This innovative chapel in Vojvodina, Serbia is a perfect model of freedom of religion. It allows visitors of any religion, including those that just come for meditation without being involved with any creed. A great way to further multicultural values that in the end helps positively on the global peace process.
The role of the Church –particularly Catholic- has been largely criticized for its political level of involvement even without much impact under the light of current crises. However, there capacity to reach millions of people around the world and influence entire communities makes them an important actor on this stage of multiple crises.
One of the main elements of this chaotic global crisis is the fake idea that there is another “Saint War” in which the Muslim world is against the Christian world. This is not true and its not the real concern, is only the message from leaders that paradoxically develop policies and military strategies around the Middle East. The never end conflict of Israel-Palestine is a good example of the biased interests around the creation of a war against the Muslim world. In which after 20 years of no solution there is a constant stream of hate and racist message. Going against the political will of most countries in the world. Indeed, Palestine is mostly recognized as a Nation in the world living the U.S. and a few more countries as their only partners in this war without international support.
The “opportunity” for confrontation of religions needs to be erased by a strong multicultural message at global level. Is in this sense that global institutions as United Nations must insist and be determinate on a reshape of current unbalanced power of the Security Council.
The only real differences are based on culture and habits not on religion; there is not much troubles when there are Muslim leaders that are searching for peace and boosting global values, although keeping their traditions. There has never been as much innovation in the Muslim world as in the last decades. The real burden is bigotry not religion and is it here where religious leaders must and can do something good for humanity. Defending a multicultural world does not mean giving up to their values but transforming them on an inclusive way of living.
All the illegal and violent activity developed by groups from the Muslim world that go against human rights and other international legislation must be addressed by no invasive methods in which the own Muslim world take action, on an attempt to boost stability by empowerment.
United Nations must work actively with those Muslim countries that agree with general principles on human rights and individual freedom as a way to get allies on this struggle for peace supporting them on building modern societies under their own rules and traditions. Is it here –once again- that religion plays a paramount role as catalyst of a cultural process of transformation towards peace and tolerance within the country and at global level with no-Muslim countries.
In all parts of the world there are groups or regions that tend to keep the same ancestral traditions for ages, however they must be submitted to control and supervision to guarantee the respect of others traditions and habits, so needed for a world based on peace. Having individual freedom as the main resource that rescue and protect them in case they do not agree or give consent.
If we respect “them” they will respect “us”. If there is dialogue there is no reason for religious confrontation and this space of multicultural exchange will definitely deliver peace.
They will be no threat if there is no threat from international leaders about a pseudo-global security without boosting principles of tolerance, respect of cultures and democratic values. Religious leaders must put their structures and messages at the service of “Educating” people on global values. Which means a strong work on individuals and civil society as a way to replace the lack of action from global leaders and institutions. Is it time for a solid joint action from all religious leaders on a coordinated organisation towards peace values.
Moving forward peace should not be just “defensive struggle” but a steady action of furthering freedom of religion and multicultural values. That’s is also part of a religious leadership not a theoretical endless dialectic that delivers more confrontation. Only by a truly inclusive and tolerant society is that the road of peace would be achieved.
Religious leaders….we need you for building innovative roads for peace!