Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guantanamo And Waterboarding: Evil or Virtue? Part 2

I agree that the right to fight anywhere should reside with the UN and any other organization that they are signatory to. I also agree that in the case of Saddam Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction. But I disagree that the invasion and occupation was not necessary. The rate at which Saddam was crazy could have led him to use chemical weapons on Israel. I also disagree that since the war began on a wrong premise then the criminals of war taken to Guantanamo are not being treated fairly. They were caught fighting for the insurgence; it was not a defense of their country for they had already surrendered. In addition, most of the Prisoners Of War (POW) caught in Iraq and Afghanistan are foreigners and they are the ones shackled in Guantanamo.

I do agree that in a situation like this there would be collateral damage. That is what I want the US government to minimize. In addition, I am against not offering them due process. In the course of due process then the innocents will be set free because though they may have been caught at the war fron they might have just been in a wrong place at the wrong time. And please, know that I feel for everyone arrested unjustly and I am against invasions. That one is not what I am talking about. I am talking on a certain issue Guantanamo and Waterboarding.

You see the problem is that many people don’t read the Bible horizontally. Jesus was and is against violence but he is not against discipline or punishment. That is why he beat up people in the Temple (Mt 21:12-13). John the Baptists once said: the kingdom of God has suffered violence and only the violence can get it back (Mt 11:12). The Apostle Paul tells the Romans that “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil (Rom 13:3). Peter affirmed that Government is “put by God for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well” (I Pet 2:14).

One would have to acknowledge or reject that it is appropriate or inappropriate to discipline defaulters. Is it proper to jail criminals or not? If it is; then what measure? The person’s resistance and societal make up should determine their punishment. In other words; Justice should be served proportionately to the crime. The terrorists have been trained in adverse conditions and a normal interrogative technique will not do for them. They should be shackled and manacled to get some answers that will save lives.

People claim that violence begets violence. That is true. But Guantanamo and Waterboarding are not violence but punishment. Those are acts within the confines of the law. The law approves interrogative techniques for terrorists. The Golden Rule is that treat others properly and since the terrorists did not treat the people properly they should not be treated properly. As a matter of fact, the Golden rule is more activated with the terrorists than with any other scenario.

Jesus healed the ear of Malchus because he was not involved in any crime. The Muslim religion is a violent religion and Americans should be aware of that. The proof is that every corner of the globe where there is fighting the Muslims are the ones gravitationing around it. When people cite those who live by the sword die by the sword why don’t they tell us no criminal should be judged after all doesn’t nature pay each according to his coin?

Like I said before, if from the definition of torture, Waterboarding is torture then the US being a signatory of the Convention Against Torture must adhere to its rules and regulations. But inherently, there is nothing sinful about it. There are things that are socially wrong but not sinful because some people define wrongness or rightness by their own standards.

Until then, stay well and peaceful.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Should the Sperm of A Dead Man Be Used To Father A Child?

The desire of a woman to be a grandmother; her wish to have a grandchild prompted Marissa Evans to say that she wanted to harvest the sperm of the dead son for a surrogate pregnancy so that though gone the son: Nikolas Evans should have a child. Initially it was rejected but she went to court and won the judgment. She said she wants to fulfill his wishes for he always wanted to be a father. On April 18, 2009, ten days after the Evans case, Gisela Marrero won the Supreme Court judgment to preserve the sperm of the dead fiancée so she could retain his legacy . Immediately the question arises: is this ethical? To determine whether anything is ethical or not is first and only by consulting the Bible because that is the constitution that God gave to mankind. You will have good ethics if you follow the Bible but you will have no ethics if you reject it.

No one can feel the pain of losing a son as she feels and I extend my condolence to her. Though she has a noble intention of remembering and continuing the legacy of the son, one is forced to say that there are many other ways she could remember the son. The daughters of Zelophehad wanted to continue the legacy of their father by keeping his possession (Num 27:1-7).

Many people think there is nothing bad for it is the same like organ harvesting. But sperms are not an organ. While organs come to compliment a body, sperms would give a new life. Others say but what is bad if science could improve and reach a level that one could harvest the sperm of his dead son to continue the legacy. The presence of science does not annul ethics. That is where the Bible comes in as we look at it extensively.

In the levirate marriage a brother inherited his dead brother’s widow. If he did not have a child his duty was to raise one up for him to continue his brother’s legacy (Deut 25:5). Judah had two sons: Er, Onan and Shelah. Judah married Tamar for his first son who was killed abruptly before he could have a child (Gen 38: 1-10). According to the levirate tradition Onan was to marry his brother’s widow to continue the legacy. He wanted the wife but did not want to have kids for him. So when it was time, he spilled his semen on the floor so God killed him. Here again One would have inferred that God approves the practice of trying to conceive a child for the dead man which He did.

Judah wanted Tamar his daughter in law to remain a widow until his son: Shelah is grown to marry her (Gen 38:11). That is because he wanted by all means to continue the legacy of the son. But it was too selfish for by the time the son would have grown the woman would have gotten old. That attempt did not hold. In this passage the Bible seems to take prostitution lightly because her intention of having children was superior to the lust of Judah. Perhaps the reason why it ended up with the disgrace of Judah was simply to show that her desire though unethical was less sinful.

In both cases they were to have the child for a father to take off. Nowadays that we have single motherhood one would have said but the grandmother is going to take care of the child. Yet single motherhood is not an approved behavior in the Bible. Women were single not by choice and when they did they were not to have children for the medium through which they will have children will be illicit.

After the death of Elimelech their two only sons: Mahlon and Chilion got married and all died prematurely. She neither had any other children nor would she be able to conceive again for the women to have husbands (Ruth 1:1-15). Remember if there was no man to take care of the child no need to have them was the rationale.

The levirate practice was continued to a point that the Sadducees felt it would contradict the doctrine of resurrection. Jesus remonstrated that God is a God of the living and not of the dead (Mat 22:25-33). So when someone is dead people should learn how to move on for it serves no purposes whether the name or legacy exists. It’s all vanity!

The whole issue of harvesting the sperm is trying to create fatherhood in a dead son or dead fiancé. For anyone to be a father they should be alive. If the father died after having the child it will be an unforeseen circumstance but not willingly making a child an orphan from birth. Being a father had some responsibilities. The father was to teach the children (Deut 6:7). How would this child be taught when the father is dead? The father was to nurture his child or children (Eph 6:4). When the child is born he will be without a father to nurture and raise him/her up. From birth they will be deprived of the love of a father due to man-made circumstances. It goes again to affirm the doctrine that single motherhood is unethical behavior just like harvesting a sperm from a dead man.
Until ten, it is unethical.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Northwest South West Divide: Myth or Reality?

The Northwest and Southwest are neighbors. They speak English as a common official language and were colonized by the British. They are even interrelated in such a way that you have families merely divided by territorial lines. Yet, when dealing with each other, they eat with long spoons. Some have said there is no such thing like NorthWest Vs SouthWest Divide, but others have said the division is real.

Most South Westerners who dwell in the past do not seem to have gotten over the fact that Foncha and Muna played over Endeley to promote the reunification of West Cameroon with East Cameroon. It was not like the treatment that the West Cameroonians received from eastern Nigeria was better but just that it is better to deal with the devil you know than the angel you do not know. That fear made mostly the coastal western Cameroonians to fight against reuniting with East Cameroon. East Cameroon and West Cameron were one country colonized by the Germans, but after Germany lost the war, the country was given to Britain and France as Mandated Territories and after the Second World War as Trust Territories.

Now, the main suspicion is based on the languages and methods of governance. The Southern Cameroonians believed that they were more democratic than their East Cameroonian counterparts that they did not see how and why they should join them. But then it happened with the plebiscite of 1960. With the reorganization of the country into provinces, the country was divided into ten provinces; creating two English provinces of Southwest and Northwest.

Thenceforth, the suspicion has been serious in such a way that both groups in their search to dominate each other are turncoats to their brothers or whoever is in power so at least they become number 2. Indeed, the south westerners distrust the north westerners that they call them Cam No Go because most North westerners were brought to work in the plantations in the Southwest and since they came, they have not gone back.

It should be noted that the North West and south west divide is not really between the Northwest against the whole of Southwest but the Northwest against a division (Manyu) in the South West. I have never understood why a province will be fighting against a mere division, but the distrust is so deep that it will depend on the young generation to resolve the distrust.

In the Social Democratic Front (SDF) especially, the exclusion of Mr. Tabeyang in Fru Ndi’s government was an example of that distrust. Hitherto, South Westerners feel that the North Westerners cannot be trusted. Some times I argue that we cannot hold the future hostage for the mistakes of the past, yet when one sees that the same behavior perpetuating itself over and over, it is left to wonder if the Northwest and Southwest will ever join forces.

