30 May 2012, 14:31
Moral crisis distorts nature of human relations - Nazarbayev
Astana, May 30, Interfax - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has expressed concerns about the increasing moral crisis in the world.
"The previous third congress was held in the middle of the most powerful financial crisis in the world. We are holding this forum at a pivotal time for the whole world too. Global transformation of the world order has begun. Mankind is essentially going through a systemic crisis," Nazarbayev said at the fourth congress of the leaders of world and traditional religions held in Astana on Wednesday.
Nazarbayev believes the global recession the world is on the brink of puts many societies at risk for large-scale social explosions.
"Half of the world's unemployed, of which there are over one billion, are young people and people, of which some have good education. Young people are becoming more radical as they lose the possibility of having a decent job and social guarantees. At the same time, the global moral crisis is increasing," Nazarbayev said.
"We see how pseudo-freedoms are being promoted in many societies. They are trying to present distorted views on the nature of human relations as the norm in today's society. Motivation for fair work is replaced with a wish for fast income by any means. These anti-morals are being presented as some absolute value," he said.
Nazarbayev believes the increase of moral crises in the world is indicated by "instances of aggressive campaigns against clergymen and attempts to remove religion from social processes."
"Facts of blasphemous treatment of religious holy things are observed in many countries in virtually all religions. This involves public burning of holy books, desecration and arsons of mosques, synagogues, and other religious buildings, discreditation of the clergy, and beatings and killings of the flock," he said.
"We condemn such things and express our support for all religious leaders and all religious in their resistance of the outbreak of militant godlessness," Nazarbayev said.