Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where does democray stands for - part 2



Secondly, the state shall not govern religious institutions (like in Turkey), and religious institutions should not rule the state (like inIran and Saudie Arabia). Religion should be a ‘prophet’ in society, but not its king. And the state should be everybody’s servant, but not the high priest of the church.
Major political forces in the EU is trying to push the churchin partcular out from the public arena, but want — on the other hand — to decide what the church must or must not do, like forcing the church to perform homosexual marriages. Or like in Turkey where the state with its rigid ideology runs the Directorate for Religious affairs and meddle in private affairs. That is not democracy!


Thirdly, a strong civil society is crucial for democracy. There must be voluntary organizations which are independent from the state. They may be stamp or bowling clubs, Christian or Islam study circles, political youth organizations or trade unions. But EU’s Equal Treatment Directive (ETD) means that the independence of civil society is threatened. The European Parliament has already voted for it, but it needs to be approved by the Commission. According to the ETD, clubs and religious organizations will not have the obvious right to define membership criteria, all out of fear for the rising political Islam (like communism was the lie of the 20th century its obvious that political Islam will be the lie of the 21th century)


The UK is already struggling with this issue, due to their laws — which have given inspiration to ETD. For example, a Christian student union was closed down at a university since they required that its members should adhere to a classic Christian faith. It was viewed as discriminating. Civil society as independent as it was for decades in West Europe are under attack only out of fear for political Islam. And that is worriesome!

Day Openıng - April 23


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