Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Religions of my country: Scotland

The 2001 census showed that 65% of Scots identified themselves as Christian and 28% had no religion.

The two main religious groups in Scotland are Protestant (the majority) and Roman Catholic (a significant minority). The Protestant faith has many branches - chiefly Church of Scotland but there is also the Free Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Methodist Church.

Islam makes up the other biggest religious group with an estimated 50,000 followers. These are chiefly made up of people of Indian and Pakistani origin who make up the biggest immigrant group in Scotland mostly resident in the West of Scotland. Glasgow has its own mosque.

There are also significant Jewish, Seikh, Hindu and Buddhist communities.

Unfortunately I cannot say that Scotland is a tolerant society. Particularly in the west of Scotland there is a great deal of religious bigotry mostly between Protestants and Catholics. The two main football teams Rangers (traditionally Protestant) and Celtic (traditionally Catholic) encapsulate this. For years Rangers would never sign a Catholic player and vice versa. Though players of all demominations are now signed, bigotry remains among the fans and singing of sectarian (or anti-catholic) songs still happens at matches but is frowned upon officially. It makes me sad writing this to have to admit this happens in my country.

In schools we still have separate state-funded Catholic schools where children receive a certain amount of religious instruction (in Catholicism) at school. In other “non denominational" schools children are taught religious education – ie to understand and appreciate other religions – and hopefully to make them more tolerant and aware of others' beliefs.

Less and less people follow any sort of organised religion with church attendance dropping steeply in recent years. Many churches have been converted to flats, warehouses, a climbing wall (!) or even demolished completely.

We still respect several Christian festivals like Christmas and Easter though the meaning of these seems to be getting lost over time.

Religion is becoming a more personal thing and I think that many people would admit to being spiritual but not to following any type of organised religion. I have a couple of friends who are Buddhists but don’t really talk about their beliefs. From a personal viewpoint I was born a Protestant, went to Sunday school and church when I was a child but don’t follow any organised religion now. I do, however, have personal spiritual beliefs and believe in many of the concepts of Christianity (and other religions) like loving and forgiving my fellow human beings.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Religions of my country - Malaysia

My country is known for its multi-racial community. Everyone lives in harmony and there is no racial tension even though our official religion is Islam. We, the non-muslims, are lucky to be able to practice and believe in our own faith openly. According the Malaysian constitution, the majority ethnic group, the Malays, are legally defined as Muslim. They constitute 58% of the population, with the remainder consisting mostly of Indians, who are generally Hindus, and Chinese, who are generally Buddhists or Christians. As for the natives in East Malaysia such as Iban, Bidayuh, Kadazan etc. are generally Christians.

Islam
Let's talk about Islam first as it's the offical religion of Malaysia. Majortiy of the believers are Malay. There are also other races that embrace Islam as their religion but all Malays are automatically Muslims. While there is no actual legal restraint against Muslims renouncing their faith in favour of another faith, in practice very few Muslims actually convert. This is partly due to the fact it is extremely difficult for Muslims to convert, as there are serious legal implications and Islam plays a major role in the Malay community for centuries thus resulting into very strong adherents.

The muslims prayers are aired on TV, radio and tru' PA system from the mosque 5 times everyday. They fast during Ramadhan and end their fast when Syawal is here which the celebration is widely known as Aidilfitri or Eid ul-Fitr. Be it the Muslim or non-muslims, everyone will be visiting friend that celebrate it. We share the celebration even we are non-muslims. We have fun mingling around with each other and are served with various yummylicious food. *DROOL* Something worth a mention here is that, when our muslims friends are fasting, usually we won't eat or drink in front of them to show our respect to them unless they told you that it's OK for us to drink and eat in front of them. However, for me, even if they said that it's OK, I will still avoid eating and drinking in front of them, I just don't feel it's right for me to do that.

There are too many of them, I will just cover those common religions. The followings are not in particular order. :

Christianity
The major Christian denominations in Malaysia include the Charismatic churches, Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church and Methodists. Churches are allowed in Malaysia though there are some restrictions on construction of new churches. No pre-existing churches have been closed down by the government and no standing congregations have been disbanded. It has been the practice of the church in Malaysia to not actively proselytize to the Muslim community. Christian literature are required by law to carry a caption "for non-muslims only". Actual modes of worship such as the liturgy used and the sermons are not actively censored or controlled by the government. Occasional surveillance of worship by clandestine operatives does occur. Christians celebrate Christmas and Good Friday.

Buddhism
As a religion without a supreme head to direct its development in Malaysia, Buddhism is practised in various forms, which, although rarely in open conflict, can sometimes lead to confusion among Buddhists. Buddhism has often been described as a gentle religion which does not carry out an active program to seek converts. They celebrate Wesak Day, a holiday commemorating the birth of the Buddha. The common rituals you will come across are chanting of sutras, lamps lit, flowers offered, jossticks burning, heaven or hell money burning etc.

