Science is the New Religion

Money is Power

 

Before, people say that when talking about money or power, it was always about religion, religion ruled the world, but the case is different now. Today, Science is considered as the new religion, because those who know a lot and can relate it to science or have a scientific definition about it, governs. Imagine the big tobacco companies before, when they were introduced, scientists were saying that it had healthy benefits and that it is safe, but according to some experts, they have PhDs but technically they are not scientists; rather, they were paid liars. Being lied about, and making people believe you, is an easy thing to do, and if some science is applied to how it is defined, tendency is, people will believe you, and people will be fooled.

Tobacco

 

Thinking about it, maybe tobacco is a cure for something out there but it should be prescribed by the doctor and it cannot be that you will self-medicate about this because tendency is that you will be an addict, it is either that or you are just making it as an excuse for your addiction to not stop and have a reason for it.

Some people wonder how broad and powerful science is, well simply thinking about the climate change and how it is being defined, scientists were the one who discovered that and a ‘scientific’ explanation is the thing people use to prove it. Though this may be true, still, a lot of people use science to filter lies. Simply having a shade of science does not make the entity f that thing true. And this is the reason why some people doubt science, it is because it is being used haphazardly to the point that the only truthful thing about it is in its most basic form and where it evolved from, and the rest was just made up.

 

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Abercrombie and Fitch Nearly Faced Charges

Abercrombie and Fitch Looks Based Hiring

 

An America Brand which is the Abercrombie and Fitch has an image of its salesperson being models or people with looks or has a good body, be it guys or girls. This is their way of marketing their clothes and other things they are selling, because it is a natural trait in people to enter a place where there are a lot of good looking people, even if they are just staring at them.

Muslim Applying for Work

 

Then sometime in the last week of March, there was a person who was trying to apply as a floor salesperson, and she was a Muslim. Being a Muslim, people very well know that they are required to wear head scarfs of some sort as part of their religion or as part of their belief. Being a Muslim, and being rejected, this thing made news. Abercrombie and Fitch had a simple explanation for rejecting Elauf (the Muslim lady applying for work), and it was not because of her religion as some people think, but it is because they could not allow a floor salesperson to work wearing a headscarf because they had strict rules about the ‘image’ that they want to portray to the public.

The good thing which worked in favor of the Abercrombie and Fitch Company is that they also once had a religious headgear applicant in the past, and the accommodated that person, this then leaves out the fact this is some religious discrimination. The reason for this being an issue is because they have a federal law prohibiting religious discriminations towards employers and applicants. And in case the reason for rejecting Elauf is because of his religion, Abercrombie and Fitch could face charges, but their reason was straightforward and valid, and the reason was that she wore a head scarf during interview and this violated the ‘Look Policy’ that Abercrombie and Fitch had.

 

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Religious Hostilities Happening

Pew Research Center

 

Initially, it was Pakistan that was acquiring the most number of social hostilities before; but now, Pakistan has been overtaken by India when it comes to hostilities involving religion. This is according to a credible research source which is the Pew Research Center. In the report, the other countries following Pakistan are the Palestinian Territories as well as Nigeria.

Other sources making the report more credible are researches coming from the Government Restrictions Index as well as the Social Hostilities Index which are Indexes regarding how the world is rank or how the world sees religion. To put it in simpler terms, these indexes determine what the view of the world is, in general, regarding religion, how serious they are or how they do not care much about it.

Social Hostilities

 

With regards to the level of restrictions, Pakistan is on top, having almost every level of restriction or having the most number of restrictions there is amongst the 25 most populous countries being compared. The list of the countries with the level of restriction list is as follows, Myanmar, then Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and then Russia.

The Pew Research enter measured the casualties as well with the year 2012 and 2013. Comparing the two, the 2012 has the utmost number of social hostilities that happened and it somehow declined come the year 2013. Though this may be the case, there are still a lot of the world’s countries that have high levels of religious hostilities within their borders, approximately 25% of the world. And with that 25% of countries, 75% of the population of the world belongs to it, because they have some kind of religious restriction t either the government or the social group, and somehow, this is what people like so that there will be discipline and understanding and not chaos everywhere.

 

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Prisoner Gregory Holt Serious About His Beliefs

Muslim Prisoner Gregory Holt

 

Even people who are getting arrested and put to jail has religious beliefs that they are following. Not all the people understand this, and some are contradicting with the rules of prison; but in this particular time, the petition of the man was heard with respect to his rights of a religious belief and an act or rather a practice to prove it.

