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Background:

Among the many small religions in North America, there are some that are notable in their support of religious tolerance -- here defined as

Extending religious freedom to people of all religious traditions, and none, even though you probably disagree with their beliefs and/or practices.

Having tolerance towards another religion does not require you to endorse that faith group's beliefs; it simply indicates your respect for its right to exist and for its members be free from discrimination. More info.

Small religiously tolerant groups include the Bahá’ís, Buddhists, Christadelphians, some Hindu groups, Unitarians, the World Subud Association, etc. Notable among Christian denominations are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Seventh-Day Adventists, and Society of Friends (Quakers), and others.

Particularly strong in this respect are the:

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Bahá’í faith, which sees the need of the absolute unity of religions. They reject the notion of the superiority of any one particular faith.

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Unitarian Universalists, who impose no creedal tests on their members, insist that that no doctrine is too sacred to be questioned, and that no single religion possesses the monopoly of truth.

Author David V. Barrett cites the following Christian groups for their support for religious tolerance:

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The Society of Friends -- the Quakers -- share with other ‘free’ Christian Churches, and Unitarian Universalists the belief that 'what man believes is between that man and his god.'


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- the LDS -- the main Mormon denomination, strongly stress religious tolerance.


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The Seventh-day Adventists do not regard themselves as the only true believers.


bulletThe Christadelphians do not claim to be the only group with a correct understanding of the sacred texts.

bulletChristian Science does not claim that it alone has the truth.

bulletThe Worldwide Church of God is honest and open about changes in its doctrine: "The church needs to be prepared to make whatever changes necessary as its understanding of the World of God increases." 1

However, even as various faith groups may promote religious tolerance of other faiths, and have flexibility within their own denomination, some do not carry these principles into other areas of human rights -- like working for freedom from oppression and legal equality based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity. etc.

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Websites with lists of links:

bulletInternational Network - Education for democracy, human rights and tolerance has a list of links to web sites promoting these topics. See: http://www.tolerance-net.org/links/
 
bulletDMOZ, the open directory project, has a list of over 30 religious tolerance web sites. See: http://www.dmoz.com/
 
bulletThe International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance has a list of links to human rights and tolerance web sites at: http://www.humanrightsandtolerance.org/links.html
 
bulletWoden's Harrow maintains a list of "anti-hate, civil liberties, religious freedoms and human rights links" at: http://www.angelfire.com/ Many are Neopagan and heathen web sites.
 

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Individual web sites and groups:

bullet3Faiths.org "... is a blog dedicated to telling the stories about positive interactions between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam." Their aim is: "... to provide a call to action as well as a critique of our own faiths, with a focus on breaking down stereotypes and creating new paradigms of interaction, particularly drawing upon traditions of non-violence within each tradition." See http://www.3faiths.org
 
bullet ArticlesBase is a website where individuals can have their articles published. A search for "religious tolerance" returned 135 essays. See: http://www.articlesbase.com/
 
bulletThe Cauldron and the Cross is a bulletin board where Wiccans, other Neopagans and Christians can dialogue and find common ground "away from theology and dogma, perhaps try to eliminate misconceptions, break down barriers, maybe learn something." See: http://www.geocities.com/
 
bulletThe Center for Religious Tolerance is a Florida-based non-profit that has as its goals:
bulletTo bring people together across divides of religion, culture and nationality,
bulletTo support local and global peacemakers,
bulletTo develop, test and evaluate new models of spiritual peacebuilding, especially involving women,
bulletTo help people experience the connection between peacemaking efforts at home and abroad, and
bulletTo provide news and information that balances coverage in the conventional news media.

