Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS supported congress criticized (That's not faith, that's provocation)
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That's not faith, that's provocation
In an article labeled "Comment &Analysis," author Urquhart claims that
the Second World Congress of Families represents a "new and potentially
dangerous form of interfaith collaboration." The congress, he says, is
the most important manifestation of cooperation between religions of
different faiths based on deeply conservative values.
According to the Howard Center's Allan Carson, the cooperation is
occuring between "the most orthodox of each group, people that are least
likely to compromise." Urquhart says that these groups are united not
only by the issues but by "the fundamentalist rejection of separation
between church and state; they are therefore committed to imposing their
views by political means."
The issues at the conference inlcude the "myth of overpopulation,"
preserving traditional roles for men and women, the rights of the
traditional family, abortion, and "a generous helping of anti- gay
Urquhart focuses his comments on what might be seen as the surprising
presence of the Catholic Church in the congress. He says that this
presence should not be surprising, given the Catholic cooperation with
Muslims in 1994 before the Cairo UN Conference on Population and
Development. The Catholic-Muslim alliance opposed women's rights,
reproductive rights, sex education, contraception and gay and lesbian
rights at the conference.
Urquhart, who wrote the book "The Pope's Armada," also points out that
the Catholic Church has since expanded its cooperation. But he says that
the cultural brew that results has potential dangers, that the Vatican
must be aware of - the potential for opportunists to use the support of
churches as an excuse for violence against abortionists, gays and
lesbians, and others.