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Against Gods image

April 11, 2013

Has God created humans in his image, or is it the other way around? The human race has alway struggled to get God and his words to match their own distorted image of the world.

Nuria is in jail because of love.  Foto: Anja Niedringhaus ( Ap )

Nuria is in jail because of love. Foto: Anja Niedringhaus ( Ap )

Nuria is in jail in her country Afghanistan. Her crime is that she wanted to divorce her husband. Nuria is in love with another man. That love have put her in jail. Because she might act on her her love. Love is a feeling that is natural. Given to us as a gift from God. At least for those of us that believe in it.

Nuria is not the only one. In Afghanistan 100´s of women is in jail for their emontions sake. Women which only crime is to follow their heart.

Everyone that has been in love knows what this is about. Its an enormous power that takes over body, heart and mind. Wonderful. Fantastic and very exhausting. Some times love is a curse rather than a gift. Love is a power that is stronger than anything else.

The government in Afghanistan wants love to be punishable. A gift that is given by God. At least if you are a woman. Its the womans emontions they go to war against. And they will never win. Cause the emotions will always be there.

It is not the first time ignorant men tries to stop womens love life. Most societies and cultures do this. Through the history our christian church is no good example.

The history of humans is a history of abuse and repression. Either it is private or political. At the front, there is ideas or relighion. Politicians, priests, imams and rabbies. Men who claims they know what God wants. They actually knows whats in Gods mind. Have anyone ever asked what God really want?

Why have God created women as intelligent as men, if they are here to be subdued by men? Why have God bothered to create the women with a sexual lust, if its only there to be surpressed by men? Why on earth have God even bothered giving women emotions if the emotions is her to be put down? And why has God given women free will?

Why does men fight this? Why does men fight the image of God? The image we have been created in?

Humans is created in the image of God the good book says. Since then men have struggled with creating God in our image. It is not a pretty sight. I send Our Lord some sympathy. I suggest you do the same.

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A trip to the kingdom of shame

October 25, 2012

Its really difficult to express my feelings and experince visiting Auschwitz- Birkenau together with my son. I trust in my own music and pictures to tell youmy feelings from the trip. You may share it if you like.

A lifes value part II

July 28, 2010

According to the old testament God let man rule the world. Man was set to name all animals and plants and were set to rule over them. We havent really done a great job.

Most cultures have had or still have traditions that allows torturing humans and animals. Even the most sivilized countries have tortured and killed animals for their own pleasure. Therefore ist is most pleasing that Catalonia has banned Bullfights. A custom that shows humans total contempt for life.

Animals kills because they have to. Either to because they are born meat-eaters or in selfdefence. Animals kills only to survive.

Humans have a long list of reasons til kill. Pure entertainment is one of them, And good entertainment usualy last for a while. A gladiator-fight was not perticularly interesting if one of them cut the head of his opponent wit the first strike of his gladius. The audienve wants to see an exiting fight, with all the blood and suffering that goes with it.

Bloodsport is an old tradition. We see it in ancient Egypt, Grecce and the Roman Empire. Glariator-fights, animal fights and fights between animals and humans. The fitghts had the same results. The word «arena» is latin and means sand, a practical device soaking up the blood.

But unfortunately those traditions is not just history, Dog-fights where dogs bite eachother to death is happening as we speak. Fox-hunting, where the animals is hunted with a pack of dogs and hunters on horse was banned in England as late as 2005. It was an activity that was popular amongst the nobels and royalty in all of Europe. The English lords with their silly red coats could do this until just five years ago. I doubt that those fine gentlemens spared the exhaushed fox a single gentle thought when it has been slit to pieces in the foxhounds teeths. As late as 1953 they did the same to bulls on the same islands. In the USA tran passagers could killl as many bisons they wanted. Entertainment that also serwed to surpress the native americans.

But to the bull-fights. We are facing a very old traditions. Bull fitghts was porbably broght to the Iberion peninsula by the roman emperor Claudius (ruled from 41- 53 bc) in a period where gladiatorial fights were banned. From Spain the fights spread out ti Portugal, France, mexico and Latin Amerca. It is still practized in those countries.

The fighting has certain rules and rituals. The sword is pushed directly through the heart, at least it should. This is done after the picadores and banderilleras has wounded the animal with their lances. If the matador misses the heard the bull is teased to move from right to left so that the sword slashed up the lounges, heart and inner organs until the animal dies from the injuries. All while the crowd cheers.

I am definetely no bull. But as we all are I am equippet with a nerve system. It works brilliantely and I can therefore state that thios sort of treatment hurts very much and continues to do so for a long time. So why could this barbaric traditons go on for som many years?

These things happens in our own back yard. In countries that many europeans loves to travel to. As long as it is weiled in a cape of tradition you can torture an animal as long and as cruel as you like.

