Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Canon Sarah Snyder
By JoAnne Wadsworth, Communications Consultant, G20 Interfaith Forum
This blog was initially presented as the keynote address at a session titled “Preventing Violence, Promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief – An Overview,” held on Tuesday, 5th July, 2022 at Portcullis House, Westminster, UK. It was sponsored by The International Center for Law and Religion Studies. The event was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, among others, with funding from ICLRS and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Today, I want to advance seven reasons for thinking freedom of religion or belief is foundational: It is historically foundational, philosophically foundational, institutionally foundational and empirically foundational. It is instrumentally foundational, in that it is the best tool we have for forging peace in a highly pluralistic world, and it is intrinsically foundational, because it protects the core of human dignity. Finally, it is foundational in being a critical criterion of justice. Let me provide a thumbnail sketch of each of these points.
Professor Cole Durham