The Day Newsweek BungledWritten by Nathaniel Quest
More than 16 deaths were reported and dozens injured following violent protests from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Indonesia, Gaza and even to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Arab League. So much loss of life and sufferings all on account of one article that may or may not even be true. And would you believe that article came from--Newsweek? The magazine we all grew up with and have always held to be truthful and reliable?
Why would a single article spark so much violence and unrest? Newsweek, in its May 23 edition, said that according to a "knowledgeable government source," interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed at least one copy of Koran down a toilet in order to make detainees talk. We all know that detainees there are mostly, if not all, Muslims.
And what is (the) Koran? According to Wikipedia.org, Koran, or Quran, is holy book of Islam. Muslims believe that it is literal word of God revealed to Prophet Muhammad by Angel Gabriel. Muslims believe in Koran in same way as Christians believe in Bible, though belief and respect of Muslims on Koran is much more passionate. It is said that "none shall touch Koran save purified ones." Obviously, Newsweek writers alleged that not only did 'unpurified ones' touch Koran, but they even flushed it down toilet.
Now that is a really stupid thing to do--to actually have done it, and to write about it and publish it for all world to read. Isn't time we live in dangerous enough? Do we need to add more sparks to ignite more violence?
Love and Life LessonsWritten by Ryan Fyfe
Recent events in my life have taught me that best thing to do in any situation is just to love people. How can I be a better friend, a better Son, Brother or Sister,etc. So often we go through life and we don't really take time to just simply love people.
For example I hop on a bus, I've got all this time to take interest in other people, en yet I just sit to myself, and pass time, just wondering what others are up to. Most likely someone will come on, something about them will set an emotion off inside of me, and I will be quick to judge them. "What is that guy thinking dressing like that".
If you can relate to me in this way, I've realized that love is answer. Love. What is love?
Love is patient, Love is kind, It does not envy, it does not boast, It is not proud, It is not rude, It is not self-seeking, It is not easily angered, It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Love never fails.
Now if quoting Corinthians 13:4-8 Is going to do it for you… What really is love though and what does it look like?
Love is genuine: "Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them" - Romans 12:9. Love is taking a moment to talk to person sitting next to you on bus, taking an honest interest in their life? Love is offering your seat to someone who is standing? Love is saying a prayer for people riding with you, asking God to bless them. Love doesn't mean holding hands and kissing gentleman sitting next to you.