God’s chosen people

By | September 7, 2006

Acclaimed author Jostein Gaarder, best known for the novel Sophie’s World, has written a critical opinion piece on Israel in Aftenposten, a Norwegian newspaper. Not surprisingly, it sparked a fiery debate on political, religious and cultural fronts.

There is an unofficial translation of Gaardner’s article, but I doubt it will ever make its way to a mainstream US newspaper.

The piece, titled “God’s chosen people”, raises several salient points.

On limits to tolerance:
“We laugh uneasily at those who still believe that the God of flora, fauna, and galaxies has selected one people in particular as his favorite and given it funny stone tablets, burning bushes, and a license to kill.”

On unscrupulous art of war:
“The state of Israel, with its unscrupulous art of war and its disgusting weapons, has massacred its own legitimacy. It has systematically flouted International Law, international conventions, and countless UN resolutions, and it can no longer expect protection from same.”

On the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict:
“We do not accept the abduction of soldiers. But nor do we accept the deportation of whole populations or the abduction of legally elected parliamentarians and government ministers.”

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Being too religious, over-obsessive and extreme, can be a scary thing.

Have you seen the trailer for Jesus Camp? Its due to be out soon I believed.

Check the trailer here –

http://www.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/jesuscamp/trailer/

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although i’m not jewish, there is something abt jews that i could not quite put my finger on. I’ll leave you the following by Mark Twain: If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the… Read more »

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The same goes for flu virus. What is the secret of its immortality?