And as you said, it’s not just Christians, and we’ve got to make sure,
one thing I think is very important for us to do on all of these issues
is to lead by example. That’s why I think it’s so important for us to
have religious tolerance here in the United States.
That’s why it’s so important for us, when we are criticizing other
countries about rule of law to make sure that we’re abiding by rule of
law, and habeas corpus, and we’re not engaging in torture, because that
gives us a moral standing to talk about these other issues.
Barack Obama in Saddleback Presidential Forum, August 16, 2008
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a
weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.
America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.
Inaugural Address at the Capital in Washington DC, January 20, 2009
U.S. President Obama: Partnership with the Muslim world to be restored with language of respect
What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error. Let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly. That is the first law of nature.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so.
I detest what you write - but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.
O! Thou God of all beings, of all worlds, and of all times We pray, that the little differences in our clothes,
in our inadequate languages, in our ridiculous customs, in our imperfect laws, in our illogical opinions, in our ranks and conditions which are so disproportionately important to us and so meaningless to you,
that these small variations that distinguish those atoms that we call men one from another
may not be signals of hatred and persecution.
Prayer for Tolerance by Voltaire, 18th century
The Holy Qur’an
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
“Do not contend with the people of the Book except in the fairest way.”
The Holy Qur’an, al-Ankabut, 29:49
No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself
Love your neighbour as yourself
Do not impose on others what yourself do not desire.
The capacity for getting along with our neighbour depends to a large
extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves.The
self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor’s
shortcomings as he is of his own.
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as
ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others
when we hate ourselves.
We are tolerant towards others when we tolerate ourselves.
We forgive others when we forgive ourselves.
We prone others to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.
If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human
relationships- the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live
together, in the same world at peace.
We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human
freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in
the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his
own way – everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want….. The
fourth is freedom from fear.