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Moeten Christenen over zich heen laten walsen

Flirters met de Christelijke cultuur

De predikant/pastor Gereformeerde Kerk (vrijgemaakt) Matthijs Haak die op jonge leeftijd heet ervaren dat God er is en daarom ook zelf voor de Hem heeft gekozen, kijkt in zijn artikelen op de geloofsbeleving van onze maatschappij. Hij beweert sinds ongeveer 1993/4 in de ban van Jezus te zijn, maar ziet nog steeds in hem zijn god, in plaats de woorden van God aan te nemen dat het Gods zoon is. Maar hij geeft wel toe dat Jezus volgen voor hem betekent dat de (op Jezus gerichte) gemeente centraal staat.
Hij ziet in dat wij in een tijd gekomen zijn waar het gaat over identiteit, normen en waarden. Deze worden heen en weer geschud. Voor Christenen is er echter een belangrijk gegeven dat zij niet mogen verwaarlozen. Hij schrijft

Een christen dankt God voor het goede in een cultuur. Maar in de eerste plaats richt een christen zich op Christus. Hij zegt dat hij alleen de weg naar de Vader is (Johannes 14). {De (af)goden van onze tijd}

Een grote meerderheid van Christenen neemt Jezus echter nog steeds als hun god en zien in Jezus dezelfde persoon als de Vader, wat het voor hen ook moeilijk maakt en Jezus niet de weg naar God maakt, zoals het volgens de Bijbel is en voor alle Christenen zou moeten zijn.

Verder schrijft de predikant:

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First book printed in slovenian language – Catechismus from 1550/51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wat geeft deze tijd veel kansen en (geloofs)ruimte om dat nieuws te laten zien en daarvan te getuigen. De Catechismus heeft als polemiek de strijd tegen Rome (Catechismus 34 en 35). Het toneel is veranderd maar de strijd blijft: afgoden, beelden, eigenzinnige manieren om (God) te vereren zitten wijd verspreid en diep in onze tijd en cultuur. Jezus helpt ons om van hem te getuigen en het goede te doen in onze samenleving, op de plek waar Jezus je roept (1 Petrus). {De (af)goden van onze tijd}

In zeer veel christelijke kerken, tegenwoordig zelfs in zeer veel protestantse kerken, kan men afgodenbeelden vinden; Men vindt er kruisbeelden, beelden van Bijbelse figuren en zogenaamde heiligen die er ook worden aanbeden. Hij mag het eigenzinnige manieren noemen om God te vereren, die diep verspreid en verankerd zitten in de westerse cultuur. Maar naar de eindtijd nadert moet men inzien dat die Keltische gebondenheid of die heidense tradities verwerpelijk zijn voor de ogen van God en dat wij er ons moeten van ontdoen.

In deze tijden gaan, zoals in de bijbel voorspeld, heel wat geestelijke groepen – verenigingen of kerken – zich keren tegen elkaar. Meerdere geloofsgroepen gaan heftig tegen elkaar in en sommige groepen beweren een religieuze oorlog te voeren in naam van de Allerhoogste Allah of God. Hierdoor gaan anderen zich verzetten tegen Allah of God alsook tegen ware gelovigen van die ene Ware God.

Zogenaamd Islamieten slagen er in om het Islamitisch geloof zwart te maken en iedereen bang te maken voor elke Moslim die zich uiterlijk als Moslim wil definiëren. Hier bij kan men wel stellen dat de Moslim veel te laks is geweest en veel te laat is gaan duidelijk maken tegen anders gelovigen dat ISIS of Daesh geen ware Islamieten zijn en zelfs de satan of tegenstanders van God zijn.

Het zijn verscheidene geloofsgroepen die ver afgedwaald zijn van het geven van glorie en eer aan de Allerhoogste Schepper van hemel en aarde. Nochtans is Hij de enige die al die glorie verdient. Niet aan enig mens of enige geloofsgemeenschap maar aan de Ene Ware GodJehovah – horen wij Zijn Naam alle eer te geven, om Zijn liefde en trouw (Psalm 115:1).

Predikant Haak schrijft

niet ons, HEER. Niet ons. Nee. Want het is al zoveel over ons gegaan: over onze strijd, ons onvermogen te geloven, onze tekorten, onze inspanning en geweldige resultaten – en noem maar op. Nu richten we de blik op God. Op God alleen. Hij gaat het maken. In die toonsoort, met die verwachting, eindigen de Psalmen. {Alle eer aan God. Preek Psalm 115}

Zelfs niet aan Christus komt alle eer toe. Indien God de offergave van Jezus niet aanvaard had, stonden wij nergens. Zonder de aanvaarding van Jezus dood als losgeld voor onze zonden zouden wij nog steeds niet vrijgekocht zijn van de vloek des doods voor de beleden zonden.

Elke ware gelovige in de Schepper van hemel en aarde zou moeten zeggen

Nu richten we de blik op God. Op God alleen. Hij gaat het maken. In die toonsoort, met die verwachting, eindigen de Psalmen. {Alle eer aan God. Preek Psalm 115}

Maar christenen moeten als volgelingen ook hun ogen gericht houden op hem die hen is voorgegaan: de Joodse Nazareen, die zijn leven voor ons heeft gegeven na een voorbeeldfunctie waargenomen te hebben hier op aarde. Hij heeft God geopenbaard en de Weg naar God getoond.

Tegenwoordig zien wij heel wat mensen die zelf voor god willen spelen. Zij dwingen hun god ook in hun straatjes en willen wel dat hij hun dilemma’s zal oplossen en steeds bij hen zal zijn wanneer zij maar willen. Maar dan is het wel die god die zich zal moeten aanpassen aan hen.  Doch, zullen zij tot het besef moeten komen dat Dé God niet door een mens in een hoekje kan geduwd worden of gevormd worden. God is het die de mensen vormt. Hij is het die hen wijsheid geeft en kracht. Maar dan moeten zij die zulke dingen (gaven) van God willen ontvangen zich ook bereid tonen om zich door God te laten vormen. Zij moeten God in hun hart toelaten.

