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About the ReligiousTolerance.org website

How this website differs from other religious
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How this website differs from almost all other religious sites:

bullet Most websites promote the religious beliefs and worldview of their webmaster or sponsoring agency. We don't. We can't because we are a multi-faith group.  We try to explain the full diversity of religious belief in North America, from Asatru to Zoroastrianism, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Deism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, Wicca, other religious groups, and spiritual/ethical/secular groups, like Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism.
 
bullet We try to describe all viewpoints on controversial religious topics objectively and fairly. We cover a broad range of topics: e.g. whether women should have access to abortion, whether homosexuals and bisexuals should be given equal rights, including access to same-sex marriage. We also cover dozens of other "hot" topics, including the emerging controversy: equal rights for transgender persons and transsexuals.
 
bullet We acknowledge religious freedom, tolerance, and diversity as positive cultural values.

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Definitions, mandate, motto, etc.

Many religions assign different definition to common words and phrases. e.g.: "religious tolerance" and "religious freedom." So it is important that we define certain phrases up front.

On this site, religious tolerance means:

To extend religious freedom to people of all religious traditions, and none, even though you probably disagree with their beliefs and/or practices.

Having tolerance towards another religion does not require you to endorse that faith group's beliefs; it simply indicates your respect for its right to exist and for its members be free from discrimination. More info.

Religious tolerance does not require you to:

bullet Believe that all religions are equally true.
bullet Avoid criticizing actions by religious individuals or groups that harm others.
bullet Avoid comparing beliefs and claims of different religions with each other & with scientific findings.

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Religious freedom means that you can:

bullet Without oppression, believe, worship and witness (or practice freedom from belief, worshipping and witnessing), as you wish;
bullet Change your beliefs or your religion at any time; and/or
bullet Associate with others to express your beliefs, and explain them to others.

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Defining the word: "Christian:"

There are dozens of different definitions in circulation. Many people seem to have their favorite; they often believe that it is the biblical definition, and consider all others to be false.

We use the same definition as government census offices and public opinion pollsters: A Christian is a person who sincerely regards themselves to be Christian. That is, they honestly believe that they follow Yeshua of Nazareth's (a.k.a. Jesus Christ's) teachings as they understand them to be. This includes members of the Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), Roman Catholics, Unification Church, etc., along with tens of thousands of other Christian faith groups.

This topic generates more negative Emails from site visitors than any other. However, we needed to standardize on a single definition throughout our web site in order to be consistent.

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Our motto: 
bullet "A study of the world's religions will lead to an understanding of religious diversity.
bullet This understanding can lead to inter-religious dialogue.
bullet Dialogue may lead to peace among religions.
bullet Peace among religions would lead to peace among nations." 2

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Other inclusive religious web sites:

There are probably tens of millions of religious websites on the Internet. A Google search for "God" returned almost 500 million hits. Most describe and promote only a single tradition or faith group within a single religion. Some of the sites that are like this one and do cover a broad range of faith groups are:

  • Beliefnet.com discusses topics from all religions re: inspiration, spirituality, faith, news etc.
  • Christian.com is a free social network dedicated to the entire Christian world.
  • Patheos.com provides balanced views of religion and spirituality

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Latest update: 2010-SEP-08
Author: B.A. Robinson

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