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European Parliament: Azerbaijan a Land of Religious Tolerance - Aleteia

European Parliament: Azerbaijan a Land of Religious Tolerance - Aleteia | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Here's one country where you probably didn't expect "cosmopolitan" to be the norm...
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Azerbaijan, a small country located in eastern Europe, has taken surprisingly progressive steps towards religious tolerance.  While most would believe the larger, much more wealthy countries to have to deal with this issue more (considering the variety of  religious backgrounds involved), this small country has taken upon itself the task of pushing towards religious acceptance, regardless of the fact that 96% of its population is muslim.  On the contrary, one of the comments on this article accused Azerbaijan of actually not being a religiously tolerating country, though this persons comments and attempts at justification are confusing.  Nevertheless, in my opinion, this is a major step for religious tolerance, even on a global scale.  Of course, it is necessary for the larger countries to tackle this issue as well, but the fact that smaller more independent and less religiously diverse countries are doing the same showing the worldwide effort towards accepting all faiths and religious backgrounds.

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Western tolerance has fuelled growth of immigrant ghettoes - Templeton Prize winner - Telegraph

Western tolerance has fuelled growth of immigrant ghettoes - Templeton Prize winner - Telegraph | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Former Czech dissident and priest Tomáš Halík says West has replaced Christian message of ‘love thy neighbour‘ with ‘tolerate thy neighbour‘
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Western religious tolerance has been a big step towards religious acceptance and inclusivity, but in a sense it has divided cultures and religion even more, although they may be geographically closer to each other.  This article describes how the religious tolerance has simply lead to an increase in immigrant ghettoes.  The religious attitude has drawn more religion into western society but has ended there.  In other words, they form their own separate, isolated groups rather than all come together and conglomerate, reflecting true religious acceptance.  There were no comments for this article.  This article stressed the important difference between tolerance and acceptance which I have grown increasingly interested in.  Many hear the words religious tolerance and think the battle to be over, but this is only the first step of many towards having all religions feel truly welcomed and accepted in a city/ country/ etc.

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Haynes: Education needed to promote religious tolerance

Haynes: Education needed to promote religious tolerance | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Anti-Semitism is a bigger problem in America than is commonly acknowledged.
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This article specifically address the anti-semitism issues in the US, though it does still touch on general religious tolerance in the country.  In 2012, a terrifying 63% of all religiously motivated hate crimes were directed at the Jewish community, highlight the enormity of this issue.  Thus, it is discussed that a possible solution could be to try and instill ideologies of religious acceptance in people from the start, more specifically in schools.  Unfortunately there were no comments for this article on the page.  For me, this article poses an interesting solution (or alleviation at least) for religious intolerance.  Efforts certainly need to be dedicated towards tearing away any religiously discriminatory thoughts from the youth before those thoughts sprout and lead to violent action, similar to the acts of Frazier Miller that were discussed in the article.

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FT: ‘Disaster’ looms amid rising religious intolerance in Malaysia, neighbours

FT: ‘Disaster’ looms amid rising religious intolerance in Malaysia, neighbours | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 ― A steady growth of religious intolerance in Asian countries including Malaysia could turn into “disaster” for the region, a Financial Times (FT) columnist has warned.

David Pilling, a columnist for the influential UK paper,
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This article discusses the growing religious hostility in Asian countries, including Malaysia.  Despite some of these countries "typically enjoying the reputation as moderates", the intolerance has targeted atheists, muslims, and non-muslims as Malaysia as well as other countries are beginning to reinforce their exclusive ideologies.  Comments talk about having a Malaysian leader who will promote acceptance of different faiths, because without it, violence is bound to occur.  Unfortunately this just teaches me that the fight for religious tolerance is certainly not uniform across the world.  The tone from this article as well as the content itself seem to hint at growing anger and thus fear with regards to religion and being able express one's true beliefs.

