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  • ross1948 1:00 am on March 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, , , peace and quiet,   

    Selamat Hari Raya Nyepi – No St. Patrick’s Partying In Bali! 

    A Happy Quiet Nyepi to all my Hindu readers…


    Hasil gambar untuk nyepi 2018


    …and my sympathy to anyone in Bali eager to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.



    It’s not just a question of keeping the noise down.

    In Bali, they even shut the airport so as to comply with the rule of absolute silence across the Isle of the Gods. It’s only for a day, so no big imposition on non-Hindus!

    No worries here in Jakarta. Saturday is usually a low-key day for me. I go out on the town sufficiently during the week, so other than talking to any visitor who may drop by, there not a lot of noise under my roof.

    • Santi 10:28 am on March 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Paddys Day and Selamat Nyepi, Ross!
      My old boss always called it Paddys Day!


      • JazPen 12:29 am on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Noisy here in Jakarta.
        Always is


  • ross1948 10:37 am on September 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, , , , KKP   

    Indonesian Clerics Scorn Justice? Not For The First Time! 

    Some people never learn.

    Indonesia’s Catholic Bishops’ Commission of Justice (KKP) and Peace for Migrants and Refuges has rejected the imposition of the death penalty in Indonesia.

    Reading the report on the conference in the Bali news site we often use, we have to acknowledge that the KKP-KWI has done some good work.
    One training programme won legal redress for an underaged child raped in Ruteng, Flores, where a prosecutor refused to impose a 10-year sentence handed down by the courts to the perpetrator.
    Because of public protests that went all the way to the Supreme Court, the man who committed the rape was eventually apprehended and placed behind bars.

    Yes, good the swine was apprehended, but that’s exactly the sort of case where the death penalty would have been entirely appropriate. 

    Yet we have a ‘spokesman’ making the absurd assertion that “killing someone has never solved a problem. “ http://www.balidiscovery.com.



    Bali Bomb Pigs


    Every child-rapist, and every terrorist, put down permanently after conviction, can fairly be said to have solved a problem.

    The filthy brutes will not molest anyone’s children, ever again.

    The fanatic savages will not maim or murder anyone, ever again.


    This is hardly the first time we’ve had that spokesman’s kind of guff from clerics here!

    Many of us remember the long wait for justice, ten years ago, back after the conviction of the Bali Bomb Pigs.

    While most decent people of every faith, and of none, would tune impatiently into the tv news night after night, while tiresome technicalities delayed their despatch to Hell…


    Benny Susetyo


    …we had Benny Susetyo, Secretary of KWI Commission for Interfaith Dialogue, rabbiting that “it is clear that a death sentence would not be able to “reduce” the number of crimes and the brutality of criminals…”


    The execution of three brutal criminals automatically ‘reduces’ their brutality, along with themselves, to zero threat level.

    It also removes three clear and present dangers to society, as far as Indonesia is concerned, because we know that sectarian terrorist vermin are FAR too often released before the sentences they get are served.

    Just think back  to quite recent events.

    Sarinah Attack – Terror Convict, Freed Early, Faces Charges! 

    …and to other cases!


    Hasanuddin the Pig

    Hasanuddin the Pig

    Indonesian Beheaders of Schoolgirls – Poso Pigs Up For Parole Soon? 

    Then think back to Bali – 2007!


    Benny thought  the lives of the scum who did this should be spared?


    When we actually think back to what those jihadist scum did, all those young innocents turned into bloodied corpses, the essential rightness of capital punishment is indisputable…except to Benny!

    I think Amrozi merits life imprisonment not death. It is also a very heavy burden”.

    Not for Amrozi!

    …in the letter signed by the terrorist, he says he is ready to “take up the jihad once again” should he be saved from the execution block…

    INDONESIA Catholics in Indonesia: “No death penalty for Bali terrorists”.

