The evidence of ‘Widespread Torture’ the Pastor, the elder, the witness, the man of God – By Toshome Debalke

September 22nd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie is a famous Christian religion leader credited for spreading evangelism in Ethiopia in the mostly traditional Coptic Christians and Sunni Muslims believers. He is also the Head of Prison Fellowship, a Nongovernmental Organization that teaches evangelism to the prison population in Ethiopia. He sits on the Ethiopian Government’s Board of Pardon, and played leading role in the Elders Group. The group that facilitated the ‘pardoning’ of The leaders Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CDUP) that were imprisoned following the 2005 National Election demonstration.

Pastor Daniel Gebreselassie

The Prison Fellowship also credited to evangelize the former Prime Minster of Ethiopia, Tamerat Layne while he was serving 12 years prison sentence for corruption.

After he was released from prison Tamera Layne publicly announced he was out of politics to become a Born-Again Christian called to serve God. In various Media interviews he refused to discuss the past particularly on many alleged atrocities he was accused during his armed struggle days while he was with the now ruling party of Tigrian People Liberation Front (TPLF) and later after he was appointed Prime Minster of the country. He now lives in the United States with his family.

On one of the released wikileaks cables of April 2007, classified as ‘Secret’, from US Embassy in Addis Ababa where Pastor Daniel was presents at meeting and disclosed disturbing accounts of torture by the TPLF/EPRDF ruling regime.
According to document reciting Pastor Daniel:

‘Through meetings with these prisoners while detained and following their release, Pastor Dan learned that they were subjected to severe torture while in prison. Pastor Dan told Embassy officers that prison officials used Derg-era techniques) e.g. hanging prisoners from the ceiling in arm shackles, beating the soles of their feet and hanging boards from their testicles) to try to extract confessions. One of the prisoners reportedly died from injuries sustained while in prison, though prison officials maintain that he is “sick in the hospital.” Another of the former prisoners reported that when he was arrested, police dragged him out of his place of work and was pistol-whipped by plainclothes security forces on the way to the detention facility.’

When this revelation was obvious Pastor Daniel continued to engage the regime’s officials at different level, according the document

¶’8. (S/NF) Pastor Dan sits on the President’s pardon board,
and through his work with his NGO Prison Fellowship, is often given access to visit prisons when no other outsiders are allowed. Though some opposition figures believe he is too close to the GoE, Post has found him to be one of the few Ethiopians who can be truly be considered politically neutral. (NOTE: He is also one of the “Elders” that are leading negotiations with the CUD detainees. END NOTE) Post deems him to be a reliable source and his decision to brief a group of Embassy officials on this highly sensitive subject is noteworthy. During the brief, Pastor Dan was visibly upset in describing his discoveries and while he notes the need to act on this information, he recognizes that this is particularly difficult. Post and other Embassies, if addressing the issue, cannot name Pastor Dan as a source for ADDIS ABAB 00001277 003 OF 003’

Later in 2010, Pastor Daniel was the only person allowed to visit Birtukan Midekas besides her mother and daughter. The Chairperson of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) was serving a life sentence in the notorious Kaliti prison after her rearrested for ‘violating the term of her pardon’, according the regime’s official statement.

The international campaign to free Birtukan coupled with rumor circulating her health condition declining in prison the regime once again gave Pastor Daniel access to visit her. He was accompanied by the only government run Television station crew that showed the world her pre arranged condition in the prison. The Pastor’s mission was clear for any observer. (See video). Birtukan that spent all her confinement in dark isolated cell were seen in a relatively conferrable room with bed and other accessories.

There is no explanation why the Pastor agreed to play a propaganda drama role for the regime not long after he spoke to the US Ambassador the horrible condition of the prisoners. It is also not clear why he told the US Embassy instead of coming out public or involves all concerned international community after witnessing crimes of this extent in the prison system where he often visited through his Fellowship.

According to the leaked document he also notified the higher-ups of the regime, including the Federal Police Commissioner. It shows torture was widely practiced and tolerated by higher-ups as many international organization documented before.

