The Commandement “You Shall not Kill” And World Religions

Edi Maurer

A large part of mankind still feels that it more or less belongs to a religious orientation, most people, to one of the five major world religions: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity or Judaism. Many members of religions trust their respective religious leaders. They believe their priests. Consciously or unconsciously, traditions and rituals shape their lives.

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The Lie Runs Deeper than we Know: Acceptable Dissent versus Night and Fog in Canada

by Kevin D.

A few thousand people showed up on Parliament Hill last week to give their support to a guy named Norman Traversy. Norm is suing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Canadian court, charging him with “obstructing justice and taking bribes”. I guess nobody told Norm that Canadian courts aren’t actually courts, but military-style tribunals outside the Rule of Law; and that they are restrained from and incapable of charging any Crown official with anything.  

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COVID-19 & the Clerical Church

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By Massimo Faggioli, June 19, 2020

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass marking the feast of Corpus Christi in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, June 14, 2020. (CNS photo/Tiziana Fabi, Reuters pool)

If there’s something positive to have emerged from these many months of pandemic, it’s the constructive thinking going on about what it might mean for the Catholic Church. There’s a kind of collective and individual self-examination underway, perhaps exemplified best by Czech theologian Tomáš Halík, who is a psychotherapist by training. As he put it in one of the most perceptive articles published recently on the topic: “Our time of civilizational change calls for a new theology of contemporary history and a new understanding of the church.”

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Trump’s brandishing of the Bible plays into a cultural legacy of racism and colonialism


Katie Edwards – Helen Paynter

  • Wednesday 3 June 2020

On Monday, after vowing violent state action against protestors across the US, Donald Trump took time out for a photo opportunity. Did he talk to people of colour, heartbroken, enraged and exhausted by police brutality and the killing of George Floyd by officers of the state? Did he listen to the black mothers terrified that the next time they see their son leave the house will be the last time?


Police launched smoke grenades and shot rubber bullets at protestors to pave the way for Trump’s publicity stunt outside the St John’s Episcopal church.

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Invasion of the killer queens! The fearsome Asian hornet can gorge on up to 50 honey bees a day after decapitating them and pulling off their wings. Now, as new nests are discovered in Britain, experts are fighting back

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  • Asian hornets are ruthless killers of other flying insects, including honey-bees
  • David Leafe visited Jersey and joined a team hunting for the destructive hornets
  • Volunteer Bob Hogge, 69 tags and tracks  hornets, leading him to the main nests
  • The team are focusing on destroying nests before the queens depart by Octob

High above Bonne Nuit Bay on the north coast of Jersey, a grey-bearded 69 year old with binoculars around his neck and a glint in his eye is emerging from the foliage on a clifftop path.

The beach here was once a filming location for the hit TV detective series Bergerac and there is a hint of that maverick detective about Bob Hogge.

In his waxed coat and wellingtons, he is far from the womaniser played by John Nettles. But Bob also likes to get his man – or rather his pest. 

‘This game is all about patience,’ Bob tells me. By the time we meet he’s been lurking here for six hours.

.Volunteer Bob Hogg, 69, spends hours tracking Asian hornets in Jersey for them to be tagged, leading the team to the main nests

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A Little Girl and A Big Elephant – Pooja

A Little Girl and A Big Elephant – Pooja & Shanti: Eine besondere Freundschaft

Edi Maurer

The girl is called Pooja, and she was 6 years old when her father recorded this video. She is buying tomatoes for her friend Shanti. She does that every day when she is in India. But who is her friend Shanti? Shanti is an elephant, a temple elephant to be precise. Pooja ist ein mutiges Mädchens mit einem großen Herz für Tiere. Sie verbringt jedes Jahr die Wintermonate mit ihren Eltern in Indien. In einem Dschungelreservat lernt die sechsjährige Pooja, die Elefantendame Shanti kennen. Zwischen den beiden äußerlich so verschiedenen Wesen entsteht über viele Jahre eine wunderbare Freundschaft. Pooja lernt Shanti zu pflegen und für sie zu sorgen. Shanti erwidert diese Zuneigung auf vielerlei Art. Als Pooja sechs Jahre alt war, haben ihre Eltern einige Szenen gefilmt und uns das Material für diese Dokumentation zur Verfügung gestellt. Pooja & Shanti – Eine besondere Freundschaft: DVD bei

Ex-pope Benedict XVI accuses opponents of wanting to silence him

Comments in authorised biography also associate gay marriage with the Antichrist

The former pope said ‘the real threat to the church was in the global dictatorship of purportedly humanist ideologies’. Photograph: Arturo Mari/AFP/Getty Images

The former pope Benedict XVI has accused opponents of wanting to silence him, while associating gay marriage with the Antichrist and attacking humanist ideologies in an authorised biography published in Germany.

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‘He should have done more’: key findings from the newly released George Pell reports

Two case studies reveal the full extent of the Cardinal’s knowledge of sexual abuse within the Catholic church. Here’s what they tell us

The royal commission found it ‘implausible’ that Pell did not know about notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale’s offences against children. Photograph: Con Chronis/AFP via Getty Images

Two previously redacted sections of Australia’s child sexual abuse royal commission’s final report were published on Thursday, more than two years after the commission finished its five year inquiry.

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Pope urges coronavirus lockdown obedience amid church-state debate

Pope Francis entered a heated church-state debate Tuesday night calling for “prudence and obedience” amid the coronavirus limits on Mass and other religious services.

The Catholic leader’s appeal came two days after Italian bishops expressed outrage that the government in Italy didn’t address church services in its plan to reopen businesses, social activities and sports beginning on May 4.

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Institutions, religions, Catholics, and perversions

By Ken Gillman

Last updated Mar 8, 2020 | Published on Oct 10, 2017 |


‘Proselytizing is an indispensable and inalienable characteristic of Religions; ‘believers’ are impelled to convert others because they know the real truth and must save others from their (incorrect) truths.  Religions are therefore inherently divisive and alienating.  As history reveals, unfettered, proselytizing soon descends the path to division, fear, and thus conflict.  Consequently, religions are only peaceful, safe, moral, and acceptable when they have been made so by being neutered through the influence of rationalism, education, science, and a secular society, with a complete separation of church and state — which has not yet been accomplished by any western country.’

I have written this commentary for several reasons.  I have added minor updates since Pell’s guilty verdict has been announced, although it was actually given in December 2018, and will post this version when the appeal is (finally) dealt with.

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