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    I often criticise another kind of clerics…Many Islamic Scholars Are ‘Former Prisoners and Thugs!’ Gosh! If WE said that…..so  now that I’ve said my piece about a gathering of pastors, religious figures, laity, nuns, community leaders and other members of the Catholic Church…”

     Let nobody say I am anything but even-handed!

    • Kezia 12:25 pm on September 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The Bishops are wrong.
      It was a very evil thing the Bali Bombers did and the only way to punish then was to kill them.


    • Wayan 1:58 pm on September 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You are right and these Catholic clerics are not.
      Any of us in Bali can tell them that it was justice to shoot Amrozi and the other devils.
      I wish President Jokowi will shoot all of them who the police can arrest or it maybe easier and quicker to order police just shoot them. .


    • Prita 2:56 pm on September 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I was very young when all those people got murdered in Bali but I remember how every person that I could hear talking about it was saying the terorists should die.
      It is also true that very evil people like jihadist should never be allowed from prison like that Sarinah terorist.
      It is very expensive to keep them in prison so better for all reasons to execute.


  • ross1948 11:27 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, , , Major General Komaruddin Simanjuntak., rabies   

    Bali Rabies Risk – Could Get Worse, Says Expert! 


    Every so often, we read reports of rabid dogs in Bali, and certainly when I go there, some of the mangy curs visible growling and prowling the back-streets do give cause for alarm.


    But this week, that interesting Bali news site gives us news of a different kind of rabid beast…



    …namely jihadist terrorists, members of the ISIS rape-gang, of whom it’s shockingly said that there are FIFTY such scum resident in the holiday island.

    These 50 people are said to be living in various parts of the Island.

    Can this be accurate?

    Well, the source ought to be reliable enough.

    It’s none other than the Chief of the 9th Udayana Military Command, Major General Komaruddin Simanjuntak.


    Gambar terkait

    Not a man to fool around!

    What’s even more cause for dismay is that Komaruddin does not discount the possibility that the actual number of ISIS members living in Bali may be much more.

    “Compare this to the Philippines where there were 40 ISIS members reported, but after the military emergency of ten days, there were (suddenly) 250 (ISIS members)



    This means the actual number (could) exceed the estimates. If we are logical, it could be ten times more!”

    He’s the military commander for all Bali and one hopes his forces do indeed follow his exhortation that the priority must be to put a security system in place for the Island to ensure that every area is safe from terror and radicalism. http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=17019

    • Jim in Jakarta 3:48 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If he knows and he has told Jokowi, why has Jokowi not given him the go-ahead to bring them in and keep the island safe.


  • ross1948 9:44 am on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali,   

    Bali Break? Beware of Money-Changers! 

    Bank Indonesia complains that, despite an ongoing crackdown, over 150 illegal moneychangers continue to operate in Bali.: http://www.balidiscovery.com

    Since a lot of you readers overseas may be planning a Bali break sometime this year, it seems timely to use the comments from Bank Indonesia as a good excuse to remind visitors to the Isle of the Gods…



    ….that, while one can have a wonderful time there, there are hazards too.

    Rabid dogs are one such, but the canine strays are so unpleasant looking that steering clear of them is an almost  instinctive response.



    Less obvious, and less lethal, are rogue money-changers, whom one cannot always spot, unless you notice how fast and furiously they shuffle the bank-notes before your very innocent eyes.

    You can check out the link above, but I would offer from personal experience one company with branches around Bali, which I’ve used myself and found entirely reliable.


    Hasil gambar untuk central kuta money exchange


    Another useful source makes another useful recommendation.

    The money changers at the airport (just as you leave the baggage claim area) will have a lower exchange rate than those outside the airport in Kuta, Legian Sanur etc. We recommend that you only change a little money here to get you through the first 12-24 hours, until you can get to a changer with a better rate.   https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Travel-g294226-c165765/Bali:Indonesia:Exchanging.Currency.html

    And since we’re talking about the airport, may I reiterate my previous advice about taxis.

