Keep out of religion

Having been raised next to a Catholic Cathedral but as a Lutheran Protestant, I never found my peace with God. I don’t believe that there is a God.

Even at my Confirmation, aged 14, I thought the vicar didn’t like me and I didn’t fit in.

Unfortunately the media is full with quite a lot of negativity about religion too. Stories of exorcisms going wrong, mothers with children being killed. Most recent case in Panama, but there was also a similar story in Ireland . Religion plays an important part in both cases.

Living here in East London without much money and raising children, I felt compelled to use the church schools. But they force parents to attend masses and participate in religious rites, which are always connected to various money collections, no matter how poor you are.

I also heard (non proven rumour) that a Catholic school allowed an expelled pupil to stay on when the parent agreed to pay £200 bribe money to keep the child in school, I felt betrayed. Betrayed for all those poor people who could not afford to pay that much and whose children were forced to drop out of mainstream school. This offends my sense of equality, fairness and justice.

I never felt really part of the church community unless I paid money to someone.

Whilst I don’t oppose churches providing education, I am opposing the obligation of parents to attend their church services in return. After all the education is paid for by the state and only a small amount of voluntary contribution is required by parents, which should not be connected to church attendance.

I thoroughly reject the idea that exorcism is a valid form of treating anybody and I am very uneasy about this.

If you have a choice, stay away from church communities. Only take part if you have no other choice. Never agree voluntarily that you need exorcism, it makes you more vulnerable.

I would go so far as to say that I would not stay in any kind of relationship that involves me receiving any type of injury, accidental or not.

 

The conscience of a nation

Justin Welby brings sense and sensibility into this country at Christmas when he voices his concerns about the direction the country is travelling in:

  • the increase in homelessness
  • the domestic debt increase and inability to pay back
  • increase in food bank use

Why do we need a man of God to tell us that we are becoming less and less human?

It is probably the fault of our economic system and how we administer success. Paying for services rendered but showing little respect for people’s need of abode, nourishment and social needs.

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Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

We have become a solely profit oriented society and the recent votes towards the political party, which masters profiteering has been given the largest majority to give us more of that.

Our laws should need to change, it should become illegal to tolerate homelessness and poverty.

Every council should have an absolute duty to house every individual in their area and business should have to pay a homeless levy.

It really doesn’t help that profit making is the ultimate goal of our society and indiviudals within it.

Less people concentrate more of the pool of money in circulation and the ever increasing poor rely on the charity of those having accumulated all the cash.

We do not need God to help us, we need to help ourselves and cynically it is a man of God who has to remind us of our worldly duties.

Right-wing extremism

the development of which is a real danger for Britain today. The Big Society is the breeding ground for extremists of all sorts.

We cannot categorise a person as left- or right-wing whether they are white or not, we have to categorise them by religion and/or traditional behaviour towards their religious doctrine.

We need to re-evaluate the systemic fascist bevaviour that may or may not be religious because the orientation towards a god-like persona, whether living or dead is the main attraction in those movements. Domestic abuse is an indicator of wide-spread day-to-day facism.

Boaz’s book of ‘The politics of Freedom’ are a symphony’ to praise venture Capitalism and with it comes the religion of exploitation of the moment to help the venture individual become rich and successful.

With the Big Society, the Conservatives developed the red herring of Brexit, a concept that runs right through their tenure of government. Whenever they needed something to talk about, it was/is Brexit.

Newsnight’s data – obtained under the Freedom of Information Act – revealed there were 322,250 RUI cases between April 2017 to October this year. Of these, 93,098 related to violence against a person and sexual offences cases.

All pressing current issues were ignored. Right-wing extremists are not necessarily white these days, they can come from all backgrounds and Usman Khan, the recent London Bridge terrorist is the dead proof of it. He got a ‘get out of jail’ card without proper scrutiny but it would have been apparent to specialists that he is definately a terrorist risk. Yet there was no money available to properly assess or monitor him as the government spent millions on Brexit preparations instead, putting all our security at risk.

_rui_offences-ncIn fact 93.000 suspectd violent criminals and sex offenders – were released since 2017 into society without restrictions. The government changed the rules on pre-charge bail in 2017. People suspected of offences including rape and murder have been among those “Released Under Investigation” (RUI). Such persons could have an immense effect on society because they may have a different attitude towards democracy and freedom of the individual among other things.

