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The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
9:5 When the sacred months are passed, kill the kafirs wherever you find them. Take them as captives, besiege them, and lie in wait for them with every kind of ambush. If they submit to Islam, observe prayer, and pay the poor tax, then let them go their way. Allah is gracious and merciful.
What the URI is offering is an interfaith movement that is strictly sponsored and regulated by participating UN governments.
The URI is a bridge-building organization, not a religion.
We respect the sacred wisdom of each religion, spiritual expression and indigenous tradition.
We respect the differences among religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions.
We encourage our members to deepen their roots in their own tradition.
Members of the URI shall not be coerced to participate in any ritual or be proselytized.
reply to post by opopanax
Anyone who is familiar with the human race knows how easily even the most harmless of causes may go awry in our hands.
Seeing that atheism killed more people in a couple of generations than all the history of the world's religions combined I'd say we'd be in a pretty bad place. Militant atheism, was the religion of revolutionary France, the soviet Union, Maoist China, Vietnam Cambodia, the shining path in Peru etc.
Those guys killed easily over 100 million people in a very very short time. Without christianity you would not even have the concept of charity or helping the unfortunate, whom in many pagan religions were felt to have deserved their fate and therefore were undeserving of pity. There would be no mercy hospitals, aid to the poor etc. etc.
So even without christianity we'd be in a bad place.
I am deeply aware that all of life is infused by a religious dimension: healthy religion, sick religion, anti-religion, indifferent religion. Further I believe that more and more frequently religion is being subordinated to the political designs of people who are bringing great harm to tribes, nations, the environment, and the global economy, and placing the world in under an elevated nuclear threat.
www . URI . org 9/11 at 10, URI at 11
"God" needs to get off of the money, out of politics, and out of the lives of everyone who want nothing to do with any gods, especially if it's a reanimated blood soaked corpse on a stick.
Should anyone desire to patronize the faith of their death gods, or whatever mythology they subscribe to, that's all fine and wonderful and good, so long as they keep such deeply personal things in the bedroom, in their home, or at their church, mosque, synagogue, temple, whatever.
The only people that want to hear about your religion, whatever that religion is, regardless of what it is, are the people that already have it, and those actively seeking something all their own who will ASK for it.
The world would be a much better place were people to divorce themselves from these primitive mythologies, superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs in invisible people in the sky.
Keep it at home, fine, but toting it around in public is just obscene.
I agree. I have several friends of different Christian sects who keep their religion as private as they do their bedroom kinks, which is how it SHOULD be. If one wants to think their religion is the be all, end all to life for themselves, they can go for it so long as they're not imposing on others. Treat your belief system as something highly private and cherished, not a commodity to shove at others. What I have a problem with is the effective pimping of it by patrons, imposing while unwanted.
A global initiative to get along is good in theory, but until the drive to convert or destroy is completely removed from all religions, it's never going to work. "Save ALL the heathens!" is as much a general mantra as "Kill ALL the disbelievers!" is an extremist one, and the religiously promised "reward" for plowing forth is too enticing for most to refuse.
I hadn't heard of the URI before. I'm reading up on it now and it doesn't profess to be a religion in and of itself or a movement to abolish Christianity, Islam, or any other religious/spiritual tradition.
It sounds like unitology