Hinduism
Approximately nine percent of the population of Malaysia are Tamil Indians, of whom close to 95 percent are practicing Hindus. Malaysian Hinduism is diverse, with large urban temples dedicated to specific deities, and smaller temples located on estates. The estate temples generally follow the tradition of the Indian region from which the temples' worshippers originate. The hindus celebrate Deepavali.

No matter what is our belives, we celebrate and share them together, we respect each other religion's practice. Thank goodness Christmas, Deepavali, Wesak are not banned unlike some countries that banned people from celebrating Christmas because they said that it's a disrespect to other people of other religions. Believe it or not? Even in Malaysia we are from different religions, we still wish each other wishes like "Merry Christmas", "Happy Deepavali","Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri"(Happy Eid ul-Fitr) etc. even though we might not be celebrating it.

It's no big deal ok? There's nothing wrong in sharing the celebrations. I really don't understand how some people think that if you are not belong to certain religion, you cannot share the joy of the celebration. We should share the joy and happiness with those around you. If only everyone is open in accepting each other differences, the world would be a better place to live. Well... I'm not saying that Malaysia is perfect, there are of course little tensions here and there among races but it's very minimal as we are just human. However, when it comes to celebration, all those little tensions will lossen up and everyone will join in the fun and so far we had not heard of anything like people spoiling others' celebrations. The 13th May 1969 incident is a lesson for us to learn and we don't want to have that happen again.

Peace to everybody!

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Religions of my country - Germany

I guess everyone assumes that Germany as a western European country has a strongly Christian-based religious foundation. And it's true - but this is the country of Martin Luther who tried to smash the hegemony of the catholic church in Rome and divided Germany for hundreds of years in two oppposite camps including some of most brutal religious wars ever fought out 30-Years' War) which wiped out over 50% of the population in some areas.
A lot changed since then - fortunately. Anyway the latest elections showed that region where since the 17th century are more catholic tend to vote for the conservatives while regions that are more evangelic since then vote social democratic. That is even more suprising since in Eastern (former GDR) Germany there is a great loss of faith and an enormous rise of atheism. So much for the Christianity.
The Jews in Germany were over centuries part of the German culture and often before the Holocaust victims of organised violence. While over 6 million European Jews were killed by the Nazi system, it is assumed that "only" 200.000 were Germans. In the 1930s there were about 500.000-600.000 Jews in Germany, today again a rising amount (from the former Soviet Union) of 200.000 are living in Germany.
Quite new religions in Germany are espescially those from the European foreign countries that were brought here by people who came for work during the Wirtschaftswunder. For instance, 3.2 million muslims are living in Germany nowadays and also a lot of Orthodox Christians.
31% Catholics, 31% Protestants, 31% Atheists, 5% Muslims are living in Germany. However, the attendance rate of going to the curch services are particularly low - and even lower in evangelic regions.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Religions of my country

We live in a big mix of culture in our planet - and that´s our magic! We´re still learning to live with all the differences: colors, foods, costumes, customs, religio, etc.

The point now is: what are the Religions of your country?


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Results of the poll:

Religions of my country 37%
Bad words from my country 26%
If I could, I'd like be the born again in XXX, because... 16%
Gun control and gun laws 11%
The democracy in my country 11%

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The invention I would like to be created is - Lithuania

I am so happy for you and so sorry for my weak English.

My post may look like having nothing in common with what I would dream to be created, but I would like we all would stay in a hug of mutual understanding and love. Isn't humanity not the family? One huge family. We all should recognize ourselves as children of the light who walk under the same heaven.

The artists are renaming the byways into the highways and don’t stop wondering at the absence of the traffic there. In other words, we encounter the reality where the toys of lovely fairy tales of our childhood awake only in midnights… the toys wonder, why people, who talk about spiritual oneness of the humanity, cluster into the striving between groups for to express their faith aloud.
I would name the artists the priests of the light that refreshes all who seek for her…and even those who don’t bother for any meaning. However if I name a knife the daily bread, would you understand me?
And thus the artists become the disabled, who are too weak to live in a town and fight themselves.

Thank you for reading my post. You became the inseparable part of my heart.

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Hello everybody!

I was wondering that all the members from One at All Project could make a conference by Skype, or any other VoIP system, and maybe get to talk a little bit, know a little bit more about each other, anda have a nice talking!

Would it be possible and interesting?

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The invention I would like to be created is - Brazil

Well, I was wondring, and I have dozens of inventions that I´d like to be created. ut I think that one of them could solve all the problems: a time machine. So we can come back, and maybe change a lot of things that happened , so we could change the present.