Indeed if anyone says there is no such divide, they deceive themselves for there is a serious divide. That is why the Anglophones have not been able to muscle up with the challenge of their marginalization by East Cameroon despite their marginalization because it suffices either president Ahidjo or Biya to set them at loggerheads and they tear each other like crabs.

If there must be unity, then we must acknowledge that there is division and then try to mend those fences. The North Westerners; especially must abandon their herd’s mentality where they think an attack on one of them by a Southwesterner is an attack on every Northwesterner. There are times when someone is wrong and should be scolded. You can take a Manyu name as you like and write all the rubbish as you like, but the Southwesterner knows that it is a Northwesterner and that increases the divide the more.

The tendency of the Northwest to always seek to be the leader of or always fighting especially the Manyu man has perpetuated this divide. The Manyu people are the majority in the Southwest Province and perhaps most savvy in politics. Trying to ignore or sideline them is merely inviting trouble because they will not be pushed around. Furthermore, people must understand that the traditional system of government: Fondoms in the Northwest Province is contrary to the chieftaincy in the Southwest Province. This is a great contrast that makes them behave differently. Nonetheless though, humanity has attained a level where people must be pushed by reason rather than mere custom and traditions.
Until then, Northwest and Southwest must heal their divide for an inroad.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

"Is there such thing as Christian Sex, and How Can Christians Have Better Sex?" (Prohibited to less Than 18 year olds)

I will not answer all the questions because I have already dealt with some of those topics in my previous writings. For example; Is Oral Sex is permissible for a Christian, or should a married Christian masturbate if away from the partner? As such, I will answer only the third part about "what is Christian sex?" To be honest this is one of those questions I listen and listened over and over to bible passages, but I still was not sure what the Bible says about it.

First, we have to establish that masturbation is not a bad act as evinced in the article above. If it is not bad, then the partner committing it does not break the bond. If the marriage partner refuses to have sex because they prefer to masturbate while the other is present, then they have broken the marriage bond in that they reject verses 3-4 of I Cor 7; whereby, they were to surrender their bodies without conditions and reservations to their spouse. When they masturbate in the absence of their spouse, they cause virtually no harm to the union nor to themselves. This is on presumption that they will be willing to have sex when he comes back.

Masturbation is to cure or tampon loneliness, and the Bible says it is not good that a man should be alone (Gen 2:18). So the bond in marriage is not broken since he or she is not bringing a third party inside. How will it be bad? Marriage is infracted only when a third party is brought into the union by consensus or unilaterally. In masturbation, no third party is brought in; rather it is a means to curb loneliness so that the married partner could be preserved for their spouse. People fear the residual effect. In that case then every act should be prohibited since every human action has a residual effect. Eating may lead to gluttony and drinking alcohol may lead to drunkenness.

There is no such thing as Christian sex. It is like saying Christian food, or Christian laugh or Christian soccer. When we say Christian, it means that, that is what Christ prescribed for the Christians. The word Christian was used in Antioch for the first time in Acts 11:26 to refer to the behavior of the disciples acting like little Christ. Who is the witness who ever saw Christ having sex to say this is the type of sex that Christ would want for Christians? Let us say that no one saw him, but we could base our judgment on what he says in the Bible. Although He does not prescribe any either, there are styles that we know Christ would have done according to his tenets. You smile; don't you?

Sex is the spiritual demonstration of our love using our bodies. Therefore, it is difficult nowadays for anyone to give an excuse that they cannot have sex with their partners because they are far except if there is no communication since they can have sex by proxy.

In the course of sex by proxy, the couple could employ the phone (phone sex), internet (cyber sex), erotic letters (erotic mails) through which they defy distance to maintain their soul bonding and partially attain the pleasure of sex. Erotic letters could be wishful thinking and wishful thinking is not different from mere desires.

Before the advent of the internet, couples who were distant from each other communicated via letters and then after the invention of the phone via the phone. Now, there is the internet, and many other technologies for couples to communicate intimately, even if they are far off each other. Through this communication, they could have sex as explained above to keep the bond. If blood is the main requirement in a covenant, sex is the one in a marital relationship. That is the reason why abandonment is one of the reasons why a spouse is permitted to divorce (I Cor 7:14-15) because by abandoning your post, you break the bond that existed via sex; thus, you are considered dead (Rom 7:1-3). Since a covenant requires two living beings, then the one who is alive is permitted to look for another partner for a new covenant. Immediately, the methodology sets in.

However, the best solution for loneliness is self control and not masturbation or marriage since even in marriage, one can still masturbate and be lonely. There is a gross mistake to think that sexual intercourse can only be successful when one goes beyond the natural and start to act like a demented individual or by instincts. The clitoris could be stimulated with the fingers far better than the tongue and soft wet hands could produce more stimulation on the penis shaft more than the mouth. In no way am I saying that oral sex is prohibited or aghast.

One other question you asked was about toys. When a couple mutually agrees on how to have sex, they could practice any type of safe sex they enjoy. It would be lack of altruism for a man who cannot perform well to refuse using toys. As with every medicine, the use of sexual stimulants have their long term effects. Proper dieting and exercise will keep you up for a long time and many years to come, else you will be forced to sit on a chair and watch her perform.

Couples (especially the men) should learn to be patient. The woman does not get orgasm by penetration only or most of the times. Most get orgasm by their clitoris being fondled for long. Therefore, if you play with the clitoris for a long time before penetration, the woman should be satisfied. That means; penetration just comes to top it up. Couples should use different sexual positions, and there are no special positions reserved only for the Christians.

Above all, sex being a spiritual exercise is important for couples to show love and prepare themselves well for sex. They should be ready at all times. Boy, you make me sound so sinful!

Until then, there is no such thing as Christian sex.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Guantanamo And Waterboarding: Evil or Virtue?

This is a huge debate that is not only between the Democrats and Republicans, amongst republicans but between the rest of the world and the US. First I will define both terms: evil and virtue, examine them in the Bible and then reconcile them with the US constitution and international torture conventions look at the conventions about torture.

Evil is anything sinful and virtue is anything that conforms to morality. So the question would be: are Quantanamo and Waterboarding sinful?

Considering that the Bible accepts prisons and Guantanamo is a prison then it is morally right. Waterboarding is a form of interrogative technique for criminals and the Bible is mute on that. Isaiah prophesied metaphorically that God was going to torture the Israelites (2 Kings 19:28; Is 37:29; Ezek 38:4). There is an indirect usage of waterboarding in the scripture (Is 8:7-8). Thus, just like the Bible is not for or against slavery it is not for or against torture. Hence, the thing that the Bible is mute on is decided by the law of the land and our consciences.

In the US for example, the debate is made difficult with the formation of the conservatives and the liberals. The former led by GOP believe it is merely a form of interrogation technique while the latter led by the Democrats believe it is torture. The Bible is the only perfect book that would have stated the wrongness or rightness of the issue but it is mute. So we will now turn to the societal canon that would form our conscience. Those would be the US constitution and the UN charter.

The 8th Amendment of the US constitution is against Torture. In April 18, 1988, John Whitehead on behalf of the US signed the UN Convention Against Torture. Part 1 Article 1 of UN Convention Against torture states: “torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession.

So now neither Limbaugh nor Pelosi can find refuge in the Bible about torture but both can at least peruse the constitution and the UN Convention Against Torture which the US is a signatory. Consequently, we would have to cross-examine waterboarding if it constitutes torture.

What then is Waterboarding? It is an interrogation technique where the victim is made to feel like they are drowning though they are not by water constant poured into their forcefully opened mouth and nostrils. What is the difference between keeping a criminal up for 24 hours to be grilled by investigations in a regular jail with Waterboarding? Does it mean that the criminal is not being tortured? Now if the criminal is being tortured why is it not outlawed? That is because though it is emotionally torturing, it is the only means the investigators could get a criminal to talk. That is the same thing too with waterboarding. Though it is a hard interrogative technique it is one of the best methods to get terrorists and war opponents to talk and save lives. Once cannot make omelet without breaking eggs.

Even in prison the degree of lockdown is different; harden criminals are placed in a maximum security. First time offenders are not locked up in the same area with murderers. Terrorists need a harsher interrogative technique to make them speak. To force you and a navy seal to speak the interrogator cannot use the same method because the navy seal will be too tough for your simple technique. To interview a civilian one just needs to keep them up for 16 hours in a grueling interview and they confess. It is not the same thing with a terrorist. So I do not see why waterboading is bad. Terrorists are tougher than simple criminals and to make them talk, one needs all the harsh techniques they could use.

