Codes of Tolerance and Respect for Religious Leaders
- As spiritual leaders for the people of the world, all religious representatives bear a very special responsibility to promote tolerance and respect towards other religions, races and ethnic minorities.
- Where you are in a majority you give tolerance, where you are in a minority your receive tolerance.
- The founders of all major religions in the world demanded tolerance and respect towards other believers, races and minorities – this has been often forgotten in the public, covered by acts of hatred and turned upside down by hate-mongers who misuse religion to gain power and influence for themselves.
- The religious leaders must revitalize the roots of tolerance and lead the masses to peaceful behavior, impeaching the hate-mongers among their religious groups. Courage and openness are needed now.
- History shows many examples of religious leaders protecting those of other religions from extremist violence. These traditions – and not those of the extremists – must be revitalized and celebrated.
- Interreligious dialogues must be encouraged and carried out respectfully. When different religious groups engage one another, mutual trust can be built up and misunderstandings can be prevented. While such a dialogue can be tense and difficult, factors like respect, kindness and a belief in mutual humanity can help both sides to accept one another and defuse petty conflicts.