Religious Freedom & Minorities:
“The particular influence of a specific religion in a nation should never imply that citizens belonging to other faiths should be discriminated against in social life or, even worse, that violence against them should be tolerated,” he said, reiterating the Holy See’s appeal to the authorities and religious leaders for the protection of religious minorities wherever they are threatened. The archbishop cited religious freedom among three challenges he raised, the other two being the duty of the international community to take care of its weakest members, and the prolonged global economic and financial crisis.
Drought & Responsibility:
On the former he mentioned the victims of the drought and famine raging in the Horn of Africa, linking it with the responsibility to protect, under which the international community has the duty to intervene if states cannot or will not guarantee that protection. He noted that the responsibility to protect was invoked in cases of conflict and warned that the use of force should be the very last resort, after all other efforts at prevention have failed.
Financial Crisis: Ethics or Cynicism
On the financial crisis the archbishop stressed that the economy cannot only function by market self-regulation, and even less in accordance with agreements limited to reconciling the interests of the most powerful.“It needs an ethical basis in order to function for humanity,” he said, calling any other non-ethical basis “ingenuous or cynical, and always fatal.”
Related ARTICLE - "Discriminating Against Religious Minorities in Moldova" - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/discriminating-against-religious-minorities-in-moldova-by-ambassador-mo/35072
By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
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