The Globalization of Tolerance

By Tony Blair Faith matters. Even if you are not of religious faith yourself. Over 4 billion people world-wide recognize … Continued

By Tony Blair

Faith matters. Even if you are not of religious faith yourself. Over 4 billion people world-wide recognize themselves as religious. They may not attend an organized place of worship. But Faith plays a part in their lives. A recent poll found that religion is important for around 30-35% of people in Europe, 65% of Americans and for about 90% of people in most Muslim-majority countries.

I started the Tony Blair Faith Foundation because I believe the modern world cannot work unless people from different faiths and cultures learn to live in peaceful co-existence with each other. Understanding increases the possibility of peace. Ignorance increases the potential for division.

The reason this is so important today is that globalization is shrinking the space we live in, making us share it, pushing people together in a way that is unique in human history. Some dislike this process. Some, like me, are content and even welcome it. But, for sure, it is a fact.

In this world, if religious faith becomes a counter force to this process, one which pulls people apart, then it becomes reactionary and divisive. So if I define myself as a Christian in opposition to you as a Muslim, then just as we are forced to live together by globalization, so we are forced apart by a view of religious faith that is exclusionary and hostile to those of a different faith to our own.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation works in a number of ways to prevent this happening. One way is an inter-faith encounter through action, which is why we are supporting the UN anti-malaria campaign, to mobilize the faith communities to become centres of distribution for bed nets and medicines in Africa. We work also for reconciliation where religion is a dimension in political conflict, as in the Middle East. A key part of our work is education. In partnership with Yale University in the United States we now have a “Faith and Globalization” course which began last year. This is now being extended to four other universities world-wide.

Now we are adding a new dimension: an education program linking up schools across the globe and across the faith divide. Launching officially today is Face to Faith, the new global schools project from my Foundation, designed to encourage young people of different faiths to learn directly with, from and about each other. Through structured video-conferencing, an online community and a course syllabus, Face to Faith gets secondary school students from across the world working together, investigating big global issues; sharing their own opinions, values and beliefs; and exploring the reasons for similar and different views. In this way, Face to Faith encourages young people to recognize the similarities between faiths but also, importantly, to respect and deal with the differences between diverse and often conflicting worldviews, helping to equip them to live in a global society made up of different faiths and beliefs.

Developed by an international group of educational experts and piloted with more than 1000 students on three continents, Face to Faith encourages young people to research what different faiths have to say about key global issues. The program supports them to explore the doctrines, practices and stories of major world religions; and, importantly, to understand the role of faith in the lives of others. How do their peers – believers and nonbelievers – feel and think, and think about what others assume about them?

Young people involved in the pilot are already reporting how their understanding of the role of faith in today’s world has increased by learning from those of differing social, cultural and religious perspectives. A student from Indian Heights School in New Delhi commented; ‘It’s so much more interesting and real to learn directly from people of a different religion rather than simply reading about them in a book.’

I am particularly impressed by the way our lead school in the US, St Thomas the Apostle, has taken up the challenge. Christina Teisch, Principal at St. Thomas the Apostle, has been an early pioneer of the program, and her pupils have responded superbly. St. Thomas the Apostle’s engagement in Face to Faith is a testament to the way in which the US has embraced the concepts of a globalized world and the way in which people of different faiths must live within it. They have been a valuable leader in the development of this program. Christina says,

‘For centuries, the aggression of our global societies have been threatened by religious conflicts. In no other way can we as educators guide our students towards peace than through dialogue, understanding and respect of all faiths on earth. My experience of the Face to Faith program has already given me invaluable knowledge of the challenges and triumphs of educators from various countries.’

Already, schools in Pakistan, India, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the UK, US and Canada have taken up the Face to Faith program and some interesting offshoots are emerging. Two schools in Canada and Palestine are extending the program, originally designed for 11-16 year olds, by arranging video conference discussions between groups of parents and grandparents interested in improving their own understanding of different faiths. And these adults are not the only ones. One of the Lebanese teachers involved in the program commented; ‘One of the highlights of Face to Faith is the regular exchange with the other teachers of different faiths who have already taught me so much about different practices and perspectives.’

