Taylor address: how to manage moral and religious diversity in a free society. Secularism, they show, is essential to any liberal democracy in which citizens adhere to a plurality of conceptions of what gives meaning and direction to human life.…
Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits.The Jesuit pope made the call during a speech at the Jesuit-run theology university in Naples. It follows his outreach this year to the Muslim world with the signing of a joint statement with the imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar, the seat of Sunni learning, establishing the relationship between Catholics and Muslims as brothers, with a common mission to promote peace….more: wnd
Each morning, the old man would assemble the monkeys in his courtyard, and order the eldest one to lead the others to the mountains to gather fruits from bushes and trees. It was the rule that each monkey had to give one-tenth of his collection to the old man. Those who failed to do so would be ruthlessly flogged. All the monkeys suffered bitterly, but dared not complain.. ”. page 17..MORE: PDF Dictatorship Democracy – Albert Einstein Institution
I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world…MORE: .washingtonpost.com
A christian judge in North Lebanon, Jocelyn Matte, sentenced young Muslim men, who were arrested on charges of insulting the Virgin Mary, to memorize certain Qur’anic Verses from the chapter of (Ali-Imran/Family of Mary) in order to learn how Virgin Mary is venerated in Islam and to learn religious tolerance.
Judge Matte confirmed that these young men will not be released until they memorize those verses
Despite three years in his office, President Hassan Rouhani has not delivered on his campaign promise of greater respect for civil and political rights. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at a high rate. As Rouhani faces elections for a…
“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” — Silence Dogood aka Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Founding Father