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VOICE OF THE VOICELESS
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO DEFEND
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION FOR
PEACE
OF UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION
FRANK KAUFMANN
TWELVE GATES FOUNDATION
kaufmann.nyc@gmail.com
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO
DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
1. Religion
1. Its ideals
2. Its current reality
2. Government, Rights,
and Law
1. Freedom of
Religion
2. Competing
Freedoms
3. Media
1. Its ideals
2. Its current Reality
Interrelationships
Among These
Three Power
Structures
Issu
es
RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS LIFE
WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?
Religious freedom protects people’s right to live,
speak, and act according to their beliefs peacefully
and publicly.
Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to
worship” at a synagogue, church, or mosque. It
makes sure they don’t have to go against their core
values and beliefs in order to conform to culture or
government.
WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?
(UNITED STATES)
Religious freedom protects people’s right to live,
speak, and act according to their beliefs peacefully
and publicly. It protects their ability to be
themselves at work, in class, and at social activities.
Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to
worship …
Endowed by [our] Creator [as an] Unalienable
Right
WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?
(UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN
RIGHTS)
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set
forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any
kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion,
political or other opinion, national or social origin,
property, birth or other status.
Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity
and rights. They are endowed with reason and
conscience and should act towards one another in a
spirit of brotherhood.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Note the difference between the United
States Freedom of Religion and the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights Freedom of
The United Nations is a Secular Organization
Until 2001 it was actually hostile to religion.
The United States is a Religious nation.
Founded on religious principles
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
People’s right to live, speak, and act
according to their beliefs
Religious rights compete with other rights and
other laws
• The intensity of dedication and prioritization of
Religion is crucial
Presently Unification members are under heavy attack
in Japan. Religious Freedom is core to this. But
Religious Freedom differs country by country. This
right is strongest in America
GOVERNMENT – THE STATE
GOVERNMENT – (THE STATE)
AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The concept and ideal of Religious Freedom
has to do with only one entity, The State
The State is the only force that can ensure or
deprive Religious Freedom
People’s right to live, speak, and act
according to their beliefs
GOVERNMENT – (THE STATE)
AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The State will only guaranty and protect
Religious Freedom to the extent that The
State considers the enterprise necessary and
constructive to the ideal of The State. But will
never do so at the expense of the ideals and
responsibilities of The State.
Except in the United States! Endowed by [our]
Creator [as an] Unalienable Right
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Religious rights compete with other rights and other laws
The Rise of the Doctrines of State Control
• Hate Crimes,
• “Hate Speech”
• “Speech as Harm,” and “Speech as
Violence”
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
• Religious rights compete with other rights and other law
MEDIA
MEDIA
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MEDIA
1. Veritas Vos Liberabit (the truth shall set you free)
Among the cardinal principles, truth comes first,
2. Independent Voice
Not think, work and act on behalf of special interests may it be
political, corporate, or religious.
3. Deliver Precise and Unbiased news,
4. Humanness
Always have some empathy for the subjects involved - individual or a
group.
5. Accountability
Hold ourselves accountable. When we commit errors for whatever
reason, we must correct them
MEDIA
1. Veritas Vos Liberabit (the truth shall set you free)
2. Independent Voice
3. Precise and unbiased news
4. Humanness
Always have some empathy for the subjects involved
5. Accountability
Hold ourselves accountable.
Which part of media would make it a natural ally to the
cause of Religious freedom?
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO
DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The question of this conference is: Do Media have a
role regarding the relationship between any given
STATE and its willingness to protect the religious
rights of its citizen.
Technically the Media has no particular role in this matter.
It DOES however have the role to insure that those in
power abide by the laws of the land.
The Media exists to protect the powerless from abuses
by the powerful
THREE CONCLUSIONS AND WARNINGS
1. The knowledge that Religion is vital the welfare of free
democracies is in precipitous decline, including in the
United States
1. If religion (because competes with other rights) ceases to
be recognized as important it will lose the protection of
The State
2. If knowledge that Religion is needed becomes lost, people
in all fields will become religiously ignorant, or religiously
“illiterate.”