This means suspected offenders who could be part of a certain ideology could be released without jail back into society and severely affect the fabric of society.

Politics is evolving very fast and we cannot keep getting stuck to old and no longer reliable concepts. Multi-nationalism and international movement puts a stop to that.

Whenever I write to a government department, the answer that the minister is just changing prevents a meaningful dialogue. Many voluntary organisations are primarily staffed with those who can afford to spend the time and energy to do those roles. That in itself indicates, the persons are well off and from a middle to upper class background. There are a few organisations who meet through need like those around Grenfell Tower and victims of crime of some sort, who meet whenever they can.

The ability to organise these days is severely restricted through changing working patterns. The change in working patterns was orchestrated on purpose so the so-called working classes could no longer meet and organise themselves on a regular basis.

Only those who are established and well off can find the resources to dedicate themselves to the Big Society, they are also the least likely wanting to rebell.

Wealth concentration is spiralling towards a smaller elite whilst the masses are kept in some poverty and ever bigger dependance on the charity donations that fewer people are able to give.

The Labour policies currently pushed by the Labour Party are there to counter this development and it is necessary to re-establish some level of playing field for society to flourish.

 

Assisted dying is murder

Apologies for yet another dark subject in posting. I get a lot of emails from all kinds of organistions, who lobby me to support one cause or another.

Last night, the last one I received was one from Humanists asking me to write to my GP to support assisted dying. I definitely will not. I find nothing more repulsive as when humans ask each other for help with dying.

There is no dignity if one human being helps another human being to die. Especially a GP, who has been swearing an oath to help other human beings regardless of wealth.

There are many religious groups who commit some type of murder. I blogged yesterday about religious child-killers. Often it is some horrible ritual killing to punish for something.

But asking for a group to humanely kill another person is equally repelling.

There is assisted death already allowed in other countries and the recent case of a 17 year old, helped to die because she was tired of life, as she was raped and could not cope with that, is more than alarming. I really do not want to support assisted dying.

That is the problem with Euthanasia, once you got the principle, then it applies to all ages because that is how our laws work.

Anybody who wants to end their life can do so without any help from somebody else. I do not want to give any tips on that but it is really easy, even if you do not have your arms and legs functioning. I am very happy that there is a big opposition for social media tips on how to die. Apparently young people were coaxed into self-harm by being led – via algo-rythm – to more and more self-harm groups once they showed some interest in it.

The fact that people who want to die ask others to help them is in itself a cry for help.

Yes Humanity is facing a lot of problems to come through earth warming, lack of space but we should never revert to savage methods of reducing population numbers by killing those who are the weakest and ask to be put to death.

More and more children have food allergies for example. Yet we need to stay positive and foreward-looking and try to help solving problems with empathy and sympathy for humanity.

 

We support faith schools in general

Faiths and Faiths can be quite different. Whilst it is known that in England alone, 2.000 suspected child victims were identified, yet that is only the tip of the iceberg and the real figure may be much higher. Victims can suffer abuse because of exorcism, violence against witches and of course FGM plays a major part.

Whilst our home-grown faiths like Church of England, Methodists, Catholics all work hard to expel child abuse and whilst our domestic laws outlaw even parental violence against children like smacking, some foreign religions bring their bad habits to Britain when they immigrate.

Our laws make no distinction between faith schools. That is the problem with our non discrimination laws. We do not discriminate against bad practises but accept anything.

We then only deal with problems as they arise. Once the problems have arisen, the child has already suffered or is dead.

I have seen a film about Africa where a child is expelled from the family, declared a witch and left to starve to death in the street unless the begging child finds doners. Victoria Climbie died aged 8 after sustained torture and abuse from her aunt  here in Britain. She was accused of being obsessed by evil spirits and starved to death.

Children are often targeted for abuse because of financial problems in the family. We used to publicly flog people in the streets hundreds of years ago but other countries are still in that phase of social development and bring those beliefs with them.

As a society we either stop having faith schools or we allow only schools with faith associated and fully acceptable to our social norms.

 

 

Raine’s can still be saved

A public meeting is being held on Mon 11th Nov following the decision by Tower Hamlets Council to issue a statutory notice on the proposal to close Raine’s Foundation School. This means that the proposal to close the school and expand Oaklands to accommodate some displaced pupils, is being progressed to the next stage and will initiate a statutory 4 week consultation period, due to begin on Mon 4 Nov. You are invited to attend this meeting to find out more about the next stage of the process and to feedback your views to senior leaders. The meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB. From Monday 4th November more information can be found at: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/council_and_democracy/consultations/Proposal-to-close-Raines-Foundation-School.aspx

My last post was rather depressed because watching that council meeting really gotten me down. But I met Father Alan from St. John’s on Bethnal Green and speaking to him gave me some new energy.

