Politician – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ramiroledesma.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Politician – Ramiro Ledesma http://ramiroledesma.com/ 32 32 Edward Roberts, former lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and prominent politician, dies at 81 https://ramiroledesma.com/edward-roberts-former-lieutenant-governor-of-newfoundland-and-prominent-politician-dies-at-81/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:24:01 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/edward-roberts-former-lieutenant-governor-of-newfoundland-and-prominent-politician-dies-at-81/ Edward Roberts, 11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, a political mainstay for much of the province’s post-Confederation era and an avid student of history, has died. Roberts died on Friday. He was 81 years old. His legacy as a political leader who helped steer reforms in health, education, social services, and government administration, and […]]]>

Edward Roberts, 11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, a political mainstay for much of the province’s post-Confederation era and an avid student of history, has died.

Roberts died on Friday. He was 81 years old.

His legacy as a political leader who helped steer reforms in health, education, social services, and government administration, and his long career as a lawyer and businessman , make Roberts one of the most remarkable citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador, said former Premier Roger Grimes.

“The phrase used among politicians was that Ed Roberts will go down as the best prime minister we’ve ever had,” Grimes said.

Roberts’ passing prompted tributes from other notable leaders, past and present.

Another former Liberal premier, Clyde Wells, described Roberts’ contributions to the province as “substantial and always principled, and always caring for the people he thought of.”

Seamus O’Regan, Liberal MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, and Federal Labor Minister, described Roberts’ passing as “a profound loss”.

“I don’t know if there will ever be someone like him,” he said.

O’Regan began his political career as an executive assistant to Roberts in the early 1990s.

“What I got out of it was an incredible education from perhaps one of the greatest teachers and students in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador that we’ve ever had,” O said. ‘Regan.

A fractured liberal party and a missed opportunity

Roberts cut his political teeth as an aide to then Prime Minister Joey Smallwood in the 1960s and later served in his cabinet. He became Liberal leader in the early 1970s, but his aspirations to lead the province were cut short, in part by Smallwood himself forming a splinter party that split the Liberal vote in the 1975 general election.

“It’s unfortunate because Newfoundland has missed having a very, very good and capable premier,” Wells said.

Grimes, who served as prime minister from 2001 to 2003, befriended Roberts in the early 1970s.

“He was smart and educated, and very seriously committed to trying to make sure the right things were done for the province,” Grimes told CBC News.

“It’s almost like he should have been prime minister, but since that didn’t happen, he was definitely born to be lieutenant governor.”

This photo shows a young Edward Roberts (center) scrambling to follow Prime Minister Joey Smallwood. The photo dates back to the mid-1960s, when Roberts was the Prime Minister’s executive assistant. (JR Smallwood Collection, Memorial University)

A longtime resident of the St. John’s area, Roberts’ concluded a six-year term as the province’s viceregal representative in February 2008.

He’s kept a pretty low profile ever since. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept Roberts and his wife, attorney Eve Roberts, largely confined to their home for the past two years.

A continental education, but a rural politician

Roberts was the son of Harry and Katherine Roberts. His father was a prominent St. John’s physician who also established a major pharmaceutical distribution company in the province and owned the Battery Hotel.

Roberts completed high school at St. Andrew’s College, a prestigious independent school for boys in Ontario, and went on to earn a law degree at the University of Toronto in 1964.

Returning home to be Smallwood’s first executive assistant, Roberts won his first of eight electoral victories in the fall of 1966 in the northern peninsula district of White Bay North.

He went on to a political career that spanned four decades and saw him linked to many pivotal moments in the province’s history.

He had a reputation as a sharp-tongued debater – those close to him called him ‘Scrap’ – who thrived on the cut and thrust of parliamentary-style politics, said Clyde Wells, who was first minister from 1989 to 1996, and was either alongside or opposite Roberts for some of the most intense political debates of the past six decades.

Former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Clyde Wells, whose political interactions with Edward Roberts began in 1965, said the following about his late friend and colleague: “I never had something other than the utmost respect for his intelligence and skill, as well as for his integrity and principles. “ (Terry Roberts/CBC)

“He had a great intelligence. A very bright man. And could respond very quickly, and see things very quickly, and could sometimes have a somewhat acerbic tongue in his comments. But he was never mean,” said Wells.

“I never had anything but the utmost respect for his intelligence and his skill, his integrity and his principles.”