Als je God God laat zijn, weet je je gekend en hoef je je voor God en een ander niet anders voor te doen dan hoe je bent. En dan maakt God je ook tot een zegen in heel je leven (vers 12, 13 en 17 en 18). {Alle eer aan God. Preek Psalm 115}

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Het wordt hoog tijd dat mensen zich eens afvragen wie hun heer eigenlijk is. Men kan best zich eens afvragen “wie/wat beheerst mij?” alsook eens stellen “Waar doe ik het voor?” of “Waar leef ik voor?

Onze tijd hier op aarde is beperkt. Wij kunnen hem zo laten voorbij gaan en van niets aantrekken dan alleen ons zelf. Maar wat betreft het gene wat er rondom ons gebeurd? Moeten wij er onze ogen en oren voor sluiten? Moeten wij doen alsof onze neus bloedt?

Horen wij onze stem niet te laten horen als er iets verkeerd aan de gang is?

Om een voorbeeld aan te halen. Deze weken lag de Belgische Ecclesia der Vrije Christadelphians weer onder vuur. Op het net waren verschrikkelijke leugens over hen verteld. Moesten zij dit zo maar ter zijde laten liggen, of waren zij in hun recht om er op te reageren, zoals zij op hun interne Facebook account ook hun leden op de hoogte brachten van de valse beschuldigingen en van de oneerlijke figuren die van de ecclesia leden geld trachtten af te dwingen. Vreemd genoeg waren er enkele personen die vonden dat zulks niet in het openbaar mocht gebracht worden. Misschien vergaten zij dat zij op een gesloten Facebook account, als vriend toegelaten waren, zulke waarschuwingsberichten en interne nota’s van de ecclesia konden lezen. Ons inzien is het de verantwoordelijkheid van de ouderlingen om hun gemeenteleden te waarschuwen voor gevaren en zodoende was zulk een nieuwsverspreiding belangrijk voor eenieders veiligheid en om een duidelijk beeld te scheppen wat er omging en verspreid werd in de media.

Maar ook buiten het gemeenteleven is het belangrijk om op nieuwsberichten te reageren of om valse beschuldigingen te ontkrachten.

In vele landen kunnen wij zien dat politici flirten met de christelijke cultuur terwijl ze ondertussen de barmhartigheid als kernwaarde van die cultuur met voeten treden (ND, 20 februari). {Zet Jezus niet in voor culturele doeleinden} Ook gebruiken ze het als dekmantel om zich te verzetten tegen anders gelovigen en om aan populariteit te winnen bij de meer conservatieve christelijke gelovigen. Zij zijn er bewust van dat meerdere christenen een heilige angst hebben voor de moslim cultuur. Hier weten zij dan ook handig op in te spelen vooral daar zij beseffen dat velen geen benul hebben van die andere cultuur, noch van een degelijk woord besef. Zo wordt bijvoorbeeld een ‘burkini‘ door velen op dezelfde voet geplaatst als een ‘burka‘, al hoewel zij totaal iets anders zijn.

Inquisitie verhoor met foltering

Vele Christenen ontkennen al het vroeger geweld van zogenaamde christenen, die zoals Daesh (of Islamitische Staat) nu, ook in hun tijd de kans zagen om in naam van geloof, te verkrachten en op rooftocht te gaan. Anderen maakten gebruik van hun geloof om weer andere van het eigen christelijk geloof uit te schakelen, omdat ze te veel macht of geld hadden. Zo heeft de inquisitie heel wat mensen onterecht van het leven beroofd. Christenen mogen dat verleden niet ontkennen of negeren, alsook moeten zij ook zien wat er vandaag nog steeds in Afrika gebeurt alsook in het Midden Oosten waar ook niet steeds alles kosher verloopt voor de bekering tot het christelijk geloof.

Haak schrijft

Christelijke bezinning kan zich alleen maar richten op het evangelie. Dat vertelt dat uitgerekend God zelf zich in Jezus liet terroriseren en afslachten. In dat licht kunnen christenen zich er niet vanaf maken met de gedachte dat zij geen terroristen zijn. Zij hebben zich iets anders af te vragen: of zij werkelijk zonder geweld of dwang zijn. Dat is helaas niet zo. Ik denk dan bijvoorbeeld aan de opluchting die in 2013 bleek toen de wet op de smalende godslastering werd afgeschaft ten gunste van de vrijheid van meningsuiting. Het debat daarover gaf blijk van een gevoel van bevrijding van een christelijk, wettelijk vastgelegd dwangmiddel. {Christendom niet vredelievender dan islam}

Press Freedom Index 2013, rangschikking van landen naar persvrijheid gepubliceerd door Verslaggevers Zonder Grenzen

Vandaag de dag zien wij dat velen gesprekspunten uit de weg willen gaan door bepaalde zaken niet te willen aankaarten. Men gaat zelfs zo ver vandaag dat men het grondwettelijk recht van meningsuiting, dé basisgarantie van een samenleving, wil gaan ondermijnen, ook al is het de cruciale voorwaarde en waarborg voor godsdienstvrijheid, persvrijheid, academische vrijheid en de vrijheid van elke individuele burger om kritiek te mogen uiten of om een eigen geloof er te mogen op na houden.

Het is niet omdat wij Christus willen navolgen dat iedereen die man moet navolgen of het zelfde moet geloven als wij. Maar andersom ook. Niet omdat anderen er anders over denken moet onze gedachte niet de mond gesnoerd worden. Wat sommigen wel trachten te doen.

