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THE AGE OF REASON?

The Renaissance in Modern India is wanting.

~ author http://www.thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com

Raja Ram Mohan Roy endeavored to create from t...

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy endeavored to create from the ancient Upanishadic texts a vision of rationalist modern India.

                                                                                                        

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The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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“The ultimate test of a…   https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/
What Grace Has Become  https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Dietrich-Bonhoeffer/e/B001H6WDKQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

The High Calling to Preach and Teach the Word Of God: A PCUSA Pastor’s Appreciation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Affirmation of Preaching (christisvictorious.typepad.com)

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (mtsweat.com)

Abortion ‘holocaust’? If the shoe fits … (wnd.com)

“Who am I?” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (newgottland.com)

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Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

Dabbling With My Dilettante Mind (mtsweat.com)

Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

 

The Book List – Part 1

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Government Sanctioned Killings Around the World – Capital Punishment

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BY THE NUMBERS

THE KING CAN DO NO WRONG…at least that is what they want us to believe in. I for some reason was under the impression that Thomas Hobbes theory titled “Divine Rights of Kings” was ancient history. However, this is not the first time I have been proven wrong.

Well here is a synopsis of Amnesty International’s report titled “Death Sentences and Executions 2011”.

  • Total of at least twenty (20) countries executed people.
  • The youngest country in the world South Sudan too carried out capital punishment.
  • In the year 2011 at least 676 executions were carried out worldwide. In the year 2010 at least 527 executions were carried out worldwide.
  • The 2011 figure jumped significantly due to “increase in judicial killings in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia”.

(A)   Capital Punishment in USA:

  • Amnesty Int’l is at odds with Washington D.C. for being “in its dubiously bad place on this fundamental human rights issue”.
  • The USA is the only country in the western hemisphere or the among the G8 countries (USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia & Japan) to kill its prisoners.
  • USA has the 5th highest number of executions in the world.
  • Number #1 spot goes to China
  • Number #2 spot goes to Iran
  • Number #3 spot goes to Saudi Arabia
  • Number #4 spot goes to Iraq
  1. The State of Texas, located in southern United States, carried out the largest number of executions in 2010.
  2. Texas executed thirteen (13) human beings in 2010
  3. If Texas was a country it would take the 7th spot in the world. Ranking between North Korea and Somalia.
(B)   Capital Punishment in Mainland* China: 
*The death penalty is not practiced in Hong Kong or Macau, which are separate jurisdictions under the “one country, two systems” principle.
  1.  The minimum age one can be sentenced to death is eighteen (18).
  2. Fifty-five (55) crimes carry the death penalty, ranging from murder, treason, drug trafficking, aggravated murder, armed rebellion to bribery and smuggling.
  3. Crimes such as theft of cultural relics, killing of Pandas, no longer carries the death penalty
  4. Thirteen (13) other crimes, including VAT fraud, smuggling relics and credit fraud, were only recently removed from the list of capital offences.
  5.  Many human rights monitors, NGOs & watchdog groups strongly believe that actual numbers are astronomically higher than the official records on executions.
  6. According to Dui Hua Foundation, China executed some 5,000 people in the year 2009. This number is higher than all the executions carried out around the globe.  The exact figures may never be known, since the Chinese government regards them as a “state secret”.

Organ Transplants & Capital Punishment in China:  

  • In 2009 Beijing publicly admitted that two-thirds of all organs used in transplants in China are taken from executed prisoner.
  • For decades a underground economy flourished at the expense of the dead and young conscripts in the armed forces.
  • Under the prevailing law, organs can only be taken from condemned prisoners if they give written consent, however the law is rarely followed.
  • Today, the Red Cross Society of China educates the public and encourage them to offer their organs for donation. The Chinese Red Cross has created a vast database of potential donors & financial assistance is given to under privilege families of such volunteers.

Author’s thoughts: When a government puts an individual(s) to death, it is nothing more than premeditated murder. Here, the state is the (bad) actor who commits a crime which wrongfully causes the death of another human being. Wrongfully because, life belongs to the liver [no pun intended], the intended recipient and NOT to Kings, Queens, nobility or governments. The human institutions do not have a right to take life away from the “condemned” in the name of justice or retribution.

