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My Swedish blog in YOUR language!

As Hanna and I are transitioning towards moving back home to Sweden, I have taken to writing on my Swedish blog, to the annoyance of many of my faithful readers. Well fear not, the internet is a wonderful and magical place.

Now you can access my Swedish blog in your preferred language!!

So bookmark the following pages

Croatian: http://www.olterman.se/blog/hr/
English: http://www.olterman.se/blog/en/
Latvian: http://www.olterman.se/blog/lv/

There are a few other languages, like finnish, italian, french, german, french etc, just find your flag in the sidebar of the blog and you will have access in your language!

Enjoy!

A little break….

We found a good price for tickets to go to Oslo which is only two and a half hours drive from where my grandparents (now my mothers) summer place. So we took a time out and escaped to the swedish archipelago.

PICT2394It started out with a two hour flight to Oslo then a three hour wait. two hours bus to Tanums hede and a 40 minutes ride to Hamburgsund where Mom picked us up at the ferry. Exhausted we crashed into bed (after putting together the crib and baby chair from IKEA)
PICT2417Midsummers eve started in rain, rain and more rain. It is the first time I have been there on Midsummers and it actually rained the whole time. The dance was cancelled and we resorted to eating our Sill and Strawberry cake inside. I introduced the familly to Frets On Fire and it was a great success on a rainy day. On the second day the rain held up and somebody arranged a day after dance with a makeshift mini Dancing around the may polemaypole and tradition was restored. Silly dances where danced and the kids (or rather everyone feeling young at heart) got their candybags. On the third day we where blessed with brilliant sunshine so both Anja and Angelina could explore outside.

The highlight of the trip for me and possibly Angelina was climbing to the highest top of the island and looking out over the magnificent view, archipelago, ocean, tiny cars and cows far away just standing at the top of the world looking out. Once down me and my brothers where exhausted and out of breath Angelina said “top! Lets GO!” and pulled my hand to take her up again.

Top of the world

Now we are home again for two days washing and repacking to go to the Salvation Army congress next weekend. We did a little maths and realized that on this next trip Angelina will have flown over 20 airplane rides and she is only three!

Thoughts on the Swedish Bible battle

There has been a media storm the last month ofer Scandic hotels decision to remove the gideonite bibles from all the hotel rooms after one complaint from a swedish humanist.

Several swedish bloggers like Emanuel Karlsten have taken actions to reverse this decision by gently asking scandic “What where you thinking?” How can you remove the bible from the hotel room and leave the porn…. I am also thrilled to see Mackan Andersons reply to the humanist movement with the humanist kit (a blind fold and a pair of earplugs, so they won’t have to get offended by what they hear and see)

After my letter to scandic I got a standardised reply saying they where happy to hear my thoughts, I don’t think they where and I don’t think they did.

So I’ll post them here because I think these thoughts should be shared even now after Scandic backed down and decided to keep the bibles in the hotel rooms.

The Bibles in the hotel rooms won’t help us Christians, we allready have our bibles with us, we always travel with them. No the bibles in the hotel rooms are for people who are not Christian who might be lonely or scared in the night need ing some sort of comfort, then God is there to comfort them and one way for God to speak to them is through the bible.

To move the bible down to the reception where you have to ask for it will deny the person this momentary comfort. I want to leave you with this thought Scandic….

Would you have moved the porn down to the reception so that a customer had to walk down to the reception and ask for porn?

The non religious fanatic

It is strange and almost humorous to watch Christer Sturmark argue against religious beliefs trying to sell the secular society as the only viable future of the world.

In todays article in expressen Sturmark attacks  religous beliefs with what can only be likened to a religious frenzy as he explains that humanistic values are the salvation for our society that has been opressed by religion for far to long.

I cannot help but wonder what country Christer Sturmark lives in seeing that the religious opression in Sweden that he is fighting consists mainly of a minister on Gotland running a school church liked by Christian, muslim and atheist alike (oh except for the one humanist that got angry) or the fight against the horrid gideon bibles in the Scandic hotel rooms (again one humanist was offended) and Scandic removes the bibles in 130 hotels while happily serving porn in every hotelroom. I would like to personally recommend Christer Sturmark to get one of Mackan Anderssons humanist kits so that he can evade the heavy religious opression in Sweden.

