Green Values, Religion and Secularism
Conversations with European Politicians and Activists
In this publication, Green politicians from different European contexts reflect on the way their own religious or secular values influence their political attitude; the role of religion in the public forum; conflicts between fundamental rights, such as the freedom of religion and the principle of sexual and gender equality; the role of Islam in Europe and the question whether religion is a source of inspiration or an obstacle for Green politics.
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In the last decades, the relationship between religion and modern society has shifted. As a consequence, there have been fierce debates on issues such as ritual slaughtering, homosexual teachers in schools, the wearing of the headscarf in public institutions and the relationship between Islam and terrorism.
Although Green parties often have an uneasy relationship to religion, the debate about values, religious or secular, cannot be escaped within a Europe haunted by many different crises at the same time. This publication is an invitation to work towards a more coherent debate within the Greens on the changing role of religion in society.
Noël Mamère: Do not rouse the ancient demons of religion
François Mandil: If you are a Christian, you simply have to be an ecological activist
Meryem Almaci: When will you finally cross that bridge?
Tina Walzer en Marco Schreuder: Recalling the heyday of Vienna’s Jews
Adam Ostolski : What is sacred for us may be not be sacred to others
Agnieszka Kościańska : The spirit of an 'open church' has faded in Poland
Yannis Paraskevopoulos: Religions are not immune to social change
Giorgos Dimaras: Greece must separate Church and state
Savaş Çömlek: Make space for a colourful understanding of religion
Nil Mutluer : Secularism in Turkey is not freedom from, but control of belief
Mary White : I am a small part of the great sea of life
Trevor Sargent : Practice what you preach
John Barry: What are the stories we are telling ourselves?
Judith Sargentini: Live and let live
Sergey Lagodinsky: The Christian idea of religion prevails
Bettina Jarrasch: Develop a different Green Party culture