Mon. Sep 24th, 2018

Religion

Current Religious Topics

This area of the world is seething. And it seems that there is no end in sight. Although the religious conflict is not the main cause of conflict, in any case, it is
at least a fundamental influence and foundation.

The Middle East region is a good example of why religious tolerance alone cannot reduce and reduce religious conflicts. On the contrary, it provides crucial
support for the Center’s approach and goes beyond tolerance to address this issue. For this reason, the world must, among other things, advance education to
convey the value of finding and highlighting these similarities of religions rather than accentuating differences. although they certainly exist.

Judaism against Islam

The conflict, in which the Jews were involved as a religious group in this part of the world, goes back more than 3000 years and is historically documented,
inter alia, in the Jewish and Christian Old Testament.

History shows that this conflict between these Semitic neighbors in the Middle East is at the center of overestimation of the religious differences between Islam
and Judaism. Although until the emergence of modern Israel as the Jewish nation in 1948, Jews, like many other religions, did not escape conflict and violence
around the world. Other sources, However, for the first time in centuries, the founding of Israel focuses on its conflict almost exclusively in the Middle East.
And the costs were high for both parties. After the 1948 war, more than 700,000 Jews from eight Arab countries were forced to flee their lives, plundered their
property and expropriated or destroyed their schools, hospitals, synagogues, and cemeteries. On the other hand, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been
expelled from their country after the founding of the State of Israel by the UN, or have tragically remained in miserable camps under the Quarantine support of
the United Nations and the Arab countries. Of all these countries, only one country, Jordan, has transferred citizenship to the Palestinians.

While many would argue that the Arab-Israeli last part of the 20th century and unstable and violent situation after wars in nature was not religious, it seems that
the emergence of these conflicts was. It is not uncommon for conflicts based on religion to lead their own lives. Although no major Arab-Israeli war has erupted
in the past decade, there are still tensions in the Middle East. This is especially true since the resumption of fighting between Israel and Palestine in 2000 and
2014. Nearly every day lives are lost, on one side or both, and billions of dollars are spent to support military institutions and their facilities otherwise focus on
the immediate and humanitarian needs of these peoples. For example, on the Jewish side, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported that the Muslim intifada began in
2000 and cost Israel more than $ 2.4 billion in lost revenue between October 2000 and December 2001. In addition to the loss of tourism, a substantial one Part
of this money was lost to the number of Palestinian workers in Israel, which went from an average of 124,000 in the third quarter of 2000 to just 4,000 in the
last two quarters of 2001, increasing the loss of income on the Muslim side.

Philippine President refers to God as “Stupid”, causes Stir to Catholics

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines made a huge controversy recently as he called God “stupid”, and a much sensitive and appalling phrase, “Son of a Bitch”.

It was all over the news, both in the Philippines and around the world. Duterte made a speech in front of the Filipino citizens mocking the Catholic church’s teachings and beliefs.

The President asked the people about their “stupid God”. He even added the phrase “Son of a Bitch”, and questioned the Bible, Catholic beliefs, creation and a lot more.

The Philippines is a nation with a big Catholic population. The statement that the President disheartened a lot of his constituents. The Catholic church was dismayed and made a statement to the public regarding the issue.

. Philippine Archbishop Socrates Villegas faced the media and have spoken on behalf of the Catholic church. He mentioned the Clery’s dismay and disappointed over Duterte’s words. He expressed his sentiments about the president’s insulting remarks against God. Bishop Arturo Bastes called Duterte a “psychopath” and “psychological freak” and does not deserve the highest position in the country.

Since the Philippines’ Catholic population is 80%, more tirades, criticism and negative feedbacks bombarded Duterte. Some even called him “the antichrist.” It is really alarming to hear the statement that the president has thrown upon God. But this is not the first time that he made such nasty words in public.

In 2015, Pope Francis visited the Philippines and caused traffic jams on main streets. President Duterte then called the Pope “Son of a bitch” and wanted him to “go home’ and never return to the country again.

Another incident happened in 2016 when he called the Philippine Catholic Bishops “sons of whores” when the bishops disapprove of his campaign.

That same year, it will also be recalled that Duterte talked to the press and left a message for then US President Obama that he should “go to hell”.

The outspoken and tactless Philippine President was known internationally as a drug-busting leader. He made orders to capture and kill drug pushers all over the nation. This governance makes sense though, as to eradicate drugs and its negative effects on people, but the Catholic church openly opposes to the killings, and this is the reason why Duterte and the church have this ongoing feud. The church questions the extrajudicial killings of a thousand people, and Duterte was firm on his decision to go on with it, since he said, his order is to execute criminals and drug sellers, and not take innocent lives.

But Duterte’s latest tirade, this time, against God, is too much. He can curse the clergy, the world leaders, and even the church. But this act against God, this is unacceptable. Whoever is reading this, no matter what religion you are, you might agree that publicly denouncing God is
a deviant and a peculiar act. Outraged Filipinos posted their sentiments in their social media accounts. On Facebook, the quotation, “My God is not Stupid”, was seen everywhere. Users posted this to dishonor the president’s statements.