With Wiki leak revealing thousands of other secrets of the regime and its associates Pastor Daniel revelation reinforces what many accuses the regime with countless atrocity around the country. Pastor Daniel speaking the truth for the US Embassy personnel is commendable. But, his participation in the cover-up of Judge Birtukan prison condition on a national television contradicts his statements to the embassy stuff and needs explanation and clarification to the public as he have a firsthand knowledge of crime against humanity by the ruling regime of Ethiopia.

There was similar finding by the Inquiry Commission that investigated the massacre of 193 innocent civilians by regime’s security force in the aftermath of the May 2005 Election. The regime’s cover-up and treat forced some of the members of the Commission to flee the country and others in to silence. The evidence is widely circulating and waiting the day of justice.

The elders’ involvement in the pardon fiasco of the imprisoned Kinijit leaders accused of genocide and later changed to lesser charge is another of the regime games. They refused to revile what took place for unknown reasons to date. The rearrested and release of MS. Birtukan with another pardon fiasco has not been told by Pastor Daniel or anyone of the elders yet.

The continuing roundup of Ethiopians in the name of terrorism speaks volume about the mysterious regime crimes and cover-ups that involve many officials of the regime. The international community complicity allowing such atrocities to contnue speaks volume how the people of Ethiopia left on the mercy of a dangerous rogue regime.

Pastor Daniel, unlike any religious leader stumbles in the middle of it all; navigating between the regime’s cover-ups and the international community complicity to further allow the regime commit many more atrocities. His silence along the other elders played a role in prolonging the misery of the people of Ethiopia while more crime is being committed as we sepak.

While the massive wiki leak document is processed one at a time, the Woyane regime’s new waves of arrest in a name of terrorism is part of the diversion tactics from its documented crimes against prisoners and innocent Ethiopians .

Fallouts from Wiki Leak documents will make the regime more bold and brutal as times goes while it is covering up many more crimes. Diversion in the name of terrorism and development is underway and will continue to distract the public when the facts unravel. The massive corruption in every area of the economy has not yet been scratched yet. And the regime continued to play hide-and-seek at enormous cost to the lives and freedom of Ethiopians.

Pastor Daniel, the elders and all responsible parties have the moral as well as the legal responsibility to come forward to save the people of Ethiopia from the brutal regime they know well.

  1. koster
    | #1

    Pastor Daniel and Professor Ephrem are not trustworthy and as woyane supporters will not be neutral and stand for truth and justice. It is better to properly audit his NGO. The crimes committed by the “friendly tyrant” will be made public when his love-affair with the WEST is over. Unfortunately until them millions languish under woyane state terrorism and die of Meles`s biological weapon – famine.

  2. selam
    | #2

    TESHOME DEBALKE like his name he has been writing all kinds of junk as if to sound and feel intellectual but the truth is he is just a simple debalke mixing anything that feels and sounds good to protest; what a shame

  3. Sheger
    | #3

    Speaking of genocide and all kind of killings and wrong, what did we do to Mengistu Haile Mariam?????? Not to say
    We can’t do any thing against any thing or any body.

    Wrong is wrong u tile it’s right. We can be forgiving but that is another chapter of our or the coming history.

  4. The Eritrean one!
    | #4

    Athough wikileaks finally revealed the true color of Meles, his boss Bereket Simon, and all weyanes officialls where they stand as leaders of the Ethiopian people it is beyond everyone belief these thugs criminal acts for the people of Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, and Sudan. The midget man and his boss Bereket Simon final days are approaching and just expect who will blame who for all the crimes that are being committed in the name of “terrorist”. As usual Meles will blame his boss and expect Bereket Simon to be the scape goat for all the blood shed in the whole horn of Africa. I can not wait the next soap opera of Meles vs. his boss Bereket Simon coming soon!!

  5. Sheger
    | #5

    We need to stop the crimes we can stop it. We have to say enough is enough (BEKA).

    Long live Ethiopia and the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sheger
    | #6

    My name is Gigi I wright under the name Sheger.
    I right songs
    And I am a singer
    I love my country

    I am an Ethiopian
    Ethiopia is
    My country
    It is so mine
    No one can take that fro me.

    My country is beautiful
    Rich and hopeful
    Hope spring internal
    At the promising
    Mother land
    Beutifull Zion sings
    Songs of promises
    Beutifull zion sings
    Songs of

    Zion sings
    Come put of darkness
    Zion sings
    Come out of lostness
    Zion sings
    Come out of Misery
    Zion sings
    Sing about God and Victory.

