mikä johtuu omituisesta kustannuspolitiikastamme.

Ahlman käyttää saksankielisiä lainauksia suomentamatta niitä. Satun osaamaan saksaa passiivisesti, niin että lainaukset eivät minua haittaa. Nykyään näkee opinnäytetöitä, joissa englanninkielisiä lainauksia ei ole vaivauduttu suomentamaan.

Turkulaisten filosofien vaikutus elämänkatsomustiedon ja filosofian opetuksen tilaan on ollut tuhoisa.

Erik Ahlmanin kaksi tyttärenpoikaa on Turussa filosofian professoreina. Heidän ajatteluaan en tunne. Heidän isänsä Kari Lagerspetzin kanssa olin monista asioista samaa mieltä.

Pitääkö ateistien keksiä pyörä yhä uudelleen ja uudelleen?

Erkki Hartikainen 16.6.2013

Vanhimmat tunnetut perustelut ateistisen elämäntavan hyödyllisyydestä ovat yli 2.500 vuotta vanhoja. Vanhimmat uskontojen vastaiset ajatukset ovat vähintään yhtä vanhoja.

Menetelmät, joilla ihmisten käsityksiin vaikutetaan, ovat vielä vanhempia. Uutta on oikeastaan vain Internet.

Kuten tunnettua, juutalaiset kielsivät uudet profeetat jo satoja vuosia ennen ajanlaskun alkua. Tätä perinnettä seurasi kristillinen katolinen kirkko, joka paitsi kielsi uudet profetiat myös surmasi uusien profeettojen kannattajat.

Islam julisti Muhammedin viimeiseksi profeetaksi ja on noudattanut kristinuskon esimerkkiä uusien profeettojen käsittelyssä.

Ateisteilla ei ole ollenkaan profetioita, joten heidän voidaan olettaa olevan heikkoja ja häviöllä. Juuri näin on ollut siitä lähtien, kun "yksijumalaiset" uskonnot nousivat valtaan eri puolilla maailmaa.

Ateisteilla on ollut noin sadan vuoden ajan järjestöjä, mutta ne ovat olleet varattomia tai helppoja vallata. Suomessa kuolemaisillaan oleva Humanistiliitto valtasi Vapaa-ajattelijain liiton, jolle oli kertynyt varoja edesmenneiden kommunistien jälkisäädöksistä. Nyt näitä rahoja ammenetaan humanisteille kuten Pääkaupungin ateistit on kertonut.

Britanniaan on perustettu ateistijärjestö, jonka ainoana tarkoituksena on ateismin edistäminen. Ihmisten hyvinvoinnin vuoksi tällaisia järjestöjä tarvittaisiin paljon lisää.

Valitettavasti maailmaa hallitsevat rikkaat, jotka eivät ole koskaan oikeasti tukeneet ateismia. Kaikkein merkillisintä on se, että jopa Kiinan rikkaat ovat alkaneet kääntyä amerikkalaisiin uskontoihin ajatellessaan, että heidän pitää olla samanlaisia kuin amerikkalaiset.

Käytännöllinen filosofia

Erkki Hartikainen 16.6.2013

Olen viime vuosisadalla sattumalla ostanut Helsingin kaupunginkirjaston pääkirjaston poistomyynnistä kasan Erik Ahlmanin kauan sitten kirjoittamia kirjoja. Niiden perusteella käytännöllisille filosofeille on ominaista, että he erehtyvät mm.
  1. päämäärien valinnassa ja
  2. keinojen valinnassa.

Filosofisen antropologian harha

Erkki Hartikainen 16.6.2013

Antropologiaa käsittelevät artikkelit eivät nykyään puhu mitään filosofisesta antropologiasta. Ne sanovat, että filosofinen antropologia on filosofian sisäinen koulukunta.

Suomalaisen filosofian Turun tauti on sisältänyt ja sisältänee edelleen filosofista antropologiaa. 

Laajemmin tarkasteltuna filosofinen antropologia on osa kristillistä ajattelua.

Biologinen antropologia on osoittanut virheellisiksi käytännöllisesti katsoen kaikki filosofisen antropologian väitteet. Filosofisesta antropologiasta on lisäksi mahdollista löytää suuri määrä ajatusvirheitä.