Smallwood and the Liberal Reformers

With Smallwood having left the political arena and the Progressive Conservatives in government, Roberts became leader of the Liberal party in early 1972 with a convincing first-round victory over three other candidates.

But after many years in office, the Liberals were deeply fractured and Smallwood reemerged and challenged Roberts for the leadership less than three years later, Roberts beating Smallwood in the second round.

But Smallwood refused to leave the scene, launching the Reform Liberal Party and entering the 1975 election with a slate of candidates.

Smallwood’s move split the Liberal vote, allowing PCs and Premier Frank Moores to retain power with 30 of 51 districts up for grabs.

In my opinion, he almost certainly would have won this election if Mr. Smallwood had not decided that he still wanted to be Prime Minister.-Clyde Wells

“In my opinion, he almost certainly would have won this election if Mr. Smallwood had not decided he still wanted to be prime minister,” said Wells, who with then-Liberal John Crosbie broke ties. ranks with Smallwood in the late 1960s.

“When you add up the votes that the Independent Liberals got with the votes that the Liberal Party under Ed Roberts got, they would certainly have had a clear majority in the House, except for the way Mr. Smallwood caused the division of votes.

An unelected minister

After many years in opposition, Roberts left politics in 1985 to focus on his legal practice. He was the senior partner of Halley Hunt, a major firm in St. John’s.

Clyde Wells lobbied to convince Roberts to stand in the 1989 election, which saw the Liberals take control of the House of Assembly for the first time since 1971, but Roberts refused.

In early 1992, however, Wells invited the then unelected Roberts to his cabinet as Attorney General, Attorney General, and House Leader, and Roberts accepted.

“My life as prime minister was made easier when he accepted my invitation to become justice minister,” Wells said.

Roberts was elected in a by-election a few months later in the former Labrador district of Naskaupi, and re-elected for a final time in 1993, before retiring from politics in early 1996, shortly after the Wells retirement.

Roberts served briefly in the cabinet of Wells’ successor, Brian Tobin.

“I don’t know a lot of people who didn’t have respect for him,” Wells said.

A new approach to the role of viceroy

Roberts had close ties to powerful Liberals in Ottawa and made no secret of his desire to settle in Government House. In 2002, on the advice of the prime minister at the time, Jean Chrètien, he was appointed lieutenant-governor.

“It’s almost like he was born to be lieutenant governor,” said Grimes, who was premier at the time of Roberts’ appointment.

“He fit the role so perfectly and was so knowledgeable about all things Newfoundland and Labrador and such a big believer and supporter of our province.”

Grimes said Roberts transformed the role of viceroy by opening up Government House to the public in a way never before possible, allowing the media to access and even talk about his love of country music.

“Ed wanted everyone to know that people owned this place. He wanted them to know it was a place where someone lived,” Grimes said.

Roberts also served as honorary colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, of which he was particularly proud because of his passion for history and the regiment’s bloody role in the First World War, O’Regan said.

A lifelong learner, with a passion for history

Roberts was invested in 2010 as a Member of the Order of Canada. His inauguration statement described him as “a model of duty, leadership and achievement” and that he “oversaw the implementation of the provincial health insurance plan, as well as the creation of a new tertiary care in St. John’s and a medical school. at Memorial University.”

He was also awarded the Order of Newfoundland in 2004.

Prior to being appointed Lieutenant Governor in 2002, Roberts served for nearly six years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Memorial University of NewfoundlandD.

The university awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Roberts in 2003.

While serving as Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Edward Roberts also served as Honorary Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. In 2006, on the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, Roberts was part of a large contingent of soldiers who returned to the European battlefields of World War I. He is seen here marching with the regiment, third row, left. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

During his tenure as Queen’s Representative, Roberts earned a master’s degree in Newfoundland history at Memorial, which matched his keen interest in the economic, social and political issues of his home province.

“He wanted to know everything about everything. He wanted to know how we got to where we are today,” Grimes said.

He was also praised for his support of veterans and his involvement with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Clyde Wells, meanwhile, said the loss is a blow to the province.

“The people of the province are losing the benefit of his thought, his tolerance, his understanding and his spirit of fairness,” Wells said.

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Politicians Business and Income Details https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-business-and-income-details/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 15:37:02 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-business-and-income-details/ What is Cory Mills Net Worth in 2022: Details of Affairs and Politicians Income: Cory Mills is the iconic figure who is one of the most hardworking and based politicians in the United States. He announced that he was leading the candidate for the United States and now he was popular in the news or […]]]>

What is Cory Mills Net Worth in 2022: Details of Affairs and Politicians Income: Cory Mills is the iconic figure who is one of the most hardworking and based politicians in the United States. He announced that he was leading the candidate for the United States and now he was popular in the news or headlines. Therefore, Cory becomes an army veteran and provided the services in the United States. Also, he currently pledged allegiance to the Republican Party of the United States. Follow more updates at GetIndiaNews.com

Who is Cory Mills?

Cory Mills has not closed the date of birth to the public. We can estimate his age around 30-40 years. Since the absence of date of birth is not available, we cannot openly provide the information about the zodiac sign and the birth relationship. He was also a former military man, he maintained his body in such a way that he has a muscular physique and a well-shaped body structure. The original birthplace and hometown politician, Cory, has yet to be revealed. According to the source, he belongs to Florida, USA. Talking about his education, he did not provide much information, but sources say he acquired a degree or a master’s degree.

Who is Cory Mills’ wife, Rana?

He is married and his wife’s name is Rana. The couple are officially married but details of their wedding ceremony have yet to be released. Looks like Cory hasn’t shared his personal information with the public. But most people know his wife while Cory shared photos with her on his own social media platforms.

Additionally, Cory did not reveal any information about his parents and Rana’s personal life. The couple are happy and living together in good health. Even his wife Rana supports her husband more than enough, their love, care and bond motivating him to focus on his career path rather than anything.

Cory Mills net worth 2022

Cory Mills has faced many hardships and struggles in his life. However, he has multiple sources of income from his professional life. Hence, the politician did not openly reveal the actual net worth to the public. As of 2022, he has an estimated net worth of around $5 million to $6 million respectively.

Twitter and Instagram of Cory Mills

Yes, he was active on social media and whenever he had free time. He indulges in the Twitter account and connects people through this platform. He has 28,100 Twitter followers, including 2,543 as @CoryMillsFL. If you want to follow him, you can check out his page.

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Praising snow-shoveling politician leaves many Twitter users cold https://ramiroledesma.com/praising-snow-shoveling-politician-leaves-many-twitter-users-cold/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 21:22:52 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/praising-snow-shoveling-politician-leaves-many-twitter-users-cold/ Praising snow-shoveling politician leaves many Twitter users cold A Canadian politician’s attempt to praise his wife on social media for shoveling snow leaves many Twitter users cold. Saturday, Jon Reyes, a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and Manitoba’s Minister of Economic Development and Employment, posted a tweet expressing admiration for his wife, Cynthia, for […]]]>

Praising snow-shoveling politician leaves many Twitter users cold

A Canadian politician’s attempt to praise his wife on social media for shoveling snow leaves many Twitter users cold.

Saturday, Jon Reyes, a member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and Manitoba’s Minister of Economic Development and Employment, posted a tweet expressing admiration for his wife, Cynthia, for shoveling snow after working nights at a nearby hospital.

“Even after a 12-hour night shift in the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway. May God bless her and all of our frontliners. It’s time to make him some breakfast, ”Reyes wrote.

The tweet included a photo, presumably taken by Reyes, watching his wife outside shoveling snow after a long night’s work.

While Reyes’ tweet was likely meant to be supportive, many Twitter users wondered why he stayed in a warm house photographing her while she was away. shovel snow in -2 degree weather after working 12 hours.

The Canadian politician did not respond to Twitter mockery. But on Sunday, in his first and only tweet since joining the platform in October, his wife tried to give her side of the story.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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Albania: supporters of a politician storm party headquarters https://ramiroledesma.com/albania-supporters-of-a-politician-storm-party-headquarters/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 18:33:45 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/albania-supporters-of-a-politician-storm-party-headquarters/ Albanian police intervened to disperse protesters from the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party Through Associated Press LLAZAR SEMINI 8 January 2022, 18:38 • 3 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on twitterEmail this article TIRANA, Albania – Albanian police used a water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters who broke into the […]]]>

Albanian police intervened to disperse protesters from the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party

Dozens of officers pushed back hundreds of demonstrators who stormed the ground floor of the center-right Democratic Party headquarters. They arrested 25 intruders and eight party staff as the two sides clashed, authorities said.

A group led by former party leader Sali Berisha used iron bars and hammers to open the main doors of the building. Employees fired tear gas in an attempt to prevent them from breaking and entering before police intervened at the party’s request.

At least one civilian and one policeman were “slightly injured”, according to Lorenc Panganika, the Tirana police chief. TV coverage showed more civilians appearing to be recovering from tear gas or clashes.

Berisha is trying to oust the leader of the Democrats, Lulzim Basha, whom he accuses of being a “traitor” and a “hostage” of Prime Minister Edi Rama of the Left Socialist Party. Basha kicked Berisha out of the party’s parliamentary caucus in September.

In a statement, the Democratic Party said: “Today’s acts of violence against the Democratic Party mark the final isolation of Sali Berisha and a shameful exit from the political arena.

Berisha closed the protest after three hours, saying it was part of an “unstoppable revolution”. He said he and his supporters would embark on a nationwide campaign “to dismantle the narco-government”.

Speaking at a press conference, Basha condemned what he called “the criminal organization of Sali Berisha which, with terrorist tools, attempted to violently usurp the Democrats’ headquarters to be protected from his designation non grata “.

In December, Berisha’s caucus claimed to have held a referendum to remove Basha from his post, but the move was not recognized by the Democratic Party.

Berisha, 77, was Albanian Prime Minister from 2005 to 2013 and President from 1992 to 1997. He was re-elected as a member of the Democratic Party in the legislative elections of April 2021.

The US government imposed sanctions on Berisha last year. In May, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that during Berisha’s 2005-2013 tenure as Prime Minister, the politician was embroiled in corrupt acts and used “his power for his own benefit and to enrich his political allies and members of his family ”.

Blinken also accused Berisha of interfering in “independent investigations, anti-corruption efforts and accountability measures.” He said that “Berisha’s corrupt acts have undermined democracy in Albania”.

The fight against corruption has been the Achilles heel of post-communist Albania, strongly affecting the democratic, economic and social development of the country. Berisha was the fourth senior Albanian official to be barred from entering the United States due to his alleged involvement in corruption.

Last month, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar said there would be “consequences” if the Democratic Party chose a leader Washington had designated as persona non grata.

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Poland bought controversial Israeli spyware Pegasus: Politician https://ramiroledesma.com/poland-bought-controversial-israeli-spyware-pegasus-politician/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 07:16:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/poland-bought-controversial-israeli-spyware-pegasus-politician/ Poland’s most powerful politician has admitted that the country bought powerful spyware from Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target political opponents. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party said in an interview that the software, Pegasus, is now used by secret services […]]]>

Poland’s most powerful politician has admitted that the country bought powerful spyware from Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target political opponents.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party said in an interview that the software, Pegasus, is now used by secret services in many countries to fight crime and corruption. He noted that Pegasus represents a technological advancement over previous surveillance systems, which did not allow services to monitor encrypted messages.

“It would be bad if the Polish services did not have this type of tool,” Kaczynski said in an interview to appear in Monday’s edition of the weekly “Sieci”, excerpts of which were published on Friday by the information portal wPolityce.pl. .

The interview follows exclusive reports from The Associated Press (AP) that Citizen Lab, a computer watchdog group at the University of Toronto, discovered that three critics of the Polish government were hacked with Pegasus spyware by NSO.

Amnesty International independently verified on Thursday Citizen Lab’s finding that Senator Krzysztof Brejza was repeatedly hacked in 2019 while leading the opposition parliamentary election campaign. The text messages stolen from Brejza’s phone were forged and broadcast on state-controlled television as part of a smear campaign in the heat of the moment, which the ruling populist party narrowly won.

Brejza now maintains that the election was not fair as the ruling party would have had access to his campaign’s tactical thinking and plans.

The revelations rocked Poland, drawing comparisons to the Watergate scandal in the United States in the 1970s and prompting calls for a commission of inquiry in parliament.

Kaczynski said he saw no reason to set up a commission of inquiry and denied that surveillance played a role in the 2019 election outcome.

“There is nothing here, no fact, except opposition hysteria. There is no Pegasus case, no surveillance,” Kaczynski said. “No Pegasus, no service, no secretly obtained information played a role in the 2019 election campaign. They lost because they lost. They shouldn’t be looking for such excuses today.

Kaczynski’s allies have denied in recent days that Poland bought and used Pegasus.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called Citizen Lab-AP’s findings “false news” and suggested that a foreign intelligence service could have been spying – an idea rejected by critics who say no other government would have no interest in the three Polish targets.