    If you have a lot of heavy baggage, and your hotel doesn’t provide an airport pick-up, you are more or less stuck with the cab companies that somehow monopolise the area beside the Arrivals doors, but if you are prepared and able to walk as far as the main road, you’ll find either Bluebirds…



    ….with meters that, in my experience, end up with a fair fare, or else some enterprising fellow whose cab may not be new and shiny but who will be ready to bargain.

    • JazPen 5:19 pm on June 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I would say the dogs are the worst.
      At least those airport taxi sharks dont bite!


  • ross1948 6:07 pm on May 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bad news, bali, tourism risks   

    OMG! And We Worry About Folks Going To FRANCE? 

    I got home from downtown an hour ago and tuned into a tv programme about Egypt, whose Tourism Minister told us, truthfully enough, that while foreigners might worry about vacationing in Cairo or Sharm El Sheikh these days, they also might have concerns about going to Nice on the French Riviera.

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    I used to travel all over Europe when I was a teen, but tend nowadays to worry when told my offspring may be contemplating a trip to those historic nations that once constituted Christendom.


    Silly, yes, but most parents probably have a twinge of anxiety even when their kids are grown-up and go gallivanting to foreign parts.

    But I never think twice about flying down to Bali for a wee long weekend break!



    Then I received this week’s edition of that most informative Bali news bulletin!


    Leading news items in this double edition:

    An English tourist has apparently killed himself in his Sanur hotel room.

    A Dutch tourist collapsed and died during dinner at a Petitienget Restaurant.

    A Singaporean tourist was evacuated to Bali for medical treatment after being bitten by a Komodo Dragon at the Komodo National Park.

    An American had been found dead in his rented room on South Denpasar…

    An Australian man has apparently been murdered in his Sanur, Bali residence.

    A Singaporean student, thought to have been under the influence of magic mushrooms, has fallen to his death from a Kuta hotel.

     The link to learn more:



    Never mind, I’m still heading down there for a grand reunion later this year!


  • ross1948 12:13 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, Hindu,   

    Selamat Hari Nyepi! 

    Hasil gambar untuk selamat nyepi

  • ross1948 12:52 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, , forgiveness, governor mangku pastika, ,   

    Sorry, Bali Governor, NO Forgiveness For Jihadist Swine! 

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    Made Mangku Pastika, Governor of Bali


    Bali’s Governor, speaking on October 12, 2016, at the 14th commemoration of the First Bali Terrorist bombing held at the Ground Zero Monument –

    “In fact, we desire to forgive. I feel certain that we have already forgiven (those who committed these acts), but it is not possible that we will ever forget.”





    Like Hell!


    Unlike the Governor, I hope the Bali Pigs are burning in Hell and will continue to do so for all eternity.


    I very clearly remember the filthy jihadist pig Imam Samoedra (that’s it, in the middle) being asked by a reporter, during the Ramadan month before the terrorist trio were put to death – it’s a time when people ask forgiveness for any wrongs they may have done over the year – if Samoedra would ask it of his victims and/or their kin.

    ‘Why would I say sorry to kafirs?’

    That was the fiend’s response.

    I enjoyed my bacon buttie and beer the day they were put down.

    No way should anyone forgive them….




    …nor should we forgive those who laud their satanic cause.


    • Wita 9:24 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I was told by my parents, if somebody is mean to you, then they say sorry, you should forgive.
      I try to do that but if there is a bad person who will always do bad things and never sorry, then why forgive?
      If they bomb and kill and say why should we apologize, I say why would we forgive them.
      The Bali bomb murder of all the young people one night hurt all of us in Indonesia and we must say like you say, sorry, no forgiving is possible, because they are not sorry for murder. .


    • santi 1:27 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Of course we do not forgive the Bali Bomb terorist gang.
      There was even people then and now who call them martyr. We do not forgive them too.
      They are enemy of Indonesia and will destroy our Indonesia if we let them.


    • Darla 1:58 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I also remember that day when they went to the firing squad.
      All my friend we all said it was a right thing to do.
      They never show sorrow for the terrible bomb.
      They will never get forgiveness.


