Religious freedom key to global security, experts tell Georgetown symposium

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A Pakistani refugee, a member of the Ahmadiyya, an Islamic minority sect, cries as she leaves a detention center with her family on a bus in Bangkok on June 6, 2011. The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is often targeted in attacks by Islamic extremists. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A Pakistani refugee, a member of the Ahmadiyya, an Islamic minority sect, cries as she leaves a detention center with her family on a bus in Bangkok on June 6, 2011. The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is often targeted in attacks by Islamic extremists. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Damir Sagolj *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM, originally transmitted on May 3, 2016.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) When three in four nations restrict religious speech and practice, it's a "crisis," said the director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs.

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  • BossIlluminati

    Loving, all inclusive, helpful, profitable Marijuana and Hemp companies can’t even get TAX STATUS, yet excluding, discriminating hate groups hiding behind religion are TAX EXEMPT…..

    no school or institution will receive federal funds or breaks that discriminates in ANY form

  • Bernardo

    Eliminating all religions via perusing their foundations which are all man-made would be a great start.

  • The “experts” were all religious. A panel of “experts” in conflict resolution would agree the way to reduce conflict is to remove the source and so one “key to
    global security” is to discard all religions. http://thelastwhy.ca/poems/2013/1/25/religion.html

  • Angus

    it’s unfortunate that we can’t have a discussion on this site. All you have for comments are ignorance deriving power from anonomous posts.

  • Angus

    You should write more about what was said. Ellison said that religious freedom has to be balanced with individual freedom, implying that religious freedom is not a priority. This is dangerous and exactly why religious freedom is under attack in the U.S. If we had time to question him, I’m conficdent you would find him restricting religious freedom more than it is today.

  • Angus

    Let me correct myself. He would not restrict religious freedom more…he would define religious freedom so that it does not include actions in the public arena thereby restricting things that he does not consider freedoms that you rate.

  • Jack

    That was tried already.

    See gulags, killing fields, great leaps forward, cultural revolutions, and all the rest. See Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, etc.

    These were anti-religion to the core and sought to purge religion from the earth.

    The result was 150 million murdered or starved human beings, a greater carnage than all the religious or religion-based wars put together.

  • John Kenyon

    Good article, Sara Weissman. Thanks.