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New Podcast: Dangerous Religions

The third episode of the Sleepwalking Through the Assault on Democracy series, produced in cooperation with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) focuses on “dangerous religions.”

Religion is, of course, not dangerous in and of itself: it can be a force of good or bad. However, when religious movements or ideologies pose a threat to democracies and human rights, this threat usually manifests itself in two ways: a religious hierarchy supports tyrannical states or, in contrast, populist religious movements oppose a democratically elected government. In both cases, the borders between politics and religion get dangerously blurred.

The host, Mdu Ntuli, Education Officer at JHGC talks to Tali Nates, founder and Executive Director of JHGC; Bjorn Krondorfer, Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Flagstaff, USA; Andrea Peto, Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at CEU, and Research Affiliate at CEU Democracy Institute; and Steve Carr, Director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Purdue University, Fort Wayne, USA.

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