    Zion sings
    We are one
    Zion sings
    You are mine I am yours
    Zion sings
    We are Men
    I a woman

    Zion sings

    We are MAN.
    And GOD is GOD
    Glory to the lord!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Sheger
    | #7

    And Zion sings.
    Phrasing the lord
    Zion sings
    worshiping God
    Zion sings and Dance
    Happy as doves.
    Happy as flowers
    Happy as rivers
    Happy as stars
    Happy as havens.

    Sheger ( Gigi ) Ejigayehu shibabaw

  8. Sheger
    | #8

    Happy as havens
    Zion sings
    We are all gods
    Zion sings.

    Sheger (Gigi).

  9. Sheger
    | #9

    Zion sings
    So glorious
    Zion sings
    Forever gods
    Zion sings


  10. true
    | #10

    I think the idea of spreading Evangelism at your vulnerable moment (in prison, despair etc) and being rescued by Evangelism and conversion is a tactic that perhaps Pastor Daniel and TPLF are playing because, Evangelism plays neutral (this is not conflict solving or transformation) but they evangelism and TPLF benefit both and that is, TPLF believes nationalism and passion for a country is more important if you are Orthodox christian as supposed to Evangelism they know that. For pastor Evangelism brainwashed from Evangelists in the West (who are enriched by tax payers money) he gets to convert Ethiopians from orthodox chrisitan (that is nationalistic) to Evangelism. For TPLF the goal is to make the people of Ethiopian non nationalistic and no problem, Pastor provides that. Otherwise why would they allow only Pastor Daniel and not other elders. So, Ato Tamirat Layne gets to do all atrocities against Ethiopian people and also, keeps the secret with him that could liberate Ethiopia because now he is Pente Coastal and no one should make him liable? I thought Evangelism teaches standing for justice and liberating from oppression, that is the primary that christ teaches.

    Personally, I don’t think Pastor is working by himself, he could be CIA. The West wants TPLF to continue doing what they are doing until (when?) it fulfills its interest. In the meantime, the TPLF willl do more than anything to protect itself using Western policy. By the way, the coming of TPLf in power has benefited many small groups of people against Ethiopia, against Orthodox,religion and against ethnicity. Those Ethiopian population that are nationalistic, Orthodox, one Ethiopia are slowly being dismantled and their numbers are dwindling today compared to a group of people who are now ultra evangelists, wahabists, extreme pro ethnicity, and so on. There is a reason why Ethiopia remained more to moderate side for centuries. Now soon there will be civil war as these groups rise up to fight christians vs muslims, pro ethnic groups vs one Ethiopia, christians vs christians. Well done! I am not advocating for people should be suppressed to their beliefs, however, in a country with many languages and ethnic groups, there is a reason to becareful and slowly do the reform as supposed to exploding everything. Every bliefs should be scrutinized also if it will be dangerous for Ethiopia or not and should be prevented. Take Eritrea for instance. Eritrea doesn’t understand putting balance out by spreading evangelism with no scrutiny as a result, they refused and good for them. By the way Evangelists are not only just pastors like who just comes to teach us who knew about christ prior even West “the best way to believe in christ”, people like pastor’s job is also, to do the interest of the West.

  11. Tazabiw
    | #11

    can we call him a pstor. We know that he and the so called prof Ephrem were working for the government.We never heard him protesting against the government. He knew from inside kinjit leaders were innocent- but he didn’t dare to say it to the Ethiopian people- he was legalising the criminal activity of Woyane to the western Diplomats. “Lemd yelebese tekula” Shame on him

  12. findata
    | #12

    I think we need to understand and respct for any faith or ethinics our struggle is to bring freedom for all. it sounds some of us denaying faiths of others than us .

  13. anon
    | #13

    It is very shamefull to see you spit your biogetory and sbjeective view all over this forum.This type of attiude will lead Ethiopians no where.Whatevidence you have to smirr the chracter of anotheer Ethiopian.The answer is noen.Is there any thing,you hve done to Ethiopia other than spreading hatered.This pastor did visit prisoners during their ordeal and witnessed to their mistreatment as the report said.Why do you suposed he is a U.S agent doing what.
    I think you need to be very careful about the image you are
    tring to convey to your readers.You signed as Truth yet,
    I see no truth in your comments.I could have
    said something shocking statments about Ortodox faith
    ,but I don’t have any purpose to divide Ethiopians in here.

