Why should I respect these oppressive religions?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated 60 years ago that "a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief is the highest aspiration of the common people". It was a Magna Carta for mankind – and loathed by every human rights abuser on earth. Full Story »

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James Staley
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by James Staley - Jan. 29, 2009

Mr. Hari has written an excellent, thoughtful op-ed that reveals a serious threat to the ideals of the United Nations, in particular, the ideal of freedom of speech. Cohesively organized, Mr. Hari makes a well-reasoned, cogent case worth a careful reading, especially by all religious and/or freedom-of-speech loving persons.

We saw Christianity, an institutionalized shell of the truer, earlier Christianity, become little more than a rubber-stamping, god-sanctioning shill of the Roman Empire's brutal military adventures. We see it today in pseudo-Christian support of the immoral Iraq war, contrary to Jesus' love-the-enemy ethic. It would be disastrous to see the United Nations become a tolerant, if not sanctioning, body of evils done in the name of various religions.

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