Zeitgeist of the year: Pedro Carmonte
Runners up: Roven's President and Finance Minister
Other key events this year
Kyle Langley: pro-unions?
Gov. Hope tours the south
"Pardon? There's a drought?"
Are the Burovians a spent force?
The bitter fight over Savante's millions
Gichadia: island paradise comes of age
The Moun's Front legacy
Pataki Communists refuse "dregs"
Castronovia: recog- nition or bust
ICARA's Alphalpha 300 debacle
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Zeitgeist of the Year
Saint Pedro, martyr? He used a personal opinion in his lectures. Now
he is facing ten years imprisonment for his crime of misjudgment. Has the Lendosan
Confederation gone too far?
In Zeitgeist Magazine’s News Item of the year, we are aiming to chose the
one piece of news that may not have been the most explosive, but the one that
best describes the changing times of this world. In previous years, the editorial
staff have chosen the collapse of two empires, Guwimithian and Gronkian, the rise
of a new generation of democratic leaders, and the emergence of new trends. We
have profiled the Burovians, poked fun at the poorest political fashions, all
the while trying to retain a sense of perspective about what was the most
important news item that would shape the world. Sometimes our choices have been
controversial, and this year will prove to be no exception.
Pedro Carmonte is a victim of a cruel misapplication of a law designed to
keep religion out of the running of the state. However, that very law is part of
a very disturbing trend that otherwise democratic and free nations are embarking
upon, one in which religious citizenry are disadvantaged more than those who
hold other philosophical beliefs. Registration of religions, banning public or
free expression, and university lecturers having to watch their every word for
fear that a religiously prejudicial statement might escape, is part of this
disturbing trend to box religion as a lesser philosophy, one that should not
share the same rights.
Freedom, the ideal that nations over the past decade have emerged and
fallen over, is not just summed up in democracy. Many an abhorrent fascist state
was elected by the people. Freedom means open and honest government; it means
freedom to be and to do; it means equality; it means the rights of men and
women to hold opinions that may be out of step with the rest of the world.
Equality cannot be restricted to economic or social equalities, it must extend
the rights of individuals to the ideas they can hold and can express.
State secularity is indeed a noble ambition: the citizenry should not be
forced to believe in one or another god. However, nor should they be forced to
not believe, or should their belief illicit additional penalties upon them by
the state. This is not secularity, it is religious persecution. However
distasteful it may be to the framers of these secularity laws, the religious
in their midst should be free to espouse until blue in the face the benefits
of their religion, even as the communist is free to express the virtues of his.
Zeitgeist Magazine humbly proposes that this is an emerging trend in
our world. In this special, end of year edition of the magazine, we examine
the man who symbolizes this trend.
As a special bonus, for the first time, Zeitgeist is offering a
printer-friendly version of this article as exactly as it is published in the
magazine. We understand that this article is long, and believe that taking
this special PDF version of the article for printing may be more useful for
our internet readers than reading numerous internet pages.
- Carmonte’s lines of appeal
- The History of the insecularity law
- Lendosan religion
- Who is Senator da Tenio?
- Utanian politicians and the insecularity law, what do they think?
- Interview with Pedro Carmonte
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appreciate that this edition may illicit strong opinions, we have made available
several pages in our next edition for letters on this topic. Please, citizens
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