Archive for December, 2007

G?ngx? F?ci

Posted in 2008 Olympics, Politics on December 24th, 2007

Such a Merry Christmas from China. Well, actually shngdn kuil x?nnin kuil is Merry Christmas in Mandarin (G?ngx? F?ci is a Chinese New Years greeting), but it wouldn’t fit in the post’s headline.

It seems the Evil Old Men in Beijing, knowing the importance of the Christmas holidays among the oppressed Christian minority in China, have perverted the holiday for their own vile purposes. They have showed great – if low born – cunning in realizing that the “illegal” congregations in China would be gathering at this time.

270 House Church Pastors Detained for Alleged Illegal Religious Gathering

SHANDONG PROVINCE, Dec. 10 — China Aid Association has learned that 270 House Church Pastors have been detained for what Chinese officials are calling an “illegal religious gathering.”

On December 7 at 1:30pm, House Church pastors in Hedeng District, Linyi City, were gathered for a Bible Study when their meeting was disrupted by police officials.According to Pastor Li, an eyewitness, 40-50 policemen from 12 different towns were involved in the massive detention. The pastors were then handcuffed two-by-two and taken to the local police station for questioning. As of this morning 150 pastors remain in custody. The others have been released on a Y300 ($40) interrogation fee.

The humiliation these pastors received by being led away in handcuffs as common criminals, for attending a Bible study is an unjustifiable act of religious persecution. In addition, the large scale and high profile of the detentions shows the apathy of Chinese officials in moving towards a policy for toleration of religious freedom. Behavior unbecoming of the World’s host for the Olympic games in 2008.

China Aid will continue to monitor the situation.

For those concerned, contact:

Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador: Mr. Zhou Wenzhong
Address: 2300 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Washington D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
Tel: +001-202-328-2500, 328-2501, 328-2502
Fax: +001-202-3282582
Email: chinaembassy_us@fmprc.gov.cn

— Issued by China Aid Association
December 10, 2007

I know the civilized world can’t honestly expect any better behavior from PRC tyrants in Beijing, but it’s still somehow shocking how far they will go to oppress any group who doesn’t spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week kowtowing to atheism and slaving in a sweatshop somewhere.

We really shouldn’t even be shocked by the “interrogation fee”; after all once they execute these pastors, the PRC will bill their families for the cost of the bullet.

Related Reading:

The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition
The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers
Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City
Religion: The Basics
A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

Stop Snitching?

Posted in Politics, Society on December 22nd, 2007

Stop Snitching? I would have liked to think – especially after reading the Pew Research Center Report that there would no longer be much of market for this filth. I guess I got my hopes up to soon and forgot that the new hopeful division in Black attitudes would still leave many with dangerously antisocial mindsets. I’m hoping these ghetto thugs can only market their sedition amongst their own constituency. What’s truly disturbing is that this is the sequel!

Stop Snitchin’ refers to a controversial campaign used by criminals and the hip-hop and rap industry to frighten people with information to stop “snitching,” or reporting criminal activities to the police. It’s is essentially a method of witness intimidation. This subversive and dangerous criminal phenomenon became mainstream in the hip-hop and rap communities as many rappers express support for this method. It specifically refers to a Baltimore-based home-made DVD that threatened violence against would-be informants.

Why is this atrocity allowed to continue? This isn’t – or shouldn’t be – protected Free Speech; it’s sedition and advocating and endorsing criminal acts. The people producing and disseminating this filth need to be rounded up and incarcerated.

 

Related Reading:

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers
The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument
Hip-Hop Alphabet
What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter

Avast, Ahab-san!

Posted in The Environment on December 22nd, 2007

To my surprise, the Japanese government has backed down and suspended plans to hunt up to 50 humpback whales after extreme protests by the Australian people and government. Chief Japanese government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said humpbacks would not be part of the annual hunt in the waters around Antarctica.

Its true that Australia expressed quite a strong opinion to Japan on this. As a result, I hope that this will lead to better relations with Australia.

— Nobutaka Machimura
Chief Cabinet Secretary

It may have taken more than just the mentioned protests to convince the Japanese of the error of the ways though. Australia has been dogging Japan – including flying survelliance aircraft – for its plans to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic region. The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd had recently announced plans to dispatch an armed observation ship to track the Japanese whaling fleet and gather evidence for a possible lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Never underestimate the power of armed diplomacy!

Related Reading:

Australia
The United States of Australia: An Aussie Bloke Explains Australia to Americans
Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide)
Whaling in Massachusetts (Images of America)
Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen