European religious leaders: Is secularism the new terrorism?


Bashy Quraishy, Father Aethelwine Richards, Paul Herzog von Oldenburg, Jasvir Singh (v.l.n.r. Bild: Bashy Quraishy)
Bashy Quraishy, Father Aethelwine Richards, Paul Herzog von Oldenburg, Jasvir Singh (v.l.n.r. Bild: Bashy Quraishy)

„It sounds to me as though secularism could be the new terrorism.“

That remark by Father Aethelwine Richards of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe pretty much sums up the sentiments faith leaders and human rights defenders shared at a conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

Religion News Service – Brian Pellot

Richards moderated two panels, which brought together Christians, Sikhs, Scientologists, Mormons, Muslims and more to discuss discrimination against religious minorities in Europe.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the European Parliament but was recently moved to a hotel across the street. Godfrey Bloom, a member of Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party and a member of European Parliament, said that several of his colleagues at the European Union encouraged the move because they disapproved of the conference’s organizers and attendees.

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