Englanninkielinen Wikipedia on luultavasti sensuurista johtuen kyvytön yhdistämään esimerkiksi antihumanismia ja posthumanismia puhumattakaan transhumanismista.

Mitä enemmän ihmisiä ja eläimiä on tutkittu, sitä paremmin on pystytty osoittamaan, että ihmisen ja muiden eläinten välinen raja on lähes olematon. Meissä Pohjolan ihmisissä on jopa aikaisemmin eläimenä pidetyn Neanderthalin ihmisen perintötekijöitä (joita ei ole afrikkalaisissa ihmisissä).

Ihmistä ja muita eläimiä eivät erota toisistaan esimerkiksi kieli, päättelykyky, kyky ennakoida tulevia tapahtumia jne. Sen sijaan ihmistä ja eräitä eläimiä erottaa se, että ihmisillä on huomattavasti huonompi muisti kuin noilla eläimillä.

Eräät ruotsalaiset ja suomenruotsalaiset ovat harrastaneet ja harrastavat edelleen filosofista antropologiaa. Tästä kerhosta erottuu erityisesti Åbo Akademi ja joukko siellä asustavia ihmisiä, mm. Suomessa filosofista antropologiaa harrastaneen Erik Ahlmanin tyttärenpoika Olli Lagerspetz.

thomas-aquinas

Thomas Aquinas, O.P. (1225 – 1274).

Historian merkittävin filosofinen antropologi on tietysti Tuomas Akvinolainen, jota edustaa koko katolinen kirkko Timo Soini mukaan lukien.

Tekniikan filosofiaa

Erkki Hartikainen 17.6.2013

Kun itse Ilkka Niiniluoto on kiittänyt Erik Ahlmania tekniikan filosofian käsittelystä, ja kun Timo Airaksinenkin on harrastanut tekniikan filosofiaa, rohkenemme osallistua tekniikan filosofiaan.

Erityisesti kahden sähkölampun korjaaminen on osoittanut sen, mitä suuntauksia aikamme teknisessä ajattelussa on vallalla.

Vertailukohtana olkoon itäsaksalainen vanha taskulammpu, joka toimii, sikäli kuin litteitä 4,5 voltin paristoja ja kierteillä varustettuja polttimoita on saatavana. Tämä metallinen sähkölamppu ei voi mennä rikki muuten kuin asfalttijyrän alla.

Aikaisemmin korjasin 12 voltin pienellä lyijyakulla toimivan taskulampun. Se ei mennyt rikki siitä syystä, että akku olisi lopahtanut, vaan siitä syystä, että akun ja polttimon välillä oleva piirilevy kärähti.

Korjaus merkitsi kärähtäneen piirilevyn poistamista ja virran ohjaamista suoraan akusta polttimoon katkaisijan kautta.

Nyt akkukin on lopahtanut, mutta ostin Clas Ohlsonilta uuden.

Toinen taskulamppu on suunniteltu helppoa käyttöä varten. Akun voi irroittaa ja laittaa suoraan pistorasiaan ladattavaksi.

Akut olivat kooltaan standardeja AA akkuja, mutta virta oli johdettu niistä ulos akkuihin kiinni juotetuilla metalliliuskoilla.

En onnistunut juottamaan noita liuskoja kiinni uusiin akkuihin, joten jouduin käyttämään liitoksissa kuparilankoja. Nyt pitää akkua takaisin laitettaessa katsoa, että ulos tulevat kuparilangat ovat oikeassa asennossa.

Vanha itäsaksalainen lamppu oli suunniteltu kestämään ikuisesti.

Lyijyakulla varustettu lamppu oli suunniteltu kestämään yhtä kauan kuin lyijyakku. Valitettavasti piirilevy kärähti sitä ennen.

Nikkeli-kadmium -akuilla varustettu lamppu oli suunniteltu kestämään yhtä kauan kuin akut.

Kumpikin lamppu olisi voitu suunnitella niin, että akut voi vaihtaa. Tämä ei olisi kuitenkaan ollut valmistajien kannalta taloudellista, sillä lamput olisivat kestäneet ikuisesti, ja kansantuote olisi siitä alentunut.