Tegen tegenspraak kan men of mag men niets hebben. Dat maakt deel uit van het democratisch proces. Dit betekent echter niet dat wij alles zo maar moeten laten zeggen over ons of over een ander. Elk onrecht moet bestreden worden en alles moet deel kunnen uitmaken van een open en fair debat. Debat en tegenspraak zijn een inherent deel van een democratie. En wij in onze westerse maatschappij moeten er zorg voor dragen dat deze lang bevochten warden en vrijheden niet opnieuw ingedijkt worden. Want indien wij niet opletten gaan wij daar wel weer toe.

Vandaag zien wij bepaalde groepering het recht in eigen handen nemen en zien wij dat zij de anderen het zwijgen willen opleggen. Meerderen zijn er van overtuigd dat zij het bij het rechte eind hebben en dat de ander zich naar hen hoort te schikken. In plaats van ruimte te laten voor allebei of voor meerdere vormen, met het besef dat wij heden ten dagen in een multiculturele samenleving moeten aarden.

In meerdere landen zien wij dat politici gretig gebruik maken van de angst door onwetendheid van de mensen, om nog meer verdeeldheid te zaaien, en om meerdere beperkingen door te voeren, die uiteindelijk later als een boemerang op henzelf ook terecht zal komen.

Niet enkel valt er een radicalisme op islamitisch vlak vast te stellen. Het Christelijk radicalisme was in Noord Amerika al een hele tijd voor kopzorgen aan het zorgen. Indien wij niet opletten zal dit ook verder in Europa gaan uitgroeien zoals de wortels van citroenmelisse zich vlak onder het grondoppervlak verder uitbreiden.

Diegenen die echter enige kritiek geeft met de vinger wijzen, helpen ook mee om tot beknotting van de vrijheid van spreken. Op allerlei platformen worden de lelijkste woorden naar elkaar toe gesproken of beter gezegd, dikwijls zelfs geschreeuwd.

Terwijl wij elkaar ‘stenigen’ op Twitter, is verbinding nodig in onze maatschappij. {Zet Jezus niet in voor culturele doeleinden}

Kan men wekelijk gaan zeggen

Juist nu de angst voor de opkomende (politieke) islam het maatschappelijke debat beheerst, realiseren christenen zich dat zij een uniek getuigenis hebben. {Zet Jezus niet in voor culturele doeleinden}

Is het wel zo dat Christenen wel beseffen dat Jezus niet allereerst van hen is, maar een geschenk aan ons?

… zo lief had God de wereld dat Hij zijn enige zoon gaf. {Zet Jezus niet in voor culturele doeleinden}

Het grootste deel van de Christenen aanvaard nog steeds niet dat God Zijn enige zoon gaf, maar willen geloven dat God naar de aarde kwam om te doen alsof hij verleid werd en om te doen alsof Hij door mensen kon gedood worden. Het komt er op aan dat meerderen zullen komen in te zien dat er eerst en vooral slechts één Ware God is, de God van Israël. Die God van Abraham, Isaak, Jakob, Jezus en zijn leerlingen is één eeuwig alleswetend Geestelijk Wezen dat een vredelievende wereld wil zien onder Zijn schepselen.

Joden, christenen en moslims zouden allen die Ene Ware God moeten aanbidden en zouden zichzelf niet als vijanden maar als broeders in het geloof moeten aanschouwen.

Zij die beweren Christen te zijn zullen ook moeten beseffen dat er meerdere manieren kunnen zijn om het geloof te belijden en dat er zodoende ook meerdere geloofsgroepen kunnen zijn die zoals onderdelen van een lichaam zeer verschillend kunnen zijn, maar toch deel uit maken van dat ene lichaam van Christus. Van hen die zich dan ook Christen noemen verwachten wij dan ook dat zich als volgeling van Christus zullen gedragen.

Als christenen dat geloof dat Jezus hen heeft voorgedaan leven, zullen zij altijd en overal tot zegen zijn en zal God hen ook tot een gave maken. Ook al zal men er dan moge over vals spreken, zullen zij indien zij op een waardige manier daar tegen in gaan en bewijzen dat het leugens zijn die over hen verteld worden, zullen zij er ook in slagen om de waarheid aan het licht te brengen en zullen anderen hun ogen hierdoor open kunnen gaan., waardoor van het slechte er toch noch iets goeds kan uit komen.

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Voorgaand

Republikeins congreslid boycot paus wegens klimaat

Het gevaar om niets te doen tegen de oorzaak en de kwaal

Politici handig gebruik makend van immigranten en jihad angst

Religieuze feesten in mei 2016

Respect for all

Fatsoensnormen Online

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Aanverwant

  1. Religie en samenleving één geheel
  2. Werk maken van Godsdienstvrijheid
  3. Europese kerkleiders steunen bouw moskeeën
  4. Christendom meest vervolgde godsdienst
  5. Staat Europa voor vrijheid van godsdienst
  6. Motie over Godsdienstvrijheid
  7. Gezin in postmoderne samenleving meer in verdrukking
  8. Voor- en nadelen van internetspiritualiteit
  9. Stichters van de Nieuwe Wereld en Godsdienstvrijheid
  10. China langzaam naar wettelijke status religie
  11. Bij de opheffing van de Vereniging voor Bijbelstudie
  12. Russische Hooggerechtshof oordeelt tegen Jehovah’s Getuigen en religieuze vrijheid
  13. Spanje verstrengt Godsdienstwet
  14. Overdracht van mening te vrijwaren
  15. Europa berispt de godsdienstvrijheid beperkers
  16. Waar staat Obama tegenover religieuze vrijheid
  17. Noodzaak om geweld tegen moslims ook in kaart te brengen
  18. Pakistaanse schoolhandboeken voeden op tot Discriminatie
  19. Kardinaal Danneeels te gast in ‘De Keien van de Wetstraat
  20. Angst voor ouderwetse regels en verlies van christenen
  21. Koran tegenover veel oudere Heilige Geschriften
  22. Focussen op Christus
  23. Door Christus’ dood kunt u worden aangenomen als een kind van God
  24. Kerkshoppen: “Arrogant tegenover kerklidmaatschap”
  25. Een vergadering omtrent aan te houden gedrag en te houden handelingen
  26. Vertraging door ongehoorde moeilijkheden
  27. Lam van God #1 Sprekers voor God
  28. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #3 Stem van God #5 Meditatie en transformatie
  29. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #18 Volbrenging
  30. De Falende mens #1 Voor en na zondvloed
  31. 2015 het jaar dat ISIS duidelijk maakte dat het ook in Europa is – Vervolg 2
  32. Fundamentalisme en religie #6 Versplintering
  33. Mens en leed
  34. Wrok verwerpen
  35. Belang van rechtvaardigheid gekend bij Nederlanders

