Goans protest Surya Namaskar by government in schools

April 26, 2013 by  
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The Catholic Association of GoaThe CSF has in its possession a memorandum by The Catholic Association of Goa (CAG) expressing its displeasure and strongly protesting against the mass display of Surya Namaskar (sun worship exercises) held across the BJP-ruled Goa on 18th February involving many Christian students who were compelled to ‘adore/worship’ the sun. This mass display was to commemorate the 150 years Birth centenary of Swami Vivekananda and was organized by the State Education Department along with the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA), Government of Goa.

The Christians contended that Surya Namaskara quite literally means “worshiping / adoring the sun” and in the words of the secular Wikipedia, “is a modern form of sun worship”. Since Hindus believe ‘Surya’ to be a sun god (son of Dyaus Pitar), Surya Namaskara definitely amounted to sun worship in violation of the First Commandment of the Decalogue and invited divine displeasure for those partaking in it.

The CAG stated in a memorandum to the Governor of Goa and also the Chairman of the National Minorities Commission that innocent children were “forced” to participate in this program against their wishes. The Education Department’s circular to the schools was not very clear and hence almost all the schools made it compulsory for the students of IX, X and XI. ” This is totally against the religious freedom as expressed in the constitution of India.  The Physical Education teachers of each school went overboard to please the Department and DSYA and even threatened students that if they didn’t take part, then they would be barred from answering the forthcoming exams. Students who remained absent for the day, were given ‘remarks’ on their school calendar and asked to get a Doctor’s sick note. This is harassment and against religious freedom “, the CAG memo added.

In the BJP ruled state of Madhya Pradesh, the Catholic Bishops’ Council of Madhya Pradesh filed a petition in the High Court against the MP government’s compulsory ‘sun worship’ (surya namaskar) for minority Schools. The government then gave an undertaking in the High Court that sun worship or Surya Namaskar is voluntary for the schools & students and hence thereafter the case was withdrawn. It was mentioned that ‘besides the Catholic Church, the Muslim community in the state too opposed the introduction of similar yogic exercises in their schools saying that it was against the tenets of Islam. The MP Government had come up with the idea of introducing the exercise in schools in 2007 to help students to remain physically and mentally fit. It had at that time termed it as just an exercise session which had nothing to do with religions. But both the minority communities opposed it, saying it was part of the BJP government’s divisive policy and gave the impression that it was promoting the Hindu religion.

The Catholic Association of GoaAccording to The CAG, ” one cannot impose / enforce his beliefs on another, specially the young impressionable minds of students and it definitely infringes on the freedom to practice one’s own beliefs & worship. Surya namaskar should not have been made compulsory. The schools and the students should have been given clear (visible) freedom (without any hidden threat) to participate or not to participate. Also these mass surya namaskar programs are dangerous, as, if not done properly under expert supervision, they can lead to blindness as has happened in many cases in the past “.

The CAG condemned the move of the Goa Education Board and DSYA for infringing on the religious rights of the young innocent students as children and their concerned parents underwent mental torture and harassment and a feeling of guilt and fear for many days. In fact, it was reported that many children and parents spent sleepless nights and almost all Catholic children who took part in it, understandably went for the sacrament of Confessions for breaking the First Commandment of God.

The group called for an investigation and take action to be taken against all those found guilty of forcing children to participate in this mass display of surya namaskar on 18th February, so that such things are not repeated again and the children and their concerned parents are spared the mental torture, with a feeling of guilt and fear.

Mathew 18:6 – But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.

– joseph lr vaz

China’s 100 million religious believers must banish their ‘superstitions’

April 25, 2013 by  
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China's religious believersChina, April 21, 2013: China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation’s economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world.

While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times, a newspaper published by the Central Party School which trains rising officials.

“For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularising scientific knowledge,” he said, in rare public comments on the government’s religious policy.

“But we must realise that this is a long process and we need to be patient and work hard to achieve it,” Wang added in the latest issue of the Study Times, which reached subscribers on Sunday.

“Religion has been around for a very long time, and if we rush to try to push for results and want to immediately ‘liberate’ people from the influence of religion, then it will have the opposite effect and push people in the opposite direction.”