Pääkirjoitus

Uskonnon tai vakaumuksen vapauden edistäminen ja suojaaminen EU:ssa

Erkki Hartikainen 15.6.2013

Ylempänä tässä lehdessä on esitetty otsikkoa vastaava asiakirja englanniksi. Se tullaan varmaan joskus suomentamaan, ja vakaumus käännetään virheellisesti uskoksi. Kääntäjillä on kuitenkin uusi ongelma.

Asiakirjassa mainitaan monessa paikassa sana ateismi. Miten se käännetään? Kyllä siihen varmaan löytyy ratkaisu, kun meillä on maailman paras jumaluusopillinen tiedekunta.

Järjestöjen suhtautumisesta asiakirjaan voidaan tehdä seuraavia johtopäätöksiä:

  1. Humanistit puolustavat uskovaisia.
  2. Ateistit puolustavat ateisteja.
  3. Vapaa-ajattelijat eivät puolusta ketään.

Ihmisten mittaamisesta

Erkki Hartikainen 4.6.2013

Paljon toisteltu kulunut sanonta on, että ihminen on kaiken mitta.

Oikeampi sanonta olisi, että ihminen on huono mittaamaan

Erityisen huono ihminen on mittaamaan muita ihmisiä.

Kauan sitten kannatin ylioppilaskirjoitusten olemassaoloa. Ajattelin, että kun jopa paikallinen kokoomuspuolueen puolueosasto voi vaikuttaa lukiolaisen päästötodistukseen, ylioppilaskirjoitukset saattaisivat hieman oikaista näin syntyvää vinoumaa.

Kun toistakymmentä vuotta ylioppilaaksi tulon jälkeen ajauduin opettajan tehtäviin, jouduin toteamaan, että ylioppilastutkintolautakunta edustaa vähintään yhtä vahvaa vinoumaa kuin kokoomuksen paikallisosaston touhuaminen.

Olin sattumalta mukana kaikenlaisissa tapahtumissa kuten Myyräen koulusodassa. Viimeksi mainitun yhteydessä tapahtui sellaistakin, että koululla oli samanaikaisesti kaksi johtokuntaa. Toisen johtokunnan puheenjotaja kuoli, ja hautajaisissa oli päätettävä siitä, kumpi johtokunta on laillinen johtokunta laskemaan seppeleen.

Kompromissina johtokunnat laskivat seppeleen yhdessä.

Kun silloinen kouluhallitus oli vähän myöhemmin nimittänyt minut erään silloisen valtion oppikoulun matematiikan vanhemmaksi lehtoriksi, nimityksen esitellyt uskonnon ylitarkastaja Olavi Aula ei uskaltanut ilmoittaa itse asiasta koulun paikkakunnalle, vaan hän pyysi minua soittamaan asiasta koulun rehtorille.

Uuden viran kollegat kysyivät minulta sitä, pitäisikö oppilaita jättää luokalleen kuten naapuripaikkakunnan lukiossa, jotta ylioppilaskirjoitusten tulokset olisivat hyviä. Sanoin, että voidaan entisen käytännön mukaisesti päästää oppilaita yrittämään ylioppilaskirjoituksissa.

Jossain vaiheessa, kun eräs oppilas halusi todistuksen arvosanaa ylöspäin, rehtori oli hälyttänyt paikalle matematiikan ylitarkastajan. Rehtori ja ylitarkastaja kävelivät luokkaan kesken tunnin.

Tunnin loputtua arvosanan korotusvaatimus tuli esille. Vaikka sain ankaria moitteita "oppilasystävällisestä" arvostelusta, korotin ylitarkastajan läsnäollessa kyseisen oppilaan arvosanaa torjuakseni paikallisen kokoomuksen hyökkäyksen.

Myöhemmin sain oppilaan isältä myönteistä palautetta siitä, että olin lukiossa opettanut oppilaille todennäköisyyslaskentaa, vaikka todennäköisyyslaskennan ylioppilastehtävät olivat loppuneet jo siinä vaiheessa, kun todennäköisyyslaskentaa alettiin opettaa muissakin kuin Helsingin eliittikouluissa.

