RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE & INFORMATION
News items for 2006-December
2006-DEC-11: Israel, Palestinian Authority & Jordan
officials cooperate: Officials met at the shore of the Dead Sea to finalize
details of a joint study to save the body of water. Because of evaporation, and,
allegedly by diversion of rivers by Syria and Israel, the level of the Dead Sea
is dropping about three feet per year. If current trends persist, it will
disappear in five decades. France, Japan the United States and the Netherlands
have jointly funded a study to look at the environmental and social consequences
of transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.
2006-DEC-19: World: Beliefnet
selects most inspiring person of the year 2006: In December, Beliefnet's
members select from one of twelve nominees for the most inspiring person of
the year. This year, nominees were (in alphabetic order):
The Amish of Nickel
Mines, PA who responded within hours of the horrendous killing of
five Amish girls by reaching out to the killer's family with food,
support and fund raising.
Warren Buffet, the
second richest person in the world, made the largest charitable
donation in history in order to "give back to society."
Lance Corporal Tod Corbin saved the lives of many in his platoon in spite of great personal
danger under enemy fire. He received the Navy Cross.
Rev. Richard Cizik, an
evangelical Christian and a vice president of the National
Association of Evangelicals, promotes environmental concerns, in
spite of widespread apathy and fierce criticism by some of his fellow
Immaculée Ilibagiza a
Tutsi from Rwanda was caught up in the Rwandan genocide. She survived,
and mourns the death of her parents, grandparents and three brothers. She
has forgiven the perpetrators and now tours the U.S. teaching the power
of radical forgiveness.
Bindi Irwin, the eight-year
old daughter of Australian conservationist Steve Irwin, delivered a
moving eulogy at her father's memorial service. She is continuing his
Jason McElwain, an
autistic teenager, was selected for his accomplishments in basketball in spite of his
Elissa Montanti has
devoted her life to getting medical care and prosthetic limbs for
Charles Moore, 59, a
homeless man from Detrolit, MI, found $21,000 in U.S. savings bonds.
In spite of his own financial needs, he returned them to their rightful
Russell Simmons, a
hip-hop mogul and yoga devotee is chairperson of the Foundation
for Ethnic Understanding a group that fights racism and religious
heads a theater group, the Physically Handicapped Amateur
Musical Actors League, (PHAMALy Theater). All of the actors are
disabled in some way.
Adam Zuckerman, a
Jewish high school student from Portland, ME, became an activist to
help the victims of the Darfur genocide. See:
The winners were the Amish of
Nickel Mines, PA. "Beliefnet members were amazed by this example
of radical forgiveness and voted overwhelmingly for the Amish."
2 Beliefnet will make a donation
to the Nickel Mines School Victims Fund, administered by the
Anabaptist Foundation. You can too by going to
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"Saving the Dead Sea by using the Red Sea: Jordan, Israel,
Palestinian Authority meet to save shrinking body of water," Associated Press,
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Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2006-DEC-02
Latest update: 2006-DEC-19
Compiler: B.A. Robinson