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Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial 2014 - America Is Beautiful - YouTube

The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here. Watch the Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial and discover why #AmericaIsB...
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This Coca-Cola commercial illustrates many different languages, cultures, and religions reciting the United States Anthem.  This sparked a huge backlash of negative reactions to the video, including many people who firmly believed that this national anthem could not be shared with all these different people because of how it is American.  On the other hand, there are other comments praising the community of accepted people and religions from around the world that is portrayed in the commercial.  In my opinion, I think the video should be accepted.  Whether certain Americans like it or not, our country is increasingly veering towards housing a plethora of diversity (such as cultural, religious, etc.).  

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The Idiot's Guide to Smart People: Religion (Ep. 3 of 3) - YouTube

The quickest way to alienate your smart friends? Mention your sincere religious beliefs. SUBSCRIBE to Above Average Network: http://bit.ly/LlHUTM TWEET This ...
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Obviously there is a lot of sarcasm embedded in this comical video, but it also brings up interesting trends in the modern response to religion and the social implications that arise from that.  This video discusses how openly displaying piety is a way to isolate yourself from society, especially when it has nothing to do with mainstream media.  While reading the comments, I was not surprised with many of the reactions.  The video discusses basically how only idiots delve into religion and how the only smart religious people are atheist, and again, although there is obviously a sarcastic tone, one can imagine that many of the statements could grind the gears of religious folk.  I find the video interesting because of how it addresses the general shift away from religion and religious practices in modern society.  This can thus create an uncomfortable atmosphere for those who do seriously worship and intend to outwardly express their religions, being a notable factor in religious intolerance.

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Religious Tolerance is a MUST!

Respecting the Religious Beliefs of all others brings peace and harmony. Respecting other's religious beliefs is advantageous for all: http://what-buddha-sai...
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This article is about religious tolerance and the importance of it from several different standpoints.  It describes how religious intolerance has "always been a short road to trouble", and that is contradicts the survivalist goals on a fundamental level.  Although this video focuses on tolerance, there are comments regarding the idea that tolerance alone is not enough.  We should extend further to the point of embracing and openly accepting all religions.  I found the survival aspect of the religious tolerance discussion to be quite interesting.  When we, or I specifically, think of religious intolerance, I link it with discomfort and exclusivity, but the truth is that it goes beyond that.  Religious intolerance has been linked to many millions of deaths in the past, halting the simple yet, because of this issue, seemingly complicated idea of survival and the right to life in general.

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Gulf Daily News » Local News » Pledge to promote religious tolerance

Gulf Daily News » Local News » Pledge to promote religious tolerance | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
THE VATICAN: His Majesty King Hamad and Pope Francis last night pledged to work towards renunciation of all forms of religious fanaticism to achieve civil tolerance and peace. "Bahrain is constantly working to reinforce values of tolerance and co-existence among all religions and embrace the path of moderation and renunciation of fanaticism and extremism," His Majesty said.
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The King of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican to discuss the promotion of religious tolerance.  Both figures though the cooperation of the Vatican in the pursuit of expansive religious tolerance and acceptance was vital.  Pope Francis also praised Bahrain for its persistent and fruitful efforts dedicated towards religious tolerance.  There were no comments on this article.  In my opinion, this is definitely the right step in the process of religious tolerance and acceptance.  Going beyond domestic boundaries in the promotion of religious tolerance is vital, especially considering how this will evolve, and should already be, a global endeavor.  Also, the fact that the Pope himself is stressing the importance of religious tolerance will hopefully provoke even the most deeply faithful to tolerate and even accept other faiths as well.

