Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 1st 2015 Contents 1. According to the Holy Qur an, "No
calamity occurs on earth nor in
yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book
of Decrees before We bring it into exis-
tence." (Surah 57, Verse 22). So why did
Allah kill over 1,000 people who were
worshipping Him at Mecca?
(a) They had read Dilbert that morning
(b) The women had not covered their
(c) They opposed the marriage of nine-
(d) The men combed their beards.
2. In the Bible, Jehovah orders Abra-
ham to sacrifice his only son as a test to
see if Abraham loved Him (Genesis
chapter 22: verse 2). Why did Jehovah do
(a) God has a weird sense of humour.
(b) God expresses His love in mysteri-
(c) God wanted to show that people
who hear voices in their head are men-
(d) God wanted to provide a good story
to politicians who think sacrifice is the
key to managing an economy.
3. In the Bhagavadgita, Krsna tells
Arjuna that, "Even if you commit the
worst abominations, once you do so on
religious grounds you are considered holy
because you are steadfast in your faith."
What do you learn from this?
(a) It is wrong to kill, unless you pray
(b) All holy men should be given gun
(c) Law is an evil concept.
4. If Adam and Eve were the first peo-
ple, how did their children have children?
(a) Parthenogenesis, which is the first
book in the Bible.
(b) With one another, until God in
Genesis 19:30-36 and Leviticus 18:6-18
made incest wrong after Adam and Eve s
children had gone forth and populated
the Earth as instructed by God.
(c) Every birth is a miracle.
(d) In mysterious ways, like bowel
5. In the Qur an, Allah says that he
chooses who will disbelieve His revela-
tions (17:46) and that He will send these
unbelievers to Hell (5:10) This shows
(a) Allah created non-Muslims so He
could have people to torment for all eter-
(b) Torture is good, especially on athe-
ists.(c) Anyone who uses proof and ethical
logic as reasons for their actions is an
(d) Hell has a higher IQ than Heaven.
6. In the Bhagavadgita, Krsna says,
"Among the stars I am the moon" and "I
become the moon and supply life to all
vegetables." Which of the following best
explains this holy fact?
(a) All NASA s moon landings were
(b) God was the lead in the movie
(c) Without the moon, cucumbers
(d) The moon is a vegetarian.
7. In the Bible, pi is calculated as 3.0
instead of 3.14159 (1Kings 7:23). What
does this tell you about Jehovah?
(a) He is not irrational.
(b) Only God is infinite.
(c) He loves children because children
(d) Maths is a Satanic idea.
8. In the Hadith, a group of men steal
a shepherd s camels, murder him and
reject Islam. They are punished by the
Prophet Muhammad (uwbp) by being
staked under the desert sun, having their
eyes gouged out with hot irons, and their
limbs cut off so they would bleed to
death. (Book 82, 8.794). Since the
Prophet is an exemplar for all
humankind, what does this incident tell
(a) ISIS leaders are weak-stomached
(b) Western societies are decadent.
(c) Imprisonment is a Satanic idea.
9. If Christians who lived to a ripe old
age are blessed by God, why are children
who are killed taken by Jehovah?
(a) Because God didn t want the chil-
dren to get wrinkled.
(b) Because genes are a Satanic idea.
(c) Because God wants herbalists and
other conmen to sell their products.
(d) Because God works in mysterious
ways to let children die by human care-
10. In the Bhagavadgita, women are
described as being of "lower birth." What
does this tell you about Bhagavan?
(a) He considers men high.
(b) He made women short.
(c) He approves of female infanticide.
(d) He doesn t use the metric system.
11. Every year, religious leaders pray to
God to stop crime and, every year, crime
does not stop. What do you learn from
(a) That crime would be even worse
(b) That criminology is a Satanic idea.
(c) That prayers to false gods anger the
one True God.
(d) That my God is the True God.
Kevin Baldeosingh is a professional
writer, author of three novels, and co-
author of a Caribbean history textbook.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 1, 2015
TEST OF FAITH It is my humble suggestion that consideration be
given to standardising government ministries for a
stipulated number of years. The litany of adminis-
trative procedures and the unwarranted costs in-
curred in respect of the restructuring of ministries
with each change in political administration leaves
much to be desired.
Consider the costs involved in the re-printing of
promotional and professional material, the recon-
struction of major infrastructural signs, and the em-
ployment and project-related disruptions that arise
from the dissolution and/or expansion of ministries.
One is left to wonder whether these unnecessary
costs are merely acts of politicking as opposed to
The decision to standardise ministries may create
long-term stability within the public service, en-
hance the delivery of service and reduce unneces-
sary expenditure from the public purse.
To this end, I think it is necessary that the state
hold consultations with relevant organisations, facil-
itate private-public sector engagements, and initiate
conversations with interested citizens in order to
bring this proposal to the forefront of the national
discourse and flagged for implementation there-
I have often wondered where on earth the trade
unions get their figures for increases from and now
after the meeting with the minister of finance we
hear: "Well if they got 14 per cent why should we
be offered 10 per cent?"
Surely increases should reflect the cost of living
and particularly now with the budget about to be
presented it is time to have a serious income vs
cost of living discussion.
There are so many of our citizens living below
the poverty line, yet we hear the unions talking
about 14 per cent across the board without blink-
ing, while the cost of living increases by three to
five per cent.
The Industrial Court needs to be more involved
in determining exactly what is a fair and equitable
increase which will keep all of us focused on work-
ing harder with the hope that we can be rewarded
with adequate compensation and not rely on the
gimme-gimme syndrome which has always put our
governments under pressure.
will save costs
Link wage increases
to cost of living
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