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Tech executive quits after sending anti-Semitic email to CEOs and politicians https://ramiroledesma.com/tech-executive-quits-after-sending-anti-semitic-email-to-ceos-and-politicians/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:02:26 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/tech-executive-quits-after-sending-anti-semitic-email-to-ceos-and-politicians/ A founder of a Utah tech company sent an anti-Semitic email Tuesday, resigning the same day. David Bateman is the founder of Entrata and a major political donor to the Utah GOP. He confirmed that he texted the email to the local KSTU news station. Loading Something is loading. Utah tech executive resigned hours after […]]]>
  • A founder of a Utah tech company sent an anti-Semitic email Tuesday, resigning the same day.
  • David Bateman is the founder of Entrata and a major political donor to the Utah GOP.
  • He confirmed that he texted the email to the local KSTU news station.

Utah tech executive resigned hours after emailing anti-Semitic vaccine conspiracy theory Tuesday morning to politicians and business leaders, a local news station KSTU reported, who said they received copies of the email from multiple sources.

Email has been sent at 4:59, according to Forbes, by conservative political donor David Bateman, co-founder and chairman of the board of a tech company Entrata.

Among the recipients were NBA Utah Jazz team owner Ryan Smith, Gov. Spencer Cox and some “Silicon Slopes” CEOs, KSTU reported.

“I’m writing this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it,” Bateman’s email began. “I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people.”

In the conspiracy email, he falsely claimed that COVID-19 and the vaccine were killing people, according to Forbes, and blamed the Jewish people, echoing a centuries-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

“I pray that I am wrong. Utah has to stop the vaccination campaign. Warn your employees. Warn your friends. Prepare yourself. Stay safe,” Bateman said in the conspiracy email.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective protect against COVID-19 and prevent serious illness and death.

Bateman and Entrata did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

In a text to KSTU, Bateman admitted to sending the email and said he had “nothing but love for the Jewish people”, adding that some of his “closest friends were Jews” .

The Entrata board today called on Dave Bateman to resign from the company’s board of directors, including his role as chairman. Dave has accepted and is no longer a member of the Entrata board, with immediate effect, “CEO Adam Edmonds said on Twitter at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Governor Cox also responded on Twitter denying the allegations in Bateman’s email and calling him “irresponsible” and “violently anti-Semitic.”

Bateman saved the Utah Republican Party from bankruptcy in 2019, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Utah called Bateman’s remarks “blatant anti-Semitism” and “a flaming garbage heap.” according to the Associated Press.

“We know how quickly things go from ridiculous conspiracy theories online and in email, how it turns pretty quickly to violence,” Zippel said.

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Finnish bishop and politician on trial for LGBT statesmen …… | News and reports https://ramiroledesma.com/finnish-bishop-and-politician-on-trial-for-lgbt-statesmen-news-and-reports/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:56:24 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/finnish-bishop-and-politician-on-trial-for-lgbt-statesmen-news-and-reports/ Some Finnish Lutheran leaders, their families and a few politicians gathered in a tent in August 2021 for the elevation of Juhana Pohjola to the rank of Bishop of the Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission of Finland (ELMDF). The web protected them from the summer sun, but as they celebrated Pohjola’s investiture, they feared […]]]>

Some Finnish Lutheran leaders, their families and a few politicians gathered in a tent in August 2021 for the elevation of Juhana Pohjola to the rank of Bishop of the Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission of Finland (ELMDF).

The web protected them from the summer sun, but as they celebrated Pohjola’s investiture, they feared facing a different kind of heat. Pohjola, 49, and one of his guests, politician Päivi Räsänen, 62, are facing criminal changes. According to the country’s top prosecutor, the two people are accused of violating the equality and dignity of LGBT people.

Although Finland has legal protections for freedom of expression and the free exercise of religion, Attorney General Raija Toiviainen says the actions of Räsänen and Pohjola constitute incitement to a crime against a minority group: hate speech.

According to the prosecutor, Räsänen has fueled intolerance and contempt for LGBT people on three occasions: in comments she made on a nationwide talk show on Finnish public radio; in a 2019 tweet where she quoted Romans 1: 24-27 to criticize the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF) – one of Finland’s two national churches – for its affiliation with the Helsinki pride; and in a 23-page booklet that Räsänen wrote titled Male and female, he created them.

