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Declaration for Humanity to be signed at St Andrews

Religious figures from around the world to gather for historic signing event

Religious leaders from around the world will gather at the University of St Andrews tomorrow (Friday 23 September) for the signing of a new declaration for humanity.

The event will be attended by senior members of the Christian Churches, the Catholic Church, Hindu communities from the UK and India, leaders of the UK Jewish community, senior Buddhist monks and the representative of the Dalai Lama.

The 130-strong religious delegation from 19 countries will be joined by 32 school pupils from Fife in the signing of the St Andrews Declaration on a Shared Humanity.

The eleven-point Declaration, written by St Andrews Professor of Divinity Mario Aguilar, incorporates the teachings of different faiths and embraces the basic principles of humanity, equality, diversity and freedom.

Why do these people take for granted, against all the evidence, that virtually all “religious” people believe in “humanity, equality, diversity and freedom.” Those are very specific types of values, only granted importance in some venues.

Incidentally, here is a look at the type of religion that prevailed for probably tens of thousands of years.