Religion ist (doch) keine Privatsache!

Religion ist (doch) keine Privatsache!

Gebet für Sebastian Kurz in der Wiener Stadthalle bei einer Rally der Freichristen und Evangelikalen (16.Juni 2019)

Der Auftritt des ÖVP-Chefs Sebastian Kurzbeim „Awakening Europe“ Event in der Wiener Stadthalle gab das Signal zum Angriff auf ein Grundrecht: Religion ist zwar eine sehr persönliche Sache, trotzdem keine Privatsache, wie auch im Artikel 18 der Menschenrechtsdeklaration zu lesen steht: „Jeder hat das Recht auf Gedanken-, Gewissens- und Religionsfreiheit; dieses Recht schließt die Freiheit ein, seine Religion oder Überzeugung zu wechseln, sowie die Freiheit, seine Religion oder Weltanschauung allein oder in Gemeinschaft mit anderen, öffentlich oder privat durch Lehre, Ausübung, Gottesdienst und Kulthandlungen zu bekennen.“

Wer ist hier scheinheilig?

Ein Gastkommentar von Josef Gundacker*

Die „Initiative Religion ist Privatsache“ fordert die gesetzliche Aberkennung der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rechtspersönlichkeit der „Freikirchen in Österreich“.  Ihr Sprecher Eytan Reif behauptet: „Aus unerklärlichen Gründen wurden Bestimmungen, die für die gesetzliche Anerkennung von zentraler Bedeutung sind, außer Acht gelassen. Die zwingend notwendige gemeinsame, eindeutige Lehre war beispielsweise vorgeschoben und der frühere Bestand als Bekenntnisgemeinschaft war nicht gegeben“. Welches Recht hat Herr Reif als Atheist darüber zu urteilen, was eine eindeutige religiöse Lehre ist, und was nicht?

Liste JETZT-Abgeordneter Peter Pilz meinte in seinen gewohnt scharfen Worten: “Es ist peinlich, wenn sich ein Altkanzler an fundamentalistische religiöse Sekten anbiedert und für sich beten lässt.“ Es ist allerdings genauso peinlich, wenn Pilz, als bekennender Atheist einem bekennenden christlichen Politiker vorschreiben will, was dieser zu glauben hat und wen er besuchen darf. 

Die Ambivalenz dieser Forderung könnte größer nicht sein!  Viele prominente Politiker nehmen an Massenversammlungen mit eindeutig kultischem Charakter teil, wie z.B. bei der durch Fördergelder und Spenden finanzierten „Gay-Pride“ Parade. Blickt man hinter die Kulissen der Glanz- und Glitzerwelt der „Gay-Pride“, wird es schnell dunkel und grob bedenklich. Begleitet von ohrenbetäubenden Trommeln wird der Götze Sex angebetet und für Toleranz gegenüber sexueller Freizügigkeit geworben.

Der frühere NEOS-Chef Matthias Strolz kritisierte auf Twitter sogar die katholische Kirche. Er wisse noch nicht, wie er es den nehmen solle: „Scheinheiligkeit, Doppelbödigkeit, Naivität oder verunfalltes Popevent“. Dass aber die „Gay Pride“ die Scheinheiligkeit, Doppelbödigkeit und Naivität der kath. Kirche weit in den Schatten stellt, kann er nicht nachvollziehen! Wie sich aus eigener Beobachtung viele Teilnehmer der Gay Pride aufführen ist nicht nur scheinheilig, sondern auch beschämend.

Josef Gundacker ist Präsident des Vereins Familienforum Österreich
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1o Jahre nach dem Attentat im Shri Guru Ravidass Tempel in Wien

Essay zum Gedenken an den Guru Ramanand Ji, der am 24. Mai 2009 im Wiener Ravidass Tempel von fanatischen Extremisten ermordet wurde

In der Hoffnung auf Versöhnung ruft die Glaubensgemeinschaft Ravidass zum gemeinsamen Friedensmarsch auf.

 

  • Der Anschlag belastet das Verhältnis zwischen der Sikh-Community und den Ravidass Mitgliedern bis heute.

  • Ravidassias haben Angst vor weiteren Attentaten.