Pohjola is accused of publishing the libretto by Räsänen, which opposes same-sex marriage, pits LGBT identities against the Christian notion of what it means to be human and describes same-sex attraction as a sin by nature and possibly the result of a “negative developmental disorder. It was published in 2004 by the Luther Foundation Finland, the legal entity behind the ELMDF.

The bishop is not too worried for himself, but he is worried about the long-term impact if the courts find that Räsänen’s quotation from the Romans and the publication of a book on the Bible and sexuality are considered incitement to crime.

“I am not so afraid of the outcome of the trial,” he told CT, “but the strong signal he is giving to many: shut up. I fear self-censorship and intimidation.

The trial, which is due to open on January 24, has aroused strong emotions in Finland. More … than 70% of Finns support same-sex marriage, which has been legal in the country since 2017, and many see upholding the dignity of LGBT people as the crucial civil rights issue of the day.

This is even true in the state church, which does not allow same-sex marriages. About two-thirds of Finland’s 5.5 million people belong to ELCF, and according to a recent study to study, 54 percent of them agree that “the church should also marry same-sex couples.”

Despite the ELCF’s position on marriage, a small group of pastors split from the national church in the early 2000s, in part because of the growing acceptance of LGBT people, as well as other issues. such as the ordination of women. These churches then organized themselves under the name ELMDF, which became a separate body in 2013.

“I confess the dignity, worth and human rights given by God to those who identify as homosexual but at the same time qualify homosexual acts as sins and inconsistent with the created order and the will of God as they are are found in the Bible, ”said Pohjola. “We are all called to live according to the good order of creation. According to the Christian point of view, sex life is meant to be limited to marriage between a man and a woman. “

Räsänen has always expressed views consistent with the ELMDF’s position on same-sex marriage, primarily that the Bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman and that “homosexual acts” are “sin and shame”. As the former chairman of the Finnish Christian Democrats and former Minister of the Interior from 2011 to 2015, Räsänen led the opposition against the passage of a law recognizing same-sex marriage in Finland.

She knew this position was unpopular with many, but Räsänen was shocked to learn that she was facing criminal charges.

“To be criminally charged for expressing my deep beliefs in a country that has such deep roots in freedom of expression and religion seems unreal to me,” she told CT. “I don’t think I would have defamed in any way gay people whose human dignity and rights I have constantly told to respect and defend.

The case also gained international attention, generating strong support for Pohjola and Räsänen’s right to freedom of expression and religion.

The Lutheran Council International (ILC), the worldwide association of confessional Lutherans, issued a declaration in June entitled “A protest and a call for freedom of religious expression in Finland”. Fearing that the case could be appealed and ended up in the European Court of Human Rights, the CDI opposed the “unfair treatment” of Pohjola and Räsänen and warned that the case portended a slippery slope that could lead to the restriction of other fundamental rights, religious and otherwise.

“Faith must remain free,” the statement said. “Indeed, if the government oversteps its limits and encroaches on religious freedom and religious discourse, what other rights must it take away? “

A recent opening letter addressed to the Finnish prosecutor and signed by more than 227,000 supporters, further asserts that “punishing individuals such as Räsänen sets a very dangerous precedent, apart from the fact that it puts an end to an honest and open public dialogue” and ” indeed makes following Jesus a criminal act. “

Pohjola also sees this as a matter of faith. “For me, it’s not primarily a legal issue,” he said. “The gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake.”

Theologians affiliated with the ELCF have mostly resisted the argument that the prosecution focuses on theology and the state deciding that certain theological ideas are unacceptable in Finland. Niko Huttunen, for example, a theologian at ELCF’s Church Research Center, said that it really is about whether LGBT people are sufficiently protected against intolerance in Finland.

Huttunen believes that Räsänen’s reading of the Bible is “hermeneutically naïve,” and he wonders how educated Christian leaders in the ELMDF, like Pohjola, can uncritically accept a politician’s interpretation of the Scriptures.

But he hastens to add: “My aim is not to say how Räsänen should or should not read the Bible. Räsänen is being prosecuted for inciting hatred towards homosexuals, one of the minorities considered to be in need of special protection under Finnish law.

According to a press release from the Attorney General’s office, Räsänen’s statements are more than offensive; they endanger people and are “likely to provoke intolerance, contempt and hatred towards homosexuals”. Thus, the prosecutor concluded, Räsänen’s statements “violate the equality and dignity of homosexuals and thus transcend freedom of expression and religion”.

Sakris Kupila, chairman of Finnish LGBT rights group Seta, said the January trial is primarily important as a kind of test case.

While Kupila believes Finland has seen a lot of progress in protecting minorities in recent years, the lawsuit of a politician and bishop will show how far the country has really come.

“We want the justice system to do its job in peace,” Kupila said. “It has been compromised by the international campaign.”

According to Kupila, international news about the case has often been steeped in false statements and filled with “homophobic and hostile” messages. He said the pressure could convince other prosecutors in the future that protecting the dignity of LGBT people is not worth it, and they will decide not to enforce the law.

Some Lutherans in Finland who stick to traditional Christian teachings on homosexuality are nonetheless uncomfortable with the international campaign to defend Räsänen and Pohjola.

Samuli Siikavirta, the 36-year-old pastor of an ELMDF congregation founded by Pohjola in Helsinki, said many conservative Christians felt this.

“It is an opposition to the freedom to be a Christian and to teach according to the holy scriptures,” he said. “However, it makes me a little uncomfortable to say that we are being persecuted.”

Siikavirta said the real challenge for Christians in the ELMDF and other conservative traditions will not be punishable by fines or even possible jail time. The real challenge will be figuring out how to teach Christianity to a culture that finds it so strange.

“It is very clear from this case that people are far removed from Christian terminology,” he said. “We don’t try to conform the law to our beliefs, but now even basic Christian language seems a lot more obnoxious than it would be if people understood the context.”

Christians will have to become much more adept at communicating.

“The church has a gift to give to the world,” he said, “but we can’t assume that people will understand it. “


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Don’t let politicians divide you, Murang’a residents say https://ramiroledesma.com/dont-let-politicians-divide-you-muranga-residents-say/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 12:13:06 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/dont-let-politicians-divide-you-muranga-residents-say/ The people of Murang’a have been challenged to embrace peace during the upcoming general election campaigns. Ahadi Kenya Trust executive director Stanley Kamau told men’s groups from Mathioya sub-county on Friday not to allow politicians to divide them during the election period. He said peace is paramount and must be maintained with or without campaigns, […]]]>

The people of Murang’a have been challenged to embrace peace during the upcoming general election campaigns.

Ahadi Kenya Trust executive director Stanley Kamau told men’s groups from Mathioya sub-county on Friday not to allow politicians to divide them during the election period.

He said peace is paramount and must be maintained with or without campaigns, saying some aspirants try to survive by using young people to create chaos and divisions in their campaigns.

Kamau, speaking as he donated food to dozens of men to celebrate the New Year’s holidays, observed that the country needed more peace as he tried to revive the economy that has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Listen to every aspirant, but do not accept being used to cause chaos and uproar. Our economy is more vital than the countryside that comes and goes, ”Kamau said.

“This time, as the Murang’a people, it is necessary to lead mature and peaceful campaigns. We don’t want anyone to lose their life or hurt themselves because of politics, ”Kamau added.

He continued, “As the Murang’a people, we are warning those seeking various elected positions to peacefully sell their platform and manifesto instead of using crude means to seek votes. Already many people have expressed interest in running for various positions and we expect the campaigns this time to be intense.

Karunge leader Jane Kihara, who was also present, said they will not allow people to break the peace as the country prepares for a general election.

“Some wannabes, instead of selling their manifestos, buy alcohol from young people, which usually causes chaos and disrupts busy people in their daily activities. Security will be enhanced during the campaigns, ”she said.

The administrator further sounded the alarm over the increase in alcohol abuse which has left many young people, especially Mathioya, irresponsible.

“The government is committed to cracking down on illegal beers, but our men must be responsible and avoid the abuse of these cheap alcoholic beers that affect your health and make some of you irresponsible,” she said. added.

Local resident Manoa Gachucha said they would not allow wannabes who use violence when seeking votes.

“Young people in this region have sworn not to allow politicians who cause chaos in the countryside. We want peace so that our businesses are protected, ”he added.


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Politicians miss biggest vaccine ad – tell us how many people hospitalized with COVID haven’t received vaccines https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-miss-biggest-vaccine-ad-tell-us-how-many-people-hospitalized-with-covid-havent-received-vaccines/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:02:00 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-miss-biggest-vaccine-ad-tell-us-how-many-people-hospitalized-with-covid-havent-received-vaccines/ For the politicians who love to lecture us about the importance of vaccines, they do a terrible job promoting them. COVID cases are skyrocketing, say Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The state suffered 97 daily deaths earlier this week, the highest since last February. Hospitalizations statewide are approximately 6,700. Okay… but how […]]]>

For the politicians who love to lecture us about the importance of vaccines, they do a terrible job promoting them.

