Rabu, 23 Januari 2008

Indonesia Model Little Preachers

Millions of Indonesians are holding their breath to know who is the country's model little Muslim preacher from children aged six to nine, who team up with their parents every week in a top-rating reality TV-style show, pitting their preaching talents against one another. "Our mission is to show good examples to the Indonesian public," Heribowo Agus, producer of "Pildacil," or "Competition for Little Preachers," told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in an interview on Tuesday, October 9. Pildacil debuted in 2004 with a format that saw only the preachers sparring against each other in a bid to win two tickets for a pilgrimage to Makkah. This season parents are joining in "Keluarga Dacil," or "Family Little Preacher". Auditions are held in several large cities across Indonesia to select contestants who will then spend two weeks at a camp where they learn how to preach in between ordinary sports and games sessions. "O, ye who have faith!" contester Ridha Nurul Haq, 6, urges Indonesians in the last edition to fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. "Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard yourselves!" intoned Ridha, dressed in traditional Muslim garb and cuddling her Winnie the Pooh doll as she takes to the stage. she cries, quoting verses from the Qur'an. Her mother, Arum, takes Ridha's lead. "As fasting is God's order, we have to perform it, so that we can get reward from God, and our sins will be removed," she tells her viewers. Ridha's innocent answer to a question about her own fasting habits wins laughter — she breaks her fast as midday, she confesses, just like many her age in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Adult Muslims should refrain from food, water and sensual pleasures from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan, with leniency granted to children before they reach puberty. A panel of judges who will select the winners at this stage questions the team next. The Council of Indonesian Ulemas named the show the best children's television program in 2005. Morals Agus says the show primarily focuses on the younger generations to instill Islam in them and shield them from moral degradation. "The show will set an example in teaching Indonesia's young generation in an Islamic way," he said. Agus said the duos present an ideal model for Indonesian families wanting to educate their children. "Children's achievements depend on how their parents teach them. We have so many examples of Indonesia's young generation going off the rails: moral degradation, illegal drugs," he added. Rizal Purnama, a nine-year-old boy, is here for his fifth bid to win — and it's his last chance as next season, aged 10, he will be too old to compete. Despite his repeated losses, Rizal's father Junaedi proudly says his son has been invited to preach at Islamic events since his oratories have been beamed round the country. "Even though he didn't succeed in previous shows, thank God many people admire him and have asked him to deliver sermons at religious ceremonies and weddings," he says. "Some pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) have become interested in him and have asked me to send Rizal there for free so that he could have a better education on Islam," he added. Unsuitable Despite its winning ratings, the show has its critics. Their point is that the contestants are so young to discuss some sensitive issues in their sermons like warning adults not to commit adultery. "The kids don't understand for sure these kinds of teachings," said Sarlito Wirawan Sarwono, a psychologist at the University of Indonesia who deals with children's issues. Moeslim Abdurahman, an Islamic studies academic who works at several universities, agreed. They are "speaking things which are not suitable for their age," he said, He considers the show a reflection of the explosion of Islamic culture in Indonesia since the 1998 downfall of president Suharto. "Religion is becoming everything," he said. Back to the TV stage, the five contestants representing West Java province line up nervously on the stage to hear the names of the winners going through to the next round. Ridha is named, along with another young boy, who rushes to press his forehead to the floor, a typical way to express one's thanks to God. Ridha mimics him, as the parents comfort the three losers, who have burst into tears.
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New Year

The New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations. New Year's Day also the first day of the calendar year. People in almost every country celebrate this day as a holiday. The celebrations are both festive and serious. Many people make New Year's resolutions to break bad habits or to start good ones. Some think about how they have lived during the past year and look forward to the next 12 months. Early customs. Many ancient peoples started the year at harvest time. They performed rituals to do away with the past and purify themselves for the new year. For example, some people put out the fires they were using and started new ones.
January 1st s the end of a period of remembrance of a particular passing year, especially on radio, television, and in newspapers, which usually starts right after Christmas Day Publications often have year-end articles that review the changes during the previous year. Common topics include politics, natural, music and the arts, and the listing of significant individuals who died during the past year. Often there are also articles on planned or expected changes in the coming year, such as the description of new laws that often take effect on January 1st.This day is traditionally a religious feast, but since the 1900s has become an occasion for celebration the night of December 31st, called New Year's Eve. There are often fireworks at midnight. Depending on the country, individuals may be allowed to burn fireworks, even if it is forbidden the rest of the year. It is also a memorable occasion to make New Year's resolutions, which they hope to fulfill in the coming year; the most popular ones in the western world include to stop tobacco smoking or drinking, or to lose weight or get physically fit.

