Democratic Reconstruction of Religions and World Peace
International terrorism has been noted as the greatest danger to world peace in the present century. The single most important reason for this danger is the failing of many religious traditions to accept religions other than their own as true and valid and to teach their followers to respect people of a different tradition. Some of the same religious traditions fail to accord women the same status in society as they do men. This program highlights many parallels between the Hindu, Christian, and Islamic traditions. The nonessentials, such as the caste system among the Hindus in India, the Hijab among the Muslim women, and single motherhood everywhere, are cultural. Failure to understand the difference between the essentials and nonessentials of religion causes not only feelings of guilt in people within a particular religion but also leads to much of the inter-religious conflict in our society.