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Pope Assails Totalitarianism, Intolerance Religion: John Paul, in World Day of Peace message, also calls fundamentalism a threat to peace.
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Montalbano, William D
Date: Dec 19, 1990
Start Page: 9
Section: PART-A; Foreign Desk
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Proclaiming freedom of conscience as mankind's "inalienable right," Pope John Paul II on Tuesday scored totalitarianism and intolerance and called religious fundamentalism a threat to world peace.

Without naming them specifically, the Pope attacked governments and societies that ban religious practices-a reference to totalitarian Marxist states-and those that impose a single religion-a reference to countries in which Muslim fundamentalism is the ruling force.

When religious law becomes synonymous for civil law, the Pope warned, it "can stifle religious freedom, even going so far as to restrict or deny other inalienable human rights."

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