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Anita Silverman Hirsch Z"l

World Religions Conference: Outlawing the Right to Criticize Religious texts?

Last Wednesday I attended the World Religions Conference featuring His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Prof. Tariq Ramadan, Prof. Gregory Baum, and Prof. Steven T. Katz.

The theme as I understood it was the role of religion in world affairs.
Deepak Chopra advised us that the "Religion brand" in general does not arouse a positive response. i.e according to the internet community, few people feel that religion has anything to offer the world today.

The organizers of this conference passed a resolution which Is that "to criticize the text of any religion is to criticize the text of all religions and this ought to be forbidden". Fortunately we still live in a world in which freedom of expression is a protected right.

Today I discovered Douglas Murray, an atheist speaking very clearly about morality and religions, their texts, and their current reality.

What do you think? I invite your insights and comments.

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