Turkey: A dictatorship by any other name

I could not resist to reblog this nice overview by the musician Philip Lee, of what a dictatorship implies or means. I would have loved it to be placed on my private blog Marcus Ampe’s Space, but at the moment I am very far behind by posting my personal visions and non-religious articles. Not fitting yet in the series nor in my other blogspot “Our World” I am publishing it here in the hope you may enjoy it too.

In his article the writer looks at how a dictatorship gives total power to its ruler and its hallmark which is often a cult of personality. In Turkey Erdogan managed to built up his personal ‘cultus’ very cleverly, being patient enough to get his goal. As the the 12th President of Turkey since 2014 Erdogan has done all he could to bring the country back to 80 years ago concerning the way of life but this time in an economically much improved country, that must be said. though he handy made use of war to divert attention from domestic problems.

Today we not only see a dictatorship in Russia and Turkey, soon there is one looming around the corner with Trump and some other nationalists, who get the citizens in their trap by telling them lots of lies and making them cross against those who were before them so that attention on any default of them is taken away by diversion.

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  • current State of Emergency rule = wide net targetting coup conspirators + Erdoğan’s opponents => After 2016 coup, thousands arrested + thousands of civil servants (supporters of the many secular-oriented officials who opposed Erdoğan in the past) ousted from their jobs => eliminating any criticism or opposition.
  • President Erdoğan targeting anyone who doesn’t support him > silence anyone who is critical of the ruling AKP party >by ongoing state of emergency
  • Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) >  breakdown of a peace process + escalating conflict between Turkish security forces + armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party => mounting civilian deaths + multiple human rights violations.
  • Freedom of expression + freedom of the press curtailed or drastically censored > shutdown of newspapers + magazines

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  13. Turkey, NATO: Getting Closer to Divorce

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For ever changed by spiritual experience

Often people do not think much about God until something happens in their life. In life we have to face different circumstances and have to undergo different circumstances. Often whenever something serious happens and we have to face a life threatening experience, than we’re confronted with the Highest Being. Once we have had a spiritual experience, we are forever changed. We may try to forget, ignore, or run away from it, but our contact with the Divine realm will never again allow us to completely immerse ourselves in mundane life, whether to indulge in empty diversions or to try to improve the world through purely secular means.

In the time before the offering of Jeshua as a Lamb of God people had to bring offers to the altar, and everything whatever touched the Altar became sanctified when it where really things that were worthy of being brought upon the Altar in the first place. Today too we can say that everything or every one which or who comes before God or to the Altar of God must be worthy to come before God.

Easter postcard circa early 20th century

Easter postcard circa early 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Normally every Jew, Christian and Muslim should be clean, not taking part to pagan festivals or pagan rites. Though in Christendom we find a majority not bothering about God’s Laws. They seem not to bother if what they do would be against the Will of God. For many Christians Spring has started yesterday and soon they shall celebrate Easter, the feast for the pagan god Eostre, the god of fertility which they shall honour by the rites of offering eggs and honouring the fertile bunnies. Those eggs and Easter bunnies have nothing to do with Jesus his resurrection. Their resurrected god is also not the Elohim Who cannot die, God being an Eternal Spirit. Also the Easter fires have nothing to do with the sacrificial offering of Christ, nor his standing up from the dead.

A Cute Little Bunny With Some Eggs

A Cute Little Bunny With Some Eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By taking part to such pagan rites, their hands are defiled and should they know that they may not come clear to the altar of God. In the weeks going up to that most important day of the year they should have had moments of reflection, having been conscious about the necessity to please God and not to please the world. Schools, workplaces, clubs, may all want to have the pagan symbols of the Spring time and may love the festival decorations, but real lovers of God should abstain from them. They should have cleansed their soul, and should have meditated on the Word of God and His mitzvah.

From Land to Land - Going to shul (synagogue).

From Land to Land – Going to shul (synagogue). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every person who calls himself Christian, should be a follower of rabbi Jeshua, the Kristos or Christ, who worshipped not himself but his heavenly Father, the only One true God. Like he went up to God His Altar really offering himself for the sins of all, he came up to the mountain out of the walls of the city Jerusalem, to be slaughtered as a Lamb. Though we probably shall never be able to be as pure as him, we should try to do our utmost best to become like Christ, pure and clean. But spiritually, each of us should fall into that accepted category, for every child of God possesses intrinsic holiness; the true desire of every Jew and every Christian should be to do what the Most High God commands.

