One of the benefits of practical philosophy is to give us a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between rights and freedoms as well as our duties as citizens in matters of church and state.
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What makes this topic so important?
The scope of religious influence on rights and freedoms covers the spectrum from matters of birth (i.e. abortion) to death (i.e. euthanasia), marriage (i.e. same-sex marriage), medical research (i.e. stem cell controversy) and many other issues which affect us all. Even if you believe that your country has a firm separation of church and state we are no longer living in an age where one government's actions have no consequences for other countries. Please note, if your only interest in this topic is to rant about religion (or rant about anything else for that matter) then please do not sign up for this event. This purpose of this event is to have a respectful and engaging discussion focusing on insights and ideas regarding the separation of church and state with respect to both religious and non-religious fellow human beings. Click here to view the format for our events.
The sub-topics in this discussion will include:
National Identity (i.e. the use of religious words and phrases in currency, national anthems, and in public spaces)
Rights and Freedoms (i.e. religion in public schools, oaths involved with swearing in new citizens, religious references in political speeches, etc)
Opportunities for Change (sharing ideas and actions we can take to produce change) for the sake of creating more aware and engaged global citizens and to reaffirm the importance of how one person can make a difference.
As usual, our facilitators will be provided with discussion questions to keep the conversations on topic (at least for the first 90 minutes).
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