See: http://www.c-r-t.org/index.php
 

bulletChristian Reform Ministry promotes tolerance, gun control and evolution at: http://www.angelfire.com/
 
bulletComforty Media Concepts produces The Inclusion Series -- a group of documentaries promoting "...equity, social justice and full community inclusion of people with disabilities." See: http://inclusionseries.com/
 
bulletCosmosofy promotes an Internet Universal Religion which would involve major changes to the world's existing religions in the direction of tolerance. See: http://www.cosmosofy.org/ 
 
bulletThe Cult Awareness Network was once an anti-cult group that once spread misinformation and intolerance about new religious groups. It was forced into bankruptcy because of their involvement in a brutal kidnapping. Their name, phone number and web site have been taken over by a totally new group: the Foundation for Religious Freedom. They promote religious tolerance and are run by a multi-faith board. They have a toll-free telephone number (800-556-3055) and an e-mail address (inform@cultawarenessnetwork.org ) where people can request accurate information about any religious group. They have a list of over 100 qualified religious scholars as backup. They have access to qualified volunteer mediators. See: http://www.cultawarenessnetwork.org/
 
bullet"The Cult Around the Corner" is a handbook which deals with the diversity of religion in North America. It was written by the Foundation for Religious Freedom. See: http://www.toleranceforall.org/ for a description of the book. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
 
bulletThe Earth Religions Legal Assistance Network promotes the religious freedom of Earth Religionists, Heathens, Wiccans, other Neopagans in legal situations around North America. See: http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html
 
bulletEvangelical Resources lists links to conservative Protestant web sites dealing with what the webmaster describes as "true tolerance." See: http://www.evangelicalresources.org/
 
bulletFamilies United Against Hate (FUAH) "... provides support, guidance and assistance to families and individuals dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them." See: http://www.fuah.org/aboutfuah.html
 
bulletFellowship of the Earth is a Pagan-sponsored web site dedicated to "Educating against religious intolerance, Providing a community network of those with similar beliefs, Celebrating the Earth and Her seasons. [and] Promoting kinship and respect for all." See: http://www.fote.org/
 
bulletThe First Amendment Center sponsors Freedom Forum a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. http://www.freedomforum.org/
 
bulletDr. Mickey Anders of the First Christian Church in Pikeville, KY, preached a sermon on "Intolerant Religion." See:  http://www.pikevillefirstchristianchurch.org/

bulletForum 18 "is an instrument for promoting the implementation of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and concentrates on serious and obvious breaches of religious freedom, and particularly on situations where the lives and welfare of individual people or groups are being threatened and where the right to gather around one's faith is being hindered." See: http://www.forum18.org/

bullet Global Dialogue Institute "promotes dialogue in the broadest sense among individuals and groups of different religions and cultures..." See: http://global-dialogue.com/

bullet Global PeaceWorks consists of "People of different faiths serving together to create models of peace." They have short term projects in different areas of the world which "create a model of peace among religions - showing all the world that people of faith can live in harmony and bring peace." See:  http://www.globalpeaceworks.org
 
bulletGlobalTolerance.com is "A pioneering power in the global struggle for religious tolerance and understanding...global tolerance is a public relations consultancy, productions and training company..." See: http://globaltolerance.com/
 
bullet GodPaths is an web site promoting religious tolerance and providing unbiased information on a wide range of religions. See: http://www.godpaths.com
 
bulletGoodServants is a site dedicated to the philosophy of brotherhood and tolerance. They have a bulletin board, and sections on inspiration, prayer, religious studies, etc. See: http://www.goodservants.com
 
bulletA GOD(S) FIGHT "is a multi-faith community open to all religious preferences from atheists to theist to polytheist. All are welcome." See: http://groups.msn.com/
 
bullet HateWatch monitors sources of hate literature on the Web and throughout North American culture. See: http://hatewatch.org/  In 1998-JAN, they started a moderated mailing list: hatewatch-l. (The "l" is a lower-case "L"). It is "dedicated to discussing issues surrounding the growth and influence of hate groups on the Internet. This listserv also acts as a forum to discuss concrete measures to combat and contain online bigotry." They fight all types of hatred - whether based on religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, etc. To subscribe send an Email to: hatewatch-l-request@norden1.com Put the word subscribe in the body of the message; leave the subject line blank. Off-topic postings are not allowed. Originators of abusive postings will be denied access.
 