About half of China’s religious followers are Christians or Muslims, with the other half Buddhists or Daoists, he said, admitting the real total number of believers was probably much higher than the official estimate of 100 million.

Wang did not address specific issues, such as what happens after the exiled spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lama dies, testy relations with the Vatican or controls on Muslims in the restive Xinjiang region in the west.

Rights groups say that despite a constitutional guarantee of freedom of belief, the government exercises tight control, especially over Tibetans, Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and Christians, many of whom worship in underground churches.

Beijing also takes a hard line on what it calls “evil cults”, like banned spiritual group Falun Gong, who it accuses of spreading dangerous superstition.

Still, while religion was savagely repressed during the chaos of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, the government has taken a much more relaxed approach since embarking on landmark economic reforms some three decades ago.

The ruling Communist Party, which values stability above all else, has even tried to co-opt religion in recent years as a force for social harmony in a country where few believe in communism any more.

China had avoided the religious extremism which happened in some places with the collapse of the Soviet Union or the religious problems seen with immigrants in Europe and the United States, Wang added, something to be proud of.

Still, China could not rest on its laurels.

“Religion basically upholds peace, reconciliation and harmony … and can play its role in society,” Wang said.

“But due to various complex factors, religion can become a lure for unrest and antagonism. Looking at the state of religion in the world today, we must be very clear on this point.”

– the independent

Bangladesh backs Sri Lanka on human rights issue

April 25, 2013 by  
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Sri Lanka on humanColombo, April 23, 2013: Bangladesh Tuesday said it will back Sri Lanka on the human rights issue, the Sri Lankan President’s Office said, reported Xinhua. Visiting Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque gave the assurance when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa here.

During the meeting, Haque reassured the support of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka in the international fora, the President’s Office said.

“We stand by our Sri Lankan brothers on the issue of human rights. It’s an internal matter, and we are confident of the leadership. We don’t want to see this brought up (in international fora) at any level,” Haque told the president.

Bangladesh is the Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and human rights groups and some Commonwealth countries have called on CMAG to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth or shift the venue of the Commonwealth summit to be held in Colombo in November this year over human rights concerns.

Sri Lanka has been accused of committing human rights abuses during the last stages of the 30 year war against the Tamil Tiger rebels, a charge the Sri Lankan government denies.
The Sri Lanka army defeated the rebels in May 2009 and several countries are now calling for an international investigation into some of the incidents which allegedly took place during the final battle.

Sri Lanka will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November but Canada has said it may boycott the summit if there is no progress on the human right issue by then.

– ians

Elections: Ulema in the center stage of UP politics

April 25, 2013 by  
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Mulayam Singh Yadav at Nadwa in 2010Uttar Pradesh, 23 April, 2013: With an eye on Lok Sabha elections, Muslim clerics are once again in the center stage of politics in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is busy getting them on his side before the elections.

In the past the clerics start with the issues of Muslims, settle for personal interests and rake up Muslim issue when divested of power.To begin with, Mulayam had a association with Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari of Jama Masjid. In the assembly elections in 2012, Bukhari gave a clarion call for supporting Samajwadi Party. After the elections, SP came into power. Bukhari too harvested the results. His son-in-law Umar Khan who lost assembly elections from Behat in Saharanpur on SP ticket was made MLC. Another relative Waseem Ahmed Khan was appointed as Chairman of UP Pollution Control Board with the rank of state minister. Things did not remain the same and now Bukhari is spitting venom against Mulayam and Akhilesh. He even organised a rally against them in Etawah which is the home district of Mulayam. Now he is on a mission to defeat Mulayam in Lok Sabha elections.

Mulayam who is a clever politician filled the gap after the exit of Bukhari. These days Maulana Mahmood Madani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind is getting good response from Mulayam. Both Akhilesh and Mulayam had attended his function. Madani holds good clout among Muslims due to his association with Darul Uloom Deoband.

Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan of Bareilly is all set to come along Mulayam. Already Mulayam had given Lok Sabha ticket to MLA Shahzil Islam who is the only MLA from Ittehad-e-Millat Council, the outfit floated by Raza. Talks have been held between Mulayam and Raza and things can be declared any day.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh following the footsteps of his father Mulayam made his maiden visit to Nadwatul Uloom in Lucknow last month. Akhilesh termed it as home coming and assured to visit again.