Reference : Annie's new years page


Christmas is a most important religious holy day for Christians, who
attend special church services to celebrate the birth of Jesus of
Nazareth. Christmas is not only a religious holy day, but became one
of the first federal holidays in 1870. On this day most businesses and
offices remain closed and the greatest possible number of workers,
including government employees, have the day off. Many places even
close early on the day before.
Naturally Christians observe Christmas according to the traditions of
their particular church. Besides the strictly religious traditions,
however, other common Christmas practices are observed by people who
are not religious or who are not Christian. In this way, some
Christmas traditions have become American traditions.
Gift-giving is so common at Christmas time that for most stores it
means a sharp increase in sales. Stores, in fact, are full of shoppers
from Thanksgiving time in late November until the day before
Christmas. This situation has caused many religious people to complain
that the religious meaning of Christmas is being subverted, that
Christmas has become "commercial." Despite the criticism, Christmas
shopping is a major activity of many Americans in the month of
December. Gifts are given to children, members of the family and close
friends. They are given to people who have done favors to others or
who work for them. Some people bake cookies or make candies or other
special food treats for friends and neighbors. Many businesses give
their workers a Christmas "bonus" - gifts of extra money - to show
appreciation for their work. Christmas is also a time when most
Americans show great generosity to other less fortunate than they.
They send money to hospitals or orphanages or contribute to funds that
help the poor.
It would be easy enough to imagine Christmas as a simple continuum of
tradition dating from the birth of Christ. You'd begin with the
nativity story, apply the December 25th date to Jesus' birth,
establish the gift-giving precedent of the magi and work from there.
Over the centuries, classic Christmas traditions would accumulate:
perhaps beginning with the yule log, followed by the Christmas tree
and finally winding up in the present day with giant inflatable
snowmen and icicle lights.

Of My Friend Hector And My Achilles Heel By My Achilles Heel

This story is talking about prejudice and stupidity. it is tells about
two both friend since a child(Michael and Hector).They separated when
Hector's family moved to another part of Manhattan's west side. and
after year, they meet again in the junior High School but they are
different class. Hector called Intellectually gifted children and
Michael as ordinary student. then they continued into different senior
high school. they had different condition. Michael had better life
than Hector.and Michael felt that he was more intellect than hector.
Hector proud with his friend. until day,Michael realized that hector
more successful person than him, Hector became an actor in movies on
Television.MY Opinion that friendship more important and we may not
hopeless in everything what will we do.so we must attempt and don't
forget to pray.

Minggu, 13 Januari 2008


A minority or subordinate group is a sociological group that does
not constitute a politically dominant plurality of the total
population of a given society. A sociological minority is not
necessarily a numerical minority — it may include any group that is
disadvantaged with respect to a dominant group in terms social status,
education, employment, wealth and political power. To avoid confusion,
some writers prefer the terms "subordinate group" and "dominant group"
rather than "minority" and "majority
In socioeconomic, the term "minority" typically refers to a
socially subordination ethnic group (understood in terms of language,
nationality, religion and/or culture). Other minority groups include
people with disabilities, "economic minorities" (working poor or
unemployed), "age minorities" (who are younger or older than a typical
working age) and sexual minorities (whose sexual orientation or gender
identity differs from the sociological norm).
Many people have different act of minorities. I have argued that
the diverse Asian –American community cannot be stereotyped. one of
the most troubling and persistent images is that we are a model
minority. such as Vietnams –American community is different with
Chinese-American and Asian-American community. but sometimes the act
of a person represent his/her country. Beside that, many people facing
similar circumstances do not extort, kidnap and murder. surely killing
someone for money is not an acceptable act in any country.