More of the same but…
Two recent stories about religion, Islam and violence, and religious ’causes’ of violence.
First from the Guardian:
Appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on a panel titled “Religion, a pretext for conflict?”, the former prime minister [Tony Blair] was accused of helping to create the current turmoil in the Middle East.
Audience member Henning Zierock, president of Society, Culture of Peace, won scattered applause when he told Blair: “I think you have a great responsibility for the conflicts we have now.”
Blair tried to rebut the charge, arguing that the causes of religious hatred predate his alliance with George W Bush. He pointed out that extremism has risen in France, despite its opposition to the second Gulf war at the time.
“My view is, you can debate the political decisions … but at some point we’ve got…
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