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Can faith save them?
The problem of religious freedom permeates boundaries
Religious experiences which are as real as life to some, may be incomprehensible to others, so said by William O. Douglas. The recent incident of releasing a catholic protestant after three years of imprisonment for possessing thousands of bibles in China is the case in point. Chinese government restricts & regulates religious practices in order to prevent any powerful ascent of religious groups. This invariably leads to relentless persecution of religious believers like Protestants & Catholics, who are subjected to recurrent harassment & illegal detentions.
This persecution of religious minorities is not only confined to China but has its presence in almost all countries, irrespective of being a developing or developed country, a secular or non-secular country. From intoleration of Judaism in Christian dominated countries to persecution of Bahais in Iran to banning of publicly wearing of religious articles in Turkey & banning the possession of Quran in US courts – all these may seem disparate but at the core are forms of curbing religious freedom. Moreover, the riots backed up by power holders defies the concept of religious freedom & eventually give rise to violent protest & mass resentment. With ethnic & religious conflicts on rise, the issue of religious freedom needs to be discussed on global forum... urgently!
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