1. Journalists will be too ignorant of Religion and its
importance, will not be able to report on it intelligently,
and will have interest to protect it
3. The revitalization of Religion in Free Democracies must be

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The Voice of the Voiceless

  • 1. VOICE OF THE VOICELESS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION FOR PEACE OF UNIVERSAL PEACE FEDERATION
  • 2. FRANK KAUFMANN TWELVE GATES FOUNDATION kaufmann.nyc@gmail.com
  • 3. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 1. Religion 1. Its ideals 2. Its current reality 2. Government, Rights, and Law 1. Freedom of Religion 2. Competing Freedoms 3. Media 1. Its ideals 2. Its current Reality Interrelationships Among These Three Power Structures Issu es
  • 5. WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? Religious freedom protects people’s right to live, speak, and act according to their beliefs peacefully and publicly. Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to worship” at a synagogue, church, or mosque. It makes sure they don’t have to go against their core values and beliefs in order to conform to culture or government.
  • 6. WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? (UNITED STATES) Religious freedom protects people’s right to live, speak, and act according to their beliefs peacefully and publicly. It protects their ability to be themselves at work, in class, and at social activities. Religious freedom is more than the “freedom to worship … Endowed by [our] Creator [as an] Unalienable Right
  • 7. WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? (UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS) Article 2 Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
  • 8. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Note the difference between the United States Freedom of Religion and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Freedom of The United Nations is a Secular Organization Until 2001 it was actually hostile to religion. The United States is a Religious nation. Founded on religious principles
  • 9. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM People’s right to live, speak, and act according to their beliefs Religious rights compete with other rights and other laws • The intensity of dedication and prioritization of Religion is crucial Presently Unification members are under heavy attack in Japan. Religious Freedom is core to this. But Religious Freedom differs country by country. This right is strongest in America
  • 11. GOVERNMENT – (THE STATE) AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The concept and ideal of Religious Freedom has to do with only one entity, The State The State is the only force that can ensure or deprive Religious Freedom People’s right to live, speak, and act according to their beliefs
  • 12. GOVERNMENT – (THE STATE) AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The State will only guaranty and protect Religious Freedom to the extent that The State considers the enterprise necessary and constructive to the ideal of The State. But will never do so at the expense of the ideals and responsibilities of The State. Except in the United States! Endowed by [our] Creator [as an] Unalienable Right
  • 13. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Religious rights compete with other rights and other laws The Rise of the Doctrines of State Control • Hate Crimes, • “Hate Speech” • “Speech as Harm,” and “Speech as Violence”
  • 14. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM • Religious rights compete with other rights and other law
  • 15. MEDIA
  • 16. MEDIA WHAT IS THE ROLE OF MEDIA 1. Veritas Vos Liberabit (the truth shall set you free) Among the cardinal principles, truth comes first, 2. Independent Voice Not think, work and act on behalf of special interests may it be political, corporate, or religious. 3. Deliver Precise and Unbiased news, 4. Humanness Always have some empathy for the subjects involved - individual or a group. 5. Accountability Hold ourselves accountable. When we commit errors for whatever reason, we must correct them
  • 17. MEDIA 1. Veritas Vos Liberabit (the truth shall set you free) 2. Independent Voice 3. Precise and unbiased news 4. Humanness Always have some empathy for the subjects involved 5. Accountability Hold ourselves accountable. Which part of media would make it a natural ally to the cause of Religious freedom?
  • 18. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEDIA TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The question of this conference is: Do Media have a role regarding the relationship between any given STATE and its willingness to protect the religious rights of its citizen. Technically the Media has no particular role in this matter. It DOES however have the role to insure that those in power abide by the laws of the land. The Media exists to protect the powerless from abuses by the powerful
  • 19. THREE CONCLUSIONS AND WARNINGS 1. The knowledge that Religion is vital the welfare of free democracies is in precipitous decline, including in the United States 1. If religion (because competes with other rights) ceases to be recognized as important it will lose the protection of The State 2. If knowledge that Religion is needed becomes lost, people in all fields will become religiously ignorant, or religiously “illiterate.” 1. Journalists will be too ignorant of Religion and its importance, will not be able to report on it intelligently, and will have interest to protect it 3. The revitalization of Religion in Free Democracies must be