Is homelessness a stigma? I asked this question in one of our community meetings, where people who are homeless, formally homeless, or income insecure meet once a week to discuss the issues they face. After discussing these issues, we then come up with solutions to overcome them. The responses really made me sad – listening to the issues of the people affected by homelessness. I thought to put my thoughts in the form a blog to help overcome homelessness as a stigma.
What is religious freedom: Everyone has a different definition of it. I will lay out some of the definition and quotes of religious freedom to better explain the concept of the religious freedom.
Mormonnewsroom defines Religious Freedom as “Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and the first among rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. It is the right to think, express and act upon what you deeply believe, according to the dictates of conscience.”
Minspring defines it as “the notion that people of religion can freely partake of the practices of their religion without opposition. This would not only include private devotions but also acts of religious significance within the realm of government.”
Is Life tough? Ask youth who are experiencing homelessness. You will feel blessed because you have so much that others are missing completely.
This morning, at the start of spring and heavy snow, I left for the office at 5 am to supervise our delivery crew unloading the newspapers. That’s how media houses work– they don’t care about the weather or the situation, they do what they are supposed to do. While I was few blocks away from my office, I saw a young man on the street, probably fourteen years old, asking for a change (money) for breakfast.
History reveals that religion has been used to construct different narratives, of such narratives many have harmed humanity. Unfortunately, many of the countries have passed through these religious narrative constructions’ revolutions. If such revolution has taken place 50 years ago, when can we say that it was possible, but, if this has happened in last 30-35, then it’s a shame – where religion has been used for lobbying, self-interest, and exploiting humanity.
Let me take you to Pakistan – a country having over 193.2 million people, of them, approximately, 97 percent are Muslims. You won’t believe that this country is prouder of the religious Islamic identity rather than national. Eventhough Pakistan is an Islamic republic country, still it faces national identity crisis because of religious narrative – constructed by Saudi Arabia with the support of some others. This religious narrative where Islam was used to exploit the local people, has ruined Pakistan’s every walk of life.
I am a man who feels greatly for the women. Pouncing from the love I bear for my mother and the hope I aspire for my sisters. Fifty years apart and yet I hold no tangible guarantee that my mother’s fate will not echo in my child’s yet unfolding destiny.
I have lived to witness the struggle over power, dominance and submission. I have seen the tearless and silent cries of confusion. I lived through the scuffle of fitting-in, conformity, tapering and taming down into societal expectation, both spoken and not. From what I have witnessed, I have learned that there is a silenced voice that needs to be empowered.
I am an early morning person, and I like mornings. Every morning brings a new joy, new hope, and a new breeze in my life – that’s what I like most of the morning. One fine night I slept free of sorrow and sadness and woke up to see and enjoy the new spirit, zeal, and breeze of the dawn. Unfortunately, I opened my social media and saw the news that terrorists have attacked a Army Public School Peshawar, Pakistan.
The literal meaning of freedom of speech is the right to express our views and opinions without any fear, censorship, restraints. It has been defined as the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint by Dictioanry.com. Meriam Webster definition state freedom of speech as the legal right to express one’s opinions freely.
The addition of legal word reveals that it can be different country to country. In some countries, it is legal to express your opinion while in the majority it is not. If you have some sweet words on the state affairs they will warmly welcome it and will share a reference as well. If the words are challenging the state policies, then you are in trouble.
United Nations (UN) defines youth as persons falling under the age range of 15-24 years. UN reports the youth population as 1.8 billion throughout the world. Globally this definition applied to everyone falling within the age 15-24 years, but, in some countries, it is different. For example, in Pakistan, the age range for youth is considered as the people between the ages 15-35. Fortunately, Pakistan’s population is approximately made of 60 percent youth altogether. Still, the extreme bad luck is that this 60 percent is the most ignored and deprived sector in the population.
Meriam-Webster defines pluralism as “a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain and develop their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization or a concept, doctrine, or policy advocating this state.”
Over the past few decades the world has seen a lot of examples where the word ‘pluralism’ seems missing almost in every aspect of life. Though, there are some improvements, but not so much significant if we compare it with technological and economic development.