The G20 Interfaith Forum is meeting in Tokyo ahead of the secular G20 Summit in Osaka later this month.
Not all scholars are men or women of God.Not all religious scholars are
men or women of God.Since you likely do not know the religious scholars
from BYU(or from anywhere else for that matter) better you should withhold
opinions until you truly know.I can promise you one thing, simply ask a
few people who know the scholars from BYU and you will soon learn if they are
truly men or women of God.
I cheer the participants. I pray that their efforts will touch at least a few
of the leaders of the world, even if the organization isn't big enough to
get a politician's attention. I am encouraged that after 6 years, the
organization still exists and is slowly growing.
@Not another naysayerThe religious right has proven long ago that religion
and morality are far from synonymous
Yes, this event and others like it are so very important in a world that quickly
is turning their backs on faith and morals.
There is much irony in this article, ranging from using a picture of a US
warship to place the story in Tokyo. Why not use a archival picture of the USS
Missouri, and make the current religious 'militancy' clear.Then the article make reference to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the late King
of Saudi Arabia, where there is anything but religious freedom, and there is no
dialog on going to change that in any significant way.If religious
freedom is a goal of the participants of this conference, let them start at
home.In the case of the the US, the various major churches could
campaign against using religious grounds for justifying discrimination, or using
religious grounds to impost a particular moral code.If religious
groups want to preach peace and love, let them show such fruits of their
labors.Otherwise the world has seen enough of the type of dialog
that has been exhibited by religious groups, when they have had full access to
the power of the state.
“Why these religious leaders (including one from BYU)...”Maybe the one from BYU is better styled as a religious scholar, instead of as
a religious leader?
I think that the G20 Interfaith Forum will garner as much attention in the
secular world as it appears to have captured in the spiritual world. Based on
the photos of the opening events it appears that about 20 people were present.