Friday, April 1, 2011

Need for Religious Toleration

CNN, as usual, is on top of late breaking news events. This evening I read about the bloody attack on a United Nations building in Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan which is suspected to have been carried out by a mob protesting last month's Quran (Koran) burning by Pastor Terry Jones.

"The Florida pastor made headlines last year when he threatened to burn Qurans to protest Islam, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. On March 20, he went through with the act, this time failing to attract widespread media attention. However, the incident triggered outrage in Pakistan, which condemned the desecration and called for him to be charged with terrorism..."

The first word that came to my mind is wacko (a person who is regarded as eccentric, mad, irrational...)

Jagad Guru writes,

"Hatred and conflict are often rooted in differences between people of different races and religions. We all need to respect people of different races as well as people of different faiths and religions. We need to unite by recognizing our common desire and need for a harmonious society -- a society in which we and our children and families and friends and communities can all live our lives in peace and harmony. Regardless of our race or religion, we all want and need such social harmony."