By Basil A. Coronakis
Faith has been the driving force for the humankind since the very beginning of its existence. It is intrinsically related to Religion, which implies freedom of Religion cannot exist without freedom of Faith, and vice-versa.
Faith liberates from fear and inspires people to hope.
Hope is what gives people the strength to overcome difficulties, from confronting illness to tackling all kinds of calamities.
In all of humanities search for what separates humans from animals, it is indeed faith that divides humankind from other living creatures.
Faith is an eternal, standard value of reference in an ever-turning world.
It is a human need to believe and it is imperative that civilized societies secure peoples’ rights in this respect, thus guaranteeing them the ability to hope, which ultimately means freedom of religion.