    If you believe that nominal membership with Ortodox faith will gurantee any one a heavenly home you are sadly mistaken.You need to search the truth for yourself now befopre it is too late.
    No where the Bible promises anyone to inherit heaven by being a member of any congrgation,nor does it promise to any who thinks he can keep God’s commandment.Man is so corrupt he needs God’s forgiveness to be saved for the Bible declares.

    10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

    11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

    12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

    13 Their throat [is] an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps [is] under their lips:

    14 Whose mouth [is] full of cursing and bitterness:

    15 Their feet [are] swift to shed blood:

    16 Destruction and misery [are] in their ways:

    17 And the way of peace have they not known:

    18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

    If God open my eyes to show me my condition,then by his mercy he will lead to to repent and believe his promise as in the following.

    8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

    9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

    12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Ihope the above word of God willlead you to see your condtion before God and you repent.

  14. Freedom of Religion
    | #14

    #10 true,
    You nailed it right on the head, I agree with you totally. I went to an Evangelical Christian School from Elementary to high-school and know how much most these Evangelical Ethiopians despise Ethiopian Orthodox Churches. Even after they have grown up, they would rather marry someone from another country than marrying an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. Unless one lives close to Ethiopian Evangelicals, the majority of Ethiopians don’t have a clue and don’t understand the amount of disregard there is towards Ethiopian Orthodox Churches and Catholics.

  15. menzaw
    | #15

    The Pastor certainly a disguised efficient brain washer agent of the ruthless dictator ruling the defenseless Country Ethiopia, his mission is to steal the political prisoner’s Nationalist and combative attitude on behave of their Country and people, using the word of God as a tool similar to the devil.

  16. Look in the mirror
    | #16

    Come on now! It is the Evangelists who believe that unless people converted to their religion and be “New Born Christians” people are doomed to go straight to HELL. The thing is this, so far, people I’ve met from different religion and backgrounds, they are not any different than the next guy, except mentioning Jesus hundreds of times without good deeds. To be truthful, I’ve met many wonderful and trustworthy people who are ethicist than Christians and Muslims who ware their religions on their sleeves. There is jealousy, gossip, cheating, lying, adultery, divorce, racism within the Evangelical Christian Churches as it is in every Church. Look how the Evangelical Christians, starting from Sara Palin and Rick Perry treat the first black President of US. The Bible tells us that, Faith without works is dead. We should always ask ourselves what we do everyday is the right thing in the eyes of God.

  17. assfaw
    | #17


    Do not shoot the messenger. The truth remain Birtukan was arrested after she visited the pastor. He turns around makes a drama on ETV. If you are part of the conspiracy I understand. But, do not be smart ass blaming the wrong person.

    The pastor have to explain the game he is playing with the lives of Ethiopian.

  18. Sheger
    | #18

    Anon, I love you. Or may be who I really love is God but I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Anonymous
    | #19

    Do some Evangelical pastors say one thing and do another, even to the point of going on a killing spree? Who would forget what happened in Rwanda, especially, the two despicable evangelical pastors who committed unspeakable crimes in Rwanda.