COVID cases are skyrocketing, say Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio. The state suffered 97 daily deaths earlier this week, the highest since last February. Hospitalizations statewide are approximately 6,700.

Okay… but how many of those who died weren’t vaccinated? How many hospitalized? What kind of pre-existing conditions did they have?

In August, the city issued a press release noting that for the first six months of the year, “96.9% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 97.3% of COVID-19 deaths in New York City were in people unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Since then hardly a glance. Press releases from the governor’s office mention daily cases, hospitalizations, but not their vaccination rates. Even though it takes a few weeks to put the data together, it’s worth shouting it out to the hills.

Pointing out that the unvaccinated face risks dramatically higher than those that have been stung would be the most convincing advertisement for the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Not only is this lack of information a terrible missed opportunity, it is also fueling the government’s unique strategy in dealing with the pandemic.

On Christmas Eve, the New York State Department of Health warned of a “jump” in hospitalization of children. What number? They won’t say. Were these children already sick with other issues and COVID-19 was a complicating factor, or is the virus the main factor? Once again, radio silence.

Media and political alarmists take hold of these statements and say we have to lock down again, we have to step back again. Decisions are made without any kind of context or common sense.

Tell us what’s really going on. Tell us who is really at risk. Information is the best medicine we have.


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Politicians pay tribute to former Senate chief Harry Reid https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-pay-tribute-to-former-senate-chief-harry-reid/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 04:18:38 +0000 https://ramiroledesma.com/politicians-pay-tribute-to-former-senate-chief-harry-reid/ Messages of remembrance poured in on Tuesday after former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid died at 82 after a long battle with cancer. Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, entered politics as an outsider who grew up in extreme poverty and became one of the party’s most powerful figures. He was the United States Senator from […]]]>

Messages of remembrance poured in on Tuesday after former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid died at 82 after a long battle with cancer.

Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, entered politics as an outsider who grew up in extreme poverty and became one of the party’s most powerful figures. He was the United States Senator from Nevada from 1987 to 2017, leading the National Democratic Caucus from 2005 until his retirement.

“Senator Harry Reid was a true lion of the Senate. It was as hard as they come. A great man and a great leader, ”DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison (DS.C.) said in a statement. “Although we have lost an American icon, his memory will not be forgotten and I hope we can strive to emulate his leadership and follow in his footsteps to create a better country for all.”

Reid also served as Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015 before becoming Minority Leader when Republicans took control of the chamber. As a leader, he helped usher in major legislation, including the Affordable Care Act, something for which it seemed impossible to garner enough votes without Reid.

“The nature of Harry and my jobs has led us to frequent and sometimes intense conflicts over politics and politics. But I never doubted that Harry was always doing what he sincerely and deeply believed was right for Nevada and our country, ”said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement.

“When Harry retired from the Senate, we both celebrated that our many differences had never really become personal. Harry and my paths in the Senate were roughly parallel, ”McConnell added. “We seemed to reach each institutional milestone just a few years apart. I really enjoyed the sincere and cordial relationship we shared behind the scenes when the passions cooled.

Barack Obama, who was president while Reid was Senate Majority Leader, said Tuesday that Landra Reid had asked relatives of her husband to share letters she could read him in his dying days. Obama issued his letter in lieu of a statement:

“I learned that the health situation had taken a difficult turn and that it was difficult to speak on the phone. Which, let’s face it, isn’t that big of a change because you never liked talking on the phone anyway! Obama wrote.

“Here’s what I want you to know. You were a great leader in the Senate, and at first you were more generous to me than I was entitled to expect. I would not have been President without your encouragement and support, and I would not have achieved most of what I have done without your skills and determination, ”he continued. “Most of all, you’ve been a good friend. As different as we are, I think we both saw something of ourselves in each other – a couple of strangers who had defied the odds and knew how to take a punch and cared. of the little guy. And you know what, we were a pretty good team.

“Enjoy your family and know that you are loved by a lot of people, including me. The world is a better place for what you have done. Not bad for a poor skinny boy from Searchlight.

President Joe Biden pointed to the start of Reid’s boxing career and the harshness he lent to his politics:

Tributes have come from both sides of the aisle and have spanned the generations he served with and later mentored.

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.


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