Unfortunately theres to many humans that puts their own pleasures over life itselves. An ox, a fox or a dog is under the human life and is therefore the servants of men. Even if it means sacrificing its life to entertaing its master.

Bloodsport with animals emphazise our darkest sides. The worst in human kind. Therefore ist is realiving to see people protest and fight the torture and injustice committed to animals. But it is to late for the thousands of bulls that would have loved to smell the flowers together with Ferdinand.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/336836,extraspains-catalonia-bans-bullfights.html

http://www.newser.com/story/96687/catalonia-bans-bullfights-hemingway-saw-it-coming.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10788378

Gasoline on «The fire of shame»

July 23, 2010

There is a lot of ways to use or abuse power. Many ways to surpress people. Rape doesn´t only rob the victim of something intimate. Rape switches selfrespect with bottomless shame.

Maybe it is unusual for a man to write about rape. Some might think its almost pathetic. I know that I am in danger of being labeled as a «softie» by writing about this. It doesnt matter. I am a man. I have a fiancé, a daughter, female friends and relatives. I know several rape victims . Some of them close to me. So do you. Rape touches us all.

Every time a rape is reported to the police there is nine rapes that doesn´t get reported. This numbers is from Norway . Between seven and 14 percents of the rapes is reported to the police.

Some years ago I had a job that took me across Eurpe. When I introduced myself and told them where I lived they all nodded and commented on Norways policy for gender equality. They knew absolutely nothing about fjords and mountains and the ridicilous brown cheese we desperately try to showe down every tourists throath. Norway is characterised for womens rights by many europeans . Still most rapes is not reported in this country.

Rape is as old as the human history. Its known from ancient greek and roman mythology. There  is also stories about rape from the bible.

The penis has been a very effective weapon in war. Rape of women and children is a well. A known strategy to paralyze the civil population. Rape of the enemies women and children is well-known from most wars. More systematicly known from Kosovo, Bosnia , Sudan and Burma. The aim is to make the civil population afraid and shamefull.

Rape is usually not a sexual deviation. Its a violent motivated crime, that is about power and the urge to degrade and harm the victims. Its an expression of surpression and is traditionally about mens whishes to surpress women. Some countries like Nigeria even punishes the victim of rape by flogging or stoning, The total surpression.

But why doesnt more women in a western european country like Norway report rape? In a country where women seems to be equal to men should this be obvious. Some of the rapes happens between friends and lovers and is not that easy to report due to personal bonds. Others is abut shame, surpression and centuries living in a culture that has pushed women down the social ladder. Even in Norway gender equality is realtively new, and a lot of the old prejudices stilll lives. You bare your shame, you dont talk about it. This is rules they still live by in many areas of Norway and in many  areas of many other countries. The worst part is that many women paricipate in this. Women hold themselves down by using old prejudises. But in now way does this releave the man.

Perhaps its a bit unusual for a man to write about this. Perhaps I should write about cars or football instead. I willl probably be stimatized by some for writing this, It doesnt matter. I am man enough to bare this. Most men should also be. Its time to get up and talk for all those that doesn´t dare. Those who let the shame and disgust for themselfes silence them. They who let the blame and shame destroy the person they were meant to be.

Well, this isnt now, is it? We live in the year 2010 and is an educated people?  The western women is stronge and independant? Between seven and 14 percent of the rapes in Norway is reported. I doubt that the numbers in other countries is much higher dependant on the population figures. That means that shame and guilt never grows out of fashion.

http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/rape_what_to_do.html

http://www.mencanstoprape.org/

The weaker sex

July 5, 2010

Women is the weaker sex. Not because they are weaker, less intelligent or less resourcefull than men. It is the soxiety that creates the weaker sex.

In Iran a mother of two children is about to be stoned to death. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani has not killed anyone. The veridict does not mention robbery, hustling or thievery either. . An action that only concerns her and her family. Theres no state security involved in the crime that supossedly is committet.The woman was flogged until she confessed. After 99 severe lashes anyone could confess anything. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/07/01/iran.stoning/?fbid=Vjdw5RezWWs

Ashraf Kolhari lived in an unhappy marriage and wanted a divorce. She had an affair with another man. Because of that she was sentenced to prison and death by stoning. Malak Ghorbany is a third example of a fellow human beiing condemmend to this horrible death. A 13-year old girl vas stoned in Somalia. Her crime was that she told the police that she was raped. In the movie «The stoning of Soraya» a woman was stoned because her husband wanted a divorce. The movie is based on a true story. There are many more storys like this.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/02/iranian-woman-stoning-death-penalty

All of these storys is about women. Men also gets stoned, but they are a lot fewer than the women. Women is the main victims of this absolute expression of suppresion and have been for all times. Woman that cary huge guilt loads is not news.

