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Running From Religion? by Raheel Raza (Clarion Project)

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Jan. 31, 2019

Are young people running from religion?

That was one of the topics of a multi-faith panel I was invited to participate in recently on Context Television. Joining me were Rabbi Jordan Cohen and Pastor Sheldon. The question raised by the anchor was whether young people are running away from religion due to dogma and forced religiosity.

The pastor spoke about how Christian youth are not comfortable with following dogma and would like to be free to practice the faith. The rabbi also echoed that and said we are fortunate to live in a country that affords us religious freedom, which is an important component for a thriving faith community.

The idea of this dialogue came after Rahaf Mohammed, a young girl from Saudi Arabia, ran away from her family, her country and her faith because she was being forced into religiosity. Rahaf was given sanctuary in Canada.

Many questions have arisen from this episode, including whether it was culture or religion that she felt oppressed her.

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