U.S. State Department officials say
"As victims of racism and as activists committed, through education and communication, to address the root causes of the hatred that took our son's life, we applaud the Obama administration for refusing to participate in a process that hijacks a conference, supposedly, on ways to end racism, which in reality promotes racism and condemns its primary victims," said Judea Pearl, the Foundation's president.
Dr. Pearl said he is concerned about provisions in the draft final document that grant privileged protection from criticism toward religion-based ideologies, a protection which is not granted to other identity-defining paradigms.
"Religion has no monopoly on human sensitivity," said Dr. Pearl. "The desecration of American or Israeli flags is no less offensive to people of conscience than the put-down of religious symbols."
Dr. Pearl further appealed to other democratic countries, such as
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SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation