»With great sympathy, the citizens of Dresden remember the Egyptian woman killed by a Russian immigrant. «
We at the WCF would like to express our condolences to her survivors, in particular to her children and her husband, whose lives will never be the same because of this wrong and hateful act. The assassination of Marwa al-Scherbiny
and the resulting press reports are sound proof that we need to reestablish a healthy, cultural dialogue among the common populace, where people learn to understand each other and live in harmony. As a common human race, we cannot afford to forget that faith and family planning are a universal phenomenon, regardless of race, culture or creed.
The 2ND WORLD CULTURE FORUM
in Octorber offers the perfect platform for this dialogue. Among other topics, three roundtable discussions will be held, dealing specifically with religious issues and how we might solve them.
Doctor Petra Bahr, official cultural representative of the Evangelical Church of Germany, has the following to say about her part in the discussions: [...] These days, imagery is generated at an incredibly fast rate, turning people into martyrs and redefining basic, human conflict as part of a religious war, even when a simple solution is at hand [...] With our round of discussions, I hope to bring the culture out of the Ivory Tower and into the realm of the people. Culture is not a luxury, but rather something that affects our everyday lives. We need to instill this fact into future generations. The “balance of cultures“ is a deciding factor in shaping what is to come. [...] more