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Radicalism, the fruit of thorny policies in the name of democracy


Eritrean Mesqel in Juba, South Sudan, 27 Sept 2014



Radicalism, the fruit of thorny policies in the name of democracy

The Finding of the True Cross (Mesqel) is one of the biggest religious holidays for Eritrean Orthodox Christians. As a result many orthodox Christian followers celebrate it delightfully every year. On the afternoon of 27 September, Eritreans in Juba gathered together to celebrate this religious holiday around the surrounding of the Eritrean Orthodox Church. It was such a great holiday so many worshipers attended for prayer. A prayer of health, peace, love and prosperity! The huge blazing fire in Tumbora Road bordering the Eritrean Church added superb attraction to the celebration. The large gathering of the worshippers attests admirable efforts of religious leaders of the Eritrean Church here in Juba. Societies with strong moral fibers are well protected from dangerous external influences. On the other hand, societies remain vulnerable to extreme acts as their moral fibers decline. There comes the significant input of the church leaders in building strong moral values to guarantee the continuity of their people and nation. Thanks to our religious leaders who realize the importance of building a strong Eritrean society.

As we mark the celebration of our Meskel holiday with immense religious enthusiasm, we find the heavy powers of our world absorbed in the battle against extremism. Several reports indicate more than 3000 Europeans, 150 Australians and many American and French citizens have joined the ISIS in the Syrian  war. By any standard the heinous acts of the extremists in the name of Islam are totally intolerable.

We are also told some of the foreign fighters joining from the West did convert to Islam. This raises to question whether the “converts” really practiced Christianity from the start.

Although several political and social explanations could be discussed, the policies of the western nations that weaken the practice of Christianity in the name of democracy could have opened a vacuum. It has created a favorable ground for radical opportunists to saw their poisonous seeds of destruction in the minds of the innocent. Such American policies are not limited to their homeland. Using its neo-colonial policy to Africa, the US is becoming unfriendly against those nations that prohibit homosexuality. Recently, the US and several European countries threatened the Ugandan government to revise its policy of homosexuality otherwise finds its development aid packages cut. The Gambian government is also facing similar aggressive criticism from the West for not supporting homosexuality.

In the US, apart from protecting the gay and lesbian rights by the government, churches have also started to ordinate homosexual bishops. Imagine when a gay bishop administers your church? What kind of moral values do we think the society would gain? The case of Gene Robinson, the first gay bishop in the US Episcopal Church is a good example. BBC reports “the Bishop had previously been married to a woman with whom he had two children. They divorced amicably in 1985 over his sexuality”. He then married to a male partner called Mark Andrew in a civil ceremony in 2003. He didn’t stop there! He also “announced his divorce with his 25 years partner this year.”

Similarly, we find the French catholic bishops endorsing “homosexual unions” which further undermines Christianity. Statistical reports show that ‘’64% of the French call themselves Catholic. But the reality is that fewer than 5% go to mass each week.” These reports further indicate that “in France, you can call yourself Catholic without it having any religious implications. For example, among the many French who don’t practice a faith, but who still describe themselves as Catholic, 41% don’t even believe there is a God!” The detail is too long.

Taking the status of followers in the western nations and the promotion of contradictory practices within the churches, it becomes far from reality to conclude weather some of the foreign fighters who have joined Isis converted from Christianity to Islam. As they might never been followers of Christianity in the beginning. The conversion could only be limited to name changes. From Abraham to Ibrahim, for example.

From time immemorial, Churches play fundamental roles in cultivating and strengthening sensible way of life within their societies. A policy in favor of ill societal practices does, however, make societies vulnerable to develop dangerous ideologies. It is therefore quite obvious for radicalism to flourish in the children of western nations that promote vice over virtue.

Amanuel

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12 comments:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf8PGd8ANF8

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  2. Interesting note on the background for Meskel. You should write a singular article about it. I googled the Empror Zera Yakob, and he seems to be an Ethiopian king from Oromo in from the 1400 hundreds from the line of the Selomonic-bullshit; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zara_Yaqob. At the time, Eritrea was Medri-bahri (1100-1890). It doesn't seem logic. There are some missing links and obsicurity to your article. If could research this further, it would be even more interesting! But I understand that this time, you just made a comment-based-article on Meskel.