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is dedicated to achieving understanding, action and reconciliation between the different faiths for the common good. It is not about the faith that looks inward; but the faith that resolutely turns us towards each other. The new program I am launching today, Face to Faith, has started a global conversation about and between different religions; a true conversation between people despite differences. An increase in religious literacy must surely follow and, with it, a new generation committed to interfaith understanding and respect.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. For more information go to www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org or email [email protected]

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  • colinnicholas

    For Mr Blair it’s like – “I was the Prime Minister of Great Britain so their really is a God.”

  • DoTheRightThing

    Now that Tony Blair has “had his ticket punched” at an RCC baptismal font, he’s authorized to tell us all how to be PC-religious, and woe to you if you do not tow his pro-abortion and pro-homosexual-behavior lines!

  • InterfaithNation

    END continued:Each Association will hath a (1) This CANDiDATE, (2) That CANDiDATE, (3) iNSUFFICIENT CANDiDATURE. A Plurality or a majority of Votes cast for the 3rd Alternate, means Note: The definition of the Apocalyptarians O.U.R. “FiRST FACT OF TRANS{FiNITE CiViLiZATiON” means the Perception of being are tracible to the CREATOR/Almighty of Photons & the Worlds, aka “IT” or “iTSELF”, a light that pulses-in-OUR-Blood as “LiFE” (+/- 98.6 Deg F. with certain Salinity like the OCEANIC MEGAPOLUME WOMB’s) & gives Us the Power of RAUCH (Breathing) ALL of which are the Aspects of the MIRACLE (a Holy Motion) that includes OUR Birth (never Sin/Curse) in the Sequence of Goobye MOSES/JESUS, Goodbye MUHAMMAD/SUFI, goodbye VYASA/GAUTAMA/CONFUCUS..!Hello/Welcome to the

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    Oooopppssa:DO NOT FORGET The [Non Violent] Prisoners”A REVELATION: (opposite Secret Or Fact: All the competing ABRAHAMIC (Great?) FAiTH(s) SYSTEMS (man made) & their LEADERSHIPS via their “NOVEL STARS” that eventually & PRE-Apocalyptically trickled into their (not O.,U.R.) Organized Worships via the [Holy?] this includes the “VEDIC” (man Made) Systems of Belief/Realion/Faith & their Leaderships via their (not OUR) Have their “HISTORY” (our “JURY”) behind ViOLENCE! aka Mr. Moses is was also a Prisoner, Murderer, Slave, Fugitive too! Mr. Mohammad was also a fugitive & a PEDIOPHILE etc.. JESUS was also a PRiSONER. Note: John the Baptist got his Head Choppewd off. And John died in Potnus Prison et al! The VYASA of Hindu’s escaped from the Beduins. and “Krisher & Vishnu” RAMMA story’s is as evil as the Moses “Drunkin Noah Racist Stories” ANDThe GAUTAMA of Buddhisim “Escape from BiRTH..KARMA stories” as if being Born in some Miracle is a Curseth CYCLE Story’s & is just as Unjustly Wrong & Pre-Apocalyptic as the Others competing for a name for god INSTEAD OF G-D Systems. Hence The Dali Lama & his Violent MONKS!YES! [This] PRE-APOCALYPTIC “WORLD(s) RELIGION(s)” must , like from a Catterpilar to Butterfly, be Changed [via the U.N.'s World Faith Exchange Body/Assembly) into a Butterfly again! "IT" {G-D by 1,000 names & no more by 99, is Not a "HE" or a HIM nor a SHE/Her) must evolve into the "Religion Of Everything before, the Science of Everything."Hence: This "R" proves that R.eligion is not like the PATTERNs of a Butterfly or, nor like what OUR father/Prophet of Many Hir Albert Einstein [pbuh et al] mentioned as if We are all Snails & each of our Shells has a Unique Pattern (not Religion). So “R” (not Man made) is Seperate & Natural/innate from “P.M.G.” (man made) but ingrained in i.S in E.! Note: According to the ‘Invisible Hand?” that E.Conomics is Everything!

