Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fervent Prayers for Reverend Moon

Dr. Joon Ho Seuk
International Vice-President
Unification Church
President of the Korean Church

Excerpts from a letter to Unification Church members worldwide today:

"Heaven's providence does not always move according to human will.

"For a while it appeared that True Father's [Reverend Moon's] condition was improving;
however, during the last few days, the doctors reported that he has entered an irreversible stage of his condition . . . "

"Soon [he] will be transferred, while receiving care by the doctors from the Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, to the Cheongpyeong area where True Parents' Cheon Jeong Palace [Unification Church Holy Ground for All People) is located.

"It is my wish that a miracle from Heaven occurs in relation to True Father's
condition amid the prayers and holy songs of our many members . . . "

Reverend and Mrs. Moon in prayer

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jews in Iran

Few may know or recall that under the Ayatollah Khomeini, Jews in Iran were afforded a respect unknown virtually anywhere else within the Muslim world.

Of course, the paradox or contradiction within that edict (revised, though continuing) is great.

Worth reading.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Majority of Muslims prefer a secular state

A study by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) analyzing constitutions in the “Muslim world” concludes that the majority of Muslims in the world by sheer numbers, at least, prefer living within a nation where a secular constitution is dominant.

According to the study (an update of one done in 2005), approximately 44% of the world’s Muslim population live in 23 majority Muslim countries that have declared Islam to be the state religion.

However, the remaining 56% live in countries that either proclaim the state to be secular or make no pronouncements concerning an official state religion.

The USCIRF 2012 study can be read here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Internal affairs

Is religious freedom solely or primarily an "internal affair" not to be interfered with?

The People's Republic of China would like to have the world know that it answers that in the affirmative.

But who is interfering with the "internal affairs" of the world's most populous nation (and the United States largest trading partner), if not the PRC itself?

If vested as well as interested partners cannot speak up (and heavens, point to weaknesses that may effect current as well as future relationships) then who can?

Does the PRC seriously believe that it can bully the world just as it continues to bully its own people?

The U.S. State Department's most recent report on the declining state of religious freedom worldwide can be found here.

For informational purposes only.

The fine print:

Your agenda is your own affair unless it interferes with mine.

Please pray, spout, pontificate, gripe, complain, meditate as you will and as often as you like.

But let us be loving, most often, as well as ultimately.