It has been two or three days since we have been engaged in the news about the terribly sad and tragic incident that happened to Beweketu Seyoum presumably in regards to the article he wrote on Addis Guday(Rose) magazine. Individuals, who claim to be offended by what he wrote, attacked Beweqetu. Views, comments, articles and Bible verses gushed on the web from many who are/were infuriated either from being offended by article or from the conclusion that this is the result of religious intolerance. Nevertheless, I believe predisposed conclusions often coerce the serenity we need to see and handle social issues like this.
Bewqetu is known for his creative and humorous writing, next to Sebhat GebreEgeziAbHer. Same as Sebhat, Bewqetu apparently uses anything and everything from economics to politics, from social to religion, to communicate his message to the readers. As from Beweqtu’s articles I read in the past and especially this particular one, he unequivocally says “እሱ ካመጣው አይቀርልህም” is a means to pacify believers “የሚል ማደናገሪያ” to remain docile to suffering or in other word, rules out the Will of God and faith in that matter. So I do not think he is a person of religion or a member of any faith requiring beliefs. For him anything that happens in faith, is far from true or real so neither Peter’s shadow nor has Paul’s cloth has healed.
Some of his writings share the same style with that of Sibhat GebreEgeziAbeHer’s who is famous for disparaging God and everything related to God. Their writings are not heretical or based on any religious stance; it is a way to become obtrusively exceptional. Consequently, this should not and could not be taken as or be considered as blasphemy but as an opinion which they have every right to express. Evidently, this does not opt out the verity that he has not shown any kind of respect to the Laity of EOTC and consideration on what is disrespectful what makes up to the half of the population.
Pejorative writings and acts are not new in Christianity. As we see from the life of saints, they have been tortured and beaten in the name of God and their people. Accordingly, some recognize saints and martyrs as icons in their belief, and some do not. Not to forget even Jesus Christ, the Lord of St.TekleHaimanot, was insulted and beaten, by those who did not believe that He is the son of God. St.TekleHaimanot is a saint. Nothing will change that whether Beweqetu disparages or praises Him. As it says, whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
Christians have to put all efforts not to condemn anyone but to look upon all with simple and pure eye ,in order to return them something natural and essential and not to despise anyone ,not to blame, not to disregard anyone and not to attack anyone. Therefore, the persuasive and Christian approach is to give written response and critique to such piece of writings.Being offended is unnecessary but to demand conformity in writing is necessary.
Distressfully and for unclear reasons Beweketu choose St.TekleHaimnot a saint and an icon that is dear to 47 million Ethiopians and 7 million Egyptians for his satiric bashing to validate the message of his article when he could have just used his virtuosic creative writing and avoid disappointing his readers.Even though what had happened to him was tragic and in no way acceptable, his article lack time and value considering responsibility and especially in a society that itself is the bearer of the moral values.
In the process however, I have come to fear that EOTC has become an easy target to pick for those who want to show discontent with the political status quo.