Archive | April 24, 2011

Christian By Name and Religious By Nature

{Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides God, lest they out of spite revile God in their ignorance. Thus have we made alluring to each people their own doings. In the end they will return to their Lord } (An-Anam 6: 108)Christian By Name and Religious By Nature

By Hwaa Irfan

In changing times, when the structures man has evolved over a period of time became normalized it was and has been established to be true, to the extent that when those very structures begin to falter like a domino effect, those who fully believe in those structures hold tighter to what is a changing paradigm.

Some of us need firm ground to stand on to be able to walk. Sometimes that firm ground can only take us in one limited direction, but we continue to walk on it because our life has been built upon it. When the road curves, or goes up hill demanding more of us we accept it as it is as long as it continues to be the same road. We may refuse to see the environment in which that road exists is changing, and so we hold even tighter to our perception of what that road should be. For people of faith the same can happen, and in doing so we become hardened and unable to see the beauty of the major highway in which our faith is taking us.

In this case, those who hold fast, who fear anything that questions their perception of reality, are those people without faith. They do not wish the ground they have walked for so long to change – it must remain the same, and anything that questions it to be reviled or denied. They have denied the wings that true faith can give them to walk the road least traveled, and will go to extremes to remove the major highway from their equation.

So it was for 64-year-old Christian Colin Atkinson , in the 21st century, the more liberal times one would like to believe, but a time that sometimes differs little from that of the Roman Empire. Atkinson faces being dismissed from his job with Wakefield District Housing, U.K. for his Christian beliefs, which in terms of work was practiced as a simple crucifix which Atkinson kept in the back of his van. Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey fund the situation to be unacceptable, and is asking for Atkinson to be allowed to mark Easter by displaying a tiny palm cross in his work van. Other people of faith have also come out in support of Atkinson.


Niranjan Vakhaira, President of the Hindu Charitable Trust commented to the Daily Mail:

‘Everybody has the right to preach their own religion.

‘I don’t see how anyone can take offence at this cross, the employers are definitely in the wrong.

‘Every human being has the right to follow his faith, as long as it doesn’t harm anybody.

‘If it hasn’t harmed anybody then I don’t see the logic in telling him to remove it.’


Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, of the Muslim Institute commented:

 ‘I can’t see any problem at all in displaying this symbol.

‘I can’t see how this would offend anybody.

‘I really don’t think people should become so touchy about these things.

‘You have to respect other people’s feelings and beliefs.’


A spokesman for the Sikh Education Council commented to the Daily Mail:

‘We find it difficult to understand why an employer would terminate someone’s employment for having a crucifix in their vehicle.

‘We suggest the employer should rethink their actions in this particular case.

‘Sikhs believe in freedom of expression and freedom of belief with respect.

‘As long as what someone is doing is doing it with respect for other people we would support their right to practice as they see fit.’

Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have come in support of Atkinson, along with his fellow Christians.

In the mind of the employer WDH, neutrality must be maintained, but if neutrality means being a hypocrite, hiding one’s belief then this is far from being neutral. Being neutral means being open, and accepting differences from person-to-person; not casting them into the melting pot of “the other” so that they can learn to feel ashamed, unworthy or become fanatical, while leaving secularists to become fanatical. In terms of the public face of WDH one can appreciate if they have a concern as to how others might react, but this just calls on those of faith to understand their faith more, and the genuine needs of their employers.  If Environment Manager for WDH, Denis Moody who attacked the Daily Mail photographer for covering the story can hang a poster of Che Guevara in his office, and a Muslim admin worker can hang a verse from the Qur’an in windscreen of a car she uses for work, why cannot Atkinson keep a crucifix in his work van?

As mentioned in the Daily Mail, there seems to be a rank-and-file hypocrisy, with Atkinson being out and about midst the public. This may not have been the intention of WDH which has a policy of not displaying personal items in company vehicles, and advise managers the same when using personal cars on company work. But if the practicing of one’s faith comes with a promotion then all this kind of policy does is increase disrespect for authority.

In the case of Atkinson the complaint was set in motion by complaints from tenants about his crucifix, but surely what is important is Atkinson’s ability to do his job well. By bowing to prejudicial complaints that have no bearing on Atkinson’s ability to do his job, one is issuing a false sense of power, and control to those who surely have better things to do with their lives!

