Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020

Proposal 208

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 3 to 5, 2020 in Skopje

Author: LYMEC Bureau, Radikal Ungdom, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya, JUNOS, YMRF, JOVD, Jóvenes Ciudadanos (resolutions drafted by the policy renewal working group).


Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

1Freedom of belief

2This resolution archives Resolution 2.23 on “The Liberal-Democrat Attitude Towards Religion”

3adopted in Sinaia, Romania in March 2002, Resolution 2.25 on “Stop the Islamophobia and
4Respect Religious Diversity” adopted in Sinaia, Romania in April 2010, Resolution 2.26 on “True
5Religious Freedom in the EU” adopted in Sofia, Bulgaria in October 2012 and Resolution 2.43 on
6“Blasphemy is a right, freedom is not a crime!” adopted in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in May
72015

8Religion, Modernization of Society, Rejection of Anti-Liberal Policies

9For consideration on the annual Congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) in

10Skopje, North Macedonia on 3-5 April 2020

11Considering:

12- the increase in discrimination on the grounds of religion and a rise of islamophobia in Europe[4]

13- the legislation passed throughout the European Union on stripping down the right of individuals

14to wear religious symbols[5]

15Believing that:

16- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and possess rights, regardless of their race,

17colour, sex, language, religion, opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status;[6].

18- The freedom to choose one’s religion and beliefs is a fundamental human right and the right to

19carry religious symbols is part of this freedom[7]

20- Religious freedom is a cornerstone of Liberalism and was a constitutive element of the

21Enlightenment movement that gave birth to our modern, democratic, pluralistic and secularized
22societies;[8]

23- No European citizen should be discriminated through prohibitions in the labour market ,

24educational system or in any other way hindered from fully participating in society due to religious
25reasons;[9]

26- the state should be secular and individuals must have the freedom of expression and religious

27freedom as long as it is not harmful against others[10];

28- respect of freedom of thought and religious diversity is a core liberal value, as well as freedom

29of expression[11];

30- criticizing religions, and even using satire towards them, cannot be forbidden in a Liberal

31society, and that such criticism may never incite violence[12].

32- freedom of conscience and freedom of expression are not manifestations of Western culture,

33but universal aspirations to freedom of all rational beings and rejects any return of blasphemy
34laws under the false premises of cultural relativism[13];

35- there cannot be successful coexistence in without mutual understanding between religious

36believers of any confession, as well as between atheists and agnostics[14];

37- scapegoating by targeting one specific religion is a highly unacceptable as all religions in

38Europe should have the same standing before the law[15].

39LYMEC calls for:

40- countries to respect the religious diversity and be truly secular, therefore refraining from

41imposing obligatory lessons of religion or religious taxes[16];

42- governments and the EU to refrain from institutional display of religious symbols in public

43schools and universities, while recognising the right of any individual to display their private
44religious affiliation[17];

45- fighting religious intolerance and all religious extremism, regardless of their nature and

46origins[18]

47- The EU Member states and the institutions to respect the religious freedom of the individual and

48remove the bans on displaying certain religious symbols[19];

49- Member states to regard the subject of religion in education as a historical, and cultural

50phenomenon, free of any preaching, in order to create mutual understanding[20];

51- Member states to guarantee freedom of speech in Europe, by removing legal restrictions on

52religious grounds or otherwise, including but not limited to blasphemy and lese-majesty laws[21];

53- Appeals to European institutions to cease giving a privileged position to certain religious groups

54and integrate representatives from non-religious international organizations in social
55dialogue[22].


Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.