 

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Verder verwant

  1. Het Democratisch deficit
  2. Vrede is de vijand van onze vrijheid
  3. Het Oost-Europees Anti-Populisme is openlijke terugkeer naar de dictatuur
  4. #Nationalisme is een reactie op ongewenste prikkels
  5. Ook in het Oost-Blok haat men ons
  6. #Democratie of #oligarchie?
  7. Gewoon
  8. Statenloosheid is beter voor de samenleving (& economie)
  9. Wat er mis is met het concept natiestaat
  10. Zwemles Zwitserse moslimmeisjes verplicht
  11. ‘Christendom is meer dan paasei’, zo stelt dagblad @Trouw terecht, maar is de waarheid is multi-interpretabel #religie #vrijheidvangodsdienst @gertjansegers
  12. Een heel nuttige herinnering van staatsrechtelijke beginselen door Erik Jurgens @volkskrant #godsdienstvrijheid #kledingvoorschriften
  13. Het verband tussen én het geheim van de scheiding van kerk en staat als de formalisering van de begrippen tolerantie en verdraagzaamheid in ons land en de betekenis hiervan voor de groeiende aanhang van de islam alhier
  14. Laffe EU staat niet principieel achter Turkse #persvrijheid, zo stelt een Volkskrant-opiniebijdrage terecht vast @eu
  15. Amerikanen zijn nu ook de weg kwijt als een Democraat zijn hele leven politiek al blijkt te wisselen @volkskrant #a-politiekpoliticus #wegmethetbestel
  16. De florerende antidemocratie in Nederland
  17. Asielopvang – suggesties
  18. A Paris, la révolution égyptienne sort du silence et défie la répression
  19. Bientôt il sera trop tard !
  20. Démocratie directe: Fausse bonne idée?

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2016 in view

The year that David Bowie and Prince passed away, like several very well known figures of the arts world, it looked like some people who made it in their life did not want to stay here any longer. It was also the year of lots of terrorism and political correctness, where those who are different than the mainstream (disabled, transgender, refugees, extreme religious and non religious groups, jihad fighters,) got lots of attention.
In the United States of America Obama Care which at last had become a reality came back under threat. North America saw in Boston in November, the Disability Policy Consortium accepted proposals and held a Disability Intersectionality Summit. Presentations included topics on the intersections of being undocumented, being LGBTQ+, being a person of colour, having mental health disabilities, on #DisabilityTooWhite – the hashtag and movement around the the disability community’s failure to represent racially diverse voices – and more. Lots of things came on the American roller-coaster, having Michigan banned non-emergency restraint and seclusion for disabled students and Georgia’s governor speaking in favour of Employment First policies for disabled people in Georgia.

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Route of the attacker from west to east at the Promenade des Anglais, Nice

With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 the jihadi‘s made sure they would not be forgotten; ISIS/ISIL and BokoHaram being the new strongholders. In Europe the fear took so many people that politicians saw the opportunity to fuel the extreme right and come with absurd laws, like banning burkini‘s. All the fearmongering having fueled by the March 22 suicide bombings at Brussel’s Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leaving around 35 victims dead and 360 seriously injured, ISIS claiming responsibility.
America also got its portion of  ISIS-madness with a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 – one of the bigger mass shootings in the U.S.A.. September 17 a terror bomb in Chelsea, New York injured 29 people. Lots of Americans got so frightened of Muslim people, looking at them if they all would be terrorist, though they under their own white Christian population had more victims by weapon violence this year than by terrorism. Several times the world could see how racism is still a big problem in the States and how police can not keep themselves in control when arresting black people. (African American Alton Sterling shot by Louisiana police in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile shot by police in St Paul Black on July 6; American Keith Lamont Scott September 20)
The Islamic militants for sure where very active all over the world. Some events called for more attention worldwide, having foreigners also under the victims or by being considered the country’s worse terror attack for the year, like at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where a fighter killed 20 hostages and 2 police on July 1. The next day (July 2) a large lorry bomb in Baghdad killing at least 125 people and wounding 150, Islamic State claiming once more responsibility.  On December 11 a bombing at a chapel in Cairo, Egypt, killed 25 and wounded 45. December 19 again a truck was used to kill many people, like in Nice on the 14th of July now the target was a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12, injuring 48.

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Aftermath of the 2016 Berlin attack

In the States of America on January 17 the Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate showed how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina, and gave us an idea that though perhaps the best candidate of all Bernie Sanders would not going to make it to president elect. Two days later Sarah Palin officially endorsed Donald Trump‘s presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa. What nobody thought possible occurred when this man made it to the preselections, then to the selection to finally become what nobody would ever dreamed possible, him becoming president elect. November 8 Republican Donald Trump became elected President of The United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton despite Clinton winning 2.9 million more votes. Europe fell on its back for the second time, the first one having been the vote for the Brexit (June 23), who nobody had thought would come through. These two unexpected events show clearly how careful we must be when we think it not necessary to spend time on such personalities and situations.

