Challenging Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism and Nationalism

by | Sep 25, 2017 | News | 0 comments

Hear Chetan Bhatt’s powerful talk on identity and fundamentalism. Against the chilling rise of the religious and far right around the world,  Chetan Bhatt warns us that that nationalist and religious dogma as the basis of identity will destroy our common humanity – the only real foundation we have to secure a more just and peaceful future for everyone.

We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole — and even keep us from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it’s time to change the question from “Where are you from?” to “Where are you going?” –


See also a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights – ‘Fundamentalism, extremism and the cultural rights of women’ which is also out in all language versions at this link. The report will be an indispensable tool in our fight against religious fundamentalism and extremism and their impact on the human rights of women to cultural expression and autonomy.

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