A very powerful one minute video by the Anti-Defamation League of what might have happened if there had been less hatred and more tolerance. This video has received about 1.2 million views by 2013-JUL. Only about 7 billion to go:
Webmaster's comment: I have watched this video dozens of times and still cannot avoid tearing up.
A You Tube PSA video about religious tolerance by SoapBoxQueen:
Webmaster's comment: I love this video because it contains an unsolicited link to this web site at the end.
Quotes promoting religious tolerance and intolerance:
Zainab Al-Suwaij, co-founder of the American Islamic Congress: "We have to respect others and we have to understand and not discriminate on the basis of faith. ... When people do not talk and communicate, everything around them becomes dehumanized. ... When you mix politics and religion, you get the worst of everything."
Anon: "Religious tolerance is not religious
indifference. It consists of valuing the right of another person to hold
beliefs that you know absolutely, and without a doubt, to be wrong."
Anon: "Religious tolerance means to refrain from discriminating against others who
follow a different religious path. Tolerance is more difficult to maintain when you know that your religion is true and their religion is wrong."
Bumper sticker: "Truth, not tolerance." Published by Harbor
House Gifts of Fullerton CA. The bumper sticker also shows a
clenched fist on the left side and a cross on the right. An interesting
combination. It seems to represent religious hatred, conflict, and perhaps even
Paul Copan: "Contrary to popular definitions, true tolerance means ‘putting up
with error’ - not ‘being accepting of all views’... It is because real
differences exist between people that tolerance becomes necessary and
virtuous." "True for You, But not for Me"
Robert Fleishmann: "When it comes to fundamentally wrong behavior (called "sin" by
the Word of God), there is no tolerance. Wrong is wrong!"
The Dalai Lama: I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony among humanity, and particularly harmony among the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work.
Snoopy: "Have you ever thought that you might be wrong?" Proposed title for a book being written by Charlie Brown's dog in the Peanuts comic strip.
Religious tolerance: Unfortunately, the term "religious tolerance" has more than one meaning.
On this site we define it as allowing followers
of other religions to follow their spiritual beliefs and practices without oppression or
discrimination. Religious tolerance is a fundamental right in a democracy. Most
people believe that religious tolerance, using this definition, is a noble
goal, and is vitally necessary for world peace.
Of course, no right is absolute. Tolerance may not necessarily extend beyond
religious beliefs to include some religious actions -- particularly those that
harm, harass, or denigrate others.
Others, particularly conservatives in many religions, describe
"religious tolerance" differently. Many define the term as accepting all religious
faiths as being equally true. This is one meaning of the phrase "religious
pluralism." Since religions teach different beliefs, this definition of
tolerance implies that absolute truth doesn't exist. Most religious
conservatives regard their own faith as the only
absolutely true belief system. Thus, many conservatives believe that
religious tolerance -- using their definition of the term -- is evil.
We are continually amazed at the differences in definitions of religious terms as used by different
faith groups. It makes religious debates and dialogue very difficult. It also
makes our work in trying to objectively describe religious beliefs and practices
quite challenging. Some examples:
Favoring allowing women access to abortion is often called being "pro-abortion."
Working to prevent same-sex couples from marrying is often called being "pro-marriage."
The term "Witch" within Wicca and other Neo-pagan religions is simply a description for a female or male believer. Religious conservatives often use "Witch" to refer to a Satan worshiper and/or to a person who generates evil spells. In reality, Wiccans and other Neopagans do not include the existence of Satan among their beliefs, and are specifically prohibited from issuing evil spells, manipulative spells, or curses.
The term "Theory" in popular usage means a simple hunch, that is not supported by hard evidence. "Theory" in science refers to an idea that starts out as a simple hunch, but which is then confirmed by careful research and is accepted as valid by the general scientific community. Many religious conservatives refer to the word "theory" in the Theory of Evolution in its non-scientific as being a simply hunch. They do not acknowledge the consensus of scientists that it is valid.