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Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan

Reciting the Aleinu as a warning against temptation of idolatry

More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit – Abide in Me, and I in you

Broken, coming before God

Easter: Origins in a pagan Christ

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  1. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  2. High Holidays not only for Israel
  3. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  4. Death of Christ on the day of preparation
  5. Seven days of Passover
  6. Altered to fit a Trinity or Ishtar the fertility goddess
  7. Peter Cottontail and a Bunny laying Eastereggs
  8. Risen With Him
  9. Creation of the earth out of something
  10. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  11. Because men choose to go their own way

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Further reading

  1. Behind the Scene
  2. Spiritual experience
  3. A Mammoth & Moving Spiritual Experience
  4. Is your spirituality speaking the unspeakable, scruting the inscrutable & effing the ineffable?
  5. Understanding Trauma
  6. Absence of light
  7. Friday: The Language of the Heart
  8. Thank-You Lou Riley: An Unexpected, Powerful Spiritual Experience
  9. Different Ways of Approaching the Problem of Evil

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Going beyond the letter of the Law


Legally, it is only forbidden to defraud one’s fellow.
But a chassid must go “beyond the letter of the law” and take care not to delude himself, either.

– Chassidic master Rabbi Bunim of Peshischah

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Broken, coming before God

Reciting the Aleinu as a warning against temptation of idolatry

More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit – Abide in Me, and I in you

Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan

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  1. Living by the rules, or ruled by the Spirit? John 3:1-17
  2. The Gospel (in a Nutshell)
  3. Did God Change His Law?
  4. Through faith or by the Law
  5. What Is the “End of the Law”?
  6. Feeling Condemned? Romans 8:1-4
  7. Remember Your True Identity
  8. Revelation 12:7-17: Turmoil in Heaven

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Broken, coming before God

Coming closer to Passover, the most important period of the year, we should look at ourselves and check if we are prepared enough to come before the Elohim.

Fallible we are, we should recognise our faults of the previous months. In a way, we should feel broken by our weaknesses which allowed the badness to come in and over us.

You also may ask why we should not remain broken. When broken it could be said that we can mend and come in a state where we can achieve the highest heights.

We have to know that we as ordinary being are just nothing But when coming before God, as a nobody, humble and willing to be under Him, it is possible to receive everything.

Like the Most High Elohim is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness [chesed / covenant loyalty] and truth and keeps loving-kindness [chesed] for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin (Exodus 34:6–7), we too should work on ourselves every day over and over again.

Always trying to become more like Christ bit by bit we shall start to change. The more we become conformed and transformed into the image and likeness of God, in whose image we have been created, the more we will demonstrate these wonderful qualities of His chesed love, mercy, grace, patience, long-suffering, goodness, and truth.

That way we will become less judgemental and more merciful; we will criticize less and intercede more.

Coming into covenant with God is not about just following the rules; it is about having a deep, abiding, intimate relationship with a loving God.

Because you are not made only to receive. You must also face the real world and challenge its chutzpah over and over. To do that, you need supreme wholeness, as though you were Adam in the Garden before his fall.

And if you should say,

“But it is impossible! It is beyond the capacity of a created being to be both something and nothing at once.”

You are right. It is impossible. That is precisely the advantage of the human being. That is why God created you:

To join heaven and earth, Nothingness and Being. To be part of His Plan. To make the impossible a reality.

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Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan

Reciting the Aleinu as a warning against temptation of idolatry

More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit – Abide in Me, and I in you

 

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  1. Are Christians prepared to Rejoice in the Lord
  2. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  3. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  4. Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer
  5. Counterfeit Gospels
  6. Joining for a new year in the assurance to be bought with a price
  7. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  8. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
  9. Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
  10. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  11. Mental Enslavement and Sins Syndrome (MESS)
  12. Preparing for 14 Nisan
  13. Remember the day
  14. Pesach and a lot of brokenness in the world
  15. Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity
  16. Good and bad things in this world
  17. A Passover for unity in God’s community
  18. Glory of God appearing in our character
  19. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  20. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  21. How is it that Christ pleased God so perfectly?
  22. Christ entered our world to transform our lives
  23. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  24. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  25. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships

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  1. Covenant with God/ Perjanjian dengan Allah
  2. Gospel Teachings: Faith in Action, Covenant with God
  3. more than thoughts and prayers
  4. A story of love, lost
  5. Greediness
  6. You have two choices
  7. The List . . .