Those who support Waterboarding are not more patriotic than those who reject it, and those who reject it are not holier than those who support it. Most Westerners believe that eating a dog is a bad thing but most Asians and Africans find it a delicacy. Does it mean the westerners are holier than the Asians and Africans?

However, those who support it may have a better case to make since the terrorists do not treat their victims kindly. It is due to terrorism that the US went to War in Afghanistan and Iraq. While no one is advocating for blind patriotism, but we do believe that harsher interrogation techniques should be used on terrorists to make them speak because they have been trained in more adverse conditions than the mere US jails. There is need for a harsher interrogative techniques to make them talk because the much and faster they talk the many lives will be saved. The only language terrorists understand better is force and force they should be served on a golden platter.

Until then, there is nothing wrong with Waterboarding and Guantanamo.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dr Empty Mop

At the hospital
Doctor: hello Kpanfiri, how are you. My name is Empty Mop. I will be your doctor as from today.

thank you doctor. You look a nice person. I really like the way you are confident. Do you think I gonna get well?

Sure, looking at you, you can make it. You will get well soon. Just stay put; do not move. Open your eyes, take off your shirt. Turn your back. You have a scar behind your back. When did that happen?

Kpanfiri: Oh well when I was a little kid, I was playing with my sister and she mistakenly stabbed me on my back.

Doctor: was your sister a demon? Is she still mean to you? By the way how did you react?

Kpanfiri: Yeah yeah yeah, she was when we were kids though. But now she is married. When she was getting married I was sorry for the boyfriend. I told him he was going to die before his time.

Doctor: Is he dead yet?

Kpanfiri: Well you asked me before how I reacted. Well I just cried and left it like that. Oh my brother in-law is still alive and they are happily married. Surprise, Surprise!

Doctor: Yes, you did the right thing. Well stand on this machine. Well let us do this first. Take this cup, go to the restroom, piss inside this cup and then shit and bring some to me.

Kpanfiri leaves and comes back with two cups all of them filled to the brim.

Doctor: go drop it on that window.

Kpanfiri: Thank you.

Doctor: Ok now take off your short. Lean on this machine, stop breathing and look straight. Do you see that woman there in front of you? Just look at her eyes. Great, Sit over there and wait for me I will be back.

Kpanfiri goes to the waiting room. Two hours later a nurse calls him back into the doctor’s room

Kpanfiri: Hey doctor, good news?

Doctor: Mr. Kpanfiri, your case is bad. Your lungs are rotten because of smoking. Too much alcohol is ruining your bronchioles and nerves. Even your liver has been affected. There is a nerve behind your back that is dead. You also have serious hemorrhoids.

Kpanfiri: yes, I like to eat garri and meat only. How bad is that?

Doctor: don’t you see that your anus is almost falling out. Anyway, it was nice knowing you and being your doctor. Go home and rest in peace.

Kpanfiri: doctor, no medicine no prescription?

Doctor: I do not prescribe anything to anybody. I am only specialized in diagnostics.

Kpanfiri: what type of quack doctor are you? If you knew you do not prescribe why tell me all these sicknesses. Now you have made me to be afraid. I will have to talk to the board. Where did you get your license? Always diagnostics but no solutions!

Doctor: go get loss mbut man. Did you see a signboard that Kpanfiri come to Doctor Adiburoja for consultation? I just told you my specialty is diagnostics and you are hitting your head on the wall. Go get loss elsewhere. Na me I give you sickness look at my problems. Next
A new patient is ushered in as Kpanfiri is booted out.

Lesson: This play is reminiscent of the many people who always make proper diagnostics but never prescribing anything; they raise the problem but do not propose solutions. That is the zenith of hopelessness.

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

“I Am An Asylum Seeker”.

Immediately I joked like that an American who could not contain me in a forum said “after this I am going to call the immigration not to let you live in this country. If you are not deported and are given a stay you cannot talk about righteousness” he reechoed. They hassled me daily about my immigration status so I decided to finally state my status in my introductory page on my blog. Yet one question needs answered: is Asylum a bad thing?

Asylum was and is to give refuge to people who could not live in their home country because of persecution: religious, political, or whatever type. In others words it is the willingness of a host country to offer refuge and protection to a runaway. That is how many people came to America and other western countries. When you come it is claimed you obtained asylum status.

Actually seeking asylum is not a bad thing and should not be regarded as a bad thing. Asylum is only bad when people after telling stories about their state and the next year they want to run home to visit relatives. How do you feel very comfortable to go back home to the same country that wants to kill you? Others like some Cameroonians and Nigerians are in the party in power in their refugee countries.

Let us say you are a Cameroonian. You run away to the US because you are afraid the government wants to kill you. Then when you reach the US you join the CPDM. Though the CPDM is not the only party in the government but it wields a bigger stake. So if the government led by the party in power is pursuing you why would you join them? Isn’t that a proof that you are merely an economic refugee?

We all know that the majority of the stories told are lies. I read one story from a guy who said Biya used to tie him in his living room and let his dog lick his anus. I don’t think President Biya lacks things to make him happy that he will be happy seeing his dog lick your dirty butt. That is a terrible way of getting pleasure.

In 2005 I was translating for a lawyer in Atlanta. As the asylum seeker was speaking, he reached a point where I was confused myself. So I asked him in French that: “je ne savais pas que tu es pede” since I knew him because of his girlfriend. Then he told me that they are stories. Another one said he does not understand English. So when I made a mistake in translation he cut me impolitely and began explaining in English. The lawyer looked at me and looked at him then asked him “didn’t you say you don’t speak English”. He meandered his way out by saying that his English is different from that of the lawyer. He does not understand the type spoken by the lawyer.

All those stories pain a gloomy picture of the country yet they are not totally false. People are politically persecuted in Cameroon. Rather than the embassy destroying their passports they should advise the home government to allow the people a freedom of speech, worship and sex.

In a case like Cameroon one cannot refuse the fact that political opponents are maltreated. One cannot refuse the fact that students are beaten up and their lives threatened during strikes. Rather than reject their claims for asylum the political climate should be made conducive so that people can speak their minds or place dissention without fear of retributive repression.

The thing that worries most people is the fervency with which liberation groups in Cameroon sell affidavits for asylum. By selling the affidavit to everyone even those who have never heard of the group dilutes the sacrifice for the struggle and makes true liberators to lose interest. When you are an asylee, you should join and fight with other human rights or freedom oriented organizations so that the same rights that you were denied are given to those behind you or those who are left in the country.

Consequently, asylum seekers should spearhead groups that fight injustice in their respective countries rather than side with the same government that they claim has repressed them. That makes their claims and case bogus.
Until then there is nothing bad with asylum
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

“I Was Overlooked AS Head of Department”.

Grecia taught ESOL in one school. She worked daily as if waiting for some remuneration other than her salary. No one knew why she did that except herself. The former head of department resigned and Grecia was invited to the office to inform her that they were looking for a new head of department. Probably she gave her input but did not suggest herself as a possible replacement. When a new head was being appointed, she was left out. She went to Tonilmah her nearest colleague and told him that she wanted to see him urgently. Tonilmah was talking with his students and wanted to complete his conversation. She went back again and told him that she wanted to talk to him urgently. So he stepped out to listen to her and she told him: “I am so mad; I want to leave”. Her colleague asked her why and she informed him that “it is because I think that I have been treated badly. I was supposed to be the head of department but they did not; instead they gave it to Cialia. You know how you and I have worked in this department to give it the facelift it has now. I hope she does not come to mess up things again”

Tonilmah retorted “but why don’t you write the administrators and tell them your displeasure”. “I have spoken with them and she only wants to speak it out” she replied. Tonilmah said “you see; this is the hypocrisy with many of you that I don’t understand. We were in a meeting today when they said they have a new head of department. If you did not like it why did you not raise your opinion”? Grecia said she did not want everyone to hear. Tonilmah then added “but again that is still hypocrisy. If I were you I would have said, “Mrs., please permit me to comment on the announcement you just made. I have nothing against the other person but why are you not giving me that position”? “Then everybody will think I am fighting for the post though” Grecia frantically replied.

The thing kept bothering her and she went to see Tonilmah again and asked if Tonilmah was going to trade places with her since the latter was transferred to another school. Tonilmah accepted. She asked Tonilmah to write to the administrators to tell them that she wants to leave by exchanging places with him. Tonilmah told her “sure there is no problem if that will make you happy”.