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Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

For that reason we should much more react on what is going on on ecological level. The Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York (on April 22) binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C is only the beginning of a long road to run. Global warming is not only blamed the cause of many people having to flee for the rising water-level. On August 1 there was an anthrax outbreak in the Russian district Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia killing one and infecting 8 others, also killing 2,300 reindeer. Indian government declared levels of air pollution in Delhi an emergency situation, closing schools and construction sites on November 6.

Though 2016 seemed to be the year that people where more concerned about the whereabouts and the look of their friends on Facebook and Twitter. Social media being the major interest gainer of the year. Most people more concerned about their outfit, fashion, style and strangely enough books and films again.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly

Lots of people running with their heads in the skies did not notice that US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to earth, on March the 2nd, after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record. For the earthly matters it became time that the U.S.A. did something positive to restore the relations between them and Cuba. March 20 Barack Obama became the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour.

The ‘Big Joke of the year’ (in April) was to see how many politicians who said something had to be done against fraud and how people had to pay honestly their taxes, their names could be found on the 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca , the Panama Papers exposing widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world’s elite in the world’s largest ever data leak.

On April 11 UN-backed ceasefire came into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces.

June 7 with a car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul killing 11 was just a beginning of a whole series of bombings in Turkey of which there is no clarity if they are orchestrated by some political forces to have Erdogan in an even stronger dictatorial position. June 28 presented again a suicide bombings and gun attacks, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport killing 42 and wounding more than 200. We have no idea if the coup d’etat was something set up by Erdogan himself. It gave him way to hold a big clean up and to get rid of all those who stood in his way.

In Colombia more than 50 years of conflict came in its last stadium, the governement and Farc rebels signing a ceasefire agreement on June the  23rd, followed by many talks to have the rebels not being sued.

2016 for this platform

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Of the 595,795,035 posts written on WordPress we only presented a mere 358 articles, hoping our humble little site could catch some interest by the many people who are scanning the worldwide internet for something interesting to read. From our tiny country not having any funds, not having serious backing and not able to afford much money on writers, designers or even having our own publishing space, just using the private limited funds of the editor and responsible publisher Mr. Marcus Ampe, we sincerely try to find some interesting literature on the net and present it to our readers and visitors. Because not having much GBites we are limited in re-blogging because pictorial content eats our internet data space, but when a must read is found with lots of photos we still do hope to be able to discuss it or to present it in one of our articles.

English: Stats on Cross-ideological Blogging

Stats on Cross-ideological Blogging (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must confess that we did not catch many readers for the many work-hours we invest searching for additional and further reading material. Luckily this was the first year we did not very angry letters of people being onerous that we included their article in the listing. In 2016 for the first time we even got a letter thanking us for having brought 1000 readers to someone’s site. Though we put a lot of work in creating all the links in the articles and in the accompanying list of interesting articles, to our sense or liking not enough people make use of those links and referential titles. For that reason from now on we shall perhaps start putting less url-backgroundlinks to words or tags, but still shall continue to try to offer you a list of noteworthy article by other bloggers.

It is a pity we only could find 7 782 views of only 4 827 visitors coming along.
Officially opened to the public on 2014/03/2 we got 1 847 visitors the first year and 2 764 visitors in 2015, so we may be satisfied it is a line going upwards. Though published from Belgium in the European Union, our ‘home-country’ only delivered 269 views. The United States being at the top with giving us 3745 views, followed by the United Kingdom delivering 852 views and our northern neighbours the Netherlands offering us 532 views may encourage us to continue.

The home page caught 2 118 views, followed by 349 for the About page. Of the articles “Religious celebrations in May 2016” got the most views (only 103) and got only 4 likes.

People naturally have to find us. 1 437 do so by using search machines, whilst 783 use the WordPress facilities. 155 come along by Facebook. But we too are happy to find other WordPress users referring to us and bringing readers to our site. Naturally our own authors or own sites like our ecclesia site (9 views), the Belgian Biblestudents and the Bijbelvorsers (each 8) and Stepping Toes (7), but non connected writers like ridzerdvandijk.wordpress.com with 8 views and sneakytwistedlittlewildheart.wordpress.com (good for 6), entering the promissedland (5), discoveronething (5), eternalhunt (5) and some others bringing us each 4 or less viewers.

U.S. advertisement for the 11th edition from t...

U.S. advertisement for the 11th edition from the May 1913 issue of National Geographic Magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most used search terms were ‘hoopvolle slogans’ and ‘bezinningsteksten zelfkritiek’ with each 3 hits.
We ourselves brought 110 readers to our other site “Our World” and for for other sources Wikipedia got 56 readers from us, whilst the Collins dictionary got 21 and the very good Encyclopaedia Britannica only 18 views. Abortion and crime rates by wordlifeandlight managed to get 6 views from us and Lizaborstlap received also 6 visitors, as far as we can see from our statistics.

imageThis last person who has always been a person with a to-do list is also one of the people who wanted to share some writing on this platform. But there were many days when she became a slave to her lists and she had to face that things don’t always happen as planned and that she would feel like a failure if she wasn’t able to cross out all the tasks that she allocated to a specific day.{a goal should scare you a little and excite you a Lot!}

She may perhaps had to become, like us, more specific and to be realistic in what she can (and can’t) achieve in one day; but we did want to reach so much and sometimes got frustrated not seeing our accomplishment for the day.

We are still looking for authors who would not mind to write about lifestyle, interior design, fashion, cooking, family life, gardening, nature and ecological matters and some persons who would not mind tackling the history and people who would love to write about education and health. There are so many subjects not covered yet by people who can tell more about it than we can.

From the end of 2016 onwards we added two viewpoints, namely two comparators, on one site the Muslim world and on the other site the Judaic world and traditions.

English: Monkeys Blogging Español: Simios blog...

