Last week, parliamentary hearings began on Quebec’s Bill 21, which would ban public employees in “positions of authority” from wearing religious symbols. In his testimony, the philosopher Charles Taylor stated that he and Gérard Bouchard were wrong to propose restrictions on religious symbols in their 2008 report on reasonable accommodation.
Taylor affirmed he had been “very naïve” for not foreseeing that such proposals would stigmatize religious minorities and feed intolerance. ..more: THESTAR
It was these European wars, in the 16th and 17th centuries, that helped create what has been called “the myth of religious violence”. It was said that Protestants and Catholics were so inflamed by the theological passions of the Reformation that they butchered one another in senseless battles that killed 35% of the population of central Europe……more: theguardian.com
Most Americans, about 89%, say they believe in God, and some have felt God’s presence while listening to a sermon or sensed time stand still while they were in deep prayer or meditation. Now, a new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain….MORE: cnn.com
Allah said: “I have created all of My servants naturally inclined to worship one God but it is the devils who turn them away from their religion. They make unlawful for them what has been made lawful for them, and they command them to associate partners with Me, although no authority has been revealed for them.” (Sahih Muslim) MORE
Leaders of all faiths should unite in renouncing religious extremism and counter the “barbarity of those who foment hatred and violence,” Pope Francis said on Friday at the start of a two-day visit to Cairo.
“Let us say once more a firm and clear ‘No!’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God,” the pope told a peace conference at Egypt’s Al Azhar university, the revered, 1,000-year-old seat of learning in Sunni Islam that trains clerics and scholars from around the world…more: alarabiya.
WEST SPRINGFIELD – The pubic is invited to an April 5 interfaith discussion at the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts that concludes a group study of an award-winning book written by an English-born rabbi about the need to lessen intolerance among religious faiths. The concluding gathering for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” includes dinner and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the society’s headquarters, 377 Amostown Road. It is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, South Hadley’s Center Church, First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ, and the society….more: masslive.
I”‘m often surprised how many Muslims still think terrorists are religious zealots and the problem is with religious “extremism” as if the violence stems from an overly enthusiastic reading of the Quran. While their overlords may use religion to make propaganda videos, terrorists are rarely motivated by religion at all. See this short video for more on this” Dalia Mogahed…..more: aljazeera.com
the head of the Bektashi (Jewish) sect, with more than seven million followers, tells the story of Albania’s Muslim Leader, who gave a secret order during the Nazi occupation: “All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all will eat the same food, and all will live as one family,” the order read…more: ireport.cnn.com
In a German Prisoner of War (POW) camp in 1944, the American Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds called upon all of the captured soldiers to stand with the Jews of the camp despite Nazi orders to separate. Edmonds, a Christian, feared for the fate of the Jewish soldiers if the Nazis were able to identify them, and he put his own safety on the line to protect them. He saved their lives…MORE: forward
In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Most Mercifu AMJA recognizes that human brotherhood is the basic principle that should govern the relations between all peoples and nations. Therefore, the pursuit of peace and goodwill between all nations should…
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