Dear friends, she was in a meeting but did not raise any objection when they told her they wanted to make a new head of department. She would have given her reasons why she thinks so. Yet she kept quiet only to lament and lose her joy behind. The porcupine has hidden things in its stomach until its entrails have been embittered. Such behavior makes people explode and innocent bystanders pay for the fragments and residual effect.

One common mistake people constantly do is to think that the other person knows what they want. People should learn “seek and you will find; ask and it shall be given unto you and knock and it shall be opened.

Many people feel defeated before anything that they feel it would not be given them. So they just don’t ask. But you must try first though. A student had told me one time that that he loved a girl. Everyday he tried for me to talk to the girl and he even told me to pair them up to work together. I will call him outside and say: "son, I am not a dating agency". One day I called him outside my classroom and told him this: "son, this girl has only two answers to give you. Yes or no. If she says yes, you stay and become her friend but if she says no you move on as a loser and look for a new friend. But you must give it your best efforts". To his greatest surprise when he spoke to the girl, she surprisingly not just liked but loved him. Imagine if he did not speak to the girl.

I was taking my cousin to survey the route to her new job and we missed our direction. Since I was teaching her how to drive, I always let her drive. I hate to get lost so I kept telling her to stop and ask for direction. She kept arguing with me: “I don’t want these Americans to start looking at me like I am stupid”. I said but aren't we stupid that we do not know where we are going yet we refuse to ask for directions? Morse so, it does not matter because these people don’t know us and even if they knew us it still does not matter. She began berating me so I just left her alone and went me to sleep. An hour later, she woke me up from sleep; scolding me for sleeping while she is looking for directions. I told her I do not want to sit and be arguing with her. If she is tired she should give me the steering. She was now tired and gave me the car. I immediately just drove to the nearest gas station and asked for direction. They gave us the direction and the place was one hour behind from where we came from. Ask and it shall be given unto you. Do not presuppose that the other person knows what you want. Your wants are your wants and not theirs.

A man was complaining that he wanted a divorce because his wife did not know how to please him. “Have you told her you are not being pleased”? The pastor asked. He quickly retorted to the pastor “why should I tell her, isn’t that a given that she should know that? Can’t she figure that out?” He added. “Mistake! You have to tell her and she has to tell you too if she is not being please” the pastor emphasized. Ask and you will receive people! Yes, I said ask! You like a girl; ask and let her refuse. He went home shared it with the wife and they decided to buy books and videos to learn together. Ten years after, they were still joyfully married.

If you love a boy ask first and let him refuse before you conclude. If you like a position ask and let your boss refuse before you conclude. If the opressed does not ask for freedom, the oppressor never auto-thinks to give freedom that is not asked. Never assume your next door neighbor knows your needs if it is not physical. One can easily see physical needs but emotional and psychological needs are difficult to see so you will need to ask. There is nothing bad in asking to be pleased. See, Grecia did not ask and now she lives in regrets and internal turmoil. I feel sorry for her and do wish her well.
Until then, share your needs and you may find a solution.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jerome Mendouga: The Scapegoat of Jungle Justice (Part 2)

Thank you for reading my blog. First and foremost I want to thank you for the thorough work done. Let me make some details on diplomatic immunity which perhaps you surely did miss. I agree it does not work in the home country but that is when it is revoked. But you know that his reassignment was appelez à d’autres fonctions. He was not entirely removed. So while waiting, he still had a diplomatic matriculation. So when he was invited to bear witness as the state witness until the day he was arrested, he was not a suspect but a witness. As you know most things in Cameroon are not done by law but by implied jurisprudence. That is why you have ministers without portfolios, yet they have the status of ministers. If Mendouga had not fallen out of favor, he would not have had that treatment. Don’t you see people you thought should be in jail now still ministers and governors?

As such by implication at the time of his arrest he still had the immunity. He came to Cameroon as a diplomat without portfolios but he was still a diplomat. For the home country or host country to treat him as an ordinary citizen they must strip him of that portfolio. In the case of the foreign government or host country, the home country will give the permission by stripping him and then the host country declares him persona non grata. That is not what happened.

He didn’t want to return because of the fact that he was involved as a state witness and he did not want to be on the witness list. Who knows if Mendouga was just tired with the system and wanted to be left alone. But like someone said; withdrawal from the cabal is regarded as treason. Mendouga really could be the scapegoat sacrificed for the common Cameroonian because he was once blind, he saw the truth and wanted to follow the course of it thereof, but the superior powers that be still managed to spider-web him.

All the time he went to court, he went as the state witness against the other accuseds. If it was a deposition that he would have done should not have been in secret; in front of the judge alone. This is my greatest cry. His instant metamorphosis from state witness to a suspect is enough to prove that he did not get due process. Else he would have come with his lawyers. He just came to the office with his driver. Do you know that if you lured someone into a wrong plea it is against the law? No one can deny that Mendouga was coerced into making wrong statements so that he could be whisked into Kondengui.

Lus, it would be naïve for you to think that the case is against embezzlement. The case is about suspicions of a tacit and inherent attempt of assassination according to presidential sources and the Albatross is just a smokescreen.

The embassy is there for diplomatic reasons and if they were to buy a plane they will look for specialists with the embassy and not the ambassador for he is not an aeronautic specialist. So because a school wants to buy a car the principal is the best person to do the purchase I guess. The embassy and ministers may be involved but they depend on the uberrima fides of the specialists whose services they contract. Is buying a plane a pair of shoes that the ambassador was going to stand there and say I like this one, I like this color? What does he know about a plane in good condition? The ambassador is not omniscient.

Lus, j’en suis conscient there are many people involved. That is why I require real Due Process and not kangaroo courts and jungle justice. The reason why there is a popular public opinion about Mendouga is because the asylum seekers who were victims of his righteous indignation had painted him with the caricature of the Gorgon. Because of that when Perseus (Biya) shows up with Medusa’s head (operation Albatros) to kill the Gorgon (Mendouga) the whole place is happy. Ordinarily without his confrontation with asylum seekers Mendouga would not have had a negative public opinion. Did you see anyone condemn the army officer who wanted to flee away with the malet of the First lady sometime ago? Instead they thought he should have been lucky.

Nonetheless, that is not the issue! The issue here is the attempt to exploit the man’s bad reputation and deprive him of proper due process. I believe in the law and expect the law to be blind. That means every accused should be innocent until proven guilty. It has nothing to do with friendship. As you know I do not involve myself in fraudulent activities so Joe Mbu or any of my friends does not need to defend me. If I do the crime I will be perseverant to do the time.

Until then, thanks for the exchange and stay blessed.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Jerome Mendouga: The Scapegoat of Jungle Justice.

Jerome Medouga’s case is different. First it would seem there was lack of due process because as an ambassador he should have been given Diplomatic Immunity. Like Dr. Augustine Agbor (a reputable lawyer in the US) earlier pointed out that his arrest and detention lack due process. Whether we like him or not; there should be due process, or it is Jungle Justice.

It is alleged that the president wanted a brand new Boeing 747 which could carry 375 passengers for 720 millions. Lawyer Agbor had asked some pertinent questions. Why did the government need the embassy to serve as a middle person? Did they read the specifications and conditions as “buy as it is when buying the plane ”? Jerome Mendouga is not an aeronautic specialist to know about planes. Why did they rely on his expertise? He informed them according to his ability. One would need to prove that his information was actually misinformation and thus malicious.

Considering that the money left from Mebara and others before coming to the ambassador, one is not sure that he took all the 720 millions CFA. We all know how the process of contracts in Cameroon or the world over requires kickbacks. Why is he being judged in closed doors in the first place? This is not a martial court!

Politics aside, Jerome Mendouga is a good person, so he should be released. I know the president thinks that buying a bad plane that was pruned to mechanical failure was a tacit ploy to assassinate him in some plane disaster, but again, as usual it could just be the normal greed that blinded him rather than the desire to murder his good friend. As we are commending the justice system, we should not ignore the fact that his Diplomatic Immunity was shoved aside, that he is condemned even before being judged, and that the legal proceedings have been going behind closed doors. If Operation Sparrow Hawk is to instill transparency, then I don’t think this is one of them.

The fact that he worked indefatigably for CPDM does not make him a devil. Some opposants have embezzled much more than some people in CPDM. By the way; it is not everyone in the CPDM who lacks a conscience. What Mr. Mendouga did as Ambassador has nothing to do with this case. Moreso, some of the policies he implemented were right.

Why do you want to go back there when that same government is still in power if you filed for asylum because you were running away from the government that wants to kill you? Mendouga was a simple, soft spoken and loving person. I do plead with president Biya to believe that Jerome Mendouga was and is a scapegoat. If he dies in jail, it augurs very ill on Biya’s sense of loyalty, love, friendhsip and forgiveness.

