Religion & Politics - a Dangerous Recipe

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POLT 4600:
RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE AND PERSECUTION

Spring 1, 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. DEFINITIONS OF KEY CONCEPTS

a.Religion
b.Persecution and Intolerance
c.Humanitarian space

II. RISE OF EXTREMISM

a.Why?
b.The response and role of the international community

III. HOW TO CREATE HUMANITARIAN SPACE FOR THE VICTIM OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION?

a.Mobilization of the international community as a whole
b.Fight the hypocrisis of governments that should be role models
c. Facilitate the proliferation of human rights and democracy

IV. Why is there a need for separation between religious authorities and governments?

a.The role of religious institutions
b.Achievements made by states that are free of the
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It is grave that such characters are given the opportunity to divide people. Nevertheless, it is difficult to stop these people from talking as they often put themselves in the position of victims, whose government tries to silence them. Therefore, legislators must find balance between freedom of speech and sanctions against calls for discrimination.

The lack of education is again a reality that has allowed extremism to become more relevant. Education is the key for tolerance. Education must be at the center of all policy as it gives people the chance to realize that there is room for differences. Through education, societies realize that the presence pf different faith does not represent a problem; on the contrary, societies that calls out differences are the one that represent a danger a both a national and international level. These people would ultimately divide the nation and foster social divisions. Governments must fight against the spreading of religious discrimination. The protection of religious minorities must be a priority. As well, the will of governments to represent all citizens regardless of their faith is a good indicator of the respect that representatives give to the respect of human rights.

b. People who are responsible

However, we know that the majority of world governments are by nature authoritarian regimes that do not seek the protection of all their

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