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Are religion and ideology obstacles or guiding lights in a democracy? They can be powerful
forces for good in the pursuit of higher morals, in the care for the poor, in the promotion of
civil society. The moral and ethical principles of liberal democracy derive from religion, and
shared identities can give people a sense of community and purpose. But religion and, more
recently, identity politics can also be forces for coercion, abuse of the weak, terror, intolerance
and war. Where is the balance in the modern world?
Islamist extremists have proclaimed Western democracies as their mortal enemy, and have devised new weapons to impose their ideology and to draw recruits.
The beheadings of ISIS, the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, the allure of Jihad: how has this happened? What can be done about it?
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