Simply because you send your best friend to buy you a car, and he had a bad deal does not mean that he had a bad intention. Even if there is a specialist, it might go awry. A student of mine wanted to buy a car. He took a mechanic with him to the place. They bought a car with the sign “buy as it is”. They started the car and left the car lot. At the first stop light, the car stopped and did not start again. Would you say the mechanic had a bad intention? We cannot just trust a machine; even new machines malfunction at the first start.

This case is the same like giving a friend money to go to Italy to buy you suits. While in Milan, the money is stolen. You could suspect your friend hid the money and is telling a story that thieves stole the money. But when passersby say they saw a pickpocket snatch the wallet then you cannot blame the man. Boeing has not refused Mendouga and the rest paying some money but just not the amount given to them. There are no receipts indicating that Mendouga took 720 millions CFA though it is the amount originally disbursed to buy a presidential plane. So how is he being made the scapegoat?

People, knowing that we all sin we should not be quick to condemn others without due process. Let the rule of law be with due process. I don’t like false accusations and do believe even the worst criminals should be given their day in a fair and just court. Mendouga is not having a fair and just trial.
Until then, I hate kangaroo courts and jungle justice.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Revisiting Traditional African Music

Ugandan Music

Cameroonian traditonal Music

Botswana Music (It is about the death of a best friend)

If you like Cape Verde than go for it.
“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Teachers Without A Lesson

On May the 15th, 2009 I was almost going home. So I saw my colleague (who is fit to be my mother) waiting for a ride. Would I be happy if someone saw my mother waiting for a ride and left her there? I volunteered to give her a ride because her husband will only come in an hour’s time. She accepted to let me fetch those blessings from God.

On our way home, she began telling me about a neighbor who tried to lecture her yesterday. She is a two time divorcee in her 30s with two kids from three different men. That is because one of them is suspected of having two fathers since she does not know the real father of the second child.

At the end of her visit she announced her intention to leave. My colleague went to the room and informed the husband who is a visiting professor busy on his computer. So my colleague said: “daddy Susanna (made up name) is leaving”. The professor quickly and humbly jumped out of the room to see her off. The visitor turns to my colleague in front of the husband and said: “please we are in America; when you come here leave your African stuff behind. We here do not call our husbands daddy”. My colleague was dumbfounded but tried to down play it. So when I was giving her the ride she wanted to hear a neutral opinion.

She explained to me that firstly her husband is older than her. He helped her to attain the level where she is today. Secondly, after her father died, her husband took over their family as their father and was doing everything that her father used to do. Thirdly Sarah used to call Abraham: the husband, lord. So what is bad in it?
I told her madam, you did nothing wrong; that is why she does not have a husband. She wants to be a teacher but she does not have a lesson. She that thinks she is teaching but does not have a lesson is merely running her mouth.

There are many of those running their mouths out there. When you write an article they say what a bad article. Rather than write theirs, like retired armed chair critics they say what should have been rather than what is. Wouldn’t you know the road first before you teach someone who is lost? Why try to teach when you do not have a lesson.

All these divorced single women telling married women how to behave in their marital homes when they themselves cannot even keep a home. My colleague is married for more than 35 years to the same man and should not be lectured by a woman whose life is like a badly panel beaten car. “We here in America”: as if America is the mirror that reflects proper marriages.

When I carry people like my colleague I ask them questions. When were you married? How did you meet your husband? You have been married for 35 years is there any secret? They have a lesson about marriage to teach me. That is why they have been married for 35 years. The divorced single woman has no lesson at all about marriage; if any it would be why her marriage failed. But she should not join those of the View (with the exception of Elizabeth) and Oprah who want to teach on marriage but are single. What do they know about keeping a husband? They should preoccupy themselves with how to make money and how to speak in public. A single person who has never been married before has the authority because they have not tried and failed yet. But the divorcee has tried and failed so has no lesson to teach. They should learn from those who are making it.

Another group is those who talk about style and beauty but are shy to show off their bodies and the style they pretend to know too much. There was an attack on Chantal Biya: the Cameroon’s first lady about her hair and dress. The woman is bold enough to establish her own style and is confident enough to show off her legs. If these same women and men who berated her felt that they were more beautiful or knew how to dress better then they should have put their own pictures to say: Chantal, next time don’t dress like this; dress like this. But as usual teachers without a lesson, they try to cure their low self esteem by attacking the one who has tried. When you watch some of the people talking about style; they walk like human penguins with the right leg facing the east and left facing the west. They buy expensive clothes that do not even fit them and cover their faces with maquillage which still does not make them beautiful. Listen; truth be told: some people were born ugly, will grow up ugly and will die ugly even if they went under plastic surgery. So why does the ugly person want to teach the beautiful person about beauty?

Until then, only teach if you have a lesson.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

In Reply To: Dr. Konde Emmanuel’s The Pro-Life Hypocrisy

The woman’s freedom to choose between who should live and who should die is not sacrosanct as Dr Konde claims because they did not create life. The cock that crows belongs to a household but the crows belong to the community. That is why people are arrested if they decided to burn down their own house or perhaps decided to kill their own child. Isn’t that house theirs? Isn’t the child theirs? But their choice is limited when those actions directly affect the society. One cannot wait until a woman calls to be rescued before anyone intervenes for if that was the case then why does the government intervene in the truant adolescent? Isn’t he or she destroying her own life? Why are people imprisoned for destroying their own money they toiled for? That is why there are civil and criminal laws because if everyone was left to live the way they want, some people will never be civil, and abortion is not a civilized act. What is civilized in crushing the head of an unborn child?

Thank God both pro-lifers and pro-choosers are basing their arguments for freedom from the Bible. It is their right to chose but to choose to do good. Actually pro-choice is that of choosing to let a life live. Indeed there should be partisanship when our collective resolve and our individual morality are summoned to protect a life.

To claim that the debate between pro-choice and Pro-life has nothing to do with God or faith reveals the nescience of the author in biblical doctrines. Abortion is bad . The Bible calls the fetuses in the womb people (Gen 25:23); thereby honoring life from conception.

Indeed life begins at conception in the sense that the ovum and sperm are all living and the zygote is a living tissue. From the time that the sperms meet the eggs and get fertilized life has begun. If I am to show the connection between the zygote and the mother at the time of conception then the mother rather than become a facilitator to bring the child into the world would become its maker. So what I am doing is to show you that the zygote once it starts already has life because the components: ovum and sperm that formed it are all living organisms. Thus from the time of conception it is a living organism that undergoes stages of life until it enters back into nothingness with death. Therefore, life will start immediately there is conception or fertilization. You know well that an organism is anything with life. So I have asked you a simple question: is the zygote an organism or a dead tissue? If it is an organism then it has life and life has already started. And if it is an organism; when did the zygote obtain its life. Then life began from the time it was conceived.

The creation and conception are two different periods. During creation an adult is brought into being (Adam) but during conception the ovum and sperm meet. The formation of a zygote that matures to an embryo and then the fetus at all these stages indicates life since the organism is living. Is a zygote an organism? If it is then it has life and life starts from conception. The story of Adam could not be the same with the story of the little Jacob in the womb. In Rom 9: 11 the Apostle Paul renarrates the conception of Esau and Jacob and calls them children. Life would not have started after birth because they were already acting up while in Rebecca’s womb.

When the Bible says we are set free from sin and given freedom it is not freedom to dolce vita but freedom unto righteousness. By implication; it is crossing from the slave of sin to the slave of righteousness, from the slave of the devil to the slave of Jesus. If pro-choice is based on divine rights given to humanity by God then the rights are limited to righteous living only. And there is no one out there that will consider abortion as a righteousness act. The argument has always been that the act is bad but it is their right.

Pro-life claims are actually not against the woman’s rights because countries where the Bible has been like the main religion obtained more women’s rights than those that are not. Consequently pro-life is not an attempt to trample upon the woman’s rights. Actually by relying on biblical tenets the woman gains more than loses rights.

Indeed there is an argument that “supposed godly and faithful men have historically destroyed human life by usurping the rights of others in the name of God”. Just because they did it does not make the act right neither does it make the attempt to defend human life hypocritical. Just because the Catholic Church that was supposed to preserve human life practices the vow of celibacy does not reduce its authority in making pronounces about pro-life. If one must experience everything before they make a statement then the author should not make one on pro-life because himself is a man and not a woman,. He has never been pregnant and does not intend to. Yet again that will mean women are right to make the statement that will limit them because they will have to wait till the child becomes a negative byproduct for them to confirm that he or she was supposed to be aborted.