It is not far away when Mulayam will enter the Lok Sabha polls arena armed with a battery of clerics to woo the Muslims.

– tcn

Immaculate Conception missionaries to Brazil & Papua-New Guinea

April 25, 2013 by  
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Six novices in the diocese of Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) have taken their vows and joined the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a female congregation linked to PIME. Archbishop Joji Govindu calls on the faithful to “support constantly through their prayers” Sisters Lourdes Braganza and Anne Ajitha, who will shortly leave for South America and Oceania.

Immaculate Conception missionariesVijayawada, April 22, 2013: “Be faithful to the Lord Jesus in life and prayer, [be] a sign of God’s love with all people you meet in your ministry,” said full of hope Mgr Govindu Joji, apostolic administrator of the diocese of Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), as he spoke to the six new consecrated members of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MSI), a female congregation linked to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME). Two of them, Sisters Lourdes Braganza and Sister Anne Ajitha, have already been assigned to the mission respectively in Papua-New Guinea and Brazil.

The consecration ceremony took place on Saturday at St Paul’s Cathedral in Vijayawada, in homage to the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

“We have to thank God for the courageous witness of these young women, who have decided to dedicate their lives to the mission,” the bishop told the families of the women religious and the hundreds of Catholics attending the service.

At the end of the ceremony, Sister Marina, provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Immaculate, received their vows, declaring them permanent members of the family of the congregation.

Sister Lourdes Braganza, originally from Goa, and Sister Anne Ajitha, from Tamil Nadu, received their crucifix from Mgr Goji.

He reminded them about “their vulnerability in the process of insertion and adaptation in a foreign mission assignment,” urging the faithful to support them constantly through their prayers.

Finally, the apostolic administrator called on the young men and women present in the cathedral to “emulate these young and courageous sisters, who will go wherever the congregation decides to send them to carry out the missionary work in conjunction with local churches.”

– asianews

Two of the best comeback responses

April 25, 2013 by  
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Number 1:

Officer
If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross- examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer’s credibility.

Q: ‘Officer – did you see my client fleeing the scene?’
A: ‘No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.’

Q: ‘Officer, who provided this description?’
A: ‘The officer who responded to the scene.’

Q: ‘A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?’
A: ‘Yes, sir. With my life.’

Q: ‘With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?’
A: ‘Yes sir, we do!’

Q: ‘And do you have a locker in the room?’
A: ‘Yes, sir, I do.’

Q: ‘And do you have a lock on your locker?’
A: ‘Yes, sir.’

Q: ‘Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?’
A: ‘You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.’

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year’s ‘Best Comeback’ line — and we think he’ll win.

Number 2:

General Norman Schwarzkopf
Now We Know Why He Was a General in an recent interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.

His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.

The General said, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function… OUR job is to arrange the meeting.”

– fwd: allen johannes

“Demand ethics in economic development,” CBCI Office for Justice and Peace tells Christian activists in the North East

April 25, 2013 by  
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workshop on Catholic Social TeachingAssam,  April 24, 2013: At a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching, the CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development (OJPD) called upon the Christian activists in North East India to demand ethics in economic development. “The kind of developmental model that is pursued in India, while favouring a few, remains detrimental to the livelihood and sustenance of a large section of the society,” said Fr Charles Irudayam, OJPD Secretary, while facilitating the workshop.

The CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development (OJPD) conducted a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching for 30 participants comprising of priests, nuns and human rights activists at North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) Joypur, Guwahati, in Assam,on 19 and 20 April 2013. Through the two-day workshop, OJPD aimed to develop a coordinating effort for just society, and to foster solidarity among the church groups to make a difference in the Northeast Region.