Prisoner Gregory Holt is a Muslim, and according to him, he has a right to keep his beard for religious reasons, but the government seems to think otherwise, and they have been talking about it for several years now, and it had just recently been granted. Amidst the several years, Supreme Court had finally made a decision, and he was granted the benefit of keeping his beard for a religious reason he is following.

Supreme Court vs Gregory Holt

 

Prisoner Gregory Holt wrote a lengthy letter to convince the Supreme Court on why he should keep his beard; this was submitted to the Supreme Court and it is a sign of grave importance, not just for Gregory Holt, but for the other Muslim inmates as well. It is like a sign that their beliefs should be heard as well, despite what other people think of Muslims, especially people in prison.

The reason of the state on why the beard could not be grown inside prison is because it is a possible place to hide contraband and get it in. But the state was not able to deliver a counter argument which then made the letter of Holt win the case. An agreement was made and that a half-inch beard would be allowed, for Holt to be following his beliefs and the state not allowing contraband to enter the facility. Although the initial rule was if it is for a medical reason, it is allowed, but for religious things it is not, it was still granted and he was able to win the case.

 

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Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Hosted by Philippines

 

 

APEC

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Being in position and entering the politics, especially the presidency section, one of the major things to be outlined is how to stop the war that has been happening in Mindanao, because it is getting more alarming by the second and it really needs to be addressed. The roadmap for peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front should be a priority and if President Aquino happens to finish this before his term ends, being able to successfully establish the Bangsamoro transition authority, it will make history and he will be forever remembered for it. Alongside with this is the peace talk that should be happening with the communist rebels which had continuously been postponed because of the different events that are happening that is more important like the visit of Pope Francis.

Hosted by the Philippines

Hosted by the Philippines

 

Another major event happening is the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation which will be hosted by the country Philippines. This is a huge event wherein the Philippines will somehow be judged and there is a possibility that it will set a global example if something good is seen in the Philippines like the strong economic fundamentals or equalities in society, etc. An event this big should be prepared because the whole name of the Philippines come by it, meaning whatever will be deduced by the world from the Philippines based on how they host the summit or what s seen in the country, it will be the image of the Philippines with the rest of the world, unless there comes another time wherein the Philippines could prove itself and have a good reputation.

Disaster recovery for instance, the Philippines will be assessed on this as well, and this will serve as priority for the local and the national government because everytime a catastrophe hits, everybody is affected because we are one country and one people.

 

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Active Youth: Future of the Catholic Church

Students painting walls for Pope

Students painting walls for Pope

Philippines has been one of those countries wherein the Church is being respected and notified for laws that are to be created. It is not two completely opposite views or two crisscrossing news but is in fact the opposite; however, there are issues wherein not the both of them (government and Church) agree like the RH law for instance, and in instances like this they draw the line.

The active youth who are really into politics as well as the Pope’s visit in the Philippines have been painting walls in preparation for the Pope’s welcoming. These youth is expected to step up in faith when the pope comes and that is just what they will show the pope, that there are strong Catholic views residing in the Philippines. Even the youths are drawing the line between the law and the church when matters are already overlapping and it is contrary to their views and opinions. Though being the youth their voices do not matter that much, it is good that the youth is standing up for what they believe is right, and not just be followers of the law regardless of it being moral or immoral. The government even needs more people like these active youth seated in the government, someone with a strong stomach to withstand all negative comments simply because one is not cooperating with the illegal doings.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission Youth (CBCP-ECY)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission Youth (CBCP-ECY)

On a 2013 survey conducted which was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission Youth (CBCP-ECY), it showed a resemblance of the future of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, which was a bright future. The survey conducted was able to conclude that the youth now is even more religious than their parents, meaning the young ones who are to be the adults of the next generation are very religious and in that sense, the Catholic Church will have followers in the upcoming years.

 

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Morality and the Catholic Church

Doctrines

Doctrines

The good thing about religion in the Philippines is that the basic doctrines are still within the lives of the people in the Philippines. This is according to the recent survey done last 2013, the doctrines being referred to are the Holy Trinity, the virgin birth, dual nature of Jesus Christ, etc.

Another good thing about the Christians in the Philippines is that their faith is well tested, meaning anyone who challenges them to it gets beaten, and their faith does not get loose. If not, it even strengthens the faith to a much higher level, and it was also known through the surveys conducted that they want to learn even more when it comes to the doctrines.

Morality

Morality

With the crimes being committed, this is, more often than not, where the government laws and the church teachings intersect. The church teachings, of course, believe in the sacredness of life, that only God can give or take a person’s life. In the point of view of the laws implemented by the government, justice should be the one prevailing, and they make their decisions based on the laws written and approved by the human mind, by morality. Another thing often argued about is that mercy killing can never be justified, because if it is their time, they will be taken, and putting the life of a man in the hands of another man is Biblical wrong, according to the teachings.