The argument is not about when or when not should a woman have a child but whether the woman has the right to destroy a life she does not want. No one has prescribed to a woman that she should have a child when she is old or young; rich or poor but that the woman’s freedom is limited to life only when deciding whether to deliver a child on earth or to abort that child.

However, I do agree with the author that the pro-life exponents in most cases are far from God themselves as one looks at their persistence in racism and injustice against the people of color. That majority of pro-life who are themselves white should have demonstrated a better concept of the preservation and protection of human life with the way they treat other people.

Nonetheless, the real hypocrisy starts when the author who came to this world without a choice whether he should live or die pretends there should be a choice now whether other children live or die. If his mother had crushed his little head in her women we would not be reading from him now. Yet he was given the opportunity to live but does not want other children to live. That is where the hypocrisy really starts.
Until then, please let the child live!
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Emptiness Of The SDF

The Social Democratic Front (SDF) was founded in 1990. During that time I was a student in CHS Bambui. WE marched from Bambui to Bamenda, singing as we marched in a throng. The party was launched. On that day, a couple of people gave their lives in search of freedom.

When the SDF was founded, it was the hope of Cameroonians that it was quickly nicknamed Suffer Don Finish (Our suffering is over). It wasn’t the first time that multipartism was coming to Cameroon, but it was the first time since the Unitary State was formed in 1972. To many, it was an end to their suffering as the singsong of every child: including Francophones that the word SDF was in every household and the effigy of John Fru Ndi on every wall no matter the tribe or language. SDF won the hearts of Cameroonians that their national chairman: Ni John Fru Ndi almost won the presidency. But as nature or perhaps we should say the hand of God could have it, the tides turned and the incumbent: President Paul Biya was maintained by the courts.

Thenceforth, the SDF has been a shadow of itself. Upon all the things it is accusing the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement-CPDM (party in power), it has done same. Ni John Fru Ndi: its national president has been in power for 19 years. How on earth in a democratic party would a chairman be in power for 19 years as if everyone was dead? The party is now just a regional party made mostly of North Westerners. They succeeded in weeding out non North Westerners and even North Westerners who were progressive and did not have the herd’s mentality. Today you have a party running on empty rhetoric of Suffer Don Finish. The name should not be Suffer Don Finish; it should be Suffer Don Fall because with the SDF, people will suffer more.

As one looks at the councils where the SDF is in power, they are an eyesore. In the South West, North West or Littoral, those councils have not made any progress. Their main argument has been that the government delegates have prevented them from accomplishing their projects. Before they campaigned for the mayoral seats they knew that the government delegates were government appointees. Doesn’t the Bible say if you know that you will not finish your house you should not start to build? You should make sure you know that you will complete it. Isn’t it like marrying a woman with erectile dysfunction only to depend on your enemy for Viagra? When he does not give you, you complain that you do not have children because he did not give you Viagra. You should have known that you do not have the skill to look for another means to have kids.

The SDF due to its lost of ideas has now resorted to criminal acts. Consequently, the chairman and his myrmidons are in court for murder. Violence is the weapon of weak communicators. Their language is now weak and does not more resonate with the common Cameroonian. As such, violence is now their motto.

Therefore, I will advise the SDF to close its doors, fold its chairs and join the SCNC or CPDM and at least have a cause to fight for. Not every fire melts gold and so not every party will ascend to the presidency. As a result, the SDF must realize that the game is up; it is now useless and running on empty.

Until then, barking dogs admire caravans: let them bark now.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Is The Catholic Church Anti Bible With Her Celibacy Doctrine?

“Is it safe to assume that the letters of the Bible as written below are not being followed by the Catholic Church that insists on priests being celibate”?
There are three types of eunuchs: natural eunuchs: (2Ki 20:18; Is. 39:7 ), man-made eunuchs ((Jer 34: 19).) and self-made eunuchs (Jer 29:2 ). Natural eunuchs were men who lost their manhood. Thus they were men who became impotent with time. Man-made eunuchs were those who were castrated because they were either slaves or people who served in the king’s court for fear they test the theobroma cacao of the queen in the absence of the king. So they were arbitrarily castrated without their consent. Self-made eunuchs were those who refused to use their pestles so they can fulfill a noble task (Jer 29:2 ). Remember that they have decided not to grind the mortar but it does not mean it is broken. The catholic priests fall in the third category. Their pacemakers function properly but they have decided to package it on God’s shelf and go to war with the devil. At times they are tempted to make peace with the parishioners when they grow weak.

Jesus says that if anyone thinks they can fulfill that calling (to be a eunuch), they should do it (Mat 19: 12). Thus Jesus gives the green light.

The eunuchs in the Mosaic period had a special role in the society: court and army. Those who decided to become eunuchs obtained a great name as a reward from the Lord (Is 56:3-5). Most armies were led by eunuchs (Jer 52: 25; Acts 8:27) because they demonstrated total dedication and loyalty (2 Kings 9:32; Jer 38:7-8; Dan 1:7-11).

The Catholic Church did not force any priest to take the celibacy vow; the individual did that on his own volition. Thus, though the Catholic Church practices celibacy, the priests and sisters take the vow facultatively. If the people refuse to take the vow then the Catholic Church will be forced to rescind the practice. Before anyone knocked at the Parish door to become a priest or sister, they were aware it warrants celibacy unlike the pastors who are authorized to grind and suck. We do acknowledge that whoever eats theobroma cacao faces the cocoa diseases too. That is why you hear about all the sexual scandals in parishes and churches today.

I Cor 7:28 reads: “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you”. Paul reiterated that celibacy will give the celibate more time for God’s work than the married. The contributions of the Benedictine and Augustinian monks are a testament.

Consequently, there is nothing wrong with the vow of celibacy since through the remnant of non celibate, people could still multiply and replenish the earth. It is only problematic when a priest or sister starts to steal the food of non celibates. That is called hypocrisy, and Jesus had almost a whole chapter dedicated to them (Mt 23). It is only bad if you take the vow but cannot live to it (I Cor 7:27). One sad example was Father John of Nguti in the 80s. He had girlfriends and metises littered around as if that was why he came there. That is the moral bankruptcy rather than he or she being a eunuch. When anyone says she is a Sister but wants to suck ambrosia from the human straw, she is actually like a thief or armed robber. But if anyone refused to marry and wants to stay eunuch so that they can accomplish the opus Dei better, then they should actually be lauded.

Until then, the Catholic Church is right to practice the celibacy vow.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

The God Who Was Never There?

Mothers Day was near but I was not yet settled with what I would buy for my mother. So I began praying. I have told God I don’t want to give someone anything they do not need. Most of my friends know that. So I began praying. I prayed and prayed but felt as if God was not answering my prayers. So one day I was sleeping when someone called me from home. I really don’t like those calls but again I like them. Don’t we say “if someone is not your own person they will neither call nor write you”. Though they wake me up from sleep I still cherish those calls. If anyone told me never write me again or never call me again. Or perhaps they say "take my email off your list". That same hour I delete and expunge it because I never deal with people who don't want me. So I consider those who communicate with me my own people.

Nonetheless, I could no more sleep. So I went on the net to search for gifts for this special Day. Lo and behold I saw a watch that was originally for about $856 now on sale for $78. So I decided to shop for the same product in eBay and ubid and other places to see if I will find it cheaper. I like cheaper prices but quality products. I went to Amazon and other places and compared the prices to make sure I was not someone’s milky cow. All the places gave the upper hand to the price that I initially saw. So I bought it.

So it was Saturday and mom asked me if I know what day was tomorrow. I told her no. She said it is Mother’s Day. Then she joked that if I got old, I will be terrible because I like to forget. So I asked her: “mom what do you want”. She said there is only one thing that she wants. I said "don’t tell me about sending money home to anyone. Tell me what you want and I will buy it". She said she wanted only a watch.

Gainsayers will tell me it is coincidence. Those who know God say it is a miracle of an answered prayer. The God we serve neither sleeps nor slumbers people. He hears each of us when we cry. When you are sad in your soul, crying in your spirit or laughing because your problems are more than you could bear, Jehovah Jireh sees you and hears your cry. He will never fail those who trust him. God does not abandon those who have not abandoned him. Our God knows the intent of our hearts. For the great God is omnipresent and omniscient. I say Jehovah is a Man of war. He will fight your battles if you will cast your burdens unto Him. He is a man who truly cares. Yes, he does! Never and never give up; no matter how the tides may turn against you. Each time you kneel, the Merciful and Almighty God sees your chagrin.

