How to practice your religion without the fear of being persecuted. (PART 3)

The last time I have wrote about religious persecution, what constitutes persecution, and how future persecution may not be avoidable even when one practices his/her religion discreetly and becomes a “pseudo-hypocrite” outside their homes in order to avoid persecution.

By now you should know that the only way for you to practice your religion publicly without being persecuted is by migrating to another country that either does not endorse a state religion or that their state religion is in favor with your beliefs, but not many people have the requirements to be recognized as a legal migrants to most countries (college degree holders/wealthy investors/migrants with exceptional skills). The other option for people to relocate or migrate is to enter a country either as a legal “tourist” or illegally by boat and apply for asylum according to the UNHCR’s 1951 Refugee Convention, 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees or both.

Many people think refugees are groups of villagers fleeing war or government tyranny in their home countries, but it’s not just that. There are government whistleblowers and individuals who are persecuted because of their race, religion and nationalities who are given asylum as well. There are five characteristics that most governments give out asylum status towards:

“A refugee is a person who is outside their country of origin or habitual residence because they have suffered persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are a member of a persecuted ‘social group’. Such a person may be referred to as an ‘asylum seeker’ until recognized by the state where he or she makes his or her claim.”

(Source: Wikipedia [cited from the Oxford English dictionary])

However, there are strict guidelines to whom the refugee/asylum claims are given out to. Most countries do an assessment on applicants on whether a person is a genuine refugee or not by using the “Well-Founded Fear” evaluation points. Reasons for this is to distinguish between those who are genuine in their fear of persecution and those who use the “refugee” claims just to abuse the immigration laws of a certain country so that they could reap the benefits given to genuine refugees such as a permanent resident’s benefit of residing, working and receiving welfare of that country without being detained and subjected to removal.

There are however cases where genuine refugees were denied of their claims because they did not present valid evidences pertaining to their claims, inconsistencies in their statements or did not show any evidence of a “well-founded fear” for their claims of past or future persecutions.

Below is a link to a PDF file from the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for their asylum officer’s basic training in evaluating applicants for “well-founded fear” of future persecution. This is however not a legal advice or a cheat sheet for people to make false refugee claims, but you can use it as a guide as to how asylum officers evaluate refugee claims so that those of you who are fleeing your country of residence seeking refugee status elsewhere know what information you should provide your interviewing asylum officers with as to lower down your chances of getting your first claims rejected, and to decide if you are genuinely eligible for a refugee claim, because just by merely possessing one of the five protected grounds of character without fearing persecution will get you rejected instantly.

USCIS definition and eligibility of “Well-Founded Fear”

How to practice your religion without the fear of being persecuted. (PART 2)

Now let’s see what constitutes persecution, according to the United Nations Refugee Convention:

Persecution and the Reasons for Persecution

“Although the risk of persecution is central to the refugee definition, “persecution” itself is not defined in the 1951 Convention. Articles 31 and 33 refer to those whose life or freedom “was” or “would be” threatened, so clearly it includes the threat of death, or the threat of torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

(Source: untreaty.un.org)

So let’s say you have apostatized from your religion (example: Islam), but your country’s laws (or unwritten laws) does not allow you to apostatize or convert, or else you’ll be facing severe punishments such as death, imprisonment or rehabilitation – right now you’ll be leading double lives. One religion when you’re outside, another when you’re inside your private homes. That’s fine, but how about the future, when you decided to fall in love with your partner who doesn’t share the same “supposed” religion as you do, and that “supposed” religion doesn’t allow inter-faith marriages? Or you’re already having kids by the time you decided to apostatize? Or you had already apostatized, went to another country, had a legal civil wedding, give birth to your child there, then decide you have to come back to your country with your kid?

Persecution is a serious thing, even if it does not involve injuries. Making someone stay in solitary confinement or rehab for an amount of time not specified and making them submit to your cause or turning them into vegetables, although no physical torture was present is a type of persecution. Try abducting a heterosexual man, placing him in a no-escape room secluded in a place he do not know of and forcing him to become gay. Keep throwing in gay pornography materials into his room/cell and demonstrate homosexual actions in front of him while someone else forces him to watch your acts. Although no acts of rape was done, do you think that the person forcing the victim has done nothing wrong?

