In the 21st century, on the world stage, secular
forces are fighting two wars. Half of them are fighting a religious
war against religious fundamentalism. The other half is fighting an
economic war against imperialism. At this turning point in history
secular forces have a choice to make. They can focus on their
political differences and personality conflicts and fight with each
other or they can rise above those political and personal conflicts
and work together for the common goals of their communities.
In my opinion working together is the only way to avoid creating
theocratic states in the Muslim world and being exploited by
imperialistic powers. It is the only way to keep the church and the
state, the mosque and the parliament apart and create a just and
peaceful world where all citizens, especially women, children and
minorities, will have equal rights and privileges, where people will
enjoy not only freedom of religion but also freedom from
religion. Khalid Sohail
"Family of the heart"
welcomes you to this Seminar. The group is a gathering of like
minded people, who meet from time to time, to share ideas and
their views on various subjects. These include poetry,
literature, music, fine arts and any creative venture they
When we study the historical evolution of the
last century we recognize a gradual rise in religious fundamentalism
all over the world. The wave that was introduced by Christian
fundamentalists in America was brought to its climax by Muslim
fundamentalists in the Middle East by the end of the 20th century. more...
The idea of this discussion first came up
in the wake of a vigorous debate on the Internet between
conflicting viewpoints on the Taliban as espoused by two
prominent Pakistanis, both claiming roots in the Left.
The progressive and secular forces can and must unite
for their shared commitment to their common values and ideology. In
fact these forces are already united in developed world. The
remarkable successes of secularism and secular democracies all over
the world reflect this unity. more...