October 1, 2001
Four-day conference to explore
The biannual conference will include more than a dozen bioethically themed
panel discussions ranging from science, art and the media; to international
cultural conflicts; to spiritual and ecological perspectives on patients
rights; to genetically modified plants and animals. Between 150200
people are expected to attend.
Two keynote speakers will be featured. Glenn McGee from the Center for
Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania will discuss issues of stem
cell research in Cox Hall at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5. Ursula Goodenough
of Washington University will speak on the spiritual implications of scientific
research that evening at 6:45 p.m., also in Cox. Both speechesas
well as all panel discussionsare open to the Emory community. Dinner,
which is included at the Goodenough address, requires registration.
For more information on the conference, visit www.emory.edu/COLLEGE/scienceandsociety/
Islam forum set for Oct.
The forum aims to educate the community about the beliefs, practices
and history of Islam, and some of Emorys leading Islamic scholars
will be on hand to answer questions.
The event is sponsored by the Institute for Comparative and International
Studies (ICIS), the dean of the chapel, the Department of Middle Eastern
Studies, the Depart-ment of Religion, the Graduate Division of Religion
and the Emory Committee for the Study of Islam.
For more information, contact ICIS Executive Director Gordon Newby at 404-727-8722.
Letter to the Editor
The participants in [the Sept. 19] forum, Understanding: From Intolerance
to Respect, display a hopelessly naive view of the terrorists who
perpetrated the horrendous attacks that killed thousands of innocent people
in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.
The very title of the forum, From Intolerance to Respect,
implies that the underlying cause of the attacks was American intolerance
and that such attacks can be prevented in the future if we learn to respect
those who carried them out. This is utter nonsense.
The immediate goal of the terrorists is to kill as many Americans as
possible, strike fear into the hearts of the American people and do as
much damage as possible to our economy and society. Their long-range goal
is to establish a pan-Islamic state governed by the same principles being
applied by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Osama bin Laden and his allies do not care if the United States tries
to pressure Israel to make more concessions to the Palestinians. They
want to eliminate Israel. They do not care if we respect their culture
and religious beliefs. They despise everything we stand for, including
cultural diversity and religious freedom.
Eliminating this threat to our lives and our freedom will require a wide
range of actions, including improvements in intelligence gathering, heightened
security and skillful diplomacy. However, the terrorists are not going
to voluntarily turn themselves in to an international court of justice
for trial. Nor is it likely that the Taliban will turn over bin Laden
and his henchmen because the Taliban depend on bin Ladens organization
to maintain their brutal rule over the Afghan people. Any successful policy
to deal with the terrorist threat will therefore require the use of military
Editors note: The Sept. 24 article on the forum mentioned above incorrectly stated the events title. The correct title was Understanding: From Intolerance to Respect.