Looking at all these rules and morality issues, one can never fully direct a country or a world into following a certain ordeal. There will always be questions, doubts, disagreements on how a person should be punished, how he will be killed and what type of justice should be done to him for him to deserve and what debts need to be paid.

 

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Updates Over South China Sea

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario

Disputes over the South China Sea has been arising again and according to the Philippines, a settlement or a peaceful talk wherein both parties will agree is the only way both countries will stop fighting over it. China said that the United Nations court had no authority at all to hear a complaint coming from the Philippines, but it is not the case, and they are just saying it probably because when the case is brought to court, their ship will fall sideways.

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario is backing up the statement of China that it is putting a lot of pressure for the Philippines to back out regarding the disputed waters because of an international settlement. However, China is the one who is not accepting the cases being filed by the Philippines in court; they would not want to take up the case because there is a possibility that it would create implications to China’s claims over the South China Sea.

Disputes Over South China Sea

Disputes Over South China Sea

According to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, the Philippines is just defending what is rightfully theirs, in this case, that is the South China Sea area. And that is what the China believes as well, that it is theirs, that is why the only way to settle things is to have an international law wherein the terms would be sufficient enough for both parties to accept it.

China says that the whole of it is theirs, even rejecting an ownership part from Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Vietnam, and in the East China Sea its rival on water territory is Japan. The Philippines said what it needs to and explained everything in paper, a 4000 paged document, where within are 40 maps, and the reply by China can be submitted by the end of the first quarter in 2016 but since they are rejecting it, process will only speed up, the decision favouring the Philippines.

 

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One of the Most Wanted Caught

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah

During the raid that happened in South Waziristan on Saturday, December 6, an Al Qaeda operative was killed, who is one of the most wanted and a member of the list FBI have been hunting down. The operative’s name was Adnan G. El Shukrijumah; he was a terrorist planning to attack the United States and the United Kingdom. Adnan was also a senior commander in Al Qaeda who was already deep into planning an attack on the West, had he not been caught, who knows what might possibly happen, especially that he is a terrorist from another country.

The history of this man was that he planned before of setting up two men to attempt suicide bombing at the subway station last 2010, and he was just accused by two New York authorities that is why he was caught. Going through a little history of this man, he was born on Saudi Arabia and he is the eldest son. While he was still a child, he was brought to America to live, together with his parents, at Brooklyn but son after moved to Florida. He as brought here because his father was preaching at a mosque near their house.

Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda

Going through life, Adnan applied for a lot of jobs, one of which include selling old cars. He also studied in South Florida college and took up some technology and chemistry subjects, also some English classes to improve his English since it is the universal language and what majority of the Americans use. Then afterwards disappeared and went to Al Qaeda.

In Al Qaeda, he was a dishwasher, until came a time where he was already joining the training camps and promoted to a leadership position, he then became an asset for them and a threat to other countries, which is just like the terrorist attack on the subway where they think he was the mastermind.

 

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Killings in the Pakistan Border Again

Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

War after war and conflict after conflict continue to happen in different parts of the world, just like what happened in Srinagar, India just last December 5, 2014. Indian army soldiers were killed during the shooting and eight were dead. It was nearing dawn when the attack of the militants happened; they ambushed the Indian army camp in the state of Kashmir and Jammu.

In the border between India and Pakistan, which is known as the Kashmir border, is where all the gunshots and firing happened. The militants open fired at what they call as the Line of Control part. An officer was killed, along with three cops, and eight army troops from the other side, putting an end to the gunfight. The terrorist were all killed, all six of them.

Arnia Sector near Jammu

Arnia Sector near Jammu

A possible reason for this shooting is the visit of Modi to the Indian Kashmir campaign regarding the Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party. It is perhaps to send a message that he should not continue with the campaign or show support or whatever other reason they have but it seemed as it if were timed to be in parallel with the state assembly polls. There are a lot of subsequent attacks happening in the border since 1989. Just a week ago, an army camp in Arnia sector near Jammu was attacked also, killing 12 people in the gunfire battle that happened. The battle was too much that it lasted for merely 24 hours all in all.

Attacking was not done directly, and who knows what the real reason is, they could have been told to attack, or there might be some things going on that only they know about, regardless, looking at the scenes and the timing of events, clearly it was to send a message indirectly, and the mode they choice was to inflict damage by taking away lives.

 

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