  • Auch Sikhs kämpfen mit Vorurteilen im Alltag.

Das Attentat:

Guru Sant Rama Anand (rechts), wurde.von Sikh Extremisten ermordet. Guru Sant Niranjan Dass (links), wurde durch Schusswunden schwer verletzt.

Am 24. Mai 2009 kam es in der vollbesetzten Ravidass-Gebetsstätte in Wien-Fünfhaus gegen 13 Uhr zu einer Schießerei während des Gottesdienstes. Sechs Sikhs mit blau-gelben Turbanen attackierten mit einer Pistole und zwei Messern die Prediger. Die Anwesenden überwältigten die Angreifer, wobei über ein Dutzend Menschen verletzt wurden und einer der Prediger, Guru Sant Rama Anand (57), getötet wurde. Auch ein anderer Guru, Sant Niranjan Dass (68), wurde durch Schusswunden schwer verletzt. Er überlebte die Attacke.

Die sechs Täter wurden als extremistische Sikhs identifiziert und sind scheinbar aus Spanien angereist.

Nach dem Vorfall kam es zu einer grenzübergreifenden Eskalation des Konfliktes zwischen den beiden Gruppen: z. B. gab es im Bundesstaat Punjab, der Heimat der meisten Sikhs und Ravidassias nach dem Vorfall blutige Ausschreitungen und Ausgangssperren.

Hintergrund des Konflikts:

Die Hintergründe des Vorfalls führen in die Grundlagen beider Religionen. Obwohl eine klare Trennung der beiden Gruppierungen erst durch das 2009 stattgefundene Attentat ausgelöst wurde, gibt es zwischen den Sikhs und den Ravidassias schon lange einen schwelenden Konflikt.

Der Sikhismus wurde im 15. Jahrhundert in Indien als Reformbewegung des Hinduismus mit islamischen Elementen gegründet. Der letzte Guru, Gobind (1666 bis 1708) lehnte einen Nachfolger ab, weil die Gefahr einer Spaltung der Gemeinschaft bestand. Er ernannte vielmehr das heilige Buch, in dem die Lehren der zehn Gründerväter stehen, zum nächsten Guru. Seither kommt dem heiligen Buch Sri Guru Granth Sahib die Würde eines zentralen Gurus zu. Continue reading

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CHINA Arrested over 11,000 Church of Almighty God Believers in 2018

CHINA:  Over 11,000 Church of Almighty God believers arrested, 20 died from mistreatment in 2018

Annual report documents escalation of oppression by authorities
345 escapees have applied for refugee status in South Korea

SEOUL, March 20, 2019Over 11,000 members of The Church of Almighty God (CAG) were arrested in China last year and 20 died as a result of mistreatment, seven of them killed in extrajudicial interrogation units as part of a crackdown on unapproved faiths, according to an annual report for 2018 published by the church.

Some 6,757 were held in detention centers and 685 undergone torture orforced indoctrination, the report says.

The report, published in English as “The 2018 Annual Report on the Chinese Communist Government’s Persecution of The Church of Almighty God,” says that at least 400,000 CAG Christians were arrested between 2011 and 2017, and that there are 101 well-documented cases of believers who have died as a result of persecution since the Church’s establishment.

“The suppression of The Church of Almighty God, along with the persecution of members of Falun Gong and the forced indoctrination of Chinese Moslems, represents a disturbing level of contempt for human rights,” said Massimo Introvigne, the founder of the Center for Studies on New Religions(CESNUR) and an expert on new religious movements around the world. “As improving lifestyles and a greater desire for freedom challenge the orthodoxy of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, the repression isgetting worse.”

Dr. Introvigne said that while he was not able to independently confirm the figures, he found the report credible. “Given the situation in China, figures are impossible to verify. However, in my considered opinion they are believable. Chinese media report almost weekly that hundreds of members of the Church have been arrested in one province or another. In December 2018, the Chinese financial newspaper Caixin Global Newsreported that “within the past eight months, 1,500 police officers have been deployed in anti-cult projects that target The Church of Almighty God” in Qinghai province only.” Continue reading

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RUSSIAN NEO-INQUISITOR ALEXANDR DVORKIN AGAIN CHARGED WIT DEFAMATION

Infamous Russian Anti-Cultist Alexandr Dworkin Again Charged With Defamation

The infamous Alexander Dworkin, head of RATSIRS, the radical Russian Orthodox Christian organization. Dworkin is the same person whose aggressive rhetoric lead to the burning of Bhagavad-Gita in one of the Russian cities eight years ago.

