By Hans Dembowski
Secularism is often misunderstood. This principle of enlightenment is not about government fighting religion, it is about the state being equidistant to all faiths.
Some fervent believers are and were secularists in this sense. Consider the founding fathers of the USA for instance. They separated church and state not because they were hostile towards region, but because they did not want their various churches to become corrupted by politics. They were aware of the bloodshed Europe had suffered when political leaders tried to enforce their religious beliefs, relentlessly persecuting dissenters and even going to war.
The idea of separating state and religion may seem counter-intuitive at first glance as both make rules. They make different kind of rules however. Religious rules are meant to guide the personal lives of believers and are geared to supernatural salvation. State rules, in contrast, are meant to facilitate peaceful co-existence in the daily lives of people who may have quite different backgrounds and regions principles, but must get along in the society. Continue reading ‘A Longing to Belong: for Religious Ethiopia’
Published June 17, 2013
Ethiopia , News
Tags: Addis Ababa, Brazil2014, Ethiopia, Fans, football, habesha, RSA, teamEthiopia, waliya
The Lonely Planet guidebook author recommends , “It is always possible to talk about Football almost with all Ethiopians”. It’s actually true. One of the founding fathers of African football, Ethiopians are in love with it. Half of Ethiopian populations were not even born when Ethiopia took a major trophy in Football. (Unlike Athletics, Ethiopia achieves quite remarkable in middle & long distance running). Now, Ethiopians are even dreaming big – World Cup Brazil 2014. They lead their group which makes them African top 10! Continue reading ‘Team Ethiopia : Captures from Ethiopia vs S Africa Game’
Published January 2, 2013
Blogging , News
Dear Friends – 2012 wasn’t my best blogging year. I could only post 11 articles. I have been writing different pieces on different platforms, mainly on iceaddis.com, GlobalVoices & printed publications. I couldn’t focus on my personal blog as much i wanted.
Nevertheless, I made many wonderful friends in 2012 through this blog. This is one of my primary wishes when I started to blog back in 2009. I’m here to make friends. So thank you so much for your time to follow my posts & sharing them. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals
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Ethiopians spend a great deal of time enjoying their coffee. No wonder there are so many cafés in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Cafés are more than just a place to hang out though; for many, they represent a dynamic public sphere in which to discuss the hottest issues facing the country. Meaningful conversations taking place in every corner of the cafés show how well-informed citizens are and how they enjoy exchanging their opinions about many things around them. But where do people get their information in the first place? Continue reading ‘Disconnected Ethiopian Netizens’
It is funny how people take things seriously. Seriously!??!
It starts with the death of PM Meles Zenawi. You know the funny thing about his death is that he died with Justifribilasis Fatilosis – Scientists discovered a new diseases in Belgium. I didn’t mean to say Scientists, but I guess many people might accept it when scientists say something. Continue reading ‘When the Ethiopian Social Media Lack the Humor’