Thursday, December 31, 2015

Personal New Year's Message

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary,and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-30)

Dear friends,

2015 is almost over. Therefore I would like to share with you a few thoughts of reflection about the year that has passed and to share a message for the coming year. The year 2015 was a year filled with fear and uncertainty. It ended with those dreadful terrorist attacks in Paris. But also Brussels, the city where I live, was in lock down for a week and automatic rifle carrying soldiers became a common sight on the streets And The New Year Eve’s celebrations are cancelled today.

The large influx of refugees to West European countries was also a source of significant concern. Populistic parties use these concerns  to increase their appeal to their electorate. They spread fear for Muslims in their countries. In the Netherlands there were riots to avoid the establishment of asylum centers in their towns. causing often riots in towns..

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A victory for family values

Slovenian referendum rejects same-sex marriage

Last Sunday, Slovenians rejected a law introducing same-sex marriage with a wide majority. 63% of participants voted no with those approving the bill reaching only 37%. Therefore, the Bill which had been adopted last March will not enter into force. This referendum comes three years after the previous vote, when almost 55 percent of voters opposed giving more rights to same – sex couples.

Friday, December 11, 2015

“The global impact of the Bible”. An exhibition at the European Parliament

An initiative hosted by ECPM MEP Mr Branislav Škripek

Last Monday, I had the honour of attending the opening of the new exhibition on the “Global Impact of the Bible” organised by the French Biblical Alliance with the cooperation of the Belgian Biblical Society. The event was hosted by MEP Branislav Škripak (ECR) who is a member of ECPM with the cooperation of MEP Alojz Peterle (EPP). The organisers were kind enough to ask me to give a short greeting at the opening ceremony.