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New Delhi – India

Spiritual Guru – Shri Prakash Ji Wins Defamation Lawsuit in Russia

New Delhi, Delhi, India – Business Wire India

 Shri Prakash Ji – Spiritual Guru and leader of Hinduism in Russia (http://bit.ly/ShriPrakashJi) has won the defamation lawsuit against a radical Christian organization named RATSIRS headed by the infamous Alexander Dworkin. Dworkin is the same person whose aggressive rhetoric lead to the burning of Bhagavad-Gita in one of the Russian cities eight years ago.

Guru Ji gives a interview. A popular Hindu religious leader, Shri Prakash Ji said his life in Russia drastically worsened during the past three years due to systematic harassment and threats from followers of an Orthodox Christian anti-cult activist.

The verdict of the Odintsovo court came into force on the 24th of January 2019 stating that the Information being given out on Dworkin’s Internet forum iriney.ru be considered as false and harmful for Shri Prakash Ji’s reputation as a prominent spiritual leader in Russia. The case was filed by Shri Prakash Ji’s lawyer Mr. Kaloy Akhilgov who had helped him in successfully repelling the unauthorized raids by government officials in the year 2017. This, in itself, is a unique and historic verdict as by doing this, the court officially went in favor of the Hindu minority that resides in Russia and numbers only about 140,000.

The attacks on Shri Prakash Ji, his family and his disciples started happening in the year 2016 and the whole story was highlighted in the famous American magazine Newsweek (http://bit.ly/NewsWeekStory). A petition was generated the same year on change.org that also caught the attention of the Indian media (http://bit.ly/TOIStory) after a group of radical Christian goons disguised as journalists tried to forcefully enter his Ashram located in Moscow. Again in November 2017, a group of armed policemen conducted an unauthorized raid in Shri Prakash Ji’s family home and Ashram during which his son Prasun Prakash was physically attacked. Shri Prakash Ji and his son were called foreign scum and were threatened to leave Russia.

The reason behind all of this were the hate speeches given out by Dworkin in the Russian media against Shri Prakash Ji. Even now after winning the case Shri Prakash Ji and his family are staying alert as Dworkin is expected to attack them indirectly by concentrating his malicious efforts on Prakash Ji’s cultural centre Shri Prakash Dham. Continue reading

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CHINA & UN: What if Nazi Germany’s human rights record had been reviewed by the UN?

What if Nazi Germany’s human rights record had been reviewed by the UN?

United Nations – Geneva

NOTE by Aaron Rhodes:
The United Nations completed its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record on 15 March 2019.  Witnessing China’s defense of internment camps in Xinjiang, where the government has confined about 1 million Muslims, as “boarding schools,” and the near absence of meaningful criticism of China’s massive human rights violations by governments during the event, I found myself wondering: “What if Nazi Germany’s human rights record  had been likewise reviewed by the UN?”

A hypothetical news report follows:

 Third Reich Triumphs in UN Human Rights Review

“Human Rights with Nazi Characteristics”

(Geneva, 15 March 2019) Hailing social and economic progress, Nazi Germany defended its network of concentration camps as “residential resettlement centers” as the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council completed the Third Reich’s Universal Period Review (UPR) of its human rights record in Geneva on 15 March.

In remarks opening the exercise, Joseph Goebbels, head of the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, affirmed that the Greater German Reich was a leader in protecting Economic and Social Rights.  “In less than a decade, we have brought German GDP to unprecedented levels, eradicating poverty and unemployment, and we have dramatically increased public health and infant care, strengthened public education, and provided public housing,” Goebbels said.  “We have introduced human rights with Nazi characteristics,” he added.

