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Monday, March 20, 2006

A UN of religions?

I was wondering what people thought about this:
BBC NEWS | Europe | Rabbi calls for 'UN of religions': "The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, has called for the creation of a world body with representatives from the major religious groups.

Rabbi Metzger was addressing the International Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Seville, Spain.

He called for the formation of a 'United Nations of religious groups'.

The Imam of Gaza, Imad al-Faluji, said politicians lied but religious leaders had a different objective - to work towards a higher good."
I for one am not sure what to think of this. I want the civilizations of the world, and their corollary religions to live in harmony. But I also recognize that many of the liberties that humans have garnered over the centuries have resulted from their abilities to counter the reactionary and liberticide aspects of some World religions. And the only way that was possible, was because all these religions did not get along, so they were isolated. So wouldn't a UN of religions bring about an era when religions of the World could organize to promote very inquistion-time like restrictions on individual liberties? I am just wondering...


  • Anything's possible, but that would require them to all get along and come to common agreement. Something which has proven extremely difficult even with the regular UN. And throw in the dogma of religion and the exclusivity of each particular religion and I don't see your fear coming to pass.

    By Blogger Brian, at 9:31 AM  

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