  • ross1948 11:45 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anak Agung Ngurah Adi Ardanaignorant predatory guides, bali, Besakih, , Hindu temple, tourist trap   

    Tourists! Enjoy Beautiful Bali – But Beware of Besakih! 

    I’ve been warning people for years about Besakih, that grand Hindu temple in Bali, and the appalling avarice of the A-holes who somehow seem to have control over much of the ‘tourist industry’ in its vicinity.


    • ———————-
    • So it was good to read ( in that Balinese  website I often like to use) that Bali’s provincial legislature may at last be taking steps to curb the swine.
    • They’re are not only unpleasant in themselves but also leave visitors with a poor impression of the Hindu faith, which is a great shame because most Balinese, who are Hindu of course, are decent friendly sorts.
    • I like Bali a lot, for numerous reasons. 

      Bali Hindu King – Don’t Kill Our Cows! Muslim ‘Scholars’ – Get Lost!! 


    c7f1d-day11-evildead2 Unpleasant A-hole!


    No need for me to repeat myself – you can go back to my previous posts…

    Bali’s Besakih Temple – Ten Years On, Still Disgracing The Isle of The Gods! 

    ….but here’s my first-hand account of what went on during my first visit over FIFTEEN years ago

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    The badgering to hire a ‘guide,’ who knew little enough, and to hire a sarong, were just about tolerable, but the ridiculous price asked for simple admission, with ‘suggested’ charges listed in dollars and yen, made me wonder if this was truly a place of worship of gods or of Mammon.

    (When we looked askance at the importunate buffoon, he promptly showed us a ‘guest-list’ – it appeared to be signed by various overseas visitors, proudly acknowledging contributions of immense generosity. A work of fiction, or a testimony to the gullibilty of foreigners? I haven’t yet figured that out)

    Mammon, we decided, so made to walk away, but then suddenly Rp.50,000 was enough for the two of us to gain entry.(as a sometime amateur archaeologist, I really like climbing about old temples and would have been irked had I not called their bluff successfully)




    But what finally hacked me off was after the climb, when we emerged onto the road lined with tatty souvenir shops and warungs.

    A cold drink was in order, so down we sat and ordered two cans of Pepsi.

    You can buy them in mini-markets in Jakarta today for under Rp.5000, so back then the purchase price was maybe Rp.3000. Given that it was a tourist trap, I expected a bill for maybe Rp.10 or 15 thousand. No -THIRTY THOUSAND Rupiah, or more, I think, was the sum demanded by the unsmiling crone who served us.

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    …and now here’s credible back-up for what I said.

    Foreign tourists are again complaining about extortion practiced by “local guide” who prey on visitors to Bali’s most sacred holy shrine – the Pura Agung Besakih…com, these complaints are being considered seriously by a special commission on tourist guides established at the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali)


     Chairman Ardana


    Commission Chairman Anak Agung Ngurah Adi Ardana’s most telling statement has to be this.

    “If there are tourists who do not want to use the services of a local guide, I ask that they (local guides) do not try to force or coerce tourists to use their services.”

     He has expressed his concern at the negotiated prices now being applied and the impression received by many tourist visitors that they are being victimized and preyed upon.


    As indeed the poor tourists are!


    Ardana would do better to arrest the most offensive ‘guides’ and send them off to Aceh for a sound thrashing,  rather than talk to them.

    Indonesia Sharia Law

    There’s nothing wrong with corporal punishment if it’s administered for real offences, like exploiting innocent foreign visitors,  rather than the imbecilic sectarian garbage ‘crimes’  – like guys holding hands with their girl-friends or girls straddling motor-bikes!

  • ross1948 9:47 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bali, camping, cheap hotels, , Russian tourists, Uluwatu   

    Bali Cops Grab Russian Campers? Kasihan! 

    When I was hitch-hiking around Europe, from the age of 16 all the way through my university years, it never occurred to me NOT to doss down anywhere that wouldn’t…. 

