Philosophy

Monday, 10 August 2015 14:00 R. L. Francis Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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The memorandum submitted to the Secretary General of UN, requested that Indian church stop harassing Dalits and other deprived sections of society based on caste with immediate effect, and if it fails to do so, the observer status of the Vatican should be suspended.

Few days back, Dalit Christian’s delegation had met with the representative of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and submitted a memorandum regarding alleged exploitation and torture by the Catholic Church and Vatican. The memorandum highlighted continuous discrimination of CBCI (Catholic Bishop Conference of India) on the Dalit Christians. The memorandum also pointed out that the Church is not ready to give Dalit Christians their due share in the church structure.

Indian Church has not even imagined that it will be exposed before the International organization so blatantly and that too by the people it claims to be a saviour. The Church has always portrayed itself as a protector of the rights of Dalits and the other deprived sections of the society in India.

It is worth to mention here that Dalit Christians constitute 70% of the total Christian population in India but they have no share in the Church-run institutions. The memorandum submitted to the Secretary General of UN, requested that Indian church stop harassing Dalits and other deprived sections of society based on caste with immediate effect, and if it fails to do so, the observer status of the Vatican should be suspended.

 
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 14:49 James Clayton Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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Canada is described as a democratic constitutional monarchy with a sovereign as head of state and a prime minister as head of government. The state, embodied in the sovereign and often referred to simply as “the Crown”, claims ownership of all the land within its geopolitical boundaries and claims sovereignty over the population within its territory. The capital and shares of the Bank of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint are also held on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada.

National currency is used to maintain political and economic power. It is not a benign medium of exchange or a reliable store of value. It is systemically scarce, which keeps us in a collective state of perpetual debt, restrains legitimate economic activity, and leads to a shortage of paid employment and involuntary unemployment, even though there are productive activities that can be done and people who are willing and able to produce and exchange goods and services.

Every dollar is “borrowed” or credited into existence as interest-bearing debt, and the interest has to be obtained from money that is also created as interest-bearing debt. Total aggregate debt, including principal and interest, is always more than the total amount of money in circulation.

Money, in the form of credit and “loans”, is created by the financial institutions in collusion with the state and its government, central bank and mint. Government obtains credit from the financial institutions and then passes its debt to taxpayers, but taxes must also be paid with money that is created as interest-bearing debt. The central bank manipulates the price of credit by influencing interest rates, which influences decisions to “borrow” and spend and affects demand for goods and services. Legal tender notes and coins, which represent only a very small portion of the money circulating in the economy at any one time, are distributed to the financial institutions as tangible tokens of credit.

 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:09 Michael R. Shannon Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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Any television show that simultaneously confounds the pagans and the heretics can’t be all bad. But there’s a basic flaw in the History Channel’s The Bible that makes it hard for the cultural Christian or the spiritual seeker to absorb the message.

This is not to say the program isn’t popular. In fact, it’s wildly popular, but I fear we are preaching to the choir. The opening episode of The Bible attracted 13.1 million viewers, the largest cable audience of the year, and topped both editions of “American Idol” the same week.

Episode two had 10.8 million viewers, more than any other program in the same time period and it finished 11th overall for the week. The third episode gained viewers, inching up to 10.9 million, and was number nine for the week.

This is even more startling when you recall, as Daniel Wattenberg of the Washington Times pointed out, that The Bible “lacked the ready–made, large scale promotional platform and popular lead–in that can drive strong ratings for a new show on a major broadcast network…” It also lacked the nudity, bad language, obscene cartoon characters and titillation that excites the prurient interest of many cable TV viewers — although it does contain some off¬–screen fornication, adultery and murder.

 
Friday, 26 April 2013 15:21 Basil Venitis Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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Quebec declares that allowing doctors to assist a patient in dying does not violate the Canadian Criminal Code, which prohibits assisted suicide. The Quebec legislature has the constitutional power to organize the required legal framework for end-of-life care within the health-care system.

Life is a game with winners and losers. Any loser must have the right to get out of the game, to cut his losses short. Any person must have the right to die peacefully, and under circumstances of his own choosing.

The State should not stop his exit to the other side. His body belongs to himself, not to the State. A poll on http://venitism.blogspot.com shows 87% of people are in favor of euthanasia.

 
Monday, 28 January 2013 19:40 Basil Venitis Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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We have a moral obligation to liberate all Muslim women from the yoke of Sharia. Canadian Muslim author Irshad Manji recently visited Malaysia to promote her new book, Allah, Liberty and Love.

But Muslims in Malaysia didn't feel the love and were not amused, angrily demanding that her book be banned and that she never be allowed to set foot in Malaysia again!

Apparently the pseudomild, pseudomodern and pseudomoderate Muslims of Malaysia didn't get the memo. Or the fact that crowds of Malaysian Muslims haven't openly called for her death yet should be considered moderation!

 
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:00 Michal Schwartz Editorial Dept - Philosophy
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The past year has witnessed two cases of discrimination in the religious schools: ultraorthodox Jews of West European descent (Ashkenazis) discriminating against ultraorthodox Jews of darker hues. In August 2009, private religious schools in Petach Tikva refused to admit Ethiopian Jews. In response, the Education Ministry threatened to withdraw financial support for these schools and even to shut them down. In this way it compelled them to admit a hundred pupils.

The second, more recent instance occurred at the ultraorthodox West Bank settlement of Immanuel, where a Hasidic group known as the Slonim is dominant. In September 2008 the Slonim separated their daughters from the Mizrahi girls in the settlement's school. (Mizrahis, also known as Sephardim, derive from North Africa and Arab lands.) 

The Slonim built a plaster wall the length of the school and put a fence through its yard, covering it with canvas so that their daughters wouldn't see the Mizrahis. They changed the hours of the breaks and forbade association between the groups.

 

 

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