European Working Group
«Mut zur Ethik»
The European Working Group «Mut zur Ethik» (Courage to Take a Moral Stance) consists of 30
organisations and associations from 9 European countries and the US with over
300,000 members. These organisations are various and include, among others,
associations of medical doctors, parent groups, groups with religious
affiliations or those involved in scientific research. Their common concern is
the preservation of our western-Christian culture with its fundamental values,
and of free democracy based on the rule of law. With its numerous activities
and conferences, the European Working Group contributes to reinforcing an
ethical consensus based an Christian values in accordance with natural law, as
well as on liberal democracy. During the year we organise seminars and expert
meetings. Every year the European Working Group organises an international
conference with around 800 participants.
The previous five «Mut zur Ethik» Conferences in the years
1993-1997 were on the subjects: The foundation for a general set of ethical
principles (1993), the protection of the family and the rising generation
, education towards democracy
, our society's task to safeguard democracy
The discuss of these key areas of human life in society formed the basis of the
conference 1997 on «The Dignity of Man». We also intended to examine their
expression in fundamental and human rights. The focus of the conference 1997
was a precise analysis of the current attacks on these rights as well as the
maintenance and safeguarding of the dignity of man.
At a time in which this concept of human dignity is being questioned more than
ever, we are concerned that people should be made aware of the significance of
human rights, at whose cores lies the recognition of each individual's dignity.
The historical development of human rights shows that they were not simply
placed in man's lap, but were and are the result of a long and continuous
struggle for human dignity and justice. Due to the Neo-Leftist cultural
revolution and the dissemination of so called liberal ideologies the concept of
human nature and the personal being of man are increasingly being disputed.
The 5th «Mut zur Ethik» 1997 tackled the basic principles of
human dignity from the points of view of natural law, philosophical
anthropology and the human sciences. It also investigated the causes of the
attacks on human dignity which have become apparent, for instance, in the
breakdown of marriage and the loosening of family ties, the destruction of
education and the attacks on the sactitiy of human life.
Expert panels were «Natural Law and Human Dignity», «Human Dignity and the
Social Question», «The 'velvet-gloved' Revolution», «Human Rights» (their
content designed as a protection against dictatorship and state control over
minds, as well as their ideological inversion and instrumentalisation), «The
Situation in Europe - Tasks for the Future».
For a short information about the positions of the European Working Group
«Mut zur Ethik», please
Overview over all conference titles:
1993 Yes to Ethics - No to Nihilism
1994 Protecting the Family and the Rising Generation
1995 Ethics in Education - Education to Democracy
1996 Society´s Obligations to Safeguard Democracy
1997 The Dignity of Men
1998 Bonum Commune - Ethics in Society and Politics
1999 Sowing the Seeds of Humanity - A contribution to the year 2000
2000 Working Together for a Future - in Freedom and Dignity
2001 Basic Rights, The Rule of Law and International Law versus War
2002 Humaneness at a Crossroads
2003 Give Peace a Chance
2004 Giving Inner Courage - democracy, values, education and dialogue
2005 What Does it Take to Bring About More Peace in the World?
2006 Laying the Foundations for a more Humane Future
2007 Peoples and Cultures: respecting each other, helping one another, learning from each other
2008 Searching and Discovering Traces of Humanity
2009 Sovereignty of the people or imperialism - What is true democracy?
2010 Direct Democracy - an honest way instead of «Social Engineering»
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