  20. Religion as a pretext ???
    | #20

    The greatest sin of all is to use religion as a pretext to advance own selfish and hidden personal interests.
    የመፅሀፍ ቅዱስን ቃል መጥቀስ ለተለመደው ሃይማኖታዊ ትምህርት አስፈላጊና የግድ ነው፡፡ከዚህ ውጪ ግን መፅሀፍ ቅዱስን ቃል ያለአገባቡ መጥቀስና ለራስ ጠባብ ሆነ ግላዊ ፍላጎት መጠቀም ግን እንዲያውም ሃጢያት ነው፡፡ጥቅስ ለመጥቀስ ከሆነ ሰይጣንም ላመሉ ጥቅስ ሊጠቅስ ይቻለዋልና፡፡ እራሱ እየሱስ ክርስቶስም ያለው የቄሳርን ለቄሳር የእግዚአብሄርን ለእግዚአብሄር ነው ያለውና፡፡ሁሉም በተጠራበት አመጣጥ ይምጣ ስላለ ሃዋርያው ቅዱስ ፓውሎስ አንተ ፃድቅ አንተ ሃጥእ እያሉ የማያስፈልግ የሀይማኖት ክፍፍል እያደረጉ መነታረኩ ብዙም የሚጠቅም አይደለም፡፡በማንኛውም ሃይማኖት እውነትን ተናገር እንጂ ውሸትን ተነጋር የሚል ስለሌለ ስለእውነት ለመነጋገር የግድ የሃይማኖት ጭንብል ማጥለቅ አያስፈልገንም ነበር፡፡እንደተረዳሁት ከሆነ ያለቦታው ሃይማኖታዊ ጥቅስ ዝም ብለን የምንጠቅስ ሰዎች በሃይማኖት ሽፋን የማይገባንን የትክክለኛነት ካባ በብልጠትና በአቋራጭ ያለአግባብ ለመደረብ የምንፈልግ ግብዞች ሰዎች የሆንን ይመስለኛል፡፡እውነትን ለመናገር የግድ ሃይማኖተኛ መሆን አይጠበቅብንም፡፡ስለዚህም ግልፅና ያፈጠጡ እውነታዎችን ለመነጋገር ዙሪያ ጥምምጥም መሄድ አያስፈልግም፡፡በእርግጥ ህይወትና ይህች አለም እጅግ ውስብስብ ነገሮች ናቸው፡፡ሰዎች የራሳቸውን ስግብግብና ጠባብ ፍላጎትና አላማ ለማስፈፀምና ለማሳካት እንቅልፍ አጥተውት ዘወትር እየባዘኑ የማይቆፍሩት ጉድጓድ የማይቧጥጡት ዳገትና ዘወርዋራ መንገድ የለም፡፡
    ብዙውን ጊዜ ሰዎች ሃይማኖትን ሽፋን አድርገው የራሳቸውን ጠባብ ፍላጎት ያራምዳሉ፡፡ምክንያቱም ሃይማኖት ሰዎች ያላቸው የመጨረሻው የሚተማመኑበት የስጋቸውና የነፍሳቸው የመሸሸጊያ የመጠለያ ጥግና እረፍት ነውና፡፡ስለዚህም ሰዎች በቀናነት በመሰላቸው በሃይማኖታቸው ያመኑበትን ነገር ቢያደርጉ ምንም ችግር የለውም፡፡ችግሩ ግን ይህንን ሃይማኖት ሽፋን አድርገው የራሳቸውን ጠባብና ስግብግብ ፍላጎት በሌሎች ላይ በሀይልም ይሁን በማታለል በብልጠትና በመሰሪነት ለመጫን ሲንቀሳቀሱ ነው፡፡በአሁኑ ዘመን ደግሞ ሃይማኖትና ፖለቲካ እንደ ድር እርስ በርስ የተሳሰሩ ነገሮች ናቸው፡፡በቅዱስ መፅሀፍ ውስጥ መግደላዊት ማርያም የእየሱስ ክርስቶስን እግር 300 ዲናር በሚያወጣ ውድ ሽቶ እግሩን ስታብሰውና ስታወዛው ይሁዳ በልቡ ይህ እንዴት ይሆናል ይህ ውድ ሽቶ ቢሸጥና ለድሆች ቢሰጥ እንዴት የተሻለ መልካም ነገር ይሆን ነበር ብሎ ያስብ ነበር፡፡ነገር ግን ይሁዳ ይህንን ከውጪ ሲያዩት መልካም የሚመስል ነገር በልቡ ያሰበው በእርግጥም ለድሆች ያን ያህል አስቦና ተጨንቆ ሳይሆን ከሽያጩ የሚያገኘው የተለመደው ቀረጥ ስለቀረበት ተቆጭቶ ነበር፡፡ዛሬ ብዙዎቻችን ይህንን አይነት ድርጊት ነው እያደረግን ያለነው፡፡አንድን በአደባባይ ሲታይ መልካም የሚመስልን ነገር በእርግጥም እያደረግን ያለነው በዋናነት ለዚያ ከውጪ በአደባባይ በግላጭ ለሚታወቀው አላማና ተግባር ብለን ነውን፡፡ፓስተር ዳንኤል በእስር ቤት ያንን አይነት የሚታወቀውን መልካም ነገር በማድረጋቸው ለምን ይህ ሆነ ብዬ በጭፍን ላወግዝ አልደፍርምም ወይንም አልደግፍምም፡፡እንደዚሁም በተቃራኒው ይህ ነገር እንዴት ይወገዛል ብዬ ጭፍን ደጋፊና ይህንንም ድርጊታቸውን ከሌላ ከበስተጀርባ ካለ ነገር ጋር አያይዘው የሚነቅፉትንም ለምን እንዲህ ታደርጋላችሁ ብዬ ላወግዝ ይከብደኛል፡፡እግዚአብሄር ልብንና ኩላሊትን ይመረምራል እንዲሉ የውስጣቸውን እውነተኛ ተልእኮ ፈጣሪ ያውቃል፡፡
    ነገር ግን አንድ ትልቅ ግራ የሚገባኝ ነገር አለ፡፡ይኸውም የሌላው ሀገር የተለያየ ሃይማኖት ተከታይ እስላም ይሁን ክርስቲያን ወይንም ሌላ እትብቱ የተቀበረበትን ሀገርና ተወልዶ አፈር ፈጭቶ ውሃ አንቦራጭቆ ያደገበትን ሀገር ለመካድና ሌላ ማንነት ለማምጣት ብዙም አይዳዳውም ወይንም አይፈልግም፡፡ነገር ግን በእኛ ሀገር ውስጥ ከዚህ መሰረታዊ እውነታ ያፈነገጠ ነገር አሁን አሁን እየተለመደ የመጣ ይመመስለኛል፡፡በጥንቱ ያሉት አባቶቻችን እንኳን ሀገር የጋራ ነው ሃይማኖት የግል ነው ብለው ድንቅ እውነታ እንዳልተናገሩት ከዚህ መሰረታዊ እውነታ ያፈነገጠ አባባል አሁን እየተለመደ መምጣቱ ግራ የሚያጋበ ነገር ነው፡፡ወደ እኛ ሀገር ውስጥ አዳዲስ እምነት የመነጨባቸውና የመጣባቸው ሀገራት ዜጎች የየሀገራቸውን ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ደህንነትና ህልውና ለማንም የውጪ ሃይል አሳልፈው ለመስጠት አይፈልጉም፡፡የዜግነት ግዴታቸውን ይወጣሉ ማለት ነው፡፡አንዱ እስላምና ሌላው እስላም ለሀጋራቸው ጥቅም ሲሉ እርስ በርሳቸው ሊጋጩና ጦርነት ውስጥ ሊገቡ ይችላሉ፡፡ክርስቲያኖቹም እርስ በርሳቸው እንደዚሁ ማለት ነው፡፡ይህ በተጨባጩ አለም እያየነው የመጣነው እውነታ ነው፡፡ወደ ሀገራችን ስንመጣ ግን ዝም ብሎ በጭፍን የሃይማኖት ተከታይነት ብቻ በመመስረት በምክንያታዊነት ላይ ያልተመሰረተና ኢትዮጵያዊነትን የመክዳት ባህሪ በአንዳንድ ዜጎች ላይ እየተስተዋለ የመጣ ነገር ነው፡፡ይህ አካሄድ ደግሞ እጅግ የዋህነትና ማንነትን በቅጡ ካለመረዳትና የዓለምንም ውስብስብና ረቂቅ ሁኔታ በጥልቀት ካለመረዳት የሚመነጭ ነው፡፡በቃ ሃይማኖት በራሱ እንደ ሃይማኖትነቱ ይከበር፡፡ሀገርም እደሀገርነቱ እንደዚሁ ይከበር፡፡ለምን እንደምናምታታው አይገባኝም፡፡በእርግጥ በተጨባጩ አለም እጅግ ውስብሰብ የሆኑ ነገሮች እንዳሉ ለመካድ አይቻልም፡፡
    ፓስተር ዳንኤልም እንደዚሁ ለሃይማኖታቸው ሲሉ የግድ የኢትዮጵያን ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ወይንም ደህንነትና ህልውና መክዳት አይገባቸውም ወይንም አይጠበቅባቸውም፡፡ለምሳሌ የራሳቸው ሃይማኖት በዋናነት የመነጨበት ሀገር ውስጥ ያሉ ተመሳሳይ ሃይማኖት ያላቸው ዜጎች የራሳቸውን ሀገር ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ወይንም ደህንነትና ህልውና በመክዳት ለሌላ አሳልፈው ይሰጣሉን፡፡ፈፅሞ ይህንን አያደርጉም፡፡ታዲያ እኛ ላይ የመጣው ምን የሚሉት አባዜና ሰይጣን ነው ኢትዮጵያዊነታችንን እንደንክድ የሚያደርገን፡፡የተለያየ የየራሳችንንም ሃይማኖታችንንም እኮ በነፃነት ለማራመድ የምንችለው የራሳችን ሀገር እስካለን ድረስ ነው፡፡ነገሮች ትንሽ የተምታታብን ይመስለኛል፡፡እስኪ አንድ ኢትዮጵያዊ ከሀገሩ ውጪ በሀይማኖት ይመስለኛል የሚለው ባእድ ሀገር ይሂድና እዚህ በኢትዮጵያዊነቱ የሚያገኘውን ነፃነት ክብርና ፍቅር ያህል ከዚያ ያገኝ ከሆነ መሞከርና ማየት ይችላል፡፡ግን ለምን አጉል ከነባራዊው እውነታ ለመሸሽ እንሞክራለን፡፡ስለዚህም ፓስተር ዳንኤልን በሃይማኖታቸው ልሞግታቸው መብት የለኝም የፈለጋቸውን መከተል መብታቸው ስለሆነ ማለት፡፡ነገር ግን ሃይማኖታቸውን ሽፋን አድርገው በመሰሪነት የአጠቃላዩን የኢትዮጵያንና የኢትዮጵያውያንን ብሄራዊ ህልውና ድህንነትና ጥቅም በባንዳነት ለራሳቸው ጠባብና ግላዊ ፍላጎት በማደር ከድተው ከሆነ የኢትዮጵያ አምላክ ይፋረዳቸው ነው የምለው፡፡በሃይማኖት ሽፋን የራስን ጠባብ ፍላጎትና አላማ በመሰሪነት የሚያስፈፅሙት ሃጢያታቸው እጅግ የበዛ ነው፡፡እግዚአብሄር ይህንን በጣም ይጠየፋልና፡፡
    እንዲያውም በሃይማኖት ሽፋን የራስን ጠባብ ፍላጎትና አላማ በመሰሪነት ከሚያስፈፅሙት ይልቅ አንደኛቸውን ከዚህ አይነት መሰሪ ስራ ተገለው በንፅህና ኖረው ያላመኑት አህዛብ በፈጣሪ ዘንድ የተከበሩና የተወደዱ ናቸው፡፡

