Thursday, August 25, 2011

Make A Stand

Making a stand on issues is extremely important for it will help your friends and family know how to support you. It is important that you are loud with your perspectives and not just taken in by the flow. You have to know the purpose of your life and not allow situations of life to control you.

This has always been my principles in life. I stand strongly against human rights violations and that includes standing for animal welfare as well. To me, these things should not be compromised for God has entrusted us HIS creations in life, therefore we are expected to be caretakers for the present and future generation.

Take for instance, the case of the Bangsamoro Muslims in the Philippines. The history of struggle of the Muslims in Mindanao has been written in history but not in its factual context as some events had been omitted to slant a point. This error has caused a historical animosity between the Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.

Spain did not succeed to conquer the Muslims of Mindanao, particularly during the reign of my great great grandfather, Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat. However, the inability to conquer the Muslims might had been successful during those times for my ancestors, but there was no effort made to correct history's written flaws against the Muslims.

The attempt to make Muslims look like pirates by the Spanish government was a psychological warfare against the Muslims for rejecting Christianity.

This followed after Muslims raided predominantly Christian communities where Spanish soldiers stayed. Thinking that those raids were directed at the Christians, the distorted perception about Muslims grew and there was no concrete effort to set the record straight.

It is the duty of education officials to correct the negative perception and if needed, rewrite history in its unbiased and truthful form.

This writer is just making a stand.

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rbleano said...

There are a lot of factual errors in our history as taught in school and even a lot more omissions. The truth needs to be told and taught.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.John 8:32

Princess Maleiha said...

I agree, Kuya Ben. Omission is a sin.The Spanish government during that time was desperate to convert the Muslims to Christians, but they failed. They instead created a kind of war on religion, that is to make the Christian community hate the Muslims and vice-versa.

The question is: what efforts were made by the past administrations to contain this? There may have been interfaith forums or projects, but these to my mind, will not be enough.

I say, it is best to focus on educating the youths now, to correct the errors of history about the Muslim and non-Muslims animosity.

This should happen in both ways--to educate the Muslims as well that the Christians are not their enemies.

Historians should be held responsible in correcting this cultural malady.

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