Further in the article Sturmark makes an argument that the 25 top placed countries in UNs human development index are the countries with least believers.  Sturmark also mentions young women dying in illegal abortions as a crime of the church and the spreading of HIV in Africa being the fault of the catholic church for not condoning condoms. Sturmarks own brand of twisted logic is disregarding other factors like monetary standard and that the general wellfare of the country  could have anything to do with how often human rights are violated. He also chooses to ignore the fact that the churches of the world stand for almost all social innovation and aid whereas the humanist might have made the most contributions towards a democratic society they are not in the lead of social welfare and aid to those who are hurting.

Sturmarks comes across as a anti religious fanatic using very religious language and I can only agree whith the opposition, Christer Sturmark is by his rethorics guilty of all those things that he is accusing the religious movement of doing.

WSD website go live!

After a lot of work the WSD website goes live. This site is to inform, recruit and gather the WSD – Warrior Self Defence martial arts school.

This is a great moment for the school as this marks the finish of the conversion from a [[MMA]] to a [[WMA]]

WSD now invites for study groups to start all over the world and we are looking forward to soon starting our first Swedish group (not counting the original Malmö group since it is no longer active and was started under the old system).

Visits

We got our good friend Bea visiting from Sweden. At our assessment conference in Sweden we made friends with many of the cadets Bea being on of them. Now she is here visiting and we are thrilled!

Those pentacostals

Reading the swedish Christian newspaper dagen today I found this article.

It states that the goal of this years evangelist week is to “Reinstate (or maybe reintroduce) God and open up the churches for more people” It’s incredible what those pentacostals can come up with…. the nerve, to invite God to church.

All joking aside, I think it is great for a movement as large as the Swedish pentacostal movement to admit that they have forgotten about God in their services and closed the church of from the ordinary people. I wish that more churches could show that kind of courage.

When I look at the Swedish free churches it is like a whole generation is missing we have young people and old people but in between we have lost a whole generation to legalism and bureaucracy where there should have been freedom and Teocracy.

Oh how the great have fallen….

A little more than a year ago I was present at Dataphones (A swedish [[ISP]] where I used to be a System Administrator) anniversary party. The secret guestspeaker was Christer Sturmark who spoke eloquently and with great panache about the information society and how we have arrived where we are today. I was impressed not only with his communication skill but also with his insight into history and socio-economic trends. Christer sturmark then landed high on the list of people I would like to spend an afternoon with and discuss life the universe and everything.

Yesterday when I read his blog, and I was so dissapointed. I have no problems with the fact that Sturmark does not believe in God or that he prefers humanism and a scientific aproach, I would have suspected as much. No I have great respect for his command of language and his strong ideological stance but the way he puts it across is petty and with no compassion or respect. It hurts when someone you respect and see as a rolemodel turn around and not only become a normal human with faults like the rest of us but also show pettiness and a total disregard for other peoples human rights.

It is interesting to read how Sturmark critizes the church for being narrowminded, dead wrong and uninformed but then proves to be exactly that himself by how he presents it.

One shining example is where he points out that the archbishop of Sweden has been forced to appologize to “Humanisterna” (Sturmarks society of humanist belief, advocating belief in human ethics and scientific method without having to fall back on a higher power or religious text) because the archbishop did not realize that some comments was in fact not made by the society but by a single person not representing “Humanisterna”. Then without second thought Sturmark throws away the moral highground he has gained by retorting: If this is how badly they research their source material I understand how they can believe the Bible. By this Sturmark proves that he has done no research himself (since the Bible is the most researched and proven historically accurate document) and that whatever human ethics without God contains there is clearly no room for grace, humility or even common courtesy.

Sturmark claims to be a champion of the new modern secular society. If this is his idea of a secular society ruled by synicism, sarcasm, cheap shots and with no room for the higher virtues of goodness, kindness, love, patience, forgiveness. It is a society I will have no part in.

Furthermore Sturmark seems to have it in for the Christian church, while that certanly certanly doesn’t make him unique in any way he seems to have missed the fact that all forms of persecution historically has always made the church stronger. He also seems to have missed the fact that when you ridicule and belittle someone or their beliefs you only look small yourself.

So Christer Sturmark, while I applaud your eagerness to see society transformed. And I agree that there should be fairness and logic in the way the government relate to the church and vice versa, I urge you to reconsider the tone and the way you try to bring that about. Why throwing pies when we could instead unite in our belief that society needs to change for the better, that the broad public needs to be educated so they can choose what they believe in themselves not based on superstition but based on facts and perhaps an experience of the divine.

You claim to be the champion of freedom and clear thought, yet you seem to want everyone to think exactly like you, I do not see how that makes you any different from the nightmare image oif Christianity that you paint with your words.

Much grace

Patrik

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