Melko paljoin myöhemmin lääninhallituksen virkailija piti koulun juhlasalissa puheen, jossa hän kiitti kouluamme siitä, että oppilaiden keskeytysprosentti oli alhainen. Hän painotti asiaa erityisesti matematiikan osalta, ja hän mainitsi, ettei yllä kuvattua arvosanan korustakaan olisi tarvinnut tehdä.

Työurallani olin melkein aina väärään aikaan väärässä paikassa. Esimerkiksi matematiikan opetussisältö oli milloin mitäkin, mutta ylioppilastutkintolautakunta laati tehtäviä ikään kuin mitään ei olisi muuttunut vuosikymmeniin. Sama käytäntö jatkuu yhä.

En ole koskaan pitänyt ns. opiskelusta, mutta onnistuin vaihtamaan matematiikan opettajan ammatin tietotekniikan opettajan ammattiin. Opiskelin tietojenkäsittelyä kokopäivätoimen ohella, ja kumma kyllä opinnot onnistuivat erinomaisesti.

Ryhdyin opettamaan tietotekniikkaa aikuisille. Valitettavasti olin taas väärässä paikassa väärään aikaan. Tietokoneet, ohjelmistot ja ohjelmointikielet muuttuivat niin, ettei vanha itse monistettu oppimateriaali pitänyt paikkaansa kuin ehkä puoli vuotta kerrallaan. Osaan edelleen ainakin passivisesti toistakymmentä tietokoneiden ohjelmointikieltä.

Tietokoneen ajokorttikoulutuksesta onnistuin pysymään erossa. Siinä vain noin puolet pääsi läpi ensimmäisellä yrityksellä, ja ymmärsin, että minun olisi käynyt huonosti, jos olisin ottanut sellaisia kursseja pidettäväkseni.

Kun toimin välillä neljä vuotta SAS-ohjelmoijana, osaisin vieläkin tehdä tilastollisia tutkimuksia siitä, miten kouluja olisi syytä arvioida. Tähän saakka tehdyillä tutkimuksilla ei liene kovin suurta merkitystä, koska nykyisessä tilanteessa ei voida mitata tärkeimpiä asiaan vaikuttavia muuttujia.

Vaikka niitä voitaisiin periaatteessa mitata, mistään ei löytyisi sellaiselle tutkimukselle rahoittajaa. Jos rahoittaja löytyisikin, voisi käydä niin, että tulosten julkistaminen kiellettäisiin. Viimeksi mainittuihin tapauksiin olen törmännyt aivan oikeassa elämässä.

Veikko Vennamo suosi sanontaa "pelin politiikka", ja hän oli juuri sellaisen politiikan menestyneimpiä harjoittajia. Timo Soini on ollut oppi-isäänsä menestyksekkäämpi poliittinen pelaaja.

wiwnin-kongressi

"Pelin politiikka" on ollut minun elämäni ajan pääasiassa koko ajan samanlaista, eikä mikään viittaa siihen, että jotain olennaista olisi muuttumassa. Dosentti Pertti Lindforsia lainatakseni elämme kaikkein taantumuksellisinta aikaa Wienin kongresin (1814–1815) jälkeen.

Valtioneuvoston olisi syytä koota pikaisesti komitea pohtimaan Wienin konressin 200-vuotisjuhlaa.

Raamattuunkin jotkut uskovat

"Mitä tulee häiriintyneisiin yksilöihin, niin häiriintynyt on aina häiriintynyt ja voi häiriintyneessä mielessään keksiä häiriintyneitä tarinoitaan ja uskoa itse niihin."

Ulvilan murhasyyttäjien haastehakemus todistelun ja todistusteemojen osalta

Todistelulistan erikoiset todistusteemat + kommentointi NB

http://niinaberg.com/2013/06/16/haastehakemus-todistelu-ja-todistusteemat/

Kuukauden mietelause

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Kuukauden kysymys

Mitä tapahtuu, kun kaksi tyhjiötä törmää toisiinsa?

Miksi jääpaloissa on paljon bakteereja?

Jääpalat valmistetaan nykyään Kiinassa.

Prosenttilasku suomeksi

Latinan kielinen sana "prosentti" on korvattu suomen kielen sanalla "sadasosa".

