UNITED NATIONS (AP) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is warning that humanist education is at risk, and humanist ideology is the foundation for a new wave of extremism.UNESCO Secretary-General Irina Bokova said Wednesday the threat to humanism comes from a lack of respect for the rights of people of faith.
Bokova, speaking at the organization’s 57th meeting in Geneva, cited the example of a man who had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having two children out of wedlock and who appealed the decision to the High Court.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, a country with a history of religious conflict, recently passed a law requiring all religious groups to provide information on the origins and origins of the country’s culture.
In a statement, the group said that the court ruling has emboldened groups to spread misinformation about the religion.
In recent years, humanist organizations have seen their membership decline sharply.
In 2015, a study by Pew Research Center found that nearly half of Americans say that they would no longer consider themselves a member of an organization based on their religious beliefs.
In 2016, the American Humanist Association reported that the number of people who identified as atheist or agnostic has dropped from 10.2 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent in 2016.
Bakhtiar’s organization, Humanism International, said it would continue to fight against the extremist ideology and to protect the right to practice and propagate a faith that it believes in.
Boksova said that a lack or absence of respect can have consequences for society.
“The erosion of the right of freedom of belief is a trend that is happening in many parts of the world,” she said.
“And this is why UNESCO is concerned about the spread of this ideology.”