The workshop consisted of input sessions, sharing, focus group discussions and open visual documentary shows. The workshop was facilitated by a team of experts comprising of Fr. Rudolf Hereida S.J, Fr. Melvil Pereira S.J, Director of North East Social Research Centre (NESRC) Guwahati, Mr. Allen Brooks, Former Secretary, Minority Commission, Assam, who is presently President, Catholic Council of NE India, Fr. Ravi Sagar, director of Legal Cell for Human Rights (LCHR) Guwahati, Sr. Molly DBI, and Mr Francis A. Maringmei, besides Fr. Charles Irudayam. Fr. Varghese Velickakam, Director of North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) was the convenor of the workshop. The outcome of the workshop was the realisation among the participants that the Church has a larger role to play than that of being a good ‘Samaritan’.

– Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development

Shelar, BJP MLC, but for Holy Land subsidy

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Ashish Shelar and Ajit PawarAs you are aware, The CSF has been urging Christians to campaigning for subsidies to the Holy Land for those community members, who cannot afford it. If all goes well, Maharashtra will soon have some sort of subsidy for the Christians to visit Holy Land, thanks to BJP member of the legislative council, Adv. Ashish Shelar, who has taken up the issue with the state government.

In a letter to the Dy. CM and Finance Minister, Mr. Ajit Pawar, the BJP MLC has requested him to make provision in the 2013-14 budget for poor Christians to undertake the pilgrimage. Mr. Ajit Pawar has sympathetically considered the same and informed Ashish Shelar that his request was being forwarded to the State Secretary  (Social Welfare)  for necessary execution.

In his letter, Ashish Shelar stated that the estimated cost for pilgrimages to the Holy Land is approximately Rs. 79,000/- and it has been observed that community members, are unable to pay this amount due to financial constraints. However it is the heart-felt wish of every Christian to visit the Holy Land at least once in his lifetime. In Maharashtra, Christians, numbering over 18 lakhs are concentrated largely in the coastal belt of the state, especially in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and other districts.

Ashish Shelar added that ” the Holy Land as mentioned in the Bible comprises mainly of Egypt, where Lord Jesus had to flee along with his parents to escape from the tyrannical rule of King Herod; Jordan where Jesus was baptized at the hands of St. John, The Baptist and also Israel, where Lord Jesus was born and finally nailed to the cross “. He said this gesture by Mr. Ajit Pawar would benefit and help the economically backward in the community to undertake the once-in-a-life time pilgrimage.

The BJP MLC also pointed out that such subsidies were granted by the governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh for religious pilgrimages and hence, the Maharashtra government should also consider likewise, particularly also for Manosarovar Yatra or the Sindhu Darshan, along with the Holy Land for poor Christians.

The CSF while thanking Ashish Shelar for his effort, urges Christians who would like to contact him in this regard, to write to him at ashishmlclotus@gmail.com

– csf

Two Orthodox Archbishops abducted in Syria released

April 24, 2013 by  
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Two Bishops ReleasedThe two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped by foreign-sponsored militants in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo have been released, a church official said.

“The two are on their way to the patriarchy in Aleppo,” Bishop Tony Yazigi of the Roman Orthodox Church said in Damascus on Tuesday.

Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Paul Yazigi were captured by “a terrorist group” as they were “carrying out humanitarian work” in a village in Aleppo governorate on Monday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

“Terrorists intercepted the bishops’ car in Kafr Dael village, took the driver out of the car and kidnapped the bishops,” SANA said.

According to Aleppo residents, Ibrahim went to pick up Yazigi from the rebel-controlled Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey. Their car was intercepted on the way back by militants who kidnapped the archbishops and killed their driver.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.

Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.

Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes.

UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on April 18 that a quarter of Syria’s 22 million people are displaced within the country and 1.3 million have fled to other states in the Middle East and North Africa.

“Children are among the ones who suffer most. Children have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence. Many do not have enough food to eat. Millions have been traumatized by the horrors,” Amos said.

– mp/as

Two Archbishops Are Kidnapped Outside Northern Syrian City

Two Bishops KidnappedBeirut, April 23, 2013: Two Syrian archbishops from Aleppo were abducted on Monday while traveling outside that besieged northern city, the official news media and antigovernment activists reported, making them the most senior church clerics to become entangled as victims in the two-year-old civil war.The government and insurgent groups blamed each other for the abduction of the two clerics, the Syriac Orthodox archbishop, Yohanna Ibrahim, and the Greek Orthodox archbishop, Paul Yazigi. Activists reached by telephone in the Aleppo area said the pair’s vehicle had been waylaid in the countryside by armed men who shot their driver.

