The Task of All Great Religions

Obama Quote Religion

This quote came to my attention via several pages on Facebook. You can read the entire speech at the UN on the White House website. Here’s a longer excerpt from which the quote in the image is taken:

It is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world.  No children are born hating, and no children — anywhere — should be educated to hate other people.  There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they’re Jewish, or because they’re Christian, or because they’re Muslim.  It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source, and that is the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.

That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate.  It’s time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down.

That means contesting the space that terrorists occupy, including the Internet and social media.  Their propaganda has coerced young people to travel abroad to fight their wars, and turned students — young people full of potential — into suicide bombers.  We must offer an alternative vision.

That means bringing people of different faiths together.  All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all great religions:  Do unto thy neighbor as you would do — you would have done unto yourself.

The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day.  Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies — Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose:  “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.”  Look at the young British Muslims who responded to terrorist propaganda by starting the “NotInMyName” campaign, declaring, “ISIS is hiding behind a false Islam.”  Look at the Christian and Muslim leaders who came together in the Central African Republic to reject violence; listen to the Imam who said, “Politics try to divide the religious in our country, but religion shouldn’t be a cause of hate, war, or strife.”

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  • Major kangaroo

    He doesn’t speak for Islam and his lies are silly and transparent .Islam calls for the death of all non muslims the establishment of sharia and cleansing the world of disbelief ,There is no reason whatsoever to believe for one second all muslim do not agree with these fundamental principles .

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Well of course he “doesn’t speak for Islam,” not being a Muslim. But neither do you, as can be seen from your comment – indeed, it is very obvious that you don’t actually know any Muslims, or perhaps even more likely, don’t know that you know any Muslims.

      • Major kangaroo

        I do in fact speak for islam.If one disagrees with me they disagree with “the prophet” If one disagrees with me and claims to be a muslim they are indeed in error and and are a hypocrite with no scripture on which to hang their opionion on . Thanks for reading my post. From the Standard Miami.