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Making sure we express kedusha for 14-16 Nisan

Over a a few weeks for lovers of God, the most important days of the year shall have us to bring to remember how God provided salvation from slavery of man but also of slavery of death. Though both where installed by a covenant of bloodshed, one of the firstborns of the old world, the other by the firstborn of the new world, the second Adam.

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This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Czech Wikipedia for th week, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being the most set apart or holy days of the year, we should take care that our house does not get defiled by the wrong objects. In our living quarters non Jews and not real Christians should notice the typically absent are specifically “other” objects such as wicker baskets of chocolate Easter eggs and/or painted eggs and chocolate bunnies, or bacon and its smell.

Prohibited, and hence placed out of sight or otherwise rendered out-of-commission in particular times and places, are in some Jewish homes: bread and flour on Pasch/Pasach or Passover. (According to the Kitnot)

Coming closer to those special days and holy week, we can prepare ourselves for that grand memorial time. The coming days we can try to cleanse our body and soul (i.e. our full being).

We should make sure that every thing around us shall be able to embody, create, and express kedushah [holiness] by their actual presence, by a hidden presence of which one is consciously or subliminally aware, and also by the whole range of interactions to which such objects are subject or suggest and provoke. We should know that we do have to participate in the fulfilment of mitzvot, the commandments,  which should be engraved deep in our hearts.

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Christianity like Judaism God’s call to human responsibility

The Evolution Of Passover–Past To Present

Easter: Origins in a pagan Christ

It takes guts to leave the ruts

Reciting the Aleinu as a warning against temptation of idolatry

Commemorating the escape from slavery

The Last Supper was a Passover meal

A Single Seder, and Around the World

Thoughts on Passover

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Additional reading

  1. First month of the year and predictions
  2. Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH
  3. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  4. Remember the day
  5. Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2
  6. Shabbat Pesach service reading 2/2
  7. Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing
  8. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #2 Testimony
  9. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart
  10. Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people
  11. A Passover for unity in God’s community
  12. Pesach and a lot of brokenness in the world
  13. On the first day for matzah
  14. 14 Nisan a day to remember #3 Before the Passover-feast
  15. 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
  16. 14 Nisan a day to remember #5 The Day to celebrate
  17. A Great Gift commemorated
  18. Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial rites
  19. A Messiah to die
  20. An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown
  21. The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5
  22. The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15
  23. This day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast to the Most High God
  24. Exodus 9: Liar Liar
  25. Geert Wilders wants mandatory blackface at Dutch festival
  26. Like grasshoppers
  27. White Privilege Conference (WPC) wanting to keep the press out for obvious reasons

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  1. Equinox, Easter and the arrival of Spring in Austria
  2. Easter Eve
  3. Easter: Holiday of the devil
  4. Wordless Wednesday – Egg-straordinary Eggs
  5. Painted easter eggs
  6. Celebrating Easter in Romania
  7. Stampin Friends Easter Hop
  8. 7 Mind Blowing Facts About Easter You Probably Didn’t Know!
  9. The “Bunny Song”
  10. A holiday
  11. I got nuttin!
  12. Annual Passover Gathering
  13. 19 March 2017 Bible Reading
  14. Lenten Meditation: Never as Planned
  15. Why The Seder?
  16. Passover Stuffed Cabbage
  17. Mar 19 God’s Plan
  18. Passover is coming and the strangers in our midst need help (Part 1 of 2)
  19. Am I Ready To Hear What God Says?
  20. The Way Ahead
  21. Shabbat Ki Tisa 5777 Parashat Parah–This Is Not Bull
  22. Matzo Project 5777 Will Fulfill Your Passover Unleavened Fantasies
  23. To bean or not to bean, that is the question!
  24. For Real, How Rare Is a Red Heifer?
  25. Matzah, Matzo, Matzoh
  26. It’s time to start thinking about Pesach!
  27. Autonomy, Individualism & Sincerity, #inspired for the whole year!
  28. Jennifer Abadi’s Turkish Style Harósi 

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My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia

Ryan Beitler, a journalist, fiction writer, blogger, musician, foodie, and vicious traveller began wondering why he has always had an innate interest in cultures that are not his own and why he has been driven constantly to put himself out of his comfort zone and furthermore, why others do not share his interest instead meeting other cultures with racism and xenophobia.

He had all kinds of culture sprinkled into his life, and has seemed to have gone to many places. He thinks perhaps the answer to xenophobia, the answer to prejudice, the answer to racism is subjecting children to other cultures to enrich their lives and broaden their perspectives early on.

