Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sex or a long life? Guess which Britons chose..

Source: Reuters

A large number of Britons would be prepared to give up sex if it meant they would live to be 100, according to a survey Friday.

The Mori research found that 40 percent would pass on the passion for longevity, although far more women (48 percent) were willing to make the sacrifice than men (31 percent).

However nearly all (94 percent) would not give up their friends or family in order to reach their century while a half thought scientists should keep trying to prolong people's lifespans.

Private health care provider BUPA commissioned the survey as part of a debate on the implications of an aging population.

"Britain is facing an aging time bomb with major challenges presented by retirement, the desire to live longer and the increasing burden of caring for older people," said Andrew Vallance-Owen, BUPA's medical director.

So wht do u think ? would u give up ..... for .....? ;). Write ur comment ?!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Benedict XVI former Hitler Youth member

NBC April 20, 2005

As John Paul II's right hand man, in charge of enforcing the conservative papal policy, Cardinal Ratzinger earned an unfortunate nickname from his more progressive peers: the "Panzer Cardinal". Like the tank. Pope Benedict XVI, now 78, had his own brush with warfare as a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany.
  • At age, 14 membership in Germany's "Hitler Youth" became mandatory. So Joseph Ratzinger enrolled
  • He managed to get out early so he could study for the priesthood.
  • Two years later, when he was 16, Ratzinger was drafted again by the German Army.
  • Ratzinger worked as a helper in an anti-aircraft briagde.
  • In 1945, he was put through basic training and stationed near his hometown in Bavaria.
  • When Allied forces advanced, he deserted the German army — risking death by that act alone.
  • After he escaped, Ratzinger was captured by American soldiers and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI : Triggering Situations Man

Pope Benedict XVI Addressed last week at the University of Regensburg a controversy quote of medieval text , which said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only evil.I wonder why Pope Benedect comment on other faithes.After all protests around the Islamic world he appeared again trying to apologize. telling us that his address was an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect!!!.So, we can look again on his quote :-

"I was reminded of all this recently, when I read... Of part of the dialogue carried on - perhaps in 1391 in the winter barracks near Ankara - by the erudite Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian on the subject of Christianity and Islam, and the truth of both. In the seventh conversation...The emperor touches on the theme of the holy war. Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the "Book" and the "infidels", he addresses his interlocutor with a startling brusqueness on the central question about the relationship between religion and violence in general, saying: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God," he says, "is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.".

After Reading the previous part of his address. We can note that :-
1-There is no Dialogue. Its just a single part of conversation in which we listened to the emperor part without listening to the Persians Part.
2- The Quote establishes the sword myth as a reality, Which is not, one of the Islamic principles,which established by Qura'an, There is no force in spreading religion.Back to history, we can find that the majority of population of Al-Sham region, Syria-Lebanon-Palestine, and Egypt wasn't Muslims before Catholic crusades so that we clearly can conclude that the Freedom of worshipping was guaranteed by Contrast of Catholic Princes who Forced Jews and Muslims of reconqured Spain to convert to Catholicism, many Jews fled their lands to Ottomans where they found religious freedom, after the collapse of the Islamic states.

this is not the first time, Jews remember the disappointment Jews after his visit to Auschwitz in May. He gave a long address at the site of the former concentration camp and failed to mention anti-semitism, and offered no apology - whether on behalf of his own country, Germany, or on behalf of the Catholic Church. He acknowledged he was a "son of the German people" ... "but not guilty on that account"; he then launched into a highly controversial claim that a "ring of criminals" were responsible for Nazism and that the German people were as much their victims as anyone else. This is an argument that has long been discredited in Germany as utterly inadequate in explaining how millions supported the Nazis. Given his own involvement in the Hitler Youth movement as a boy, and his refusal to make a clean breast of the Vatican's acquiescence in the horrors of Nazism by opening its archives to historians, this was a shabby moment in Catholic history. Not for this pope those dramatic, epoch-defining gestures that made the last Pope such a significant global figure.

Even worse, in his Auschwitz address, he managed to argue in a long theological exposition that the real victims of the Holocaust were God and Christianity. As one commentator put it, he managed to claim that Jews were the "themselves bit players - bystanders at their own extermination. The true victim was a metaphysical one." This theological treatise bears the same characteristics as last week's Regensburg lecture; put at its most charitable, they are too clever by half. More plainly speaking, they indicate a deep arrogance rooted in a blinkered Catholic triumphalism which is utterly out of place in the 21st century.

I wonder in that position from which he promotes the global peace, as he wants to clarify to us,how could he acts irresponsible ?. How could he hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims or Jews?.But he proved that he is clever in triggering situations. Consequences followed his address: An elderly Catholic nun has already been killed in Somalia, perhaps in retaliation for the Pope's remarks; churches have been attacked in the West Bank. How is this papal stupidity going to play out in countries such as Nigeria, where the tensions between Catholics and Muslims frequently flare into riots and death? Or other countries such as Pakistan, where tiny Catholic communities are already beleaguered? Or the Muslim minorities in Catholic countries such as the Philippines - how comfortable do they feel this week?.

the first reaction from a western leader; French President Jacques Chirac warned against confusing Islam with a religion with a radical movement.Mr. Chirac argued the Pope "Don't Confuse Islam with Islamism".Mr. Chirac says "We must avoid everything that increases tension between people or religions," he said in an interview on Europe 1 radio. "We must avoid any confusion between Islam, which is of course a respected and upright religion, and radical Islamism, which is a totally different form of behavior that is political in nature," he said, according to AFP.

All this acts from the Pope or others give the terrorists Proofs they can introduce to mislead people.They kept shouting and screaming telling people that West wants to eliminate Islam, a few believed them, now the get more credibility to people. They never miss the chance to shout at them to tell them that they were right at that is the evidence. Destroying churches in West Bank is not an Islamic act. Its condemned by Islam and Muhammad. Muhammad PBUH who was visiting his Jewish neighbor in his illness.

I'm Sorry my Master Muhammad. may be the Pope doesn't know much about you.

I'm Sorry my Master Muhammad that some terrorists and killers distorted your image in the eyes of non-Muslims.