This is where your compassion comes into realization. Or not. But most of us know what was wrong with the situation. Same thing goes to people who were persecuted based on their religious beliefs – they were forced to submit to something they never believed in their whole lives. What you think is true doesn’t necessary constitutes truth in other people’s belief system. This reminds me of a story written by Ajahn Bram, a Buddhist abbot of a monastery in Australia. You can read the story here.

Anyways, I have read a report from Australia’s Refugee Review Tribunal’s case file regarding a Malaysian lady who has converted from Islam to Christianity, and claimed asylum in Australia during the year 2008. As a Malaysian I thought that religious freedom reports regarding my country wasn’t enough to show evidence but as shown in the RRT’s report I am glad that a Malaysian’s plea for protection from religious persecution has finally come true.

RRT Case No: 0802390

How to practice your religion without the fear of being persecuted. (PART 1)

Centuries ago, according to history – people living in Christian states were persecuted for practicing religions other than Christianity, however not only non-Christian religions were banned but also other forms of Christianity that differs from Catholicism – Protestantism being the most popular Christian sect being persecuted, similar to the Shia sect of the Islamic religion.

In this century those Christian states has either been turned into a secular state or still retaining the power of a national religious figure while allowing religious freedom as an endorsement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, however there are several states replicating the old Christian state’s religious persecutions. I will not be biased while writing this blog post, but I am sure those of you who had lived/living in Islamic states know what am I talking about.

To argue whether a person should be given liberty or not is out of topic. Besides, it’s no use arguing when each debaters come from different worlds.

But if you’re living in a country where you’ll be persecuted for practicing a religion different from the state’s official religion, and you’re able to practice your religion quietly without the authorities or the community knowing, why should YOU read on?

I will give you an example of a country whose name and pride I shall not enclose for I feel it has already received enough tainting from international communities condemning its Constitution. This country has Islam as its official religion, has the clause “freedom of religion” written in it’s Constitution yet there are numerous cases where it’s Muslim citizens were denied permission to renounce the state’s official religion and were subjected to persecution by the community comprised of Muslim majorities and the government authorities themselves.

For a Muslim who wants to renounce his/her religion or convert into another religion he/she has to apply permission with the Sharia court. Reasons for this is because he/she wants the word “ISLAM” removed from his/her National Identity Card, and he/she would not be subjected under Sharia court’s jurisdiction if in the future he/she does something that would cause a Muslim to be punished such as eating during the day in the month of Ramadhan, having pre-marital sex in close-quarters without breaking any civil laws or marrying a non-Muslim without having their partner to convert into Islam first (Muslims are not allowed to marry non-Muslims according to Sharia law). Although there is no clause in any laws that forbids the action of renouncing one’s religion of Islam, however there are many cases where a Sharia court judge sentences the person applying for permission to renounce his/her religion to forced detention in Islamic Faith Rehabilitation Centers without issuing any warrants, thus taking away his/her freedom.

To avoid such unlawful detention some would agree that the ex-Muslim should practice his/her religion in private while going out in the world pretending he/she is still a Muslim by pretending to pray, fast and wearing garments that symbolizes Islam. This is true, for the present moment he/she will not be subjected to persecution but what happens in the future when he/she decides to marry a non-Muslim who wishes not to convert into Islam in order to be lawfully wedded? Or one day being found out by relatives that in close-quarters he/she is practicing a different religion? Or being questioned for possessing an object or ornament that belongs to a different religion?

A reminder: To claim that oneself is not a Muslim to the authorities in order to escape persecuting punishments could be possible, but if found out by authorities that the “offender” is a registered Muslim he/she is liable to a large sum of fine, caning and years of imprisonment.

Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs.

An interesting episode/movie from the cartoon series Futurama.
Kind of like a depiction of god showing himself up to the humans, but in a satirical genre.
Who knows that god actually wanted human’s love just because he was lonely.
And beware if “god” reaches you with one of his appendages, it could be one of his genitalias.

http://www.favupload.com/video/2171/

Did God give us the power to perform telekinesis or is it sinful and unholy?

