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Is it possible to be tolerant? When we have freedom of speech and religion are we never allowed to mess with it? A while ago we had a Swedish minister talking about homosexuals as cancer at the human body. The opinions in that case where different whether or not he was allowed to say that be course it counted as agitation against an ethnic group, but were it?

I mean it’s a horrible thing to say, because he just show the world that he is a know-nothing-prick and doesn’t deserve to be broadcasted, but … when did he cross the line between freedom of speech and agitation against an ethnic group? He spoke his opinion, should he be judge by that, who is the one setting the line between right and wrong, and what happens with freedom of speech if we are not allowed to speak our opinions (how foolish they might be)?

It’s not an easy question. There are a bit of the same thing with another occurrence we might see now and then. When are we letting religion take too much space in society? Is it a possibility to have balance between freedom of religion and other things in society?

We have had controversies when people feel discriminated because they can’t wear their religious outfit at work. The employer tells them: We have a dress code! And the job searching person says: Yeah I respect that but I need to wear this because it’s a part of my religion.
Who is right?

Is religion really suppose to stand above other laws in our society, if so, which religion is supposed to be in highest priority? And why? Is it really fair to say that you want to wear, for instance, burka, as a police? a nurse?, bus driver, firefighter?

Yeah I know the burka is the most instantly recognizable symbol of oppression and I am not intending to make a mockery of disempowered women who have been stripped of all human dignity. But it’s still a problem when you come to a school and somebody wants to teach kinder garden kids in a burka and says it’s a part of their religion. Are we allowed to point out the fact that burkas are not ” a traditional Islamic dress,” that burkas were made-up by fanatically fundamentalists and is a sign of oppression in our westernized word, therefore we should also be careful when it comes to a point when people claim that they are allowed to things be course it’s a part of their religion.

We have to, in fact we should be obligated to question such statement when we see that people uses their religion to justify oppression. In some cases it’s hard, in some cases we have to let people do and act in a certain way even though we are loathed when we face it. But sometimes we really have to put our foot down, because we should never allow terror or oppression of any kind.

The question is who and how shall we draw the lines?

Fußballroboter

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Auf der Cebit 2010

The first thing we taught was how can a team without any defense whatsoever recently wake up and give us two great goals in a few minutes. We taught it was impossible, and thanks to this blind(?) referee it was.

This first part og the game between Germany and England lives us with an acrimonious taste, England gets robbed, Germany just watches how completely misses a goal and Beckham runs out tells him off. This is football with filthy glory. If Germany wins people will never stop talking about that missed goal.

Besides that this games is like a bag of real good candy, it has it all, sweet, sour, salty, freekicks, goals, corners, There is another bitter candy piece inside the bag though … this game should have been played in the finals, not this early in the tournament.

Cow hunting

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Early summer morning and I had a wonderful swim in the lake at 06:00 in the morning. Its really nice beeing out alone just listening to the nature.
Although this time I was not alone … here I wad peasefully exercising when this girl gave me a morning “Mooo” , she was so happy since she broke out from her fence eating grass while her friends where starring at her!
Who sad that the grsd wasn’t greener at the othet side?

Iphone or not?

So on the subway (U-bahn) pretty much everyone has an Iphone … everywhere some applefreak sits down and blips on his freaking (i)phone. They dont really see how imprisoned they are … I was one off them, and I broke free (sort of I still got 3 ipods …), but the Iphone, I realized has an infuriating smugness about it. With my Xperia I have freedom in so many senses, but with the Iphone I had to stay top what Mr Jobs has decided was right for me … It was almost like prison, or ….like …hmm what is similar to being told of your dos and don´ts by one man that you have to obey with all your forces … Yeah Mr Jobs was our God and the itunes our bible.

But now, with my android I am free. With the Iphone there is no freedom of software choice everything must be installed via Itunes (oh you could use songbird but still its so uptight)And have you noticed that when you want to answer calls the slider fucks up, you can´t download any attachments and… there is a real crappy cam, with a horrible battery time ( To use it as I used my iphone ment that I had to have at least one Iwalk, but often two.). How could I not see that while hanging with my iphone?

Well, its like almost every newlybelowed creature. While inlove you simply close your eyes when it comes to flaws. I guess that’s what happends now to with my androids … Maybee I can not see the flaws in my cool x10 or HTC phone …but … at least I have battery to answer with at the end of the day, even if I use it.

Black is back …

Its in the book already

I rarely get speechless, Ive been doing the most odd jobs during my time as a writer and also know people that have ideas, work or secrets that can be breathtakingly freakish but I held my breath when he sad thoose words out in the small room where we sat during dinner at my friend G. I looked at the guy that Ive just spent an hour talking to about political conflicts in the middle east. He was a very good looking young man, perfect body, cute little dimples, beautiful green eyes and black hair.
Then I reminded my self to bread and answered:
– You are a…what?
– A whore, oh well an escort.

What do you answer to that? Here he sat, this beautiful man telling me that he worked with something that we all learn is for people that are completely slaves to drugs and liqueur. In my prejudiced world those people are abused, wretched and mentally not very sharp. But here he was, the sharpest tool in the box, talking politics and telling me he worked as a whore.

– Why, I finally managed to say.
– Oh well, I like sex, I like guys, I can arrange my working hours when I want and…well and its good money when you study.

And then that was it. I realized that I , the one who usually have to tell people that they should not be so prejudicial when it comes to my study field(Religion-sociology) my self where very biased to an industry that I frankly knew nothing about. If someone had asked me, three months ago if I could describe a gigolo, I would have told them something like a not so intellectual, perhaps mentally broken man, probably with a desire for drugs and booze and not very respectful to himself.

Damn, I was wrong, this guy is amazing and I am honored to have become his friend.