The state actor rationally considers the timing, method and means of the execution so as to bring certainty that death occurs and the “condemned” will die when such methods or means of execution are applied on his humanly body.

In my humble opinion violence begets violence. Life is too precious and government’s have no right to take it away. Two wrongs do not make a right. The alternative is life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Live & Let Live. ~ Please, spread the word. Thanks.

Voltaire – Freedom of Expression is the right of every man, woman & child.

Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, commonly known by his pen name Voltaire was a satirical polemicist, who criticized many of the intolerant, religious dogmas that were practiced in France and on the European continent.

He was a strong intellectual challenger to the French government, laws, & its officials. For his free thinking and outspokenness he was jailed several times and even sent into exile. His books and commentaries on civil liberties, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and most important of all his arguments on separation of church and state helped shape the world in many respects.

Voltaire’s arguments, principles and maxims are embodied in the written Constitutions of many free democratic countries.

Voltaire is credited with the following quotes – 

(a)  “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”.

(b)  “I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write”

Author’s thoughts: Exercise your fundamental right by joining me in spreading the word. Please, share the blog with your family, friends, acquaintances, and everyone in your community. Keep the communication flowing and help transform the world for the betterment & prosperity of humankind ~ Thank you.

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Dangers of a Theocratic Society

Religious Fundamentalism – Islamist in the UK & Europe

Please, share the link posted at the bottom of this article with your family & friends.

Hello Friends & critics

Please, take 5 minutes from your daily schedule to watch the video by clicking on the link below. Here you see Muslims calling for Sharia law in the UK after the wife of a bomber was arrested & taken in for questioning.

I have the following questions to ask?

1.   Is the UK not a democracy?

2.  Do you believe Islam is a tolerant religion?

3.  If it is then we must consider the rule of law in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and many other Muslim countries, would you not agree?

4.  Why should a democracies such as the UK, USA, France, India, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Norway & others, follow the Sharia law? These are open societies, run by their democratically elected governments, should they NOT be free to respect and follow their respective Constitutional laws?

5.  Why should democracies around the world follow or give in to the demands of those who wish to establish Sharia law?

Author’s thoughts:

Many of us who have experienced religious / communal hatred & violence first hand will tell you that a society built on religious doctrines is one of the most dangerous society / country in the world. Perhaps you may disagree?

I for sure can say this with a clean heart & rational mind, any individual who espouses, preaches, sympathizes, supports or follows this madness, whether this “madness” is based on the teachings of Prophets Mohammed, Ali, Jesus Christ, Shiva, Vishnu, Zarathushtra or any other is just a BARBARIAN. He/ she has failed miserably to comprehend God’s or Nature’s greatest religion…”HUMANITY”.

Hope you all will join me in spreading the good word by watching the video and sharing the same with your family, friends, co-workers & acquaintances. Stay strong, stay united, stay vigilant. ~ Thank you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKEd6rzbeg (This video has been removed by the owner. She is a young lady who witnessed first hand the take over of her hometown by right wing Islamic fundamentalist. This was one of the most eye opening videos & it saddens me to see that it is no longer available to the world).

However, I have uploaded links to other videos showing how radical Islamist are committing acts of violence, threats, hate speech, murder & rape of others in European countries). Please, click on the links below or cut and paste them in your web browser. ~ Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gzyeo1Z1I4&feature=related

I DO NOT OWN THESE VIDEOS.  THEY ARE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. 

THE SOLE & EXCLUSIVE PURPOSE IS TO EDUCATE EVERYONE ON THE DANGERS OF RADICAL / FUNDAMENTALIST IDEOLOGY.  I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT A CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE AND TOLERANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT IN A CIVILIZED SOCIETY.  

I DO NOT SUPPORT ACTS OF VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM TOWARDS OTHERS.  

I NEITHER SUPPORT NOR BELIEVE IN ASSISTING, SUPPORTING OR INCITING HATE OR VIOLENCE, INTIMIDATION, HARASSMENT OF MUSLIMS OR ANYONE ELSE, WHO FOLLOWS A DIFFERENT RELIGION OR HAS A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS POLITICS, RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, OR ANYTHING ELSE UNDER THE CLEAR BLUE SKY. 

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