Rising Fires of Religious Prejudice

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Rising Fires of Religious Prejudice

Postby maxjasper » Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:32 am

Rising Fires of Religious Prejudice
With every day that passes, danger grows that the rising fires of religious prejudice will ignite a worldwide conflagration the consequences of which are unthinkable . Such a danger civil government, unaided, cannot overcome . Nor should we delude ourselves that appeals for mutual tolerance can alone hope to extinguish animosities that claim to possess Divine sanction . The crisis calls on religious leadership for a break with the past as decisive as those that opened the way for society to address equally corrosive prejudices of race, gender and nation . Whatever justification exists for exercising influence in matters of conscience lies in serving the well-being of humankind . At this greatest turning point in the history of civilization, the demands of such service could not be more clear . "The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable", Bahá'u'lláh urges, "unless and until its unity is firmly established."

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