Sunday, April 10, 2011


   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.


  1. @ mimi: Nice Comment.
    Bewketu, Mastewalin kefetarih lemin.......

  2. Thank you Emi;
    As you said it well there are thugs from all corner to use EOT religion as a short cut to public attention, fame, and popularity.

    In the case of Beweqetu, it is not only popularity as such but also trying to destroy the good name of the local Saint.
    This is part of what he wrote about St. TH.

    ... ሃይማኖታዊ ባህል ይዘው በምድር የተሳካላቸው ማኅበረሰቦች አይጠፉም የእኛ ከሃይማኖታዊነትም የባሰ ነው ምናልባት ተክለሃይማኖታዊ ነው የሚለው የተሻለ ይገልጸዋል

    ...እንግዲህ በሰማዩ ላይ አለቅጥ ሲያተኩር ምድሩን የሚከዳ ምድሩም የምትከዳው ማኅበረሰብ ተክለሃይማኖታዊ ይባላል።

    In Amharic there is a saying "sim yiweTal kebet yiketelal gorbet"

  3. Quite right;
    The idea Bewketu wanted to convince gives sense except for his provocative approach which backfired at his own point making effort.
    I question...why don't he used the prophet of Islam or any one from that religion for his example. Still he have audience in the country seeking his sharp critique accounting for above 30% of the population.
    In this time of humor filled society ... where the poor make fun of his grief ... it will be hard time for comedy. Except for the last resort which is making fun of God and Religious figures.
    Although I know that our community could use of bold criticism in every aspect, I also know that fruitful words stream out of kind heart.
    Let us be compassionate.

  4. Beweketu has forgotten he adopted his writing skills from the manuscripts of the church. I dont get it why he preferred blaspheming against the Saint.

    በአንድ የተከበረ ማህበረሰብ ውስጥ የሚገኝን ሃይማኖታዊ እሴት አንቋሾ ስነጽሁፍ ማዘጋጀት ጥላቻን ከማትረፍ ውጭ የሚገኝበት ምንም ጥቅም የለም::እንደ አንድ ክርስቲያን በውቀቱ ሊያስቅበት(ሊያስተምረበት ብየ አላምንም) የሞከረው ጥረት አበሳጭቶኛል::በርግጥ ቦክሰኞችን አልደገፍኩም::ይህንን ድርጊቱን ለመቃወም የተሻለ መንገድ አለ::የእነርሱ ድርጊት ጭፍን የሆነ አክራሪነት እንጂ ለእምነት ከመቆርቆር የመጣ ነገር ነው የሚል እምነትም የለኝም:: ጽንፈኛ የሆነ አክራሪነት ከመቸውም ጊዜ የበለጠ በኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን እየታየ መምጣቱ ትንሽ የሚያሳዝን ነገር ሆኖ አግኝቸዋለሁ::

    በህይማኖቶች መካከል የሚደረግ ኢ-አማናዊ የሆነ ንትርክ ጭቅጭቅ እና ትህትና የጎደለው የቃላት ለውውጥ ትልቅ ዋጋ ያለዉን በሃይማኖቶች መካከል የመቻቻል ባህል እያጠፋ ይገኛል:: በዚህ አጋጣሚውን እየተጠቀሙ ያሉ የጥላቻ ነጋሪት መቺዎች እና ጥቂት ሲዲ አሳታሚዎች ናቸው::

    We love Bewketu Seyoum and hope he will consider the objections expressed so far.

  5. Most of U guys wants to cover up his expressed antichurch flight of ideas by presenting nonsense.No joke at all.This guy has to apologize or he will pay back

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