Where are you who says that God is no more there? Who says God has gone on a journey and has not returned? Did you hear my story? Do you see what he does daily in my life? Oh test and see how faithful and trustworthy our God is. He keeps his promises and fulfills even those he did not make to us. At times, he fulfills even the ones our hearts were still pondering about. Please test and see how the Lord is good.
Until then, Jesus never fails so trust in him with all your burdens.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Monday, May 11, 2009

I Married You For Children

The Bible says that it is not good that a man should live alone (Gen 2:18). In other words; marriage is to absorb loneliness though there are many married people who are lonely. Yet there seems to be a trend nowadays that when anyone gets married it is to have children. Indeed procreation is the only means through which children should be born and marriage is the only divine authorized means to have sex and make babies. Yet it saddens me how people think that once you get married it is for children.

In Africa and most oriental societies, if you get married and the first 9 months your wife does not show any signs of pregnancy they question you what is wrong. Some of them advise you to get a second wife. They never think the problem could actually be with the man too. That is how some people get themselves into polygyny. At times parents may tell you to still keep that one but that they will give you a baby maker. The West calls that surrogate mom. In the olden days it was not by invitro; it was really by the surrogate spreading it to the husband so she can bear them a child. That at times was a risky venture that ended with the surrogate becoming the Mrs. So that of collecting the man’s seeds (if he has any at all) and then inject the surrogate is better.

But then, the society must know that the childless woman feels great pressure within that she does not need any from anywhere again. Aren’t you aware that at a given time the house seems empty and the pressure mounts within her? She too wants to fill that emptiness especially when there is noise, cries and laughter from next door that even the couples that do not naturally want a child adopt. That way they too can feel what the others are feeling. That is a natural need that perhaps God has put in mankind.

If a man is getting married he should realize that he was not getting married for children. If God gives them any they should be thankful but if they don’t they should appreciate each other. People say you need to have children so that when you get old they will take care of you. One thing they fail to learn from life is that those same kids may end up the ones you have to take care of even after your death.

By the way there is social security. People should learn how to prepare themselves for old age. They should save money in social security and other plans so that they do not have to worry about someone taking care of them when they get old. Others argue that the Nursing home may not cater for you like your own children. If the children were even taking care of their parents, there would not be any nursing home because nursing homes were initially started for seniors who did not have children or caretakers.

Furthermore, what about the people who have children and by the time the children are grown up they all die . I remember a woman who buried all her children before she could even get old . Did they have children? Are those children alive to help them? Some even who are alive do not wait for you to die; they kill you themselves . Many people have buried their children rather than their children burying them. Marriage should first be for the enjoyment of those two people and not for children and others. That is why marriages are so strenuous today because people say you need to save for the children.

I have often argued that if all the children I am catering for, do not think about helping me tomorrow when I get old because they are not my real children so be it. Let me die and go after all; heaven is not a poison chamber. I do not intend to stress my life to save for anyone in the name of kids. I will enjoy with my wife that God has given me and if we do not finish what we have; our kids will inherit them. But we will not live ascetic lives just so some lazy person in the name of my kid has an inheritance. How much did Einstein or Bill Gates inherit from their parents? How many of you who made it today, inherited anything from your parents?
Until then, couples should enjoy their marriage.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Crab Syndrome of the Manyu People.

If you put a group of crabs together, they will start to tear off the limbs of each other and finally they remain limbless. When you put them out of the bucket, they cannot more go anywhere. That is called the Crab Syndrome. That exactly is the syndrome bedeviling the Manyu people. The Manyu people: at home and abroad suffer from the Crab Syndrome that when one of theirs falls, there is an abligurition.

The recent case of Hon Rose Abunaw is a classic example of the crab syndrome. Many Manyu people fought her that they needed another person there too because with her being there, others would not progress; she is hindering other Manyu people from climbing. She was not voted into the position because she was a Manyu lady else the person taking her position would have been a Manyu person, but she was voted because of her own political acumens. Her departure though gives her a personal loss but gives the Manyu people a greater loss. Now she is no more there, but it is not a Manyu person who replaced her. It was unasinous to think that if she was not there, they will replace her with another Manyu person.

Another example I know of was Prof Peter Agbor Tabi. When Prof Peter Agbor Tabi was minister of higher education, the Manyu people experienced a great increase in the number of students going into ENS Yaoundé and Bambili, CUSS, IRIC, ASTI, ESTIC and abroad on government scholarships. Many joined his fiends and foes to fight him. Others even mocked that “is it every Manyu person that will become a teacher”? But they forgot it was not only in ENS that he helped; he helped many into many places. I want the Manyu people to sit back and count how many Manyu sons and daughters have entered into ENS since his departure. I want to hail those who thought about making Prof Peter Agbor Tabi the Manyu man of the year. They did not make a mistake; it is an honor most deserved.

At first no matter how qualified a Manyu person was very few of them were admitted into any of these schools. Those whose tribe’s people were at the top gave the positions to their people. But with the advent of Professor Peter Agbor Tabi, he gave the Manyu person an opportunity too to taste the fruits of their hard work. It is not tribalism but just an opportunity because a son of the soil is present. He now served as an umbrella and only those who merited the position were admitted. Unlike before, no matter how a Manyu person was qualified, he was only left to roam the street of Yaoundé and throw his or her grammar.

The first two examples are in Cameroon. Let me take some glaring examples in the US. In CPDM USA, some of those spearheading the destruction of Sesekou Joe Mbu are Manyu. They think by joining his haters, they are making ladders for themselves. They forget that once you allow yourself to be attacked by the crab syndrome, you are bound to lose your limbs too. Consequently, they seem not to make any political gains too themselves. The crab syndrome seems to have abacinated the Manyu people to a chronic level that one may ask if the Manyu people are pantophobic of Manyu success.

During one of our local MECA GA meetings, someone announced that they have gone and brought a real pastor to come and officiate in their wake-keeping. That was an attempt to give me an under belly kick as the only ordained minister they have in the group. That same real pastor who preached there is now on the run back in Cameroon due to crimes committed in the US, but Hamilton Ayuk is still here. Like a pebble in a river; rather than be roughen, I have been smoothened because the real pastors live their lives as open books for cronies and strangers to read the familiar and strange matters of life.

The Manyu people must learn to drink homemade products or whet their appetite to enjoy Manyu products. Due to this crab syndrome of destroying their own, a division like Manyu has no good road; I mean nothing to show. All we have is only titles: Dr this, Dr that; Sesekou this Sesekou that; Ekandim this Ekandim that; Chief this Chief that; Pastor this Pastor that; Prophet this Prophet that; Rev This Rev that, and Prince this Prince that. Titles though may show individual success, do not develop a place. At the individual level, most of them are very successful people but as a Division, Manyu people are sore losers. And in the absence of reality, the losers should be contented with shadows. That is why they are always contented with ministerial positions. Then when they get one, they tear the poor man or woman down. When we will start to join forces then the Cameroon government will take us serious. A single stick cannot make a forest. The Manyu people must join forces.

Until then, may God deliver the Manyu people from the Crab Syndrome.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Friday, May 8, 2009

Love At First Sight: Is that Possible?

Bro, you know this guy; he has only seen me on the internet and boom he says he loves me he wants to marry me. How is it possible to fall in love without meeting a person in real life though”? Men live by sight while women live by touch. In addition it is a matter of philosophy. If you believe you cannot know a person then you fall in love that way but if you believe you can know anyone then you wait until you know them. “But considering this theory then you should have been married since”.
The church was indoctrinating the Christians in those days that you must be engaged for a long time for the marriage to work. J-L and Edit, even went overboard and were engaged for seven years, but they got married only for a year before the man ran away to South Africa. There is no guarantee that knowing a man: even a childhood friend will amount to great relationship. A good relationship depends on how well each individual is ready to adjust and adapt to their lover.

On the other hand, Debra met her husband during the Vietnam War. She was about to see her brother off to the airport when she saw a young man being shipped to the front. They fell in love, and she gave him her number. While there, they wrote each other. He was wounded at the front and evacuated home. Immediately after he returned, they got married, having dated by mail for a month. After their one year of marriage, they got separated and six months after, reconciled and have been married for 65 years.

It is mostly men who see a woman and fall in love with her without knowing her and without seeking to know her because men live by sight while women live by touch. Actually, women are scared when a man tells them very early he loves them and wants to marry them because they exhaust their emotions in everything .

There are those who believe we cannot know a person and those do not seek to really know a person. They judge your weaknesses and can weigh if they can support that. Indeed I believe as the Bible says that we cannot know the other person (Jer 17:9-10), especially because the Bible is never wrong. If we apply the basic principles about relationship: “do unto others what you want them do unto you” (Mt 7:12) and submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of the Lord (Eph 5:22), then no relationship will fall apart. In this case, there must be love as mentioned in I cor 13: 1-13 for it will bring in perseverance and patience. The family that prays together, plays together, and lives together will stay together.