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Preceding articles:

Go outside. Let the world in.

Dissolve The Barriers You Created

What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

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  1. Stand Up
  2. Migrants to the West #10 Religious freedom
  3. Immigration consternation
  4. Anti-Semitism ‘on the rise’ in Europe
  5. French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness

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  1. The Irony of Prejudice
  2. We’re Not Friends
  3. The shiny gloss of liberal tolerance, coating a violently racist global system
  4. How Populist and Far-right Parties Conquer the Power
  5. One fascist vs. 30,000 peace activists
  6. Democratic Party Policy is to Deny Truth
  7. Economic apartheid: The ongoing ethnic cleansing of central Auckland
  8. To Cease to be Divided
  9. A California Waiter Insisted Latina Diners Show ‘Proof Of Residency’ Before Being Served
  10. Trash Waiter Wouldn’t Serve Group Of Women Without “Proof Of Residency”
  11. “Job Vacancy in America-National Arbiter in Chief of “Who Is Racist”
  12. Hate
  13. “It’s A Preference, Bro…”
  14. Team Culture
  15. Intercultural Ministry is Now Available
  16. Texas Tales: Family, culture and the multigenerational struggle for equity
  17. Racism: More Than a Black and White Issue
  18. Rasism Talk
  19. empty conversations
  20. ‘You Can Help in Ways That I Cannot’: Ijeoma Oluo on Putting Your White Privilege to Work Against Racism
  21. Tom Cotton Escalates His War On the Poor
  22. The Gospel and The Confederate Flag

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Recently, I began wondering why I have always had an innate interest in cultures that are not my own, why I’ve been driven constantly to put myself out of my comfort zone, why I am forever bewildered and stupefied by those who are not like me. Furthermore, why do others not share my interest instead meeting other cultures with racism and xenophobia?

I hadn’t taken seriously the fact that I had grown up with many different cultures, but then I began realizing I had all kinds of culture sprinkled into my life, and I couldn’t imagine my upbringing without them. Perhaps the answer to xenophobia, the answer to prejudice, the answer to racism is subjecting children to other cultures to enrich their lives and broaden their perspectives early on. The friends I’ve had over the years have taught me to open my mind and stay interested in people I am different…

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Dutch Trumpism defeated

A small European country just struck a bright beautiful blow for hope and unity! Add your voice to the global thank you letter below to join the celebrations — then spread it far and wide:

Nederlands: Geert Wilders op campagne in zwolle

Geert Wilders on campaign in Zwolle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Dutch Trump, Geert Wilders, who was leading in the Netherlands‘ election race right up to the last moment, was just defeated!

Wilders had promised to close all mosques, pull the Netherlands out of the EU and ban the Koran. After Brexit and Trump, the whole world was watching to see if the far-right would continue its terrifying rise.

But in the end, the Dutch people struck a beautiful blow against Trumpism. The tide just turned against the global spread of fascist politics. And our movement was right in the middle. How?

20,000 marchers, 500km on a bus, 5 million views, 300,000 reached with newspaper ads, and a community united against hate.

Click to say Thank You to the people of the Netherlands:

Just before the election, we helped mobilise 20,000 people onto the streets to march together to celebrate the Netherlands’ long history of openness and tolerance.

On Sunday the Avaaz members took to the streets in The Hague, Paris and Berlin to celebrate and send a strong warning signal to Le Pen in France and the AfD in Germany that we are coming to stop them in elections there.

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If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.

One great problem by hate against others is the non-knowledge of those others. The not knowing enough of history is the second part which makes that hate crimes and socio-political situations can re-occur.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A video published this weekend by a politician from Gent showed clearly how people from different communities took over words they heard adults shouting at each other. As such we do hear young Moroccans (5-10 years old) calling to have all “the Makakken (sobriquet for Moroccans) out”, dark skinned girls shouting to get all niggers or Negroes where they belong, etc.. It is quite confronting to see how those young, so called innocent toddlers and teens, call their own group of people names, not really understanding the content of such calling and the hate they would or could create with it.

The pictures clearly show how an attitude of hate or love is created by the ones responsible for the education (parents, teachers, surrounding society) of the youngsters and the next generation.

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English: symbol of anti-zionizm

Symbol of anti-zionizm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 16 year old aspiring journalist in what looks like her first posting, can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like hers; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

She tells about her experience, which could happen in any school, she sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’

She looks at the

very link between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism which racists everywhere deny they are doing. It is perfectly possible to be against the Israeli government and their brutal domestic policy, and simultaneously not be an anti-Semite.

