Symposium 2009: "Quietly Working toward Freedom"
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Deseret News columnist Lee Benson visited BYU Campus during the 16th Annual International Law and Religion Symposium and spoke to ICLRS Director Cole Durham and to several delegates, including the delegate from Egypt, Dr. Tayseir M. Mandour, Professor of Medicine at Al-Azhar University and member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (photo at right with Dr. John Taylor and ICLRS Managing Director Robert Smith), and Ismail Ibrahim Malik, Chairman of the National Handicap and Vocational Government Services Program, Zambia. "If we can have peace between people of different beliefs," Dr. Mandour told Mr. Benson," we can then have global peace.  And that is everyone's ultimate goal." Mr. Benson also reports Mr. Malik's summary of the feelings of Symposium participants: "We all realize that this is the forum where can can discuss ways to put things in perspective and move to the second level, where there is peace and unity." Mr. Benson's entire article, which appeared in the 9 October 2009 edition of the Deseret Morning News, may be viewed here.