ILRS mobiliserar en global troende vänster

Under de senaste decennierna har en religiös höger vuxit sig stark på många håll i världen. Under de åtta år som George W Bush var president i USA kunde den kristna högern i USA genomföra sina politiska planer och en del av resultatet är lägre skatter för de rika och USAs invasioner i Afghanistan 2001 och i Irak 2003. Anfallen mot Afghanistan och Irak har kostat tusentals oskyldiga människor livet. Människors liv, sociala strukturer och samhällen liksom hela nationer har slagits sönder och fragmenterats på ett sätt som tar decennier att bygga upp.

På många håll i världen använder högerpolitiker och konservativa rörelser sin religiösa tillhörighet för att skapa trovärdighet och bli accepterade. Al Qaida är ett exempel på organisationer som legitimerar våld och terror och gör det med referenser till islam. I Israel finns bosättare som legitimerar brottslig verksamhet med hänvisning till sin judiska tro. I Indien är Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ett exempel på ett högerparti som använder hinduismen för att legitimera sin politik. I Filippinerna har katolska politiker använt sin tro för att skapa trovärdighet för en omänsklig politik. Bakom en religiös fernissa kan konservativa och nyliberaler fortsätta föra en politik som resulterar i ökade klyftor, fattigdom, försämrad jämställdhet, arbetslöshet och orättvisor.

Högern har lärt sig att det är effektivt att kidnappa människors religiösa tro för att skapa trovärdighet och legitimitet för makten. I ett globalt samhälle där religionen får allt större plats, kommer den religiösa högern att fortsätta växa sig stark. Därför är det nu viktigare än någonsin att den troende vänstern höjer rösten och säger ifrån. Det behövs ett starkt alternativ till den religiösa högern!

Inom ILRS - International League of Religious Socialists samlas en troende vänster, som förenas av arbete för rättvisa och solidaritet. Vi har medlemmar i Afrika, Asien, Europa, Nordamerika och kontakter i Latinamerika. Den 14-16 oktober genomfördes en konferens i Haag, Nederländerna. Konferensen diskuterade just arbetssätt för att samla en religiös vänster.

 

Sittande främsta raden:  Thorsten de Jong - Tyskland, Josef Haeier - Norge, Maria Hevzy - Norge,  Kees Waagmeester - Holland,  Conrado Salva Castillo Jr. -   Filippinerna. 

Stående raden: Johan van Workum - Holland, Ulf Carmesund - Sverige, Mariquit Cherry Salcedo Melgar - Filippinerna, Dr Mathole Motshekga - Sydafrika, Marta Axner - Sverige, Cecilia Dalman Eej - Sverige, Amir Daboussy - Sverige, Dr Matthias Lauer - Österrike, professor Herman Noordegraaf - Holland, Marianne Uri Øverland - Norge.  

På bilden saknas: Carlos García de Andoín - Spanien, Carlos García de Andoín - Finland, Ricardo Aguado - Spanien, Roshna Mahmoudi - Sverige. 

Nedan klipper vi in ett sammanfattande brev som dess president Cecilia Dalman Eek skrev till alla deltagare efter konferensen.

 

 

ILRS conference “Mobilising a global religious left” in Den Haag, Netherlands Oct 14-16, 2011

Dear participant of the conference,

I am writing briefly to tell you how much I appreciated that you participated in the recent ILRS conference. Its presentations and discussions have strengthened my conviction that religious people have a great role to play in work for social justice and sustainable societies. I am thoroughly grateful for all contributions that enlarged our knowledge and stimulated our hopes for the future. A special thanks to Johan van Workum for organising the logistics.

Following the conference I am really looking forward to start working to concretise the conclusions and tentative agenda, formulated below. Producing the new analysis and the new visions has already begun, via the conference. From The Netherlands we learned that the role of religious socialists has changed over the years, but it is has a renewed and important aim. A new task is to express a vision of the place of religion in society today, to continue supporting social work by people of faith and to oppose the religious rightwing’s claims that their ideology at all could be called Christian. From Spain we were warned not to give in to secularist fundamentalism or to neo-liberal theorizing of economics. Instead we were encouraged to produce national programmes for religious diversity, and this could be an effective means to facilitate for people of different faiths and cultures to live side by side and interact in constructive dynamics. From the Philippines and South Africa we are reminded that these plans shall be combined with tangible work for social welfare and a commitment to a better life for the poorest of the poor. One way of turning these ideas into constructive practice could be to take on Amir Daboussy's suggestion that we start leader training for young religious socialists of different faiths. The conference was very inspirational and, much helped by Marlene Barth, sparked the kind of hope that only friendship and solidarity between people from different parts of the world may give rise to.

In check list form I am including the points that I wrote down during the last session:

Ideology and values

  1. We all share the same ideology, the same values of equality, solidarity and social justice. We all strive to restore those moral and universal values in society in order to make a change. We are all appalled by the type of greed exemplified by bank officials in Spain, enriching themselves after years of making the people poorer. These bank officials already receive huge salaries and when on top of this they receive additional rewards of 20 million € per person, it is both an ideological and a moral offence to those who are unemployed and lacking social and economic security. We say equality and solidarity is necessary for the future - it creates better and more effective societies, even for the rich.
  2. Our ideology and politics should be easily communicated.
  3. The societies we want to build are ethnically, religiously and otherwise inclusive – such must also our movement be.
  4. Our aim is to change policymaking on the international, national and local arena. But we also need to pay special attention the contribution people do in their daily work and social life to make real change possible.
  5. We find our common ground in equality, peace, security and social justice which together create sustainable stability. Basically the UN declaration of Human Rights is a good starting point.
  6. Interfaith dialogue between religions, as well as dialogue between religious people and politicians, are key elements to foster inclusive societies.
  7. Our politics will prove its usefulness if it attracts marginalized people and the poorest of the poor as well as professional people who can make a change, however small, in daily life. It is the force we are together that can make a better future happen.

ILRS should:

  1. Be a partner in and initiate global interfaith dialogue in general, and specifically to create interfaith perspectives into our parties.
  2. Stimulate information between branches about political ideas, and knowledge, and research.
  3. Perhaps we can not change our parties as such, but we can coordinate well researched proposals from the branches of ILRS in order to make the left relevant with religious people.
  4. Find new member organisations and in this way grow the democratic way, that is, via more members and sympathisers.

Member Organisations should:

  1. Social democracy is about 100 years old, but alas, its analysis of society is sometimes as old. An update is required. Without an updated analysis, our vision will be dated, and we will become increasingly irrelevant. At Den Haag 14-16 October 2011 ILRS have identified components in a new analysis, one that will result in new visions for a brighter future for all.
  2. Interfaith youth leadership education – for instance modelled from ANC’s existing leadership education. It provides a useful tool for our movement and it provides rational reason for young individuals to get involved.

ILRS congress in Stockholm 2012 shall include:

  1. Morality for the global crisis era.
  2. Religious left manifesto – and we should talk about consequences of our commitment to universal human values.
  3. Include an interfaith perspective into politics.
  4. New socio-economic order – new ways of measuring success - not just GDP.

Having said this, there are only some eight months left to the ILRS Congress, due in Stockholm June 15-17. Before the Congress, the EC will meet in Stockholm on March 4-6.

Yours in faith and solidarity,

Cecilia Dalman Eek, Göteborg 2011-10-27

Proud President of ILRS

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