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Religious Freedoms: Words for a faithful world

10 Apr 2010

Religious Freedoms: Words for a faithful world « The Immanent Frame by Chris Seiple – see excerpts from this article (bulleted) below my comments  (Original Article with my annotations)

Good, brief description of some issues involved with religious freedom and the perception of religious freedom. Sensitive to other cultures. (see my comment below) Would like to know more of his views on the value and function of foreign direct investment – seems pretty optimistic about it.

tags: religious freedom, faith, foreign policy, laicite

  • Some words, even with the very best of intentions, mean very different things to different audiences. Assuming we have been careful about our diction, what “we” say nevertheless is often not what “they” hear, and vice-versa.
  • At the Institute for Global Engagement, for example, we like to say that we build religious freedom at the intersection of culture and the rule of law. Every culture has a mechanism—from cultural understandings of hospitality to various tenets of local religions—for engendering and ensuring respect for the other. These are the anchor points for solutions to religious freedom violations. If the local culture doesn’t own the solution, it will never be sustainable. Giving credit to that culture can go a long way.
    • (my comment) I like the way he puts this – a good balance – taking seriously objections, while still maintaining that religious freedom (or whatever preferred word you want to use) is worth working for, AND recognizing the existence and value of various cultural “mechanisms” that address the issue
  • That said, the inviolability of a local culture can sometimes be invoked as an excuse to resist the perceived cultural imperialism of America’s religious freedom watch, and therefore it is also important to anchor advocacy of religious freedom in a country’s self-interest.
  • The key to the success of this ongoing discussion, however, is that scholars and practitioners alike must not compartmentalize the conversation to considerations of religion and religious freedom alone. In the real world, religious freedom is part and parcel of a “bundle” of different issues that are intricately intertwined.

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– see excerpts from this article (bulleted) below my comments
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