bulletHunter in the Sky is a web site which combines archaeoastronomy and mythology to promote religious tolerance. See: http://www.jesusisamyth.net
 
bullet"I Have a Vision" is a personal web site by Scott Bruno which discusses religious tolerance and cooperation at: http://www.scottbruno.com/
 
bullet "Interfaith Dialog Center" is a non-profit agency "... founded by Turkish-Americans of North Jersey in 2003. IDC endeavors to promote respect and mutual understanding among all faiths and cultures through partnership with other religious and interreligious organizations by organizing educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion panels, luncheons and trips to Turkey. By this mission IDC aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism in the society." See: http://www.idcnj.org/
 
bullet The International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance educates people about human rights and combats violations of human rights -- primarily involving children and religious freedom. See: http://www.humanrightsandtolerance.org/
 
bulletThe International Network  provides "Education for democracy, human rights and tolerance." See: http://www.tolerance-net.org/
 
bulletThe International Satsang Assocation links together a "growing number of members living in different parts of the world are linked across barriers of nationality, race and religion trying to create a planet where diversity is celebrated and all people have a true home." See: http://www.international-satsang.org/
 
bulletIvory Bakery proposes Religion 2.0, a project to re-imagine and redesign religion so that it helps strengthen and unite people instead of weakening and dividing us. They ask: "Isn't it about time religion got an upgrade?" See: http://ivorybakery.com/religion2/
 
bulletThe Joy of Sects by Peter Occhiogrosso is a book and a web site that promotes the belief that "The earth's spiritual traditions are a rich repository of wisdom, practical advice, and healing knowledge, as well as art, music, and mystery. This site is a place to explore all those dimensions, ask questions, and engage in dialogue." See: http://www.joyofsects.com/
bulletMilestones Project has a unique mission: to convince everyone of our shared humanity through the use of pictures. They have collected over 35,000 photographs celebrating childhood from around the world; they capture moments from the loss of their first tooth, their first step, making their first friend, etc. "They also capture the fact we are members of a single global family. If you picture a world of love and understanding, these pictures help make that vision real." See: http://www.milestonesproject.com/
 
bulletNational Alliance Against Christian Discrimination documents "anti-Christian bias, bigotry, intolerance, defamation and discrimination against Bible believers."  See: http://naacd.com/ [Although all Christians can be described as believers in the Bible, the term "Bible believers" is generally restricted to fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians.]
 
bullet logo Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe is "... hosted by the non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation 'Dokumentationsarchiv der Intoleranz gegen Christen' /'Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians'. The Observatory focuses on Europe (European Union, Accession Countries, and the wider Europe). The information provided is a supplement to concerns regarding the worldwide phenomenon of intolerance against Christians -- by calling attention to the more subtle forms occurring in Europe."  See: http://www.intoleranceagainstchristians.eu/
 
bulletThe Ontario Human Rights Commission in Canada has a "Policy on creed and the accommodation of religious observances" at: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/english/publications/creed-religion-policy.shtml
 
bulletA Parliament of Souls is a 27 part Public Television series filmed at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions. It features in depth interviews of leaders and thinkers from the Bah'ai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Native American spirituality, Sikhism, Sufism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism. See: http://www.creativefilms.com/Pos.html
 
bullet Peace Seeds teaches "that when one studies different religious traditions, one is struck by the repeated similarities of basic truths." See: http://peaceseeds.elysiumgates.com/ 
 
bulletPorchnus is The E-Zine of The Front Porch. The latter is the AOL "Religion and Beliefs Community Forum" chatroom. All are welcome: AOL members and others. See: http://members.aol.com/
 
bulletRaised Wings promotes "the realization that we are all one, though we have many ways of expression and many faiths..." See: http://raisedwings.com/ This site appears to be off line.
 
bulletA Religious Discussion Board with dozens of individual topics is available at: http://tarad8.suddenlaunch.com/ The board promotes tolerance and understanding of many dozens of faith groups.
 
bulletReligiousFreedoms.org is a website operated by the Foundation for Religious Freedom. Their goals involve "Educating the public as to religious rights, freedoms and responsibilities; Advancing religion's influence in society; Advocating responsible action to preserve religious liberty." See: http://religiousfreedoms.org.
 
