Azerbaijan International

Autumn 2003 (11.3)
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Today's Taboos - Clarity About Right & Wrong

"Today's taboos are no longer death or sexuality. The strongest taboo today is against having clear ideas of right and wrong. Or even worse, against saying clearly to other people what is right and wrong, and stopping those who cross the line. The fear of being moralistic has become a fear of morals themselves, and as a result many people in our country feel that they have lost their way. The way forward will be difficult to find unless we can agree on basic values and where to set limits."

Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik of Norway headed the international conference, "Fighting Terrorism for Humanity," in New York City on September 22, 2003, the day prior to the opening of the UN General Assembly. The quote above was from his speech at the Conference against Bullying in Norway on September 23, 2002. The Prime Minister is making plans to visit Azerbaijan in early Spring 2004.

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