English: Monkeys Blogging Español: Simios bloggeando (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We do know that certain subjects are not tackled here. Marcus Ampe would love to find some one talking about family matters, family life being one of the cornerstones of our society. To his regret he must also establish that in 2016 not enough regard was given to ecological matters. Man having to live in surroundings which are too polluted and which are filled with buildings and cars, but not given the freedom to have enough green to bring enlightenment and fresh air to people. It is really getting time that more people warn others about us, man, to take care of mother earth, before it is too late.

Whilst on WordPress in general 112 million posts were liked, we did not have many likes. 8 billion e-mails were send on WordPress, but in those there are not counted the very many e-mails we got in our own e-mail box, instead of reacting on the blog articles themselves. This is a pity, because other readers can not read the reactions and oh so often we have to reply to very similar questions, which is more time consuming than having a reply which can be read by thousands on the internet.

For 2017 may we hope that if there are even more articles written on the internet than the 595,795,035 posted on WordPress in 2016 and the huge amount of comments, making it up to 457,596,906 comments on WordPress, you shall be able to  find some very interesting articles and comments here too.

Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fash...

Donald Trump enters the Oscar De LA Renta Fashion Show, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 2016 we saw that it is possible that those with the biggest mouth and do not mind trampling over many can get their cause. 2016 may have been a disastrous year on several issues and lots of important issues where not even mentioned or got not the right attention. For this new year we love to repeat our call to get more people daring to come out for the poor and the maltreated. We also once more want to ask people to wake up the majority of the population who still keeps their eyes closed for what is really going on in this world. There is a need of more people who are willing to stand up to preserve and encourage the progress of humanity while resisting the forces that threaten to turn it backwards.

We have to be very cautious for what certain people try to do with their nation but also with the world. As citizen we should be aware that politicians are nothing without their people and that folks if they really want can be much stronger than those politicians, who dare to look away from the citizen who needs help and encouragement. Those who call themselves Christian should be there to give a hand to all that need help, not forgetting nature, plants and animals who do not have a voice. therefore we do hope to find more blogs tackling their problem, and would love to have an author on ecology writing for us from this year onwards.

Without you reader we are nothing and can do nothing. We thank you for being here with us and for the followers we are grateful and do hope we can please you with a varied menu.

Wishing everyone a great 2017.

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2014 in review

In 2015 finishing our first year: From Guestwriters 2015 in review

Pokémon craziness

2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Children of Men

Max Lucado: I Had a Dream That Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Reached a Truce

Leaders in disguise

Looking at man’s closest friend

Looking at an American nightmare

The twist of politics and expression

Tribes Redux

Darkest just before dawn

Bruxelles Ma Belle

Mountains of information, disinformation and breaking away

Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised

An American Embassy to the Eternal Capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem

Humanity Quote for Pax Populi

When will it stop

Not limiting others but sharing peace with all

Not missing your appointment in 2017

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  16. March 22 2016, attacks in Brussels at airport and metro
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  18. Knife-trust in democratic sore back
  19. For those who call the Brussels Airport attacks a fake or a conspiracy of the government
  20. Terrorist attacks in brussels
  21. Silence, devotion, Salafists, quietists, weaponry, bombings, books, writers and terrorists
  22. US President, Barack Obama Condemns The Outrageous Brussels Attacks
  23. What Associated Press released on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  24. Mediterranean bloodshed
  25. Nice attack, terror everywhere and coup attempt in Turkey
  26. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  27. French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness
  28. On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public
  29. France and the Burkini
  30. Secularism in France becoming dangerous for freedom of religion
  31. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  32. Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God
  33. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  34. You are what you wear
  35. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  36. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  37. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  38. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo
  39. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  40. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of miscunduct
  41. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  42. Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses
  43. When so desperate to hold onto power
  44. Some quotes Americans should remember when going to the ballot office
  45. Brexit and British business
  46. Brexit No. 2 Blow-up
  47. Nigel Farage called Donald Trump’s victory ‘bigger than Brexit’
  48. A strong and wise fighter who keeps believing in America
  49. Bosphorus bloodshed
  50. Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

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Not limiting others but sharing peace with all

 

When people would like to limit other people in the choice what they want to wear, those people should examine their real motives first and in case they think the other are haters of God than they better read about the Most High God about our comportment, our reactions against other believers and other people.

When we are afraid that other people their clothes would bring us in danger or would be a defiance for our faith we should wonder how strong we stand in the faith and dare to show in peace that our peaceful action is the best way to have a better forbearing world.

“Peace” in believing is what we all seek, but for some to achieve this is a real challenge, especially “in the latter days” in which surely we are living. Let us all, “Stand by the way and watch”.

 

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A sculpture at the entrance to the palace of Versailles., “La Paix”, by Jean-Baptiste Tuby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised

Prudish people having put away their shame by causing shame to others

Years ago people had to fight hard against the prudish Catholic minds who opposed any naked flesh to be shown. Today the so called Catholic countries in West Europe seem to have chosen to have the women their tits out and finding it not okay to cover them up.

In the previous century there were many French and Belgians who did find it inappropriate to have some natural flesh of certain body parts to be shown in public. It was considered not done to have dresses which did not come under the knees. (We where brought up like that and got penalties when we had dared to show our bare/naked legs or upper arms.) Last century it was said we all had to listen to God and could not run naked in this world because God opposed such a thing.

Today their god must have changed idea and has come to prefer naked flesh, because in the present time the French seem not to look at those who want to cover their body as unworthy believers and even as people who are a danger for society.

Covering up for the Almighty

When we were young our Catholic mothers had to wear headscarf or hats when coming in public. In church they had to sit at the left hand site with their faces hidden behind a veil. In the previous century most people in Europe thought it was appropriate to dress decently and not having too much bare or naked. Mots parts of the body had to be covered with clothing or tissue.

