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T R U E L I F E I N G O D 40 Dear friends, committed believers, peacemakers, Each of the spiritualities present here has undergone major stages in its history. Period of foundation, Period of persecution, Period of expansion, Period of great division between different currents, Period of stabilization. So every one of us here must be aware that globaliza- tion, the acceleration of History represent a new stage in the life of his spirituality. A new stage marked by the closeness with the one who believes in something else or who does not be- lieve. Closeness with the one who is new in his reli- gion but also closeness with the one who leaves it… All this is very new, it represents an immense chal- lenge and sometimes a painful evolution. A painful evolution but a necessary evolution because the reli- gious world has considerably receded. The religious world, which explores, consolidates and elevates the soul, has been receding for almost a century in front of the materialistic ideologies which are subject to the supreme power of finance. A new power nourishing itself from the distraction of souls in favor of the inveterate desires of the bodies. Therefore, the challenge is great. As you may know I am a Muslim, I was born and lived in France, a country to which I am lovingly attached, a country shaped by the Catholic spirit, because this country was born by the conversion to Catholicism of its first king in the 5th century. What France has undergone during almost a century is a reflection, I believe, of the future evolution of our world if the religions do not consider together a re- sponse to this destructive globalization of traditions and souls. France was named “The Eldest Daughter of the Cath- olic Church,” its role was very effective in the history of this religion especially by giving it the largest num- ber of saints, but also brilliant theologians, writers, artists and architects devoted to this faith. The French Revolution happened in the eighteenth century and it was extraordinarily violent against reli- gion: plundered churches, convents set on fire, perse- cuted and deported priests, monks and nuns, many of whom were beheaded. After this Revolution, of which the French Republic is very proud, the Church was definitively expelled from national institutions nearly a century later in 1905. In 1968 demonstrations by young people, magnifying atheism as a liberation, proclaimed “It is forbidden to forbid.” In 1975 the law on the authorization of abortion was adopted. In 1999, authorization of the union between homosexuals. In 2014, authorization of same-sex marriage with child adoption. Today we discuss the possibility of homosexual wom- en to be able to legally procreate. Today we have the authorization for homosexual men to rent women’s bellies abroad. Interfaith Panel Moscow Jewish Community Center Mr. Camel Bechikh Spokesman of Fils de France, Founding member of La Manif pour Tous