Human Rights explains it well. There are
a number of very good research institutes
such as the Hudson Institute in the U.S.
There are books by Paul Marshall, who
is also a Canadian.
The Pew Forum
can help. It is important to have an understanding of what
the situations are,
to inform yourself
of who the groups
are, to familiarize
yourself with those
particularly the ancient Apostolic churches like the Chaldeans. These are maybe
churches your readers are not as familiar
with. These are very ancient churches
that are increasingly being challenged in
the birthplace of Christianity. That gives
people then the opportunity to speak out
in defence of religious freedom.
f T: You used the term “canary in a coal
mine” earlier. That is how religious free-
dom has been defined as well, as the free-
dom that is sometimes the first to go and
serves as an alert to observers.
AB: Absolutely. We can speak of it as a
along with others that
exist. It links in with so
many other rights, of
expression, of equality between men and
freedom allows us as
people of faith to practise our faith, whether
it’s liturgical practice,
or expressing a theological point of view. Also, most religions
have an ethical and moral framework that
helps us understand human rights.
At the core of religious freedom and at
the core of all freedoms is the human being.
Each human being possesses an inherent
dignity and that is at the core of our discus-
sion about all rights. That understanding
does not exist in countries that don’t have
freedom of religion. It’s almost guaranteed
they don’t have those other freedoms.
f T: You mentioned earlier that the ORf
really exists to speak externally. Is there
a way in which your office benefits Can-
adians as well?
AB: In the past year I’ve had the opportunity to engage every major faith tradition in
the country in some way. In doing that, it
gives me an opportunity to raise awareness among Canadians about why it’s important for Canada to advance religious
freedom, something that we’re blessed to
enjoy in Canada.
Here in Canada we have a highly secularized society. It is important that there
is a prevalent discourse around faith and
religion in Canadian society. That helps us
engage the world.
The ORF exists because religious freedom is a fundamental human right that is
being violated. We need to have this office
in Canada because that’s what Canada
does – we speak out for human rights. It
all points to a fundamental human truth
about the dignity of each human being.
f T: Thank you, Ambassador Bennett. FT
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