Kuinka paljon 12,5 sadasosaa 3.135 €:sta?

(12,5/100) x 3.135= 391,875 €.

Mistä rahasummasta 26 sadasosaa on 377 €?

(100/26) x 377= 1450 €:sta

Kuinka monta sadaosaa 64 on 840:sta?

(64/840) x 100 = 7,619... sadasosaa.

Jos kännykkä ostetaan 320:llä €:lla ja se myydään 25 sadasosan tappiolla. Paljonko saat myydessäsi kännykän?

320 - (25/100) x 320 = 240 €.

Kännykkä myytiin 20 sadaosan tappiolla. Kuinka paljon se maksoi, kun ostohinta oli 90 €?

90 - (20/ 100) x 90 = 72 €.

Palkkoja alennettiin 9 sadasosaa. Paljonko palkka oli alennuksen jälkeen? Palkka ennen alennusta oli 25 € tunnnilta.

25 - (9/100) x 25 = 22,75 €.

Kuinka monta sadasosaa suurempi on 500 € kuin 400 €?

100 x (500/400) - 100 = 25 sadasosaa.

Kuinka monta sadasosaa pienempi on 77 € kuin 115 €?
((115-77) / 115) x 100 = 33,04... sadasosaa.

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Ateismin määritelmä

George H. Smithin ontologinen ateismin määritelmä:

Ateismi on väite: jumalaa tai jumalia ei ole olemassa

Tässä määritelmässä on määritelty olemassaoloa koskeva eli ontologinen käsitys. Jumala joko on olemassa tai ei ole olemassa. Mitään olemassaolon ja olemattomuuden välimuotoa ei ole.

Teismi on väite: jumala tai jumalia on olemassa

Deismi (jumala on olemassa, mutta ei puutu maailmanmenoon) ja panteismi (jumala on sama kuin maailmankaikkeus) ovat tämän mukaan teismiä

Inhimillinen tieto siitä, mitä on olemassa, on vajavaista. Joku saattaa pitää varmana, että jumalaa tai jumalia ei ole olemassa. Joku toinen saattaa pitää varmana, että jumala tai jumalia on olemassa. Joku kolmas voi olla epävarma siitä, onko jumalaa tai jumalia olemassa vai ei.

Ateistin määrittelemä

Ateisti on henkilö, jonka mielestä ateismi on tosi.

Agnostikon eli jumalaongelmaisen määritelmä

Agnostikko eli jumalaongelmainen on henkilö, joka ei mielestään tiedä, onko ateismi tosi vai onko teismi tosi.

Uskonnon määritelmä

Uskonto on järjestäytynyttä teismiä.

Ne käsitykset joissa ei ole jumalia, eivät ole tämän määritelmän mukaan uskontoja.

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et1 et2 et3 et4 et5 et6 et7 et8 et9

Opetussuunnitelmat ja lisätietoa

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Grunderna för läroplanen för den grundläggande utbildningen
Opetusvihjeitä: 1-5, 5-9
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Kevään 2014 ylioppilaskirjoituksiin valmistautuminen

Sekä elämänkatsomustiedon että filosofian ylioppilaskirjoituksiin kannattaa valmentautua lukemalla tämän oppiaineiston sanastoa sanasto.

Elämänkatsomustiedon kokeeseen lue myös ainakin kerran viikossa Elämänkatsomustiedon (opetushallituksen) opetussuunnitelmaohjeen sanat aakkosjärjestyksessä.

Filosofian kokeeseen lue ainakin kerran viikossa Filosofian(opetushallituksen) opetussuunnitelmaohjeen sanat aakkosjärjestyksessä.

Elämänkatsomustieto ainereaalissa

Elämänkatsomustieto on eräs lukion reaaliaineista. Elämänkatsomustiedon ainereaalissa kokelas valitsee vastattavakseen kuusi kysymystä kymmenestä vaihtoehdosta.

Reaaliaineiden sijoittuminen koepäivien kesken: Samana koepäivänä järjestetään evankelis-luterilaisen uskonnon, ortodoksisen uskonnon, elämänkatsomustiedon, yhteiskuntaopin, kemian, maantieteen ja terveystiedon kokeet.

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