bulletReligious Harmony helps "people understand their [own religion's]  myths in context and to be able to understand the myths and religions of others." See:  http://home.earthlink.net/
 
bulletReligious Tolerance in Australia is a blog promoting "religious harmony, tolerance, understanding and communication between peoples of different backgrounds in Australia and the surrounds." See: http://religioustoleranceaustra.motime.com/
bulletThe Sacred Treasury of Religions promotes belief in the existence of a single God, and that" "... all humans are brothers, sisters and sons of God, members with equal and full rights of human..." Their goal is: "...to achieve, on the local, national and world levels, the union of the efforts of all believers, spiritual leaders, regardless of nationality, race or religion, towards a permanent dialogue, and a general and lasting reconciliation in the spirit of tolerance and brotherly support, for the good of the entire society." See: http://www.sacredtreasure.org/en/
 
bulletSpiritual Crossroads "values the differences among belief systems, and promotes unity and acceptance through understanding and respect for each and every individual's spiritual choice." See: http://www.spiritualcrossroads.net/ They have a monthly newsletter.
 
bulletSpiritual Development is a web site that promotes the development "in oneself a 'life-filled' life." See: http://www.spiritualdevelopment.org/
 
bulletSpiritual Spectrum is a Denver CO based television program featuring discussions of spiritual, religious, ethical and moral topics. They sell video tapes via mail order for $9.95 USF; each contains two programs. See a list of available tapes and a description of their program at: http://www.spiritualspectrum.org/
 
bulletThe Southern Poverty Law Center "combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation." See: http://www.splcenter.org/ 
 
bullet The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a New York City based secular group. They "... teach respectful communication skills, create resources to help people successfully navigate religious tensions in workplaces, equip teachers to create truly multicultural classrooms and help health care providers learn to address religious beliefs that are affecting health outcomes of their patients." See: http://www.tanenbaum.org/
bulletTerra Ferma is the Forum for the Equitable Representation of religion in the media and in Academia. It invites and investigates instances of bias in reporting of religion. Their ultimate goal is to "clear the air for a wholesome dialogue among the world's religions by minimising information pollution as much as possible." See: http://www.mcgill.ca/religion/ferma.htm  
 
bullet The ES Press (a.k.a. TESP which stands for Thoughtful Expressions of Spiritual People.) Their "... mission is to inform, educate, inspire and enlighten. Columnists and writers at The ES Press are accomplished and gifted people who have chosen to share their knowledge and views, through articles, columns, reviews and more." See: http://www.theespress.com/
 
bullet Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was founded in 1991, and deals with all types of tolerance. It is dedicated to "reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children." See: http://www.tolerance.org

bulletThree Candles Ministry provides: "a resource for exploration and education of world religion, with a focus on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (the religions of the One God of Abraham) from historical, cultural, and spiritual perspectives in a tolerant, peaceful environment." See: http://www.threecandles.com/ 
 
bullet Tony Blair Faith Foundation"... aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world." See: http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/
 
bulletUQMedia is devoted to raising people's UQ — their understanding quotient. They promote "... reconciliation and understanding over violence, as the principle (and only sustainable) means of resolving our differences." See: http://uq-media.com/
 
bulletThe Voice of the Martyrs™ supports Christians around the world who are experiencing persecution. They only cover persecution of Christians, not persecution by Christians. See: http://www.persecution.com/ 

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A group promoting limited religious tolerance and dialogue:

bullet The World Congress of Ethnic Religions serves "...as an international body that will assist Ethnic Religious groups in various countries and will oppose discrimination against such groups." They define "Ethnic Religion" as "religion, spirituality, and cosmology that is firmly grounded in a particular people's traditions." Unfortunately, they exclude "modern occult or ariosophic theories/ideologies, nor syncretic neo-religions." See: http://www.wcer.org/

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Related material on this web site:

bulletWeb sites that teach tolerance
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Reference used:

  1. David V. Barrett, "Sects, ‘Cults’ & Alternative Religions," Blandford, (1998).

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