Source: Travel Addict
Cyrus the Great received revelation from God to emancipate Jews from the tyranny of Nabonidus, who was the king of Babylon. Cyrus the Great also provided financial resources to the Jews to move from Babylon to their promise land Jerusalem to build their temple and worship their God. And Cyrus the Great drafted the first Human Rights Declaration which is now on display in the British Museum.
Now, there is Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, whose act have resemblance to Cyrus the Great. PM Trudeau is appearing at different religious ceremonies, and worshiping God with them. It is truly amazing to see that one man is showing high respect to other faith groups. He is reducing religious friction in Canada and helping Canadians to respect one another and put their differences aside and think about future of Canada.
The Holy Bible is a good book to read and learning knowledge from it. There is one aspect of the Bible that has caught the attention of people since the dawn of the history; it is called Revelation. It is predicting the end time will come with signs and symbols. The signs and symbols to look for are, planet earth will be going through a transformation, widespread of corruption on the earth, feminine, pestilence, drought, rumors of wars, ongoing of natural disasters. In the midst of chaos, a man will appear who will astray people by his knowledge. The Bible does not say exactly what date the earth will come to an end. Thus, the room opens for people to guess a day for the end of the time.
Isaac Newton was a mathematician and an astrologist. He took upon himself to predict the end time by reading the Bible and said that it would be 2060. It is far away date for us since we are living in 2017. The Jehovah Witnesses, a Christian denomination predicted that the end time would be 1914, 1915, 1918, 1925 and 1975. The end time did not come.
It was back in 1999 when I became familiar with the Western culture that liked to predict its demise. Let’s drop off everything now because the end was coming as the computer systems were going to crash during the celebration of the new year 2000. This historical moment was known as Y2K. The world was going to move to the state of total anarchy. People were thinking to buy foods and stored them in their homes. The idea of surviving Y2K was a big deal. Also, there was Nostradamus prediction that the year 1999 would be that last year of humankind. Well, the year 2000 came, and nothing happened. However, people did not stop predicting their end. The scholars of the end time did not stop their agenda; they predicted that on December 21, 2012, based on the Mayan calendar, the end time was upon us. It turned out to be a false alarm. Now, the scholars of the end time theory transformed into a cult. They were recruiting individuals in their belief systems that the end closed. They use movie clips as a measure to support their claims that Hollywood knew something about the end time.
Coming to the focal point, the Holy Bible is clear as a clean water that anyone can see the bottom of it. Noone knows the end time. God will not be coming to share His secret with others. Live life peacefully, and enjoy it. Those individuals are predicting the end time; they may predict the next lottery draw, and if they win, they should give the money to their chosen charity organization.
When I was growing up in Iran back in the 1980s, the US was a land of freedom that you could express yourself and say what you wanted. You did not have to worry about the big brother was watching over your shoulders what you were saying. University students were reading the “Communist Manifesto” of the Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in a capitalist system. Post 9/11, the US lost its touch of being a great land that it stands for freedom. Now, the police surveillance is rising in the US. The scope of this paper is not the US domestic policy of police surveillance. I became surprised when Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau appeared at the United Nations; he discussed Canada’s shortcoming during past several decades that how Canada violated aboriginal people’s human rights. To me, it was fascinating to see how Prime Minister of Canada was telling to the world that we need to treat others fair and equal. I also saw pictures of him praying with other Muslims in a mosque. I have seen my fair share of other Prime Minister of Canada, they never worn Muslim clothes and pray with Muslims. Justine Trudeau’s father was a prime minister of Canada, and he too acted outside of the realm of the conventional wisdom of acceptable politics. Thus, son learned from his father to be innovative and accept others for who they are.
Now, I see Canada as a beacon of hope, a nation which is striving to be different than other countries. It is trying to be an example to other countries how to govern. It will be an exciting year ahead of us how Canada will influence other nations in the area of freedom.
The Muslim communities are here in Canada to stay; they are not going to leave Canada. It is also important to make the Muslim communities feel welcome in Canada and not marginalizing them. It is important for other ethnic groups to embrace Muslim communities to prevent Muslims to create their ethnic enclaves. For example, when Europeans came to Canada, they created their ethnic enclaves and the second generation moved out of the ethnic enclaves because the mainstream society welcomed them and counted them as one of them. Today, the mainstream society needs to recognize Muslims as Canadian. Otherwise, Canada will be walking in a dark alley and has to deal with bizarre events.
In the 1970s, the eastern people began to immigrate to the western nations, and the eastern people brought their cultural values to the western nations. One aspect of the cultural value is the religion, and since the western countries were predominately Christian, the Islamic values did not go so well. The Muslim communities began to face discrimination in the western nations, and the notion of Islamophobia emerged as a neologism to define the current state of fear among the western individuals that they deemed Islam as a threat to their existence.
Runnymede Trust published a report with the title of ‘Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All‘ that the Muslim communities were facing bigotry in their communities. There is also a claim that since the incident of 9/11 the intensity of prejudice against the Muslim communities has increased.
The Canadian government decided to legislate Motion of 103 to allow Muslim communities to live in Canada as a free person. It seems like a good idea, but there is a problem with this policy because the government is trying to police people’s thought and no one can police people’s thought. Therefore, the notion of Islamophobia remains at heart and mind of people and will clandestinely practice the Islamophobia. The Motion 103 does not help anyone but perpetuate anger and animosity among people.
The solution for Islamophobia is to allow everyone to speak their minds, and engage one another in making the air clear that where people want to meet with Islam. It is not up to a lobby group or a political party that how they want to govern their society. It is up to people to govern their society. Let people decide for themselves and not the hidden hand of lobby groups.
North Korea has been testing nuclear bombs, and the intention is to destroy Japan and South Korea. Therefore, the nations are the world are concern about their security, too. Today, it is North Korea, and tomorrow it is another country waging war against another country.
Canada is also concern about its security and does not want another nation drops a nuclear bomb in Canada.
Canada relies on the US to defend its sovereignty. There is this understanding that if a country attacks Canada, the US will deploy its arm to push back the invading army. Such a mentality is a problem for Canada. If a country invades Canada and the US push the aggressor out of Canada, the US would not withdraw its army from Canada. Particularly, the US forces land in the oil-rich of Alberta.
The bottom line, Canada is responsible for its security and cannot rely on other nations to defend it. The other countries have their problems. Especially, the US is spending over $700 billion annually on its military; it has caused the financial burden on the US economy. It is possible that the US may reduce its military budget and allocate those funds toward other programs.