What do you think about this one?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The invention I would like to be created is - Malaysia

It took me so long to come out with any idea. It's tough. Finally, I guess what we need now is the cure for those diseases that are uncurable such as AIDS.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

The invention I would like to be created is - Venezuela

After reading inventions like cure for AIDS (or ME) or Harry Potter's transport device, my idea may seem shallow... actually it's not mine, I read about it somewhere and I thought it'd be awfully cool, so there it goes:

Some kind of tattoo that can change its shape according to our taste. It'd be made of nano machines inserted under our skin that can communicate with our computer and take the form of any drawing we want, pretty much like printing a sheet of paper. That way, if you break up with your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse your new partner don't have to see your ex's name every time you shower together... Or if your favorite band suddenly starts making crappy music, you can switch to your new favorite band. Not very faithful but at least is convenient.

I know, I know... there are more important things in the world, but looking cool while we solve the rest of the problems is not that bad, is it?

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Monday, January 08, 2007

The invention that I would like to be created is... Philippines


You guys might think I"m either crazy or backward, but I've been thinking, and really, I don't suppose we do need any more inventions.

Most of us are too technically-wired as it is (including you and me, and the rest of the blogging community), and even then, our highly technological society is stressed enough and overloaded enough trying to juggle all these new inventions that pop out a- hundred new ones-a minute.

I was thinking of an excerpt from Antoine de Saint Exupery's "The Little Prince" and the Little Prince was being offered a pill that allowed you not to drink water for a day or so. It saved you a certain number of minutes in a whole year, just by not going to a well/a ref/a water dispenser to drink water to quench your thirst.

The Little Prince was curious about this "new" pill. But then he asked, what will I do with the minutes I'm saving by not drinking water?

The man selling the non-thirsty pill answered that eh could do so many things...

The Little Prince replied that if he had a few minutes to spare in his lifetime, he would use it to slowly walk to a well/a ref, a water dispenser, and slowly drink in that cool, refreshing glass of pure water.

With that analogy, I too personally think that "the drink of cool refreshing water" is what we all really need. Not the "pill" but the water.

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The invention that I would like to be created is... (Singapore)

a device that allows us to apparate (just like in Harry Potter).

With a device like that, we will be able to transport ourselves to our destinations within seconds, especially during peak hours when public transports are usually packed to the brim. I really hate having to squeeze with the crowd. Also, apparating saves time and we can use the time that is normally used for travelling to do other stuffs.

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

The invention I would like to be created is- New Zealand

This week I am taking a tongue in cheek approach to this topic.

I would love to see a device that you could use in the home and more so around household cleaning. I would like a self cleaning shower. Instead of having to clean the shower box and walls and floors and taps etc, you press a button on a wall device and the shower box automaticlly starts a clean and rinse cycle, necessitating the need for someone having to physically clean the shower.

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The invention that I would liked to be created (as) is...(India)

Hmm..I had thought I would have to think long and hard for this one, uber guber numbers of choices, but when it got down to writing, nothing even came close to -

A voice operated keyring: A keyring which recognizes one's voice and start's beeping to indicate the location. If the 'owner' still isn't able to locate the missing keyring, say under piles of newspapers under piles of books under piles of clothes, then the keyring voice operation kicks in (this of course, uses double the battery power)..'What the...to the right, to the right..beep beep.' 'I said to the RIGHT, under the purple sweater and next to last week's pizza box...of for heaven's sake...BEEEEEP BEEEEEEEEEP'. Well, anyway you get the picture!

I can just imagine the numbers of hours of frantic stress, such an invention would save me...and perhaps to many others...

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The invention that I would like to be created--United States

The cure for

AIDS.

I truly belive that would bring us hugely toward the common goal of PEACE on earth.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

The invention that I would like to be created - Australia

Oh, great topic!

I have two great invention ideas to share. They're both very simple, but would make life so much easier. They might even exist already, but I haven't seen any...

First, I wish I had a mobile phone that could carry two active SIM cards simultaneously. I have a personal phone and a work-issued one. I'd love to be able to put my personal SIM card into the work phone and receive calls and SMS from both at any time. When making a call, you simply select which SIM - and phone account - you're calling from.

Second, I was thinking about portable phones (as opposed to mobile phones) that are often left lying around somewhere and not replaced in their cradle. The cradle always has a button that triggers a beeping noise from the phone handset - that way you can always find it after leaving it in the bathroom, bedroom or balcony. It would be great to have the same feature on remote controls with a 'beeper button' on the TV/VCR/DVD unit. Recently I was thinking about making this idea more versatile by having pairs of little devices that can be stuck or attached to small objects like remote controls. They would use Bluetooth technology (or similar) to communicate. You would stick the 'beeper button' device somewhere convenient like the coffee table or TV and stick the 'speaker' device on the remote control, key ring or any other small, easily-misplaced object.


Let me know if they exits. I want one!

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The invention that I would like to be created is...

After a long period of vacation, we´re all back! The last topic was about three things to make a better world, and this one is a little lighter!

Here it is:

"The invention that I would like to be created is..."


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Results of the last poll:

The invention that I would like to be created is... 29%
Religions of my country 24%
If I could, I'd like be the born again in XXX, because... 24%
Healthcare system 12%
Short history of my country 6%

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