I have gotten some great ideas for the next stage of the consultation because I still believe that a closure of Raine’s school can be avoided. There is still hope.

Should good air quality trump?

raines school

the brand-new building of Raine’s Foundation school

The current case on the proposed closure of Raine’s Foundation school raises a lot of questions.

Council has admitted that the air quality of the location of Raine’s is healthier than in the rest of the borough but because the academic achievements are lower than the average in Tower Hamlets and the school is the only one with a ‘need of Improvement’ Ofsted rating since a few years and parents do not want to send their kids to the school and admission numbers constantly fall, the school should be closed.

chest-hospital

Raine’s is next to the Chest Hospital, view from Victoria Park, 1 minute away from the school

Yet we constantly see this harrowing pictures of children being unable to breathe on the way to school or have schools in unhealthy air areas. We have a healthy air campaign.

gatehouse schoolAlso in this area is the private Gatehouse School, which is thriving. Gatehouse school is part of the education provision in the area near Victoria Park.

I find it quite amazing that healthy environment cannot be utilised for the benefit of secondary school pupils and education provision cannot be moved to a healthy air area but instead education takes places in a preferred other area that is not so healthy. It doesn’t make much sense to me.

It would make sense if parents sent their kids to the Raine’s Foundation school and then started an action group to pressurise for better educational results, lobbying the governors and so on.

Political Sunday

Sunday mornings have become sports, political and shopping days, perhaps in that order. The BBC channel starts the day with ‘Match of the Day‘, then comes ‘Politics live’ and ‘Sunday Politics‘. The bigger shops open at 11:00.

Personally I do not want to be a member of any political party as I cannot find any I can fully agree with. I strategically support some political parties at certain times but only temporarily.

Residing in Tower Hamlets, a large Muslim population, Labour stronghold, I am completely in a reversee environment as soon as I help at my sports club in Hackney, which has a big Jewish community. Both boroughs are now policed by a joint force from Met Police, which sort of streamlines relgious frictions.

Our council, like all councils, relies on finance restrictions imposed by central government. Yet it always depends who lives and works in a borough to see what services are needed. Obviously councils with a larger proportion of financially secure residents can enjoy a different electorate from those who have another demographic.

There are national policies like the PPI refunds, which helped us recoup some of the debts incurred up to January 2005 and the Pension policies, which enable us to be excempt from the bedroom tax and gives us the Freedom pass are national policies, currently upheld by the Conservative government, which I find attractive.

Just for the purpose of reason, making council tenants move out of bigger flats, does not make the space available in private homes and houses. So I oppose Bedroom tax as it is needlessly discriminating and ineffective.

Unfortunately Britain has a history of stupid taxes, like taxing the amount of windows (1696) or the Poll tax.

Environmentally friendly policies are pushed by the larger parties, they need to do it to get the votes, which is a good thing.

I have just had an email from Gov.uk stating the non-EU trade agreements, which are in place should we leave the EU without a deal. This makes some grim reading, you can see all the agreements in place and it is not a lot.

That makes it very understandable why so many politicians argue day and night about the Brexit issue.

Some political parties have now come the conclusion that they should reverse the Article 50 and remain in the EU.

This is all good and valuable but to get engaged in those current affairs to a great extent would literally make it impossible for me to keep an eye on the bigger picture. It is very time-consuming.

 

 

 

 

Setting international standards

What humanity needs is an international set of professional standards, that enables all communities of the world to set rules of human interaction.

Even the smallest indigenous communities have standards that are set to enable the community to thrive.

Depending on location and environment, the more primitive societies made the most of what they had but set moral standards to prevent sexual exploitation or unhealthy live styles.

Most major religions are centred around the unquestionable servititude towards a divine being – a God –  and the rulers in charge identified themselves as being a direct descendant of that God. Of course that developed through from ancient times via the Greeks, Romans, then Christians in the west and Muslims in the East.

Through international communications it becomes clear that a lot of such communities exist world-wide, communities who teach their children, that their God is the only true one.

