I like this picture. What it means to me is religion and politics are two seperate roads. Even though they cross paths sometimes they shouldn’t. Canadian’s Right to Religious Freedom should not have anything to do with the way we are governed. Our Prime Minister should never mention prayer nor god. Religious states result in nothing good (ex. Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, America), and non-religious states are doing extremely well (Sweden, Japan).
Major News Story: Religious Wars
(In boxing ring style) In one corner, wearing crosses on their ears, around their necks, and tattooed all over their bodies, telling everyone how to live their lives and backing up their arguments with nothing, at 2.1 billion strong…. The Christians!!!! In the other corner, they’ll throw you in jail for holding your girlfriends hand and cover their wives in blankets before they go to the casino, get drunk and pay prostitutes in a non-muslim city, at 1.5 billion strong… The Muslims!!! In Cairo, the Muslims, for reasons unknown to me, burnt down a stupid church. In retaliation the Christians had a sit-in at a TV station to get the attention of the government. Of course the Christians started playing the blame-game about who started the violent rioting, but who cares? The fact of the matter is, 19+ people have been killed and even more injured (Al Jazeera and agencies). What a bummer. All the religious nut-cases are getting killed off. Who will stop the madness? Without people willing to die for something non-existant, the world might actually know peace! For all I care, let them kill each other off. Who gives a shit who’s make believe friend (god) is stronger when some kids are so skinny you can’t tell tham apart from a bundle of sticks on the ground (Nasongo).
Minor News Story: Oh good, another church!
And while some churches are being burnt down for good, others are being rebuilt in their ashes. After a 170-year-old church in Antigonish, NS burnt down, its attendees raised over $100,000 to rebuild where it stood before (CBC). Of course I have a couple problems with this after school special. My earlier point about starving kids comes into play here. If a bunch of poor (because most christians are poor) people can save up $100,000+, why are people starving in the first place? My second question is why the hell do people need to build a house just to sit in for an hour a week? If people believe that gathering and listening to somebody tell them they’re going to suffer for etenity no matter what they do, can’t they do it in a government building that’s used all week but not on weekends? It’s so bizarre to have a government build used everyday except the weekends, and a competely seperate building used only on weekends! What a waste of land that is! While I obviously have a problem with religion, it is inevitable that people are going to gather in prayer. I just don’t understand why we need more churches. My old church was always less than half full, I’m sure all others are the same.
Underreported News Story: China, a nice place to live
China is not where one goes to seek longevity. As if one billion people vomiting and defecating one each sidewalk block wasn’t enough, now citizens are worried about apples. Well, the corporation Apple that is. The stupid overpriced machines that makes people feel like they’re a part of something rather than suckers who waste their money on incompatible garbage are poisining unwanted Chinese women. These women are born, a sad thing for their boy-loving parents, and are forced to make toys for rich kids. However, to make things cheap, there are virtually no regulations on safety. Thus, the cleaners these women use make them sick and force them to pay for medicine the rest of their lives (Soupholphakdy). But hey, as long as we have that Apple sticker on the back of our car.
Research Quest: During a peaceful protest against unrainium mining on Aboriginal land in Ontario, Queen’s University Professor Robert Lovelace was sentenced to six months in prison and fines of $25,000+ (Kuyek). I can’t understand this. According to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we have the right to peaceful assembly. So, if what I’m told is correct and it was a peaceful protest, why the sentencing? Oh, I see. He is an Algonquin. Ok boys, keep him locked up. The only explanation I can conjur is that he’s locked up because he’s a Native fighting for Native land. Sound familiar (Oka, Ipperwash)? Why isn’t something done about it? A respected University professor trying to maintain his heritage is arrested for peacefully protesting. What a country we live in.
There are so many people all across the world who are well-fed growing up, go to school for as long as they want, get an easy job and do nothing for this world. There are other people who grow up in a terrible world, are lucky to survive, can’t get educated, can’t get work, and win Nobel Peace Prizes. Why are those who are capable of doing great things so unwilling to do anything?
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