From the year 1420 to 1750 Europe burnt their vitches. 86% of those that became victims of the flames was women. The last witch was burnt in the early 19. century in Polen. In India they burnt their widows on the husbands burial fire. The jews did also stone women of adultery according to the bible.

In modern times the stoning takes place in countries with muslim culture, if we should belive the media. Iran and Somalia is both dominatet by muslims. The storys about abuse in all forms hits our foreheads from the headlines in the newspapers. A 14-year old girl was circumsised on a kitchen table in Nittedal in Norway. The government in mhy country condemmes this calling it an abuse agaisn human rights. Its also a criminal act. In the bibel it it is written that God created humans in his image. His image should be good enough. It shouldnt be nescesary to modify it in any way. Luckiky this isnt practiced by all muslims

Somewhere a 13-old girl lives in danger. She is a runaway from her father after he tried to force her to marry. Girls gets acis in their face because they refuse to marry. In Norway which is a small country 567 children have seeked help against forced marriages. All muslims doesnt practice this, thank God. Most muslims isn´t terrorists either.

I am not against imigration. My country that is a small country with four million inhabitants needs imigration from all sorts of cultures and countries. Muslim nations too. If a small country like us shall thrive and develop we need the stimulation from the rest of the world. We all need to take a part of in our small world.

But that doesn´t mean that we should accept suppresion and criminal acts. We should not accept cultures that kills their daughters for honor. We as a society should not accept that women is forced to marry against their will or accept violence.

Suppresion of women is not typical muslim. Not all muslims supress their women. To hold down the women has been typical for most societies all over the world . The catholic church is the largest christian church in the world. They refuse women to be priests. Women have never been worth much in this world, regardless if they are christian, muslims, jews or hindus.

Some years ago a friend of mine said that he missed the shades in the discussion about circumsission of women. In other subject s I would agree. The shades is the vehicle to develop the discussion and pushing it foreward. To be catecorically and see all in black and white is the brake of every debate. But the discussion of suppresion is whitout shades. Either you cut up a woman or you dont. Its not okay to cut just a little. Its not okay to cut at all.

Womens rights and equality should be obvious. Unfortunately it is not so.

http://www.rhairan.in/en/?p=4994

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3911346,00.html

http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=29254

http://www.iwf.org/inkwell/archive/2010-06-27.html

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When the state acts like God

July 5, 2010

Ronnie Lee Gardner was shot and killed. The killer was a state in USA. Also called the world biggest democracy.

Many countries kills their own citizens. We also did it in my homecountry, Norway. And its not that long ago. The very idea about a life for a life is not a new one. The idea of revenge is probably as old as the time humans just had to walk on two legs.

Its irrational but still something very understandable about the feelings revenge creates. Even the most extreme pacifist must have felt the sweetness of revenge. Even only in their fantasies. A person that kills when seduced by those feelings would possible have some sympathy from many. Not cause we all are capable of killing, but because we understand the feeling.

To kill inn affect is og course totally wrong. Bot moral and by law theres few excuses to kill a fellow man. I Norway theres a warrant of bay in the law saying that you might kill if its absolutely nescessary to save yours of others lifes. But its a very severe paragraph. Only three persons has gotten away with killing in bay in the Norwegian court. And it shoul be severe. The death of a fellow man should not be done easy.

A cold blooded murder is something completely different. Humans that kill others because of a cold, calculated motiv doesnt awake the same sympathy. Its something perverted and disgusting that a human can plan another humans death. The more planned the kill is, the more disgusting it seems. The fact that the the state is the killer doenst make things easier.

Our rights and duties is regulated in the laws of the state. The laws have to be a good example and work according to its intentions. A country that can kill a man supported by the law is no better than the convicted. It is unethical to kill, no matter who you are.

Why does the state kill? Is it because the majority think it is a just punishment? Is it because some cirminals is beyond redemtion? Or is it to to be deterrent and deter others to do criminal acts? And what is justice? In Iran women gets executed because of infidelity. In USA peoople gets executed because they kill another human being.

When Saddam Hussein was hanged not many people rised and protestet. The tyrant had many lifes on his concience, and they had to feed the hunger for revenge from a whole country, When an ordinary human being is executed theres more protests. That person seems closer to us. Its much easier to identify with them than a mighty dictator. But its the state that kills both of them. The state places iteself above its citizens and is playing the part of God. Who is to live, and Who is to die?

Then the next question. Does the death penalty work? Does it scare people from comitting murder or other crimes? Probably not., Iran is executing a lot of their own. China kills. And the United States, «the land of the free» has crime numbers that is about to strangulate the whole country. It almost seems that the death penalty is stimulating crime. If the state doesnt set an example, why should its citizens do so?