Posted by yourpakistan on March 25, 2014
The forlorn of the Church in winning the hearts and minds of its adherents in the West has led many of its thinkers to take religion as a whole in the abortive way. As the Church drew more and more to the back foot in trying to become a link between man and the Divine, and the Church-goers found themselves empty of any force of relation, they took upon redefining religion in anthropological terms.
One such definition is by C. Geertz, who says that religion is a ‘system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic’; thus taking the study of religion parallel to any other human ailment of a socio-cultural order.
One can argue that if God does exist and does send His divine commandment to man in the form of a Book, then if man would play away with those words and lose them, then God will no more live in those words. The Church had done just that; in the centuries after the Christ, the alterations and adjustments were so immense that soon the Book was filled with contradictions and immorality. The scientific approach of the Renaissance brought all these contradictions into light, and common sense could find no worshipable God in the Bible. With a God Who allows his messengers to mercilessly kill babies in revenge and commit adultery, a God Who is afraid of man’s act of acquiring knowledge and Who appears in human form to wrestle with David and is defeated; if religion means piety, the Bible was serving the opposite. Thus, the Church, which was traditionally a symbol of true love and Divine salvation, quickly fractured into unanswerable question marks, if the word was to be taken as true!
The modern tradition of the Church according to Chuck Baldwin is ‘the opiate of entertainment and feel-good-ism’, calling the ministers ‘hirelings in the pulpit [that] lust after ease and social acceptance’. He says, “Our churches are not ‘the pillar and ground of the truth’ (I Timothy 3:15, KJV); they are centers of social interaction, recreation, and feel-good indoctrination. Preachers are not reprovers, rebukers, and exhorters (II Timothy 4:2); they are ear-ticklers, entertainers, and expositors of irrelevance…. The result: ineffective, impotent, weak, unprepared and sheepish Christians.”
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Posted by yourpakistan on March 21, 2014
13 Years of War in Afghanistan – US Finding its ‘Heart and Mind’ Behind Defeat.
By Tabish Qayyum – PKKH
“Let’s Roll” were Bush’s words back in 2001, when US Air Force jets were scrambled in order to push back a nation into stone age which was already years behind civilization. CNN carried out marathon transmission airing info graphics of latest US missiles and bombs that were being dispatched to win ‘hearts and minds’ of Afghans by pulverizing the Taliban for their refusal to divorce Al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden for their alleged crime of perpetrating the 9/11 tragedy on US homeland, which stunned analysts, theorists and students of peace and conflicts on the unfolding era of warfare where non state actors were directly challenging worlds only power in the most brazen manner human mind can think of.
G W Bush in his famous post 9/11 attack address categorically mentioned the consequences of not being with US in its coalition against Al Qaeda and Taliban. The world was divided. US was confident, with the whole world on its side, a coalition of the world’s best weapons, militaries, strategists and financiers with complete support of UNSC legitimizing the assault on a faceless enemy that according to the world lived in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on March 16, 2014
Democracy has had a rough ride in Pakistan but the essentials, which fortify democracy, are clearly discernible on the national horizon, such as:
- The civil and the military trust.
- Our democratic ethos.
- The Agents of change
- End of dynastic Politics
Mirza Aslam Baig – Opinion Maker
The trust was lost first in 1958, when the civilian government was dismissed by General Ayub. He was forced to abdicate in 1968, but handed over power to General Yahya Khan instead of Chairman Senate, as the constitution demanded. General Yahya after the 1970 elections promised to call the National Assembly session in early April 1971 at Dacca, but soon changed his mind, which resulted into the revolt and the military action, leading to fall of Dacca. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lost trust when he summarily dismissed, both, the Army and Air Chiefs in 1973. The distrust shaped into open defiance by ACM Asghar Khan who urged General Zia to dismiss Bhutto government and hang him to death. General Zia obliged.
In 1988, when General Zia died in the air crash, we the three services chiefs restored the constitution within three hours of General Zia’s death and handed over power to the – Chairman Senate, with the promise that elections must be held in ninety days. Elections were held on 16 November 1988, and Pakistan Peoples Party emerged as the largest party. On 18 November, I invited Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to dinner and briefed her on all matters that she needed to know as the future prime minister. My purpose was to create the trust lost after the hanging of Bhutto by the military ruler. The trust lasted for about ten years, though shaken by 58-2(B), and was again lost when Nawaz Sharif summarily dismissed two Army chiefs and General Musharraf struck. General Kiani restored the trust by opting out of 2008 elections manipulations. Ever since a balanced level of trust has been maintained, now affirmed by General Raheel that, “The military will act under the policy of political leadership”. These are healthy signs. However, the way General Musharraf’s trial for high treason, is being over stretched, may well cross the level of tolerance, once again, upsetting the present balance of trust. Read the rest of this entry »
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