In which she is totally right. Much too many people consider those who are against what is going on in Israel, to be anti-semitic, but they can be themselves real Jews as well as real lovers of Jews.

One of the great problems of the disturbance in relationships with Jews is that

as soon as you relate the Holocaust to the Arab-Israeli conflict in the way that has been done here, you are both insensitive and ignorant.

English: No racism Lietuvių: Ne rasizmui

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What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

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  1. USA Today: Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline
  2. Daily Prompt: Instinct or Wisdom?
  3. Do White Nationalist Think Brown Babies Are Destroying Our Country? Ask Dr. Karen!
  4. Prejudice
  5. Prejudice and the ink in my skin…
  6. I am white, and I refuse to be ashamed of i
  7. This Post Is For White People
  8. Acting Black…
  9. The Irony of Prejudice
  10. What I Now Know About My Own Prejudices
  11. My Multi-Cultural Childhood Could be the Answer to Racism & Xenophobia
  12. Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist
  13. Does reverse racism exist?
  14. The Truth About Reverse Racism
  15. What is reverse-discrimination?
  16. Liberalism has lost all perspective #reverseracism
  17. You can be a dickhead no matter your race, religion or sexuality
  18. public education, passing, #womensday2017, all for Prompt Night on A Dash of Sunny
  19. Complexity
  20. Is being racist against racists racism?
  21. Students Report Being Triggered by the Word “Trigger”
  22. High School Evacuated Due to Presence of “Toxic Masculinity”
  23. “Travel is Fatal To Prejudice” – Mark Twain
  24. Masters of Misunderstanding
  25. I see you
  26. Anticipation, Mrs. Beasley and Starlings
  27. Frankie’s America: Too strong to be brought down
  28. In the News: Hijab, Hijab, Hijab. Why Are We Obsessed With a Head Scarf?
  29. Muslims portrayed as “they” in the media
  30. Don’t Tokenize Us 
  31. “Use my Pronouns or I Won’t Eat,” Says Non-Binary Student
  32. Inadequate Evidence: The Major Problem with Microagressions
  33. We’re Not Friends
  34. The Thankful Foreigner: An Award-Winning Essay from a Millennial
  35. Dealing with the Stares: My Muslim Experiance
  36. When the PC culture goes too far…
  37. You have no Bucket
  38. The Illusion of Christianity in America
  39. Jewgle racism pt. infinity
  40. Reed’s quote of the day from Charles Caleb Colton on Truth
  41. Lectionary Sermon for Lent 3 A : 19 March 2017 on John 4:5-42
  42. Racial Tension in Trump’s America. What Are You Going To Do About It?
  43. Black Activists Reject Trader Joe’s: Might Attract ‘Non-Blacks’ – Minutemen New
  44. ‘Gingerism’ – is it a real thing?
  45. Flipping the Script: The Tragedy of Mary Rowlandson
  46. Comic: Antisocial media
  47. Coversations with Becky
  48. 10 Of Megyn Kelly’s Most Racist Moments
  49. I can’t believe I’m writing this in 2017
  50. A response to Racism
  51. How Not To Be A Privileged Ass …

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I can imagine that, for a teacher, a GCSE religious studies lesson on racism may be one of the most challenging classes to teach, especially in a school like mine; overrun with teenage girls desperate to voice their opinions in an attempt to seem more intelligent than their classmates.

The other week, I was sitting in class, learning about prejudice, already pissed off having had to discuss why ‘reverse racism’ is simply just ‘racism.’ Doodling Radiohead lyrics over my folder and pondering why on earth I had chosen to study RS, I couldn’t help but tune into a conversation between two of my classmates. One girl, for the sake of privacy let’s call her Jennifer, was explaining to a friend why Israel obviously belongs to the Arabs, not the Jews. Fair enough, if she has evidence to support this. But what Jennifer said next surely would’ve angered anybody, let alone…

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The Rise of Anti-Seminism

In January a Jewish community centre received a recording, which was obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a news service. On the tape one could hear the pitch of the voice computer-altered, making the speaker sound a little like Donald Duck, but the message was hardly cartoonish.

“In a short time, a large number of Jews are going to be slaughtered.”

In February there was a rash of threats on Monday the 27th hit 20 Jewish institutions in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.  It was the fifth round of similar threats that have come during the last two months, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which has counted 90 bomb threats for those two months.

