Mabda Report 06/03/13

Islamophobia to be seen as a crime against humanity, Erdogan

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said "We witness on a frequent basis, the shutting out and despisal of the other, whereas understanding the beliefs, culture and feelings of the other is what should be done. It has become inevitable for Islamophobia to be seen as a crime against humanity, just like zionism, anti-semitism and fascism."

"None of the divine religions approves terror; and above all, Islam, which is a derivation of silm, means peace. It is impossible for a religion of peace to encourage or approve of terrorism; we will never accept that. The Alliance of Civilizations is one of the most meaningful initiatives to remove prejudices and close the gap between sides."

The Third International Interfaith Retreat, Celebrating UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

Immediately following a much ballyhooed, but ultimately failed attempt, to bring the world’s religious leaders to the United Nations in 2000 for a first-of-its-kind engagement between the UN and the world’s religions, called the Millennium Summit, few thought religious communities and the UN would ever find the same footing with one another again.  Infighting within and amongst the religious communities and mismanagement of the event by organizers soured already fragile trusts for years to come.