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Syrian Poet Adonis: Unless the Arabs Separate Religion and State, They Will Become Extinct

In a recent address, Syrian poet Adonis said that it was necessary to change “the infrastructure and culture of society” and not merely the leadership. Speaking at the first convention of the Adhoc organization, a London-based “secularist, modernist, pluralist” international NGO, Adonis called for separation of religion and state, and said that “If these deep-rooted steps are not taken, I think that we Arabs will become extinct… because we have no [unique] identity, and we contribute nothing to the building of the world.” The convention, titled “The Roots and Causes of Islamic Violence,” was held in Brussels on May 22, and Adonis’ address was posted on the YouTube account of the I Think Magazine.

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