In November 2009, the people of Switzerland were asked to take a public referendum against the building of minarets in Switzerland. In contrast to the expectations of most people the referendum was accepted. Big question marks followed: What does that mean? Is Switzerland xenophobic? Is Switzerland islamophobic? Why did people vote for the referendum?
To shed some light on such questions a survey was conducted after the referendum. Such surveys are common in Switzerland since 1977. They are called “VOX analysis”. And the recent survey revealed a very interesting finding: The majority of the Swiss Christians voted for the referendum even though the officials from the protestant and catholic churches supported voting against the referendum. The majority of the non-religious people in turn voted against the referendum.
Does this mean that non-religious people are better Christians?
Once in literature and cinema, humankind was the good and all evil came from outside earth.
A famous example for the vicious extraterrestial invaders is Wells’ famous “War of the Worlds” from 1898. And with “Independence Day” from 1996 this plot was still showing its relevance in entertainment.
But what happened meanwhile and where are we now?
A famous example of a harmonious cohabit of humans and aliens is Rodenberry’s “Star Trek” universe which had it’s great moments in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Likable single individuals like “E.T.” or “Alf” show upped additionally.
But recently there seems to be a 180° turn from the original enactment 100 years ago. Humankind became the evil who invade other worlds and kill poor aliens. It’s “District 9” where humans suppress accidently grounded star travellers and in “Avatar” humans invade and loot a whole planet.
Till last Easter weekend, Günther Jauch was just a good entertainer and generous donator for me. Now this impression changed radically after I had to hear the radio spots for the radical religious education movement “Pro Reli”. This civil movement wants to change Berlin’s education system regarding religious education. At the moment, all pupils of secondary schools in Berlin are taught in an compulsive ethics course. Additionally they can subscribe to a religion course of the religion they prefer.
The “Pro Reli” movement wants to change the law so that pupils will have to choose between the general ethics course and a special religion course. Because of financial and practical constraints it will hardly be possible that they will be able to subscribe to both courses in this case.
Günther Jauch supports this idea and says in one radio spot that in a diverse town like Berlin it is not good to have a general ethics for all groups of people. The logical conclusion of this statement is, that everybody can have an own ethics. So if anybody prefers to kill witches or women who want to live their own live beyond family tradition, it will be okay. Different ethics fit to the logic of “Pro Reli”. Ensuring a common understanding of a peaceful and tolerant living together is not necessary in their opinion.
The referendum is on 26th April. I just can hope that the citizens of Berlin will vote for the much more reasonable decision of “Pro Ethik“.
Do humankind and apes have the same ancestors or is humankind created by god as written in the Bible? What do Germans believe?
In a survey conducted in West Germany in 1970, 40% of the respondents said that they don’t believe in humans and apes having the same ancestors. On the other hand 38% did believe in it.
As reported by the Humanistic News Service (hpd) the Institute for public opinion of Allensbach (IfD) recently conducted a survey to answer this question for nowadays. The result shows significant changes within the last 39 years. Now 63% of the Germans believe in the deduction induced by the evolution theory. Only 20% still believe in the creationist claim and 19% don’t know for sure.
Interesting is the fact that even a considerable majority from protestant or catholic Germans don’t believe in the human’s creation by god as claimed in the Bible.
Communication technologies as enabled by the internet overcome geographic and time barriers. This sounds logical and can be observed in everyday internet usage. But getting a real understanding of what it means may take a while until you get birthday greetings from Japan 5 hours before you considered your birthday. So, who said that a day lasts 24 hours?!
I just watched the CNN Interview with the georgian president Saakashvili from two or three days ago.
What a farce. This president doesn’t talk like a president. He speaks like a sleazy salesman who wants to sell his lies for your life. In his background is the flag of the European Union. But Georgia is not member of EU and won’t become a member in near future!
Additionally CNN shows a split screen with a video-loop of moving tanks in the second screen. Probably they are meant to be Russian tanks but they look like Georgian tanks.
Incredible! What a farce!
Prince Al-Walid bin Talal had the idea to build the biggest Phallus symbol the world has seen so far. It is called “Mile High Tower” and is planned to be 1.600m high. What a symbol of archaic male dominance and desired virility! To complete this picture it will have two smaller towers beside which are meant to support its rigidity: the stylized balls. It is ridiculous!
Anyway, besides such useless towers the world doesn’t need there are towers which really have a purpose: Solar updraft towers. These are hollow towers with 1.000m or higher. They are meant for generating renewable energy by using convection effect: heated by the sun warm air rises inside the tower and drives turbines. One 400MW solar power tower is planned in Namibia.