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Persecution and Protection of Religious Beliefs Around the World

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Despite all of the modern universal changes and although universal declaration of human rights has recognized the right of manifestation of the religion , still there are religious conflicts around the world. There still happen revolutions with religious bases. People are still deprived of the right of applying their religion, while some other are being killed because of their religion views. These happenings can trigger the idea that there should be a special provision in protection of religious liberties. It seems to me that there is not any specialty in religion that should be protected more. However, according to our experiences around the world, there are some features and potential risks in the nature of religion that necessitate…show more content…
Religious liberties would only be possible in the case of existence of a secular government. In fact freely existence, manifestation and practice of all religions is only provided and protected by a non-religious government. What we mean here by government includes all the principles, norms and laws that a government should exercise and protect. Therefore, not only the government as executive branch but also the whole regime including all the laws passing by the legislature and all the norms exercised by the courts should be neutral to any religion. It is only with the acceptance of impersonal nature of the government that we can observe equality of the religions.
Furthermore, when the government is secular and consequently all the services provided by the government (like public education) are secular, existence of private exercise of religious services would be possible. To elaborate this view I rather to bring an example of Iran where public education provided by the government is the Official Islamic one with the presentation of the lessons that show the inclination to Islam. Under this system of education, no private Christian, Buddhist, Jewish or even a non-religious education is permitted. There is only with a secular structure that even political activities of religious groups would be allowed. It can be referred to the case of Turkey where the secular structure of the government not only has no conflict with
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