He cited Germany’s Nature Protection Act as in the “vanguard” of environmentalist “Third Generation Rights,” and also said Germany respected basic freedoms. “I can assure our colleagues in the international community that freedom of expression, religion, and association are fully protected in ways consistent with our national legislation,” he said, adding that the Rule of Law had been reestablished as a central principle of the government and society.  He noted that Germany had accepted 80 percent of recommendations to safeguard human rights made by other states.

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CHINA – CCP Cracks Down on Another Heretical Group: Winnie the Pooh and His Friends

Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) ban on Winnie the Pooh, in force since the character has been compared to President Xi Jinping in 2013, reaches new extremes.

Published by Bitter Winter

In China Xi-Jingping was often referred to as Winnie the Pooh (and vice-versa). The president is not amused…

By Massimo Introvigne

Bitter Winter readers may not be familiar with Theme Park University, a publication devoted to Disney and other theme parks around the world. Yet, the issue of November 24, 2018, was well worth reading. It reported rumors that Shanghai Disneyland may be compelled to eliminate all references and attractions featuring Winnie the Pooh, the beloved teddy bear character created by British author Alan Alexander Milne (1882–1956) in 1925 (for a Christmas short story; the first book appeared in 1926) and made famous by Disney’s animated versions that started in 1966.

“That’s right, Theme Park University commented, no more character meet and greets, no more merchandise and the attractions could get rethemed.” This refers to two popular Shanghai Disneyland attractions, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the teacup ride Pooh’s Hunny Pot Spin. The popular news site Inquisitr commented that this may be very expensive for Disney: “the re-theming of the two attractions would be very costly”—“but there may be no choice.”

No, we are not in April and this is not an April Fool’s joke. In fact, the CCP is cracking down on Winnie the Pooh and his friends as if they were a xie jiao, a banned heterodox movement. As CNN had already reported in 2017, in the tightly controlled Chinese Internet, those who search for “Winnie the Pooh” may receive a message telling them that distributing information about Milne’s teddy bear is actually illegal, and references to the Pooh are also banned from popular Chinese platforms such as WeChat and Sina Weibo.


SERIOUS CENSORSHIP: The trailer of Kingdom Hearts 3, with a white spot replacing the censored Pooh

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RUSSIA : NGOs express serious concerns about rights of defense violations in Russian Scientology case

RUSSIA : NGOs express serious concerns about rights of defense violations in Russian Scientology case

Recently Russian courts target religious minority groups with arbitrary prosecution methods that reminds us of the Soviet era

Scientologists are in jail in Saint Petersburg for the sole fact of practicing their faith, which Russian authorities regard as “extremist,” a charge also used against other groups. We have followed with great concern news published in the Russian media about serious irregularities in the case of Scientologist Ivan Matsitsky, who has been in jail in the last seventeen months. The FSB is being accused of fabricating evidence, and the prosecuting judge of having violated the rights of the defense by not providing Matsitsky and his attorneys with the materials of the case within the date required by the law, and by extending Matsitsky’s pre-trial detention beyond any reasonable limit.

We understand that Matsitsky’s attorney has filed complaints against both Judge Evgeny Isakov and the FSB. We urge the Russian authorities to seriously investigate the complaints, to restore Matsitsky’s right of defense, and to abandon their faulty interpretation of the notion of extremism, which is used as a tool to ban unpopular religious minorities.
November 2o, 2018
  • CAP-LC Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience 
  • CESNUR – Center for Studies on New Religions 
  • EIFRF European Inter-Religious Forum for Religious Freedom 
  • FOB – European Federation for Freedom of Belief 
  • FOREF – Forum for Religious Freedom Europe 
  • HRWF – Human Rights Without Frontiers 
  • Soteria International

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Scientologist’s attorney complains about the judge and asks for disciplinary action against him

The defense attorney of the spiritual leader of St Pete Scientologists Ivan Matsitsky filed a complaint with the Judiciary Qualifications Board of St Petersburg against St Petersburg City Court judge Evgeny Isakov, who, back in October this year, extended pretrial detention of the Hubbard’s follower who is being charged with organizing of an extremist conspiracy, incitement of hatred or enmity, and illegal entrepreneurship. The attorney believes that the judge neglected his duties, and thus the defense attorney asks the Board to take disciplinary action against Isakov.

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