Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (December 4 - 10, 2016)

A quotation of Cyrus H. K. Curtis on 'two kinds of men,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A building under construction in Toronto: May 9, 2015) © Jerome D'Costa

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Atheist Scientist Stephen Hawking Attends Pontifical Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting

Pope Francis meets with Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (seated) in the Vatican, Nov. 28, 2016
Photo courtesy: L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic News Agency

Stephen Hawking, the famous British astrophysicist and avowed atheist, participated in this year's annual meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican City. 

One may wonder how an atheist scientist can participate in the Pope's Academy of Sciences meeting and the conference on "Science and Sustainability."

It needs to be noted that religion or non-religion of a scientist is not a criterion for membership of this Academy, which has 80 members who are renowned scientists whose members are Catholics, Protestants, adherents of other religions, and atheists.  

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Donald Trump Win Spurs Hate Crimes and Racism in the U.S. and Canada

A racist graffiti on a softball dugout in Island Park of Wellsville of New York State, after Trump win -- Nov. 10, 2916
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 A racist graffiti on a wall of St. David's Episcopal  Church at Bean Blossom of Indiana, U.S.A. -- Nov. 13, 2016
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A post-Trump-win racist poster near Stan Wadlow Park on Woodbine And Cosburn Avenues in Toronto, Canada -- Nov. 14, 2016
Photo courtesy: Canada Post

The U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8 brought about a surprise result -- Republican Party candidate Donald Trump won it by electoral college votes rather than people's votes. 

His chaotic personality became most visible in his electioneering rhetoric and behaviour. His sexism, misogyny, xenophobia, irreverence, and racism were a good fodder for the media. These spilled over to a section of the Americans with a similar bent.  As a result, when it became clear that he was the winning candidate, some of these people vent their long-held secret hatred and racist attitude through their hateful remarks, racial slurs, and graffitic vandalism on houses, churches, storefronts, vehicles, and playgrounds of children and adults. Neighbouring Canada was also not immune to this. The Pandora's Box that Donald Trump opened during his election campaign will have  long-lasting results. 

It is noteworthy that, in 2008, the first Black president Barack Obama's win also had brought about hateful and racist incidents against the blacks in the U.S.A. Those were not as intense and as widespread as this year's.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Adverse Reactions and Protests in U.S. and Canada on Donald Trump Win

President-elect Donald Trump
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa (Nov. 17, 2016)

Republication presidential election nominee Donald Trump won, in his own language, the "rigged election" on November 8. Until the day of the election, he had been constantly pounding the election campaign trail with his verbal bombardment of the "rigged election."

When he himself won this very rigged election, not by popular votes (Hillary Clinton so far won more than two million popular votes than Donald Trump) but by electoral votes (Trump won 290 and Clinton 232 of these votes), he claimed legitimacy instantly! 

Immediately after the election, protests started and surged all over the U.S. and parts of Canada against Donald Trump's win. Protesters claimed the election to be fraudulent. Now some even want some centres' votes to be recounted to see if fraud was committed.

Whatever it is, now it is the reality that Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton conceded to it, and Trump is going to be the next U.S. President after Barack Obama. 

Donald Trump is now not only the President of the people who directly voted for him, but also voters who voted against him. He wants to make America great, which he can only do if he works both for his supporters but also for his opponents. This is a very delicate balance to be achieved with cool and calm head as well as intelligent prowess. Can Donald Trump do it? That is the question in the minds of the Americans as well as onlookers from around the world.

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The Quotation of the Week (November 27 - December 3, 2016)

A quotation of John F. Kennedy on 'diversity,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Doodles © Jerome D'Costa (Nov. 4, 2016)

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

EELANADU -- A Publication of Toronto

Eelanadu -- a Tamil weekly -- from Toronto
This Tamil-language print-edition weekly is published from Woodbridge of the Greater Toronto Area. It provides news, features, and articles on Canada-world-Sri Lanka politics, economy, culture, entertainment, religion, technology, horoscope, technology, and sports. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pope Francis Extends Abortion Forgiveness Indefinitely

Pope Francis closing the Holy Door to end the Jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Nov. 20
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At the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis, on November 21, through an apostolic letter ('Misericordia et Misera'), extended the time for forgiving abortion indefinitely. Earlier Catholic Bishops could forgive the sin of abortion if the penitent confessed it. Now he extended it to all priests of the world. 

The pope reiterated that "abortion is a grave sin, since it put an end to an innocent life" but he also mentioned that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father," reported the Catholic News Agency. 

The Catholic Church teaching on abortion is: a woman, along with others who assist her in procuring abortion, is automatically excommunicated from the Church. Only the Bishops could absolve the sin of abortion and bring back 
these persons to the Church.

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