Do not overtax new pretenders for the broken vases of the exes with the pretext you do not know them. Give every one an opportunity to know them. Actually you try to take them in before you know them. Many women say I don’t know you though, but then they do not bring the man closer to know him. You do not know a person by being far away from them. You only know how a person snores if you sleep in the same room. Try to know them by asking them questions.

In addition, just because a lady is a divorcee does not mean she is a bad person. Actually, the bear’s urine is the butterfly’s vitamin. Consequently, Andrew’s poison may actually be Solomon’s blessing. One of my former colleagues got married for two years and divorced. Then she stumbled again on a guy she had earlier turned down. They finally got married and have been married now for more than 25 years.

No doubt the Bible is against digamy (Mt 19:4-9). However, that is when the fault is on the quitter (I Cor 7: 10-11). If the other person leaves, the one who has not is no more under the covenant (I Cor 7:15). A woman is bound by her husband as long as he is alive (Rom 7: 2-3) because a covenant is for the living (Mt 22:32). Nonetheless, when someone quits a covenant, it is synonymous to them being dead. So while we do not know who divorced who, we will either absolve all or impute righteousness on the other who remarries for benefit of doubt. But they themselves know if they are committing digamy or not. Furthermore, while digamy is a sin though like just any other sin it is not an unforgivable sin. While I adjure people from sinning I acknowledge that God can still forgive their sins and throw it at the bottom of the sea (Mic 7:19).

Until then, love by first sight is possible and hopeful too.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

Friday, May 1, 2009

Who Pays For Our Broken Vases ?

Just this year alone many people have killed themselves because they were bullied , killed their families: wives and kids either because they were losing their job, were having bad financial situations or losing a girlfriend.
First we want to start by sympathizing for the loss of lives. Every person: criminal or not, is important to his or her family. However, people should not make the society to pay for their broken porcelains. No matter what happens to you no one should be held accountable if you kill people or take away your own life.
Human beings are different from animals because they have a conscience; even if it is dead. But before it came to die it was alive. Consequently you decided to erode your conscience to that level. Animals do not have a conscience that is why they are not charged with murder . But why do people really kill? Let us look at the first murder in the Bible. Cain meditated and killed his younger brother: Abel due to envy.
In the Alabama shooting rampage, Michael McLendon blames nature and society for his troubles and that of his family-mother. He believed to solve the suffering will be to take away their lives. Those who know about black plums will tell you that sometimes the plum is black and you shake it but though everything falls one refuses to fall. The message it is giving to the harvester is that though you think you can make everyone to fall at your timing I will fall at my timing. Many people think the government and society owes them something. In addition, they think the world is there to make them happy. Actually you owe the society and government and actually you make yourself happy.
A day before in Germany a youngster took away 15 hopeful lives. He was definitely frustrated with the society and himself. People must learn that they will never ever always get what they want. If it does not happen they should relax and look for another route. People keep getting horrified and shocked . But I have always said this: if the poor man cannot sleep because of what the rich man is doing to him, the rich man would not sleep for fear of what the poor man may do to him. Therefore humanity must take it as a responsibility to bridge the gap between happy and unhappy people. Many like Chikatilo, Jack The Ripper, Pedro Alonso Lopez, Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Toole, HH Holmes, Delfina, Maria de Jesus Gonzales and Anatoly Onoprienko were Grade A murderers. Yet they did not solve anything by killing all those people they killed. While some people think the society should have helped others we just know that they allowed their human nature to rule over them. The Bible says the heart of man is deceitful and desperate wicked and who can know it? (Jer 17:9-10).
I just do not agree that murder is committed due to insanity. In legal jargon I do not believe murder could be committed due to insanity since the murderer develops a plan and logic in executing his plan. Murder is done by sound mind .
This April 2009, seems to be a terrible year in the US with very many bizarre killings . From Melissa Huckabee to Philip Markoff ; from the hotel murders to the murder by a professor , when they cannot kill others they kill themselves .
In all these deaths, the society bears the highest blame. People were never taught to face difficulties. Americans must memorize this axiom: “No Condition Is Permanent”. Life has many faces. At times it may not look at you with a smiling face but that should not lead you to killing people and yourself. People must train their families to face difficulties. Tell them that life has several faces: the face that it shows you, use it with gratefulness that you are alive. Why does someone who has lost his job fear he or she might not have a place to live? If you are going to be homeless so be it. If you fear this place then go to another country and start from the beginning. Americans must learn how to migrate and find greener pastures when their old pastures get withered away. Starting from scratch is not a crime; rather a school that will build patience and perseverance in us. We should refrain from fearing to start from scratch. If you lose your job in America as an American you could pick up a teaching job in another country to teach English as a second language. Just the fact that you are an American and are teaching English there boosts the image of the school.
See, many Africans, Asians and Latin Americans migrate to the US and start form scratch. Some of them were medical doctors, renowned lawyers and well established teachers and ministers but they moved here to start from scratch and they are making it. They did not go along killing their wives, children and parents. Learn to take life just as you see it.
Until then, there is just no reason to kill another person when life frowns at you.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk “No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk)."If a goat runs from the owner’s leash it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

"Is Going back to My Ex A Good Or bad Thing? Am I selling myself cheap if I keep going back to my EX?”

Hahahha that is a nice one! I had a computer, one day it picked a virus, so I decided to try and fix it. The virus programs I had did not work, so I tried something else: system restore. When I tried it, it worked. Later, I picked another virus and tried the system restore, but it did not work. I decided to use the recovery steps, so that I will delete and expunge everything to restore the computer to the factory settings. I did and my computer began to function well. However, though I had deleted everything yet within the hard-drive laid everything that I had done with the computer. It is there, but it does no more direct the computer. I have to lead the computer to the destiny I want. That is how one's relationship with their ex is.
People come into your life and go. Some come to stay, but others come to leave. Learn to forget those who came to leave. If you have broken off from a man and tried it twice or thrice and it did not work, it is like a computer that keeps picking a virus, but all you do is use the virus program. You must learn how to delete and expunge some people from your life. Indeed, you will never forget them. If you have divorced, you will never forget your ex. If you had a great encounter, you will never forget that encounter. However, you must learn how to delete and expunge such a person in your life. If you did not win a man with tears, then you should not keep him with tears.
The greatest mistake many people do is hang unto their past and let it direct their present and future. Some women have embittered their love lives with memories of the exes that they overtax the new pretenders for the broken vases of the old lovers. Many women have been treated so badly that when they encounter someone one who treats them well, they run away because, “he is scarily nice." The future is always bright if you look at it with hope and anticipation and not with defeatism and disappointment. Though each individual has their own code it has not made them happy; only those who use the Master Code in I Cor 13: I-13 are the ones who are happy.
After having deleted a file from a PC and you go back to retrieve it, sometimes it comes back corrupted.  You see that when two people are planning to divorce. The woman moves out and the man comes and flatters her back into a new roman with a getaway vacation. All of a sudden, you hear that the woman was dead. Sometimes the man cajoles the woman back to the house, and the poisons her. Some people organize for them to go on a vacation, and thieves come and shoot only one partner.
Other times, it is this twisted love. You loved a man, but he dumped you, or you dumped him. Nonetheless, whenever you hear that he has a new girlfriend, you fret and go berserk. Why do you bother with whom he sleeps with, after all, haven't you said he is not good for you? You see her with a new man and all of a sudden, you become King Kong and want to tear down the entire place. Isn’t that a good occasion that the file is corrupted and should be deleted and expunged? I am not saying that one should not run after a girl they like or love. I was taught and believe that if you truly love a girl, you should run after her as long as she is single and open for you to run after.
What I am writing here is about a failed relationship that you still cling unto even though after many tries it seems to go kaput at the slightest opportunity, or perhaps it seems to bring you more hurt than joy. Relationship though not for happiness was meant for joy. Joy is embodied in its sadness and prosperity, but it does not function like a momentary period of bliss called happiness.
Therefore, if a relationship brings you only pain, then it is time to delete and expunge those files. Yes, if you have used the virus programs and nothing seems to work; think about deleting and expunging them. That is when you will be clean and ready to take in new files; perhaps better files. That is what I do with my computer.

Until then, learn to move on after a failed relationship.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“No matter how a rat becomes the house pet, if it is sleeping beside the bag of groundnuts the owner may not have much sleep. ” (Hamilton Ayuk).
"If a goat runs from the owner’s leash, it will be tied by the council in a market square" Hamilton Ayuk).

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