Paul Goldenberg, who used to head a hate-crimes office for the state of New Jersey and is now in charge of investigating anti-Semitic threats for Jewish organizations, said, anti-Semitic incidents would increase in reaction to events in the Middle East, such as Israeli incursions in Gaza or Lebanon, but the recent incidents appeared to have no such trigger.

“I am a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, and these are extraordinary times. … I have never seen such an uptick in such a short period of time.”

Goldenberg said.

English: "Anti-Semitic Jewish Postcard"

English: “Anti-Semitic Jewish Postcard” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some analysts have tied the upsurge of hate crimes to the polarizing election of Donald Trump as president, but Naomi Adler, head of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said it dated to 2015.

“The rhetoric and disgusting speech began two years before the actual election at the beginning of the election season, but is not the whole explanation,”

she said.

“There is an incredible amount of anxiety and fear in our community.”

Jews, Christians and Muslims should show they want to be children of God. They should do everything to show the world the Love of God and how we as creatures created in God His image, should all respect every other human being, ass well as every other created being (animals and plants).

The best way to take away anti- or hate feelings is to make sure the wrong ideas about the religious community (be it Jews, Christians or Muslims) are taken away by openness and clarity of teachings and way of living, not isolating oneself from the rest of the surroundings society.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtow...

The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find a reaction on the University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano inside view from a university Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about the recent tragedies,  JCCs and cemeteries that are threatened and neighbourhoods or houses that have experienced anti-Semetic attacks.

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Preceding article: What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism

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Disclaimer: I have chosen this article due to my photojournalism project that was also about anti-Semitism. I wanted to see how similar my questions were with another school’s student’s questions.

Jewish communities continue to receive threats and are attacked by anti-Semitism. The University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano interviews a Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about these recent tragedies.

The newsworthiness of this piece is evident with the current and continuous threats and attacks to Jewish communities. To get an inside view from a university Jewish student is a great way to frame a story. It is a first-hand attack, but in this case, it is not a first-hand experience.

The first thing that I notice about the questions asked were the audiences for the questions. Isaac Serna moves from a broad, national, audience to a specific, university, audience and back to a broad, national…

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Wat wil jij graag zien, voelen, ervaren? Wat je gelukkig maakt…

Hoewel er in jouw leven op dit moment misschien best wel wat dingen niet goed gaan, niet fijn zijn en echt anders lopen dan je zou wensen, zijn er ook positieve dingen te benoemen. Zoals je misschien wel weet, draait je geluk om de verhouding tussen negatieve en positieve emoties. Wij mensen functioneren goed, zijn op ons best als we ten opzichte van 1 negatieve emotie minimaal 3 positieve emoties ervaren. Waar gaat -zonder de andere kant weg te duwen- jouw aandacht naar toe? Welke keuze maak je zelf? En hoe maak je dit voor jezelf gemakkelijker?

Met meer positieve gedachten en positieve keuzes kunnen we de koers van ons eigen leven bepalen. Stel jezelf veel positieve vragen. Lees goede, inspirerende boeken. En zoek mensen op die een positief effect op je hebben. Sta er voor open.

Vandaag wil ik je graag ter inspiratie 4 positieve vragen meegeven…

1. Waar ben je dankbaar voor? (kleine dingen vandaag, grote dingen in het leven)

2. Wie zou je graag positief willen verrassen vandaag? Wie verdient een compliment van jou?

3. Wat zou je vaker moeten doen?

4. Waar zou je graag beter in willen worden? In willen groeien?
Neem er lekker even de tijd voor. Maandag 20 maart is de internationale dag van het geluk (benoemd door de Verenigde Naties) en dan is het wel zo fijn om ook even stil te staan bij wat je gelukkig maakt.

Ik wens je een prachtige dag!

Hartelijke groet,

Mark Verhees
Oprichter Voor Positiviteit & auteur van ‘De Vibe’
P.S.1: Ik krijg veel vragen over de lezing in Zwolle op 23 maart. Je kunt je hiervoor nu aanmelden. Het is gratis. Donderdag 23 maart Zwolle, Waanders -> 19.30 uur (svp aanmelden via de link)
P.S.2: Er komen ook nog lezingen aan op twee bijzondere bijeenkomsten: 20 april De echte ontmoeting en 9 & 10 juni Eat Pray Love
Ik kan het zelf bijna niet geloven… De Vibe staat in de top 5 van bestverkocht bij Bol. #ondersteboven

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