Antonio Gaspari (ZENIT) describes the event: "It has been known as the ‘Oscars’ of Ideas, the genius of Hollywood. The Technology Entertainment Design conference, better known as TED, is a mix of science, communication and entertainment which follows its credo of ideas worth spreading. What started as an annual conference for people who wanted to share ideas has now become one of the most visited websites in the world. Now the famous conference is coming to the Vatican."
Why this topic? Organizer Giovanna Abbiati explains, "This theme is important if we want to talk about peace. This is the scenario: in secularized society often signs of religion are banned in working places, religious symbols hidden. In other countries restriction of religion is very high. The Pew Research Center reports that more than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population – live in the 23 countries with increasing government restrictions or social hostilities involving religion."
As I recently wrote in ZENIT, policymakers from the White House, the U.S. State Department, the European Parliament and the United Nations have taken notice of the Pew Research Center’s ongoing study of religious restrictions because it provides a quantitative framework they can use to monitor changes in religious restrictions over time, across the world, in specific geographical regions and in individual countries.
Tune in or come join me at the TEDx conference on April 19 to get the Pew Research Center's latest information on religious restrictions and hostilities affecting the world today.
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(Dr. Brian J. Grim is Senior Researcher and Director of Cross-National Data at the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. Report Link: http://www.pewforum.org/Government/Rising-Tide-of-Restrictions-on-Religion.aspx)