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Religious tolerance & cooperation

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Quotes promoting religious tolerance (and intolerance):

bullet 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."

bullet 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."

bullet 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."

bullet 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.

bullet 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"

bullet Robert Fleishmann: "When it comes to fundamentally wrong behavior (called "sin" by the Word of God), there is no tolerance. Wrong is wrong!"

bullet 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.

bullet Snoopy: "Have you ever thought that you might be wrong?" Proposed title for a religious book being written by Charlie Brown's dog! in the Peanuts comic strip.

bullet Many additional quotes are available about religious tolerance and about religious intolerance.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet A bumper sticker, three videos and definitions about religious tolerance & cooperation < < < We suggest that you read this essay first

bullet More quotes, and an overview < < < We suggest that you read this next

bullet Religious tolerance compared to anti-racism, etc; what it doesn't involve; what it does involve
bullet Background information: Causes of religious tolerance & intolerance. Opposition to religious tolerance.
bullet Additional information:
bullet Is religious tolerance enough? Examples of intolerance.

bullet Is religious criticism intolerant? Status of tolerance.
bullet Cooperation within and between religions:
bullet Cooperation & conflict motivated by religious diversity in North America

bullet Examples of religious dialogue, outreach, apology & cooperation

bullet Ecumenicalism: The urge to merge within Christianity
bullet Is religious tolerance really religious indifference?
bullet Is it moral to harm an individual in order to prevent a larger harm to society?
bullet About the Bible:
bullet Religious tolerance in the Bible

bullet Religious intolerance in the Bible

bullet Religious exclusivity in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament)

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bullet How people react to religious diversity:
bullet Religious exclusivism, pluralism, and inclusivism
bullet A vision of religious diversity and tolerance
bullet An essay donated by Rabbi Allen Maller: "How religious Americans view those of other faiths"
bullet Other topics:
bullet Social networking with a religious tolerance theme on facebook; our facebook group

bullet Times and places of religious tolerance in the west

bullet An essay donated by Bilal Cleland: "Is religious tolerance a passing phenomenon?" Religious tolerance in the West's past & future

bullet Test your religious tolerance

bullet Cathedral of the Pines from inclusiveness to intolerance and back

bullet Building a mosque a few blocks away from 9/11's "ground zero" in New York City

bullet Center for Religious Freedom's book on religious freedom, worldwide

bullet Books, videos, and web site links:
bullet Books dealing with religious tolerance


A PBS program and more than a dozen YouTube videos about religious tolerance: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

bullet Internet sites that promote religious tolerance

bullet Internet sites that teach religious tolerance

bullet A "Religious Intolerance Test" has been prepared by Thomas J. Runquist. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store

bullet "The Comparative Study of Religion" is a blog by Professor Arvind Sharma at McGill University that deals with comparative religion and religious tolerance. See:

Related topics on this web site:

You may be interested in viewing the following sections dealing with the opposite of religious tolerance:

bullet Religiously motivated hatred, animosity & intolerance

bullet Religiously motivated oppression, discrimination and conflict

bullet Religiously motivated violence, murder & genocide

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Imagine a world without hate," Anti-Defamation League, at:
  2. "Soldier responds to anti Muslim comments The other guy just acted a part but the soldier had no idea," at:
  3. Soap Box Queen, "Refuse to Stereotype," at:

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