By: Harper Weissburg
So there I was—crouching behind the banister of the upper standing-room-only area until my legs began to tremble from exhaustion. It was a packed house, and I made the mistake of underestimating Irish university students’ interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The university’s Law Society convened a panel to discuss their wonderfully vague topic-of-the-week: “Palestine,” and unsurprisingly, the event’s ambiguity produced a polarizing discourse.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/26/why-the-irish-take-sides-in-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict
By: Marc Gopin
History is indicating that freedom of religion is becoming one of the most important markers of progress for humanity toward a less violent and more just world. In fact, the march toward freedom of religion in the last few hundred years has seen the liberation of religion for millions of people from its abuse by the worst human instincts of greed and power—except where religion has not been liberated. Freedom of religion liberates human beings from those who abuse religion from within, clerics, and those who abuse religion from without, states.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/5/minorities-majorities-and-religious-freedom-patterns-and-possibilities-for-israel-palestine-and-beyond