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  3. History 101:
    1,Emperor Zerayakob's mother is from the line of the Enderta hereditary chiefs(ባላባቶች).
    2,His father, ሃፀይ ዳዊት ቀዳማዊ, is also from the Haramat( the area around Hawzen) on his fathers side.
    3, During that time, the Oromos had not expanded to the areas where Emperor Zerayakob was born. Actually, during that time the Oromos were limited to the Borena areas mainly. So, he does not have any Oromo blood line.
    4, He was educated at the monastery of Debre Abay, western Tigray as a child.
    5, The Bahri Negassis were not independent rulers. They were appointed by the Ethiopian emperors as rulers of The Hamassien area and areas adjacent to the Red sea( hence the name Bahri Negassi). Some titles given by the Emperors to rulers of different domains of the Ethiopian empire were: Bahri Negassi(rulers of the Hamassien area), Mekonnen( rulers of Tigray), Nigus( rulers of Gojjam, Wollo) e.t.c. All the Bahri Negassis were not necessarily from the Hamassien area. For example: the most famous of all of them, Bahri Negassi Isaac was from Shire, Adyabo area.


    ONE FINAL BONUS: The current Bahri Negassi( Isaias Afewerki) is also not original of the Hamassien area. I do not know which Ethiopian Emperor appointed him though.:))))))

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  4. The MAJORITY of the People of Eritrea appointed him, YOU LIKE IT OR NOT !!!
    My question to you is who appointed the Wolaytan not Asrat, Indargachew or the Adyabos ofcourse:))))

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  5. The Byzantine origin of Meskel, probably a mere legend yet a notable religious tradition, is a subject that I would not dare to delve on.

    Instead, I'm curious to know about the author, Amanuel Sahle.
    Is he, Amanuel Sahle, the journalist, the self-appointed intellectual/politician, the one who joined EDA (Enterprise to Destroy (Eritrea) from Addis or Mekele) ?

    If he is the same individual, thence, there is something fishy within the lines of the article.

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  6. Agames dying to get Eritrea and everything ERitrean. Give it up, it's a lost case as always. My comment was by the way aimed to the journalist, not to agames

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  7. My reply was to Jacob I answered to his question of who assigned Isayas Afeworki

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  8. Hehe, dream on. Essais Afrwerki is none if your BUSINESS. Lost case as usual. Why don't you hang in the your Tigray corner instead, at least you will reserve some respect that way.....

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  9. You are drunkard. God save you soul

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  10. Thanks Madote for the meaning of the hoye hoye and it's story.

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  11. Poor you, you are regurgitating what amhara kings taught in futile attempt to be they were not. First, they tried to be Arabs when the star of the Arabs were on the rise, Then Jews, when the Western Christians overshadowed the Arabs during the heyday of imperialism. This kind of flip-flops is of course typical of those who are suffering from identity crisis.
    The question is: Who are the Amhara and how did they get that name?
    But before I answer my question, let me briefly state two pillars which reflect our people's unalloyed historical identity, and which the amhara and tegaru left no stone unturned to steal by crooked and sleazy means.
    1. Geez is still spoken by our people as ordinary medium of communication.
    2. The first Christian Monastery in the Horn of Africa is in the heart land of Eritrea.
    To answer my question: To the so called amhara people, the word amhara and Christianity is synonymous. Why? Because they were given that name by the Christian missionaries after they converted them to Christianity as a distinguishing factor from the rest of their Oromo people.
    The word amhara is a derivative of the Tigrigna word, amhirulen, amhirulom. And we apply those q'ts'lat to people on whom something is added. And in the case of the amhara, Christianity and our way of life.
    Yacob,
    Tigrigna word for your name is, Yaaqob. But because you imitate whoever is doing well, you coped the Western style.
    You have one correct point though; isaias afewerqi is tembenay, the reason he is wiping out our people masquerading as Eritrean, to realize his grand father, Abraha Mirach, a senior officer in alula's invading army, failed to accomplish.

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  12. Almost all the monasteries in Eritrea including the biggest one ( Debre Bizen) were built by the ኤዎስጣቴዎሳውያን who were group of Christians from around Enderta. Debrebizen was built by Abune Philipos, pupil of Abune Absadi the founder of the city of Mekelle.
    Mr. Dawit, you better not talk about history. You are distorting everything.

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