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Five YouTube videos
various aspects of religious intolerance
About people's attitudes towards other religions:
Most people regard their own faith group or denomination within their
particular religion as the only completely true system of beliefs and
practices. They regard other religions as being partly to completely false.
Some go further and regard believers of other religions as Satan worshipers.
This does not trouble us particularly, as long as it stays at the level
of belief. Unfortunately these beliefs are often translated into harmful
Ridiculing and belittling other religions and secularism, as is seen
widely on YouTube, Digg, etc.
Some YouTube postings have dealt with these topics. Five are posted
"Religious intolerance on YouTube:"
Melissa, TheBlessedBlogger, posted a video on YouTube because she
was: "... tired of all the extremist religious videos advocating
intolerance. [She suggests that people] Stand up for diversity, for tolerance and for basic human
"Mr Mody's Human Struggle -- Religious Intolerance Videos"
Deb Handy prepared a video as a project for Mr Mody's Human
Struggle class. It features some interesting quotations, disturbing
pictures, and a short excerpt,
in German, of a speech by Hitler.
"PeaceWantLove" interviews an unknown man who gives his opinion
of the effects and cures of religious intolerance.
"Christian extremists disrupt Hindu Senate invocation"
posted a video -- one of many -- of a U.S. Senate morning invocation given
by guest chaplain Rajan Zed of the Indian Association of Northern Nevada.
He is also the director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple. For
several days in advance of the invocation, some fundamentalist Christian
groups had urged their members to object to the prayer, because Mr. Zed
would be "... seeking the invocation of a non-monotheistic God." He was
interrupted by three persons. One man called the prayer an "abomination" in
God's sight; another paraphrased the Ten Commandments, saying that you
"shall have no other Gods before you" As they were led away in handcuffs,
one protestor said: "No Lord but Jesus Christ!" and "There's only one true
God!". A male protester told the Associated Press, "we are Christians and
Police identified the protestors as being from Operation Save
America/Operation Rescue. That group said in a statement:
"The Senate was opened with a Hindu prayer placing the false god of
Hinduism on a level playing field with the one true god, Jesus Christ. This
would never have been allowed by our Founding Fathers." 1
"Stop religious intolerance teach love don't preach hate:"
"mp9yq9tx" posted a video whose beginning is reminiscent of the song in
South Pacific titled "You have to be taught" to hate and fear. She/he wrote:
"Becoming a parent may be the biggest responsibly we ever undertake.
Use it wisely for the good of all humanity. We are after all one race. We
all seek love and kindness from those around us. Its not hard to pass on
these gifts to all those we share this beautiful planet with. The monster
of hate, intolerance, bigotry, and prejudice can be slain. We just need to
pass on the powerful weapon of love, understanding, tolerance, and charity
to our children so they can tear down the monster. From this point
humanity may finally rise up to its full height and walk proudly together
into the future."
Mark Tran, "Protesters disrupt historic reading of Senate prayer by
Hindu," Guardian newspaper (UK), 2007-JUL-13, at:
Originally posted: 2009-AUG-21
Latest update: 2011-AUG-14
Author: B.A. Robinson
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