Several prominent Muslim religious leaders have been persecuted or killed since the Syria conflict began, including the highest-ranking Sunni imam in the country in a bombing of his Damascus mosque last month. But until now the fighting had largely bypassed the clerical hierarchy of Syria’s Christian minority.

Archbishop Ibrahim had been supportive of President Bashar al-Assad and had urged his followers not to abandon Syria, but he had recently turned critical of the government. In an interview with the BBC on April 13, the archbishop said that perhaps a third of Syria’s Christians had left the country and that he could not blame them, considering the “difficult circumstances in terms of security and the threats they face daily.”

In the same interview, the archbishop chided Mr. Assad’s government for “not dealing with the crisis in a better way.”

Archbishop Yazigi was not known to be politically outspoken.Syria’s official news agency, SANA, said the pair had been engaged in humanitarian work when they were seized in the village of Kfar Dael by “terrorists,” the government’s catchall term for the armed opposition.

Anti-government activists said the pair had been in southern Turkey earlier Monday and had crossed back into Syria at the Bab al-Hawa crossing, which is controlled by insurgent forces. Aleppo, which has been a battleground of the insurgency since last summer, is about 40 miles south of the Turkish border.

The abduction of the clerics in northern Syria came as concern intensified about border tensions in western Syria with Lebanon. A Human Rights Watch report released Monday accused both the Syrian government and the insurgency of striking residential areas in Lebanon on several occasions and killing a number of its citizens. The cross-border attacks appeared to be largely indiscriminate, Human Rights Watch said.

While the Syrian government and armed opposition groups have both said that their attacks on Lebanese villages were in retaliation for provocations, Human Rights Watch said it had not found any evidence of military targets when it visited the Lebanese villages that had been attacked. Its report said the evidence “strongly suggests these attacks were indiscriminate and therefore violate the laws of war,” according to a summary of the report on its Web site.

Lebanon has officially adopted a policy of dissociation from the Syrian conflict, which has pitted President Assad’s Alawite minority against a Sunni-dominated rebellion, but violence is beginning to spill over the border, intensifying sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

Insurgents and their sympathizers have accused Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group that supports Mr. Assad, of sending fighters into the Syrian town of Qusayr in recent weeks. On Sunday, rebel groups in Qusayr threatened to “transfer the battle of blood into the heart of Lebanon” because of what they called incitement by Hezbollah. Some rebel fighters in Qusayr also sent a message via Skype to comrades beseeching them to come and help defend against “the party of the devil” — a disparaging reference to Hezbollah, which translates from Arabic as “the party of God.”Hezbollah has not commented on the Syrian rebels’ accusations, but it has said that Lebanese citizens living inside Syria have been attacked and that they have the right to defend themselves.

Anti-Assad activists also reported on Monday that the number of deaths from an attack by government forces on a town south of Damascus had risen to at least 101, mostly civilians, and could exceed 250 if the missing remain unaccounted for, which would make the attack one of the bloodiest since the conflict began two years ago.

The attack on the town, Jdeidet al-Fadel, which happened over this past week, has been described by the Syrian opposition as an intense campaign of shelling, burning and summary executions, while the official news media has described it as a cleanup operation against terrorists, an operation that had been welcomed by area villagers.

In other Syria developments, the main anti-Assad group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, chose a caretaker leader to replace Sheik Moaz al-Khatib until a formal election is held. Sheik Moaz, a Sunni cleric, was temporarily succeeded by George Sabra, a leftist Christian dissident and outspoken critic of Mr. Assad.

Hania Mourtada reported from Beirut, and Rick Gladstone from New York. Hwaida Saad contributed reporting from Beirut.

– new york times

The Stranger

April 24, 2013 by  
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StrangerA few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors:

Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future!

He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry.

The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing….

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked … And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?….
We just call him TV.
TV

He has a wife now….
we call her Computer.
Computer

Their first child is Cell Phone.
Cell Phone
Second child I Pod
Ipod
And a Grandchild:  IPAD
Ipad

 

– fwd: blossom noronha

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