Monday, December 25, 2006


Understanding Others

On this pagan holiday, I bear witness that there is just but one God...

I ask that folks study different religious faiths in order to understand other people. Otherwise, you will be condemning yourself to a lifelong journey of hatred and misguided judgement. Many people have strong religious convictions, and it would be impossible to understand them without first understanding their beliefs.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic faiths practiced by about half of the world’s population. Monotheism refers to the belief in one God. People are often mistreated for their beliefs. In the last century as many as six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Religious conflicts persist in Ireland, the Middle East and in many other parts of the world. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 are likely the result of religious conflicts. By understanding one another, we can hope to not just develop tolerance but respect for all people.

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