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_God_give_us_the_power_to_perform_telekinesis_or_is_it_sinful_and_unholy

An interesting question posed by Christians who are puzzled by nature’s way of operating, and yet to know what is quantum mechanics other than complicated mathematical equations.

Here’s what the answer from a supposed Christian who studied his bible well (I’m not anti-Christian, and I love Jesus the same way any Christian would but I think the bible needs major reforms):

“Powers” that are said to come from the mind are actually spiritual powers, and their source is demons. The Bible tells us to avoid anything that is of the occult. Here is an example of what the Bible says about the occult:

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.

– Deuteronomy 18: 10-13

ANSWER 

Power has never been given to man to be able to move objects with his mind alone. There are biblical accounts where mountains have been moved out of their place, where seas have been parted but the authority to do this is God given. 
As all matter has intelligence, otherwise it would not be able to obey a command. And only one who holds a higher authority can give the power to man to move something, it is not the man, but by the priesthood which he holds. Then the reason to move anything has to be that higher powers reason, and not mans. 
When anything is done it is to the glory of God and not for the glorification of man.

First of all, if the person who answered using a verse from The Book of Deuteronomy 18: 10-13 would have researched articles on quantum mechanics and watch lectures from renowned physicists, they would know the basic theory of a subatomic particle, particularly the electrons. Electrons are known to be a very low-mass subatomic particle which is represented by a point-size, are negative-charged, and is a wavicle; it could behave either as a wave or a particle.

Electrons exists in almost every matter that existed in this world. These subatomic particles are also known as a string of energy. Our minds are also known to be formed by the same energies. Telekinesis is the action of manipulating an object’s matter either by changing it’s shape (i.e. Uri Geller’s spoon bending) or by moving the object to a different location without using our physical force, instead we’ll be using our minds, which means that we’re accomplishing these manipulations from a remote distance.

How telekinesis works is actually explainable using quantum mechanics, but first I’ll tell you how to achieve the state of mind that enables telekinesis and other psychic stuffs. Our mind has since a long time ago been separated into two: conscious and sub-conscious. Researchers believed that our two separate minds had been working as one until ego caused these two to separate, thus creating the illusion that our present world existed, our visions limited to three dimensions, and the existence of the self. However, in present time we are still able to combine both minds, with the limitations of maintaining it to a matter of a few seconds. It is believed that by using combined-consciousness together with the embodiment of compassion that the Buddha attained enlightenment. Some people might call this combined-consciousness as the “third-eye”.

The resulting combined-consciousness allows us to manipulate the energies around us, or rather specifically the energies that comprises the subatomic particles around us. We are able to use these energy-manipulations to move small-to-large objects either in mid-air or by a stride-motion, bend hard-irons such as thick stainless-steel utensils or send pulse of messages to another person – which would usually scare the shit out of people thinking there are poltergeists nearby!

It might sound like I’m actually telling a lie, a fabled story or science fiction but like it or not, it’s actually true. Lots of people around the world are making accidental discoveries of their psychic abilities.

Now, back to the question. Did God give us the power to perform telekinesis or is it sinful and unholy?

Would you think that telekinesis would be sinful and unholy if it was actually a gift from God? The same way God gave you arms and legs to commute and do your jobs, gave you a tongue with thousands of taste-buds so that you could enjoy the sweetness of sugar? Although with the invention of the tastebuds that God not only gave you a gift to enjoy sugar but also he gave you an insufficient amount of inulin in your bloodstream to counter the level of sugar you’re feeding yourself to, which in turn would make the tastebuds on our tongues as a curse, a punishment from God just for his enjoyment when he could’ve made sugar taste the same as normal water where we would consume the amount needed instead. Also, God’s extra gift of the ego and “free-will” made our arms and legs the most lethal weapon since Abel and Cain.

OK, let’s say that according to the chap who answered the question by quoting Deuteronomy that telekinesis was actually powers coming from an external source, namely demons, and that no human being possesses any psychic abilities by default. By that he actually means that electrons are actually manifestations or essences of demons, in which he would have to explain how almost 90% of our bodies are composed of these “demon” subatomic particles, and how to cleanse our bodies from these demonic essences. From my point of view, the only way for us to cleanse ourselves from these “demonic possessions” from birth is to kill ourselves, or the most effective way to quickly cleanse ourselves is to incinerate ourselves with fire until we turn into ashes.