  21. anon
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    1-Freedom of Religion
    2- menzaw
    From your comments I have not seen any compeling evidence that lead me to believe that the pastor is at fault;none what soever.
    At this stage of our jurney in the struggle against tyrany we are expected to grown up.That is to have come in to maturity.How is it easy for any one to condemen any citizen before the facts are out.Does it make any sense to defame some one for no apparent reason.Where is the fact that implicates this pastor to the said crime?
    Well every one is intitled to believe any ting.Some believe their opinions because it is the product of their own mind.Once they pronounced them in public it becomes inconvinent for them to admit their fault.Hence, through repetation they attempt to reinforce and reassure the postion they have taken is true.

    One thing we must understand is we are accountble for everyone of action.No matter how I may be convinced that I may be right If I make wrong judgment or made worng assertion than the truth I am liable for my accustation and lies.
    I think some people are angry because of the pstors’s denomination more than any thing else.Do you guys know that Church Experts from Ortodox church,Chatolic churches,and all protestant “The Ethiopian BIble Assocation.”Of course each denomination has translated its own Bible.It is also true that all different denominations conven together and have translated the Bible as in the above.The experts can do this because all Christian denominations ACCEPT THE ESSENTIAL OF THE CHRISTAN FAITH,see below.

    But if such be the case with the church leaders whya re their folowers rancoring each other over somthing they dont understand?

    The above trios hav said many things about this particular pastor and Evangelism ingeneral. You need to heed to God’s warning about this

    “And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”.Mt.12:36

    “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned” 12:37.

  22. Anonymous
    | #22

    Here we go again, you repeat the same tactics the Evangelical missionaries use to convert the Orthodox Church members by falsely accusing the Orthodox Church that, it has translated its own Bible. How pathetic! I don’t know about Catholics, but you have no room to blame the Old Ethiopian Orthodox Church Geez Bible that is being used in Ive-league Universities around the world to study Bible. The main objective of Evangelical missionaries is to convert people like you to their particular religion and like any job, they are pressured to convert certain number of people and will say and promise everything to convert people. What I ask from you, the likes of you, is that, instead of demonizing and belittling Ethiopian Orthodox, let’s ask ourselves, if we walk everyday on the foot steps of Jesus and be kind to one another. So far, the people I’ve met, regardless what religion they belong to, are all the same. There is racism, selfishness, jealousy, gossip, adultery, alcoholism, cheating, and so on. The company I work for has over five hundred employees and believe me, I know what I am talking about.

  23. anon
    | #23

    Where in my wriings I have belliteld the Ortodox church?What Isaid abe is each denomination translates its own Bible.Inaddition,Ortodx,Evangelical,Chatolics conven togehter to translate the Bible.They call this version The Ethiopian bible association translation.In this connection,I said if the experts get together to translate the Bible why do their followers condemen this pastor.

    You wrote,

    “So far, the people I’ve met, regardless what religion they belong to, are all the same. There is racism, selfishness, jealousy, gossip, adultery, alcoholism, cheating, and so on”.The gudgment of every human soul belongs to JESUS THE CHRIST AND TO HIM ALONE.Sinners like you and meYou are urged to repent or Nisiha indingeba in this life not to judge others.For the word of God says,

    King James Version

    1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Besid,no where does the Bible said to look at other people’s life for an excuse for us not to believe.Instead we are commanded to look unto him.

    Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.Is.45:22

  24. Anonymous
    | #24

    A lot of people change one religion to another like it is a step ladder to Jesus Christ without changing their heart and they look down on the Ethiopian Orthodox religion. Trust me, I’ve lived among them to witness the deep rooted hate and disrespect they have towards Ethiopian Orthodox Church. In fact, they see us as a CULT Worshipers. Some of them do not even know that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes that Christ is the son of God and that he died for our sins. Ethiopian Evangelical Christians always say to members of Ethiopian Orthodox Church members that “We need to accept Jesus Christ as our savior” Who taught them that we do not accept Jesus Christ as our Savior? There is no doubt that you people are taught to believe negatively about Orthodox by foreign Missionaries which is one of their tactics use to win you over. I’ve been wondering lately, why the majority of Tea Party group are from Evangelical Churches that despise Obama to the point of praying for the death of Obama, hard to believe, isn’t it? Anyhow, in the end, what matter is what is in our hearts, not what modern fancy westernized Church or the old Ethiopian Church we belong to. Peace! I wish you well and good bye.

  25. menzaw
    | #25

    you said

    …..At this stage of our jurney in the struggle against tyrany we are expected to grown up.That is to have come in to maturity….

    Mr. or Mrs. your maturity level is well apparent through your writing and the collection of your argument. Denomination is man made thing, please don’t confuse faith to the almighty God and the ever changing denominations. I believe in Jesus Christ the son of God who came to the earth just to teach us “LOVE” but we kept succumbing to the ever present devil among us because we fail to live by FAITH and DEED through Jesus Christ.Follow only JESUS CHRIST without fear you can’t go wrong.
    All I said the individuals who braved to challenge and fought the dictator subsequently arrested and sent to jail for years, get confronted in their prison cell by some so called pastors who works not for God or subjugated people but for the earthly master with gun and dollar. I beg you to read the history of “Abune Petros the hero and the man of God slaughtered by the enemy of Ethiopian people”
    Many get released brain washed, only when they qualify for monastery, that’s my problem. Any Godly pastor is on the side of the people, because people’s word is God’s word and their struggle is righteous.

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