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We need to distinguish between tolerating BELEIFS and tolerating PRACTICES. If Fred Flint stone believes the GRAND POOBAAH is the overmind of the universe-that's fine with me ..I can tolerate that. But if he believes he needs to feed the Rubbles to Dino as a sacrifice to said POOBAH -well, that's different!

posted by NeomancerNorthStar on May 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM | link to this | reply

I wish I could believe that Islam teaches peace but I don't see it
As a Christian it is embarrassing and horrifying to see some of the things that have been done in God's name, but it wasn't God, it was mankind.  The man who wanted to burn the Koran is wrong, but so is building a mosque at the pain of 911.  I am open to listening to anyone, and love to discuss what people believe and think.  I know terrible things have been done in the name of Christianity (extremists) and there are extremists in any religion but Islam is teaching young children to hate, and that we are infidels.  Scary stuff.

posted by poetjpb on September 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM | link to this | reply

Sinome --yes

posted by poetjpb on September 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM | link to this | reply

I am with Sinome, she couldn't have put it better and before you go too far with the open arm aproach check out Islam in France and Germany, and England?

posted by UtahJay on August 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM | link to this | reply

Religious Tolerance
I totally agree in focusing on similarities in all faiths or religions.

posted by csherloc on June 26, 2010 at 5:07 AM | link to this | reply

This is certainly a welcome approach.

posted by Straightforward on May 8, 2010 at 4:35 AM | link to this | reply

yes, there is a lot in common

if you see the patterns of festivals and the seasons of faith, you'ls laways see the similarities hidden all the religions. Its saddening as why people dont see them. Religions are thoughts of wise men towards a better tommorow. And as you said, few are modified by thoughts of not so wise men. 

All in all they are differents paths to reach the same goal. Reach by  flight, train, bus or walk, the point is you reach your destination.

The reason I am here today and reading your blogs is for religion took over our lives than love. But I dont blame religion, for I have the power to choose.

posted by freeflyinbird on April 1, 2010 at 3:27 AM | link to this | reply

I agree that we should tolerate other's beliefs... but I personally take exception when someone tries to ram their way of thinking down my throat.  While it is true that most religions have extremists and  violence in their histories... unfortunately it is Islam the one that we are being forced to deal with now.  I give you that if we were living in the middle ages , perhaps Christianity would have been just as violent and forceful, and that in ancient biblical times, Jews were just as bad, but we are not living then  and in our present day world it is mostly Islam that teaches in some of their schools hate rather than love and peace.  I have videos and recordings, some taken by me personally, others that I have saved from the internet,  of children repeating their lessons to beautiful music in Islamic schools, their angelic voices sound so beautiful and harmonious... but if you know the language you would hear they are saying death to the infidels over and over again in different ways...some quite horribly descriptive, like " may they drown in their own blood"  and so on. These small, sweet, innocent, beautiful kids  ( 5 - 8 years old) do not know what the meaning of their words is yet... but those words are being carved into their brains and hearts. As far as I know there is no such indoctrination being done in Christian, Jewish or Buddhist schools.  I know that not all muslims do this or feel that way... but the fact that they choose to be different do not excuse the ones that do raise their children to hate... so, please   don't tell me that all religions spread peace and love...  As much as I would like to believe that... unfortunately is just not true.  Be well.

posted by Sinome on March 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM | link to this | reply

I like the tone of this mail

posted by Straightforward on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 PM | link to this | reply

"Islam is no more violent than Christianity or Judaism"
that is just simply not true at all. As a matter of fact it is outright false. do you see christians or jews blowing up themselves or others? Do yousee Christians or jews teaching their childrens to be a Shahadi? which is a child that kills himself or others? NO! ITS ON ISLAM THAT DOES IT!!! How can you possibly say that "Islam is no more violent than Christianity or Judaism" Gee!!! THAT IS not tolerance it is outright propoganda

posted by Tzippy on March 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM | link to this | reply

Or worthlessness.   I'm very anti-religion (for me) but a straight, god-fearing father of 2 and teacher of 40 years.  I like the Greek interpretation, much better than the NA Indians who believed that even the wind had a spirit to pray to.  man has always strived to explain his existence to himself; many have exploited that fact;  still it is true that mankind flourished is cultural subgroups, helping one another, but excising those whose beliefs differ from the main body of the group.  Welcome to blogit.  Refreshing indeed!

posted by dsm_tchr on March 30, 2010 at 3:28 PM | link to this | reply

My faith practices tolerance and acceptance and it should be that way! I believe we are more similar than different when God is the focus and religion serves as a means to worship Him! sam

posted by sam444 on March 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM | link to this | reply

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