    A involve bother to other people, or

    B put myself at risk.



    So I slept undisturbed in parks, on the slopes of Alpine valleys, within derelict buildings, etc, but avoided traffic islands, cliff-tops, etc.

    Beaches were my favourite choice, however, the finest being those in Corfu, that former British territory off the northwest coast of Greece.

    Only rarely did anyone ever show much interest in chasing me off my inexpensive accommodation!

    So it grieved me to read of that Russian couple in Bali.


    Uluwatu, Bali


    A Russian couple was discovered camping out in a tent near Uluwatu, Jimbaran on Bali’s southernmost peninsula.

    Good choice! Uluwatu is delightful!

    But alas, this camping trip was due to – a lack of funds! 

    I’m tempted to go off on a tangent about the recurring nonsense we hear of Balinese authorities trying to restrict the amount of cheap lodgings available to tourists. Why should the Isle of the Gods be priced beyond the means of mortals not lucky enough to be affluent?





    At even such a few words on behalf of the non-rich, I’ll no doubt get some stuck-up pin-striped puke railing at me for my shameful habits of eating where Indonesians eat and travelling on public transport!

    But who cares about the snobby expat element! My emotions today are stirred by what befell these poor (in both senses!) Russkis.  

    Kasihan…what a shame!

    Local village security officials (pecalang) reported the couple and their tent to South Kuta Police who rounded up the couple and brought them in for questioning after the Nyepi holiday.

    Why, for Pete’s sake? I see people sleeping on bridges and roadsides in Jakarta all too often. Cops don’t seem to arrest them.

    Were these Russians alarming the livestock?



    Were they scaring some kuntilanak haunting a nearby tree-top?

    Given how Bali markets itself as a most hospitable destination, surely the locals should have bade their guests good day and offered them a cuppa kopi jawa?


  • ross1948 11:37 am on February 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bali, , , cows, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    So Will Bigot Ba’asyir Be Unleashed, Since God’s On His Side? 

    So that nasty old bigot Abu Bakr Ba’asyir had Habib Rizieq, former Fuhrer of the IslamoNazi FPI (self-styled ‘Defenders of Islam’) testifying on his behalf during a review of his conviction for involvement in terrorist activity.


    • habib_rizieq_temui_hasyim_muzadi Rizieq
    • ——————————
    • Hundreds of FPI louts crowded around the scene of the hearing.

    “Free Bashir, he is not a terrorist!” one cried.

    Ba’asyir told the judges that based on Islamic rules, he was not guilty because he just carried out God’s orders.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/02/09/abu-bakar-ba-asyir-asks-court-be-fair-judging-his-guilt.html


    Time therefore to remind anyone who may have forgotten how vicious and intolerant the old beast is, captured on video, inciting violence against Australian tourists has been made public…




    In the video, Bashir urges those in the village to beat up tourists that disrespect Islamic ways, saying, “If there are infidels here, then beat them up. Do not tolerate them.” 

    Later in the sermon, he likens non-Muslims to crawling “worms, snakes, maggots.” He also says infidels ruin moral values by exposing their skin at the beach.

    Then he hammered home his hate-theme in words that expose his total rejection of the very concept of the Republic of Indonesia.

    “Take a look at Bali”, he said.


    • bali_offering
    • —————-
    • Bali is overwhelmingly Hindu.

    NOT Islamic at all, so to demand that Islamic values be imposed on a Hindu island amounts to a sectarian assault NOT just on Aussie tourists but on almost the entire population of a non-Muslim province.  

    There’s a wider context that needs to be taken into account. Ba’asyir is hardly alone in his disrespect for Hindu culture and customs.

    Bali Hindu King – Don’t Kill Our Cows! Muslim ‘Scholars’ – Get Lost!! 

    .That wasn’t Ba’asyir, nor the FPI’s Rizieq, but the state-sponsored MUI, the so-called ‘scholars’ of the MUI.

