Sunday, 31 July 2016

War of religions?

The Dutch eight o'clock news is of poor journalist value. Millions op people watch the news, it is supposed to be the most important news broadcast of the day. Problem with the news is that it adapts to what is supposed to be modern journalism: fast, a decor that seems to be more important than content. Not depth. No insights of the real problems in the world.
I understand it's difficult to make a news program that can be understood by all people in the country. I understand. Really. But we seem to adjust to the people who need a real simple picture of the situation. In the eight o'clock news there is always a good side and a wrong side. To make it simple. Trump is bad and therefore Clinton is good. Poetin is bad, and therefore the rebels in the Ukraine are good. IS is bad and therefore the PKK is good.

And sometimes the eight o'clock news is difficult to understand. What did we see on the news about the visit of the Pope in Poland? He fell on the stairs and was helped to stand again. End of story.

What did he say that day?
At the start of his first ever trip to Eastern Europe, where anti-migrant sentiments have been rising, he also encouraged Europe to welcome refugees from war, hunger and religious persecution and called for "courage" and "compassion."

Francis is celebrating World Youth Day in Poland, where the conservative government has shut the doors to migrants and many fear that accepting Muslim refugees would threaten the nation's security and its Catholic identity.

As he started the five-day trip, he told an audience of Poland's president, diplomats and other dignitaries that what is needed is "a spirit of readiness to welcome those fleeing from wars and hunger, and solidarity with those deprived of their fundamental rights, including the right to profess one's faith in freedom and safety."
When reporters asked about the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, the Pope answered:
"It's war, we don't have to be afraid to say this." He then sought to avoid any misunderstanding of his definition of war.  "I only want to clarify that, when I speak of war, I am really speaking of war," he said. "A war of interests, for money, resources, dominion of peoples." "I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don't want war. The others want war," he added.
I think he is right about his statement that war is not about religions. Religions are supposed to preach Love and tolerance and giving instead of taking. All books of religion tell us that same message. But the real underlying issues: Unequal distribution of financial resources, overpopulation of the earth and poor stewardship over our heritage: the earth, to name a few, those issues are not on the eight o'clock news.

Because it's easier to show how someone falls from the stairs.



  1. What a wonderful post , Han.
    A post from s man who cares.
    And you are sooo right. Or should I say:

    I like Francis.
    And I always says: all religions first Law should ve : love.

    Thank you, Han.

    Mona Lisa

    1. The fist law of all religions should be love.
      I like that.

      Thank you, Mona Lisa,

  2. I agree with Mona ..a wonderful post. It always amazes me what people can do..."in the name of love or peace or justice". Your last paragraph is absolutely correct.
    hugs abby

    1. The worst thing is, these people that do horrible things dedicate them all to their God...

      Thank you, Abby,

  3. Well said, Han


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