Well done, dead dogmas of religions. You have given to us an insight of how evil we are by having every single molecules of our bodies comprised of naturally occurring electrons.

“When anything is done it is to the glory of God and not for the glorification of man.”

I would say, God is glory for creating man not from dust, but rather from accidents and illusions. Hallelujah.

Note: I believe the only practice Christianity had for its followers is to embody the love of Jesus. Loving your parents, loving your spouses, loving your neighbors and loving your enemies. Christianity is a religion of love, the only monotheistic religion I have respect for (Islam’s Muhammad rapes slave women and pre-pubescent girls, Judaism’s Moses murdered an Egyptian guard), however I believe if Christians were to disregard the dogmas created by illusions of the ego then Christianity can be easily followed as a faith. Lastly, I wish for any Christians reading this post not to be offended of this article.

One of the supposed “heresies” of science since Galileo.

The title of the animation was actually “Understanding 4th Dimension”, and although it does not explain specifically about the world of 4 dimensions, however it might give you an understanding on the things we can’t really perceive in life – one of those events where ancient people would call “supernatural”.

Basmala.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

“In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful”

Should indeed be replaced with:

“In the name of the jealous God (Asura), Most Destructive, Most Merciless”

In the teachings of Islam, Allah was purportedly mentioned as using his merciless powers and authority to crush civilizations and order his followers to mercilessly murder and subdue “kafirs” as one of his “merciful” ways. Shakyamuni Buddha however, taught according to his sutras that beings possessing powers of a god who aims at destroying the real godly beings residing in the realm of heaven as asuras, meaning “jealous gods”. After studying Buddhism I have realized that the god of Islam possesses the qualities of an asura, and indeed majority of the Muslims worldwide had embodied the evilness of this asura and its jealous prophet named Muhammad, who had countlessly cursed the Christians and the Jews of his time, ordering his followers to exclusively subdue and exile these category of people living in Arabia and the rest of the world.

In my opinion, Muhammad also had contempt for the Jewish prophet Moses and the son of god Jesus in Christianity since both respective religions would revere these individuals as a person chosen by god, that’s why he wrote the Quran in a fashion where the jealous god Allah has chosen Muhammad, out of the millions of sane Arabs living in Arabia as his dearly revered prophet and messenger, so that in Muhammad’s time he could bear the ego and fame of a celebrity while he is free to murder countless men, take in their wives as concubines and sex slaves while marrying his wealthy distant cousin Khadija, marrying his own daughter in law and performing “lawful” pedophiliac acts with 9-year old Aisha – all in the name of Allah and the newly formed religion of Islam.

As you should know, the word “Islam” in Arabic means “surrender”. Most of the Arabs, Jews, Christians and other pagans who had converted into this religion had to surrender themselves to this religion in fear of being slain by the sword, especially married men who fear that their wives would be taken into the enemy’s hands as sex slaves after their deaths.

I was reading an article regarding the Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha who would succeed the historical Shakyamuni Buddha in the coming times of our future when the true teachings of Siddhartha Gautama would be lost in the world. Maitreya Buddha would come and revive the true teachings and teach all beings of attaining Nirvana and ending their rebirths in samsara. This in my opinion is the true Mercy that any beings, be it a god or a human could have blessed upon others instead of crushing civilizations that were deemed corrupt i.e. Babylon or Zoroastrian and condemning these so-called “sinners” to eternal hell and suffering while the real sinners called Muslims, who had rampaged almost half the world and ravaged thousands to millions of women with their insatiable thirst for sex would be headed for a heaven where they’re promised 72 virgin females for each dweller. Where is the gracefulness, and mercy of your jealous god Allah in which you recite everyday in your prayers?

I agree to freedom of practicing religions that are non-destructive such as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca and all others except Islam. Islam is the religion that should be eradicated from the hearts of every human beings, and the truth of Islam’s destructive teachings be taught throughout history so that it shall not be emulated again, same as Nazism.