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UN: Mali applauds Morocco’s support to quest religious tolerance

UN: Mali applauds Morocco’s support to quest religious tolerance | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Mali applauded on Monday at the United Nations Organization Morocco's support to the quest of "a religious culture of tolerance and peace".
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In Mail's quest for religious tolerance and peace, the Malian minister of culture N'Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo praised Morocco's involvement in the issue as well as their religiously accepting situation.  This was all discussed during the United Nations meeting on sustainable development for 2015.  Not comments were provided on the page of this article.  In my opinion, this could serve as a huge precedent for countries in the future and a big step for the expansion of religious tolerance.  It almost seems to reflect a sort of domino effect in which one country, seeing how another country begins to foster religious tolerance and acceptance, will emulate this, hopefully spreading throughout the surrounding regions/ countries and ultimately throughout the entire world.

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UNIMAK takes Religious Tolerance to another level

UNIMAK takes Religious Tolerance to another level | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Sierra Leone News, Sierra Express Media, for your trusted place in news!
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UNIMAK has brought several religious leaders together from the Sierra Leone region to discuss the impressive religious tolerance of the area as well as the plans for going forward with this tolerance.  After the war in the area, an expert visited the Sierra Leone discussing how the religious tolerance was something of a success story, yet work was certainly required to sustain this throughout the upcoming years.  Unfortunately, there are no comments for this article.  For me, a very good point is brought up in this article.  Apart from the good news that the Sierra Leone has become one of the models for religious tolerance, the fact that the religious leaders of the region recognize and acknowledge how the battle for religious tolerance is certainly not over is key.  Similar to global warming issues, we cannot just make a single effort to end religious tolerance, but rather we must dedicate as much if not more effort into maintaining this and even furthering the inclusivity and acceptance of religions across the globe.

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Gulf Daily News » Local News » Bahrain's religious tolerance hailed

Gulf Daily News » Local News » Bahrain's religious tolerance hailed | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
A NEW place of worship for an estimated 140,000 Catholics in Bahrain will be a symbol of the country's religious tolerance, says a leading bishop.
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This article speaks to religious tolerance specifically in Bahrain.  Plans for the construction of a Catholic cathedral, supposedly given as a gift from the Pope, have been passed to respond to the 100,000 to 140,000 Catholics in the area.  Many recognize this effort as a symbol of the religious openness of the country.  Unfortunately, this article does not show any comments.  I definitely think this is a positive step towards religious tolerance.  Hopefully this sets a precedent not only for general religious openness, but also for demonstrating how many more people than we think may be practicing a religion that is not represented in the area. 

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Community college applicant alleges he was rejected because of religious beliefs - Baltimore Sun (blog)

Community college applicant alleges he was rejected because of religious beliefs - Baltimore Sun (blog) | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Community college applicant alleges he was rejected because of religious beliefs Baltimore Sun (blog) A prospective student at the Community College of Baltimore County sued school officials in federal court this week, contending that he was denied...
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This article deals with a young individual, Brandon Jenkins, who claims that the Community College of Baltimore County denied him acceptance purely based on his religious beliefs.  He is now filing a lawsuit against the school for what he believes is their religious intolerance.  Unfortunately this article did not show any comments on it.  In my opinion, I think it is somewhat shaky to think that it was only his religious beliefs that hindered his opportunity at the school.  Either way, whats important is that he truly believes he was being discriminated against, and this goes to show that the issue of religious intolerance has escalated to the serious level of interrefering with education.

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Interfaith Marriage in America: Transforming Religion and Families

Interfaith Marriage in America: Transforming Religion and Families | Religious Tolerance | Scoop.it
Interfaith marriages are on the rise in the United States, with some sources estimating that they make up as much as 45 percent of marriages. Two experts on the subject—Erika Seamon, author of Inte...
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This article regards the influx of interfaith marriages in America today.  It is estimated that these marriages make up 45% of all marriages, this being a very notable amount.  Although there are no comments directly on the article page, two women, Erika B. Seamon and Susan Katz Miller, have insight on the issue.  This article speaks about an event in which these two women discuss the benefits and drawbacks/ limitation of this type of marriage.  My topic being religious intolerance, I see this article to be a major sign of hope.  It proves the accepting nature of many communities which helps nurture these interfaith marriages, making it more comfortable for more religions.

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