Only around the turn of the century  less people came to make objections when some parts of the body were not covered. Today it looks like the world has got upside down. What for centuries was thought to be the moral way and according to Judeo Christian values, suddenly seems to be not acceptable any more.

People, like female Muslims, who now choose to cover up for God, are not allowed to do so by the French governement. Europeans should question such a decision taken by a governement in West Europe and see how human rights (freedoms established by custom or international agreement that impose standards of conduct on all nations) are  trespassed. Today we can see in France that many specific human rights are ignored. What happened to the the right to personal or individual liberty and Due Process of Law; to freedom of thought, clothing, expression, religion, organization, and movement; to freedom from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, language, and sex?

Restrictions imposed

In West Europe we encounter more that certain social groups are confined to menial and despised jobs or even get no opportunity on the work-market. When somebody is called Mohammed he may be sure it will be much more difficult to get a job than when he would be called Jef. Arabic looking people shall find it more difficult to be able to rent a place or to buy property.

In Europe they say there does not exist a cast system (or caste) but if they are not careful it will come in existence or (better said) it will grow (because it is already here but denied). In our 21st century ‘Untouchability‘ and ‘Speciesism‘ have become a reality also in Western Europe. We can clearly see that more and more different values, rights, or special consideration is given to individuals solely on the basis of their species membership, origin and faith. There are many who are not minding positive discrimination and taking it up for one particular religious group (the Roman catholics). Today we may find the atheist caste wanting to direct the Christian-caste, Islamic-caste, and may we find different rejections of castes or groups of people.

It seems that France and Belgium are limiting the human rights laws for some groups in their population, which should give us the idea they are discriminating. By singling out a type of person or thing for special negative treatment or denial of equal treatment and to act in a prejudicial manner against someone or something, they have chosen the way of deprivation of individual liberty.

Oppression

Lots of Caucasians seem to think that all those women are oppressed, but is it not they who know bring oppression and take away those women’s freedom to cloth themselves like they want? Clearly we could see several women being downtroddenmaltreatedhenpeckedbrowbeaten and subjugated or abused and tyrannized.

The country

which prides itself for liberté, égalité, fraternité, has unfortunately fallen short in recent times, with more social division and social prejudice arising within the country, due to the public suppression and rejection of religion; the consequent of which has led to violent eruptions.
It is also precisely through the social persecution of the wider Islamic community in such acts which aim to strip them of their beliefs, that it seems that the French government are validating individuals’ fears, rather than attempting to diffuse them. {France’s banning of the ‘Burqini’ is the rejection of its founding principles}

Swimwear

An image of a woman wearing a burkini

Forbidden: a burkini-clad woman on the beach

This iconic image of Peggy Moffitt modelling Gernreich’s monokini, which got a lot of controversy, was initially published in Women’s Wear Daily on June 3, 1964 and shows how one was still afraid to show a naked tummy.

What should people have against a full body swimsuit for any sort of woman, being Catholic or Muslim? (When we were child our parents had to wear full swimsuits or where fined.) Shall people, who went diving, have to take off their wetsuit before they come onto the beach? If they may walk on the beach with a wetsuit why not women in a full swimsuit?
Why are so many against wearing a swimming costume which covers the whole body with the exception of the face, hands, and feet, suitable for wear by Muslim women, which got the name bourkini/burkini/burqini, but has nothing to do with a bourka/burka/burqa or with the rider’s burka/burqa, which is long, thickpiled, nor with the traditional man’s coat made from felt or karakul, or with the Ukrainian traditional garment or Kobeniak, or with a two-piece bathing costume called bikini (or close-fitting bathing suit worn by men) and even less with a monokini, being just the opposite of it?

Women their freedom taken away

Are so many West Europeans so afraid women cannot stand up for themselves? And certain feminists do they not see there is much more at hand than just sexism?

We must be aware that there is so much more going on in our deranged world where Jihadi terrorist managed to get the fear burning hard over here in our regions that nobody seems to feel at ease when they see something that smells to Islamism. The politicians fell in the trap by creating laws in a hurry which limits the freedom of many women who have nothing to do at all with the faith of those terrorists, because they have chosen the path of God and a religion of peace or salam, hence the name Islam.

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The Mayor of Cannes has prohibited access to the beach for those wearing clothing that disrespects secularism Reuters

By prohibiting the burkini the French state limits even more those they say would be oppressed. It is strange that lots of people do not understand those women wearing a burkini get just the freedom to go into the water or to lie on the beach like so many other women do.  By banning the burkini those women their freedom to enjoy a good day at the beach is taken away. By the ban also their children are targeted, because they also shall not be able to come to the beach and to go into the water to play with their mother.

The justification for the burkini ban is no longer about ‘liberating’ women, ….. but Arundhati Roy’s remarks about France’s earlier ban on the burka are still apt:

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Suzanna Arundhati Roy , Indian author who is best known for her novel The God of Small Things (1997), which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997

When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burka rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it’s not about liberating her but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. Coercing a woman out of her burka is as bad as coercing her into one. It’s not about the burka. It’s about the coercion.

Arundhati Roy Capitalism: A Ghost Story, p. 37.

Armed police forcing women to remove their clothes on the beach is nothing other than an act of humiliation – humiliating women to punish a minority group for the actions of a few individuals. {France and the Burkini}

Huda Jawad, Community Coordinator at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, wrote

Choosing to conflate a cultural and religiously inspired mode of attire – which women choose to wear to feel safe from the sexual gaze of society while partaking in a very ordinary pastime – with a terrorist group is a convenient ‘othering’ of fellow citizens in times of national crisis. {The burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye}

Secularism, good attitude and proper values

You may wonder why those women in burkini would not wear appropriate swimwear and would not “respect good customs and secularism” whilst others with their bare poo and bare bosom would be an example how women should be clothed and are respecting the western values.