Conflicts are created when one community teaches their followers that they can exploit anybody who is not part of their religion as for example Daesh or Isis did. They said it was OK to exploit anybody sexually who was not a strict Muslim.

This principle leads to tribal conflicts on smaller area disputes as they can happen in African tribes for example, who roam wild areas and conflict with each other over territorial disputes.

Modern gangs, even in western societies use the rape of another gang’s members as a tool of control and stamping on authority. The rape of the women in other tribes is also an ancient method of destroying other cultures.

Religion started off as a moral code to regulate personal and family life to restrict behaviour to acceptable standards to avoid disease transmitted by sexual activity for  the members of any particular community.  Where later on science came in was when ‘doctors’ found  cures for common illness through scientific research, developing medications that could be administered and also by finding hygiene rules to avoid water contamination for example.

Setting a commonly accepted code of standards is important to avoid local and wider conflicts and to enable humanity to develop.

Whilst primitive cultures enslave their followers by simple dicatatorial rule, e.g. everybody must follow the laws of the leader, modern society exploits the poor by having rules, which create dependency. Universal Credit is a nodern example of that because it drove recipients into prostitution or they could not afford to live.

Other countries developed away from religious Gods and became Communist, again using strict dictatorial rules to regulate society.

A lot of states now have nuclear power and use that as a threat to keep foreign influence away.

I really do not think it matters what type of rule a society has, it just matters that each member of any society can live with a freedom of choice and without having to loose dignity.

Yes, the ability to choose aslo depends on intellect and brain function. This can vary from individual to individual. Yet professional standards should regulate good standards of living and enable everybody to contribute to the best of their ability.

Unfortunately much of modern society is determined by venture capitalism, a form of control over people, by making those with the most money privileged. Whilst it doesn’t matter how people gotten rich, they do not loose their wealth, even after they have been found to supply humanity with dangerous products.

Using advertising and mass-media, any producer of any goods can use streaming to attract people to buy their products and get rich, may that be cigarettes or e-cigarettes, alcohol or petrol cars.

Modern societies life-styles have been driven by a desire to have comfort in the home and use less physical activity.

People are required to use their energy to work for an employer and then have little time for their personal lifes. Laws force any person to work for any employer who will give them a job, not allowing the individual to choose.

This produces a downward social spiral. Dismantles family life and the ability of the individual to choose a healthy profession over an unhealthy one.

Earth warming has now become the biggest threat to humanity but the mechanisms that drive international trade, which is mainly responsible for earth warming, are not being dismantled.

When I say international trade I also mean the goods that are being traded and the production of which causes a big carbon foot print.

Wars and conflicts have an enormous carbon foot print. The use of fossil fuels, which also produce petrol, diesel and plastics is a major source of carbon.

Unfortunately many societies cannot exist unless they engage in trade because all services and labour are distributed due to a GDP calculation that is established. GDP stands for General Domestic Product.

Societies, countries rely on tax collections to provide services for the inhabitants.

Unless governments make a stand and refuse to accept taxes from bad companies, we cannot progress.

We need to exercise control over venture capitalism and control goods and services for their beneficial impact on society before we produce, advertise and sell them.

A weird new sect!

Ext-red

This pic is from Reuters and taken from the BBC website.

Now there are some letterbox looks for you. Or is it a sect? Why dress up in these outlandish outfits? The looks of Extinction Rebellion is more suitable for a sectarian movement. Maybe its going to be a new religion. Some people go to any length to find new relationships. Perhaps its as basic as that what drives them on to do what they do.

Every new protest movement has some merit. They bring up those grudges we have within us and just cannot find an outlet for. There is definitely a reason to be very worried about our planet but to cause even more mayhem is definitely not going to provide any solutions but just more problems.

How can those protesters even afford to spend all that time blocking roads, buying those costumes? They are not your average working people who need to earn their crust. They are probably some rich kids who are bored and have nothing better to do than to dress up in fancy costumes.

I have little sympathy for them. I think it would be much more effective to erect moss walls and plant some trees. Spending less money on buying new clothes, like those costumes, actually would spare us some carbon footprint.

I really do not have to have a bad conscience about my lifestyle causing the planet harm, I live simply without causing health hazards to anyone, so I do not need to feel bad. It’s about changing lifestyles not causing more problems.

Asking councils to change heating and lighting systems to residential blocks would be more effective than blocking traffic.

 

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