Tolerance does not come from inhaling, it comes from the ability to exhale, and with each breath to learn and understand that we all recognize our needs differently. One sometimes wonders if communism had succeeded what difference there would be to the democracy (a confusing notion admittedly) we have now!?


Fagge, N. “Muslims Give Backing to Christian Electrician Persecuted for Cross in Van.”

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Don’t Throw Away That Banana Peel!

Don’t Throw Away That Banana Peel!

By Hwaa Irfan

As one worries about what has been added to our waters and our food supply, and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting dimmer when it comes to common sense, there is always someone somewhere who can demonstrate how to bring life back into balance, and within our means using what we already have.

So it is for Brazilian researchers at the Bioscience Institute at Botucatu, Brazil who have been working on how to remove contaminants from toxic heavy metals in our water supply.

Outpacing conventional purifiers like aluminium oxide, cellulose and silica, which are expensive and have side effects within themselves,  the banana peel still has a role to play even after it has been removed from the fruit we are about to eat.  So was the discovery for one of the researchers Gustavo Rocha de Castro. De Castro told SciDev…

“I was at home eating bananas when I had the idea: ‘Why not make something with this?'”

What it is to have people around you who are on the same wavelength!

A research team got together. They dried the banana peels in the sun for a week, ground them and then the ground sun-dried banana peels were added to contaminated river water, known to contain copper and lead. Voila! After one hour, the ground sun-dried banana peels had absorbed 97% of the copper and lead. Tested in the laboratory the experiment was proven. Over what time frame the efficiency of these ground sun-dried banana peels diminished is not clear, but being the conscientious scientists that they are they said that the metal toxins absorbed by the ground sun-dried banana peels should be removed before disposal – otherwise what would be the point of the exercise.

The bad news is, according to the researchers this method is best suited to industrial purposes, which does not give us much hope, because it cannot be measured if used in the home i.e. the level of extraction of the toxic metals depends on the size of the heavy metal particles. But one is sure, the human spirit will find away – better some than none!

Actually, the silly idea of seeing what ground sun-dried banana peels can do was based on previous studies using apple, sugar, cane waste, coconut fibres, and peanut shells which all have the capacity to remove toxins from water. Better that than the ridiculous, exorbitant, wasteful idea of using plants as biofuels.

The revelation of the banana peel was supported by a wastewater treatment expert from the Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece; Dimitri Kalderis commented to SciDev:

“The results are very promising, and the banana peel process has proven to be a cost-effective and quick alternative to conventional methods”.

“I think that a small automated system to use either at home or at a central point for multiple families could be developed. The knowledge is there, what we need right now is innovation and construction.”

God works in mysterious ways.

It seems that God knew what we as humans are capable of messing up, but gave us the means to clean up!


Hirschfeld, D. “Banana Peel Can Purify Water Say Scientists.”

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From Alexandra

French Green Clay and Zeolite were both taken internally after the Chernobyl meltdown disaster. Chocolate bars and biscuits containing French Green Clay were distributed to the exposed population. Recently, sandbags of Zeolite were dropped into the seawater near the Fukushima nuclear plant to adsorb radioactive Cesium that was present there in high levels.

You can decontaminate your drinking water and milk from radiation with these minerals and an article about how to decontaminate your vegetables using a Calcium Bentonite Clay solution is linked below.

When you add a teaspoon of either of these three minerals to a glass of water the ionic properties of them is such that they electromagnetically attract and bind with heavy metals, toxins and radiation particles in your blood, through the cells in your intestinal walls and they are then passed out of the body (creating nuclear waste – but better out of your body than in!)

The finer-ground the mineral is, the more effective it is.

Do not take emergency potassium iodide unless instructed to do so because it is only to be taken if there is a nuclear event within miles – not thousands of miles – from you! However, there are many natural remedies you can take and foods you can eat that will help your body deal with low-level radiation exposure, should it occur. In this video Dr. James Blumenthal, DC shares some of the most important information you need to know regarding low-level radiation and what to do about it, should it come to America from Japan.

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