    Dr. Shri I Gusti Ngurah Arya Wedakarna MWS III, President of  the Hindu Center Of Indonesia and also Majapahit King of Bali, was seeking to open some closed bigot minds to a key tenet of the Hindu creed.


    Bali’s King

    “In respect of Eid 2012, I urge Muslims to avoid cow slaughter as a sacrifice. Maybe cows could be replaced with other animals. This is important, because in Bali, the cow is a sacred animal, and is also believed to be the vehicle of Lord Shiva. And the majority of Balinese people are adherents of Shivaism,” he said.

    Muslims sacrifice animals at Idul Fitri, and most of them, for economic reasons, sacrifice goats. Here in Jakarta, cows too get the chop, but there’s absolutely no religious requirement to do so.  

    •  ———————



    • Anyone with even the tiniest knowledge of Hinduism, or even the tiniest respect for the multi-faith basis on which Indonesia was founded and is enshrined in its constitution, would have respected the king’s appeal.

    But ‘anyone’ in this context clearly did not include the MUI.

    The attitude of the Majapahit King of Bali to banning cow slaughter is damaging to tolerance in Indonesia, according to the Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Dr Amirsyah Tambunan. The Bali King has no appreciation of what Indonesia’s about..


    ‘Scholar’ Amirsyah


    Amirsyah said that free speech is a cherished thing in Indonesia. However, in the case of sacrifices, the King must respect the religious rights of Muslims.

    “In Islamic belief, slaughtering cows, goats and sheep is legal, whichever they can afford,” he said…“Other religions also have to respect Muslims (who believe cows are kosher )” he explained.   http://www.hidayatullah.com/read/25607/25/10/2012/mui:-sikap-raja-bali-melarang-qurban-sapi-menodai-toleransi-.html

    Yes, killing cows is legal, but NOT  obligatory. In other words, they can disrespect the Hindu faith, but Hindus had better kow-tow to theirs.

    If these bigots merely made such crass intolerant declarations, okay, most people would simply dismiss their outbursts as benighted arrogance and ignore them. However, as I say, the MUI is sponsored, funded, by the Indonesian Government. And their intolerance is enforced by that government’s security forces.


    Cops – “Islamist ‘Scholars’ Can Veto Religious Liberty” \


     ‘Adam Created By Angel?” Islamist ‘Scholars’Call the Cops

    The idea of debating matters of faith and religious observance – which most sane people would regard as a hall-mark of any civilised society – is alien to Islamist fanatics.


    Maybe they’re incapable of theological argument.

    Or maybe they just feel the rest of us have no right to challenge their sectarian diktats, a mind-set perfectly exemplified by Amidhan, MUI’s top man, a couple of years ago…


    Amidhan-MUI-2011 Amidhan


    …when he told people who felt non-Muslims should not have to comply with Islamist demands at Ramadhan.. 

     Islamist ‘Scholars’ – “Don’t Complain if You’re Attacked!” 

    And don’t let’s forget this fine fanatic fellow!


    Syamsul Maarif,  General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta


    “If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said.

    Jakarta Islamist ‘Scholars’ – Adultery, Co-Habiting? Stoning and Whipping! 

    So don’t for a moment think that Ba’asyir’s thinking is unusually freakish,not here, not these days.

    Cikeusik Anniversary Looms, D-Day for Indonesian Innocents! 

    Indonesia faces a real danger – not so much creeping but galluping shariah.   Creeping Shariah,’ Warns Prof. Muhammed, As Jakarta Dims! 

    What’s happened this month in Bangka illustrates this process all too horribly, and I’m glad so many decent Indonesians, including many honourable Muslims, agree. 

    It is shocking that government officials always give in to the demands of hardline groups. There is a paradox in the way the government works so hard to eradicate terrorism, but gives free reign to those groups opposing pluralism and diversity.  http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/02/10/314743742/Depriving-Ahmadiyah-of-Their-Rights

    • Wulan 1:08 pm on February 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      He is not on god’s side so why will god be on his side.


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