There exist already a lot of discriminatory treatment towards physically unattractive people. Now to that ‘Lookism‘ we have the discriminatory view of men who can not see enough naked flesh are can not find enough to look at by a woman.

Today people not only make judgements of others based on their physical appearance that influence how they respond to those people, when their clothes are not liked by French men such men may now demand those clothes to be taken off.

The announcement by David Lisnard, UMP Mayor of Cannes, that he is prohibiting access to the beach to anyone not wearing what the French would consider suitable bathing suits, did not make many French question, what right he had, to decide a woman had to wear on the beach and why he choose the more naked version of the feminine, instead of a more clothed, and what believers in God would call a more decent one.

Victims of ISIS, the scapegoat of the French nation

Lots of people consider themselves victim of ISIS but forget that the worst victims are Islamists or ordinary Muslim people all over the world. Europeans and Americans may not be blind and should see that the greatest causalities of Isis have been Muslims, and the banning of the burkini illustrates the extent to which France’s fundamentalist secularism is singling out the most visible and vulnerable group in society for blame.

The governement is giving in and has found its scapegoat and used the local Muslims to blame for the terror the security forces of the country could not avoid or obstruct. Like the Fascist in the past liked Scapegoating many Europeans and Americans now blame the refugees and Muslims for the many problems they have in their country. In the past Jews and immigrants were prominent among the groups that were demonized. In France the Jews got a sibling now in the Muslim community. Today it is not a “Judeo-Masonic-bolshevik” conspiraciy or left-wing agitation, but the presence of immigrants and the amount of active Muslims.

As in the past the governement points the finger to those ‘outcasts’ and originators of all sin. They go with the people and hope to gain popularity by taking measures against the Ummah or Muslim community, making their life so difficult that they hope those other believers will soon leave. Implication was that depriving these demons of their power and influence would cause the nation’s major problems to go away.

Lots of people are afraid that those Muslims would be able to convert many French and that the nation by those converts would be more and more becoming an Islamic state.

Limiting the liberty of Muslims and other believers

Now by limiting the liberty of the Muslims in their own country the governement hopes to please the rest of the population and to take the attention away from their own weakness and the blame they have it not in control.

The governement, because of all the discussions going on about the burkini’s and religious clothing, decided that when the schools will open again, no religious dress or symbol shall be allowed, and as such no head covering for Jews and Muslims or necklaces with religious symbols.

Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a former government spokesperson who is politically more to the left than former interior minister Valls and disagrees with the burqini ban could not stop the measures.

For the start of the debate, concerning the burqini Huda Jawad  also questioned in the Daily Independent

Since when did wearing a burkini, in most cases a loose fitting nylon version of a wetsuit, become an act of allegiance to terrorist movements? Do Marks & Spencer or House of Fraser know that their attempt to raise profits and exploit a gap in the over-saturated clothing market is selling and promoting allegiance to Isis? {The burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye}

She also remarks

What is it about French secularism’s blindspot to its own racism and misogyny? The obsession to the point of fetishism with Muslim women’s mode of dress and covering curtails the most basic of human rights – that of self-determination and freedom of expression. As Arundhati Roy so eloquently put it, coercing a woman out of the burka instead of enabling her to choose is an act of violence, humiliation and cultural imperialism. Instead of extending the hand of fraternité, Mr Lisnard and his supporters are excluding Muslims, if not pushing them into the arms of radicalisers. {The burkini ban is misogynistic – and Western feminists are turning a blind eye}

Making the Muslims stigmatised as the bogeyman, that scarecrow seems already frightening lots of French people. They are pushing the golliwog in the corner or throwing in front of the swines that in the end they shall have to defend themselves so strongly and make their faith and stance even stronger, so that a new religious revolt can take place. Perhaps than the French shall get their eyes opened and shall be awakened from their cauchemard (their nightmare) they are afraid of.

The ruling from the state council suspends a single ban in the southern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, but is likely to set a precedent for other towns that have prohibited the full-body swimwear on their beaches.

According to a senior politician in Norway’s right-wing Progress Party (FrP) Norway also has to follow the lead of a number of French towns and ban the burkini. Third deputy, Aina Stenersen, claims the full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women are “a symbol of radical Islam” and is convinced that French cities did right to ban the burqini from their beaches. The Progress Party is in the process of formulating a new party manifesto, and the burkini ban is expected to be included.

The FrP does, however, believe the fine faced by those who wear burkinis in France is too lenient. Ms Stenersen intends to double the charge to around 500 kroner, which is equivalent to £57.

A story to be continued and démarche or kick-off to be followed up .

To welcome women wearing burqini’s and coming into public spaces

Marcel Michelson for Forbes writes

Yes, wearing a burkini on the beach, as wearing a burka in town, is an ostentatious sign of religious adherence, as is the wearing of full robes by priests and nuns in public or the traditional garments and hairstyles of orthodox Jews.

Yet a burkini is also a means of emancipation for Muslim women, allowing them to bathe despite the strict, male-dominated, rules under which they have to lead their lives.

In a way, we should welcome burkini’s and encourage Muslims to integrate more in French, or European, society. {Burkini Debate In France Shows Lack Of Tolerance And Understanding Out Of Fear For Strangers}

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Please come to read:

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  3. France and the Burkini
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  14. Dear white people of France: being forced to undress wasn’t exactly the liberation I was longing for
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  16. Modest Swimwear: The Burkini
  17. Burkini and French Secularism
  18. France’s banning of the ‘Burqini’ is the rejection of its founding principles.
  19. 7 facts about France’s burkini ban that make outsiders very uncomfortable
  20. Planned ‘Burqini Day’ irks French far-rights
  21. The Swimsuit War of 2009: Year In Review 2009 (swimming)
  22. France’s highest court suspends burkini ban in test case
  23. Burkini ban: Norway’s right-wing Progress Party calls for full-body swimsuit to be outlawed

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