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
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c. Humanitarian space

Humanitarian space has two facets one physical and the other one virtual. Physically, humanitarian space is defined by a neutral area where persecute people are given security and provided with assistance from humanitarian workers. From a virtual point of view, humanitarian space is defined by the network of law created to give rights at an international level to people victims of intolerance and persecution. The virtual humanitarian space is allowed by a core of value, that we share at a global level. Internationally, we perceive solidarity and fraternity as a value to defend; consequently, the need for humanitarian space is of global concern.

RISE OF EXTREMISM:

a. Why?

Extremism is a rotten apple that has affected the condition of our societies. From developed countries to developing countries, individuals with bad intentions have succeeded in their attempt to marginalized religious minorities. In Europe, the Muslim minorities are victims of attacks from extreme-right groups who diabolized them for electoral purposes. Also, the rise of extremism is a reality in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. In Africa, as it occurs in the Nigeria, people motivated by vile religious leaders have come to confront people of different faith in an escalation of

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