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    So, Based on the Global “Think GLOBALLY & Act LOCALLY? or is it the Other way around?iMAGINE a “Gridarian-Democracy” [G.-D.] of G.overnment where the Parlament, Knesset, Dumma, Congress/Senate.. has therein – on the Floor – for ALL the World to See in REAL-TIME via Internet/TV’s/Phones what is called the “PEOPLES VOTARY EXCHANGE” [Electronic Board] Instead of a “Stock Exchange” board!COMMENTARY: Let’s consider a fresh Global Problem; Today One only has to Simply? Look at the Cause & thus effects of OUR (not Your) Global/World Financial Havoc/Tsunami! And there from Follows a G.overnment Bailing-Out , in desperation (short of Panic) certain Industries like the Bank SECTs , Auto & Mortgage & Stock Brockerages and “The Peoples”? “Stimulus Packages.” Yet, Accordingly AND Under the respective for example: AMERiCAS CONGRESS, aka THE PEOPLE’s Congress & IT’s SENATE [Run/Controlled By Millionares, aka PLUTOCRATS, not OLIGARCHS] would’ve Never been able to Throw Money away Without The CONSENT Of The PEOPLE”! This means that Before Anyone [Usurper] Elected Candidate can Write a Check to any Auto Industry, Banks, Mortage Companys & Insureres et al; that They must 1st ASK THe PEOPL:E via the “PEOPLES EXCHANGE” 1st!So Congress must lay the Questions Simple ^& Bare on that “Board’ for all tio see & For All to VOTE That Day ot That Weeks via Every HOME & or Every Cell Phone that are Counted via “NAY” or YEA”!!So Bush or Obama & those Following can’t Go Over “The PEOPLES Heads” without 1st giving It’s Citizenary/Denizary 1st VOTE on The Question: i.e.”Shall U.S.A. engage in War in IRaq?” Should U.S.A. Bail-Out GM or Chrysler or FANNY MAE or BANK Of America, Chase, Wellsfargo etc..!?????Hence The desperate Need (also on an International bases via U.N.’s open to all NATION Exchange) for such a NEW/novel System of Governing. AndUnder G.D. “The People” besides Recieved Tax Rebates will also recieve an “EQUAL” portion or “Common SHARE-RiGHTS” of All them Industries that Congress hath Bought out via (OUR, not Their) Tax Payers Money?Soo, NO WAR or NO ALLOCATING MONEY for Bail-outs, includes Appropriating Money’s to FAITH BASED Initiative Orgs without the express Consent thereof & from the U.S. VOTARY ASSOCIATION.So, A “NAY” will never can become a “YEA” except by the Votary Association, or risk Get REPLACED (Expendable) A.S.A.P! And that Dangerous & selfserving Abusive “EXECUTIVE ORDER” Powers will loose their Color/Luster too!See see what WE [i] See? Imagine Getting to VOTE on the Real Issues & Contraversies at hand, instead of USURPATIONists!??????

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    ooooppssa: VOTE for the ALL ‘The-People’ of the Nations going Synergetic with-each-other are to have a iMPORTANT: S-E-C-U-L-A-R- Governing is K-i-N-G, not only Cash! Soo,GRiDARiAN-DEMOCRACY [G-D] is not Fit for any of S.S. Earth’s Nepotistic MONARCHY’s nor the Jealous “THEOCRATIC” Governments!VOTE: GRIDARIAN GOVERNMENT! Note: The Airwaves (Radio Waves, like Light Rays) Belongs to Every Automatic Born Citizen/Denizen of Space-Ship Earth; ANDSister MOON/Luna, Brother Mars, Cousin Titan, Uncle SATURN, Aunt VENUS, Grandma/Pa Solor/Sun & Great Great Great… Grand/Ma=Pa GALAXY who is DUE-TO-BE Wed to ANDROMEDA Galaxy +/- 2.3 Billion Years from Now; Also Belongs to ALL (not You) ANDIT follows that ALL of S.S. Earths Limited supply of PETRO Fields/Pockets belongs to ALL good “HU{e}MATES” Too (not only to HUMAN{O-iDS)! Thisincludes All Of S.S. Earth’s scarse URANiUM too!iMAGINE Creating an In This way: True EQUALITY, not Only via True RELiGioN & True SCience will be realized (Locally & Globally ) on S.S. Earth but simultaneously) but true Rationing of Precious [limited] Resources will make [This] World a very HAPPY Place to genuinely LIVE & LOVE on as ‘Promised in All YE “iNFIXUS BOOKS” which Prophetically & Inevitably Consolidated “iTSELF” into the “O.ne U.niversal R.eligion” Booklet/Pamphlet!?Continued:

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    Before i [WE] begin please admitt to Crainials that this via through “LOVE & SEX” is the ‘EVIDENCE’ (do not be in Denial please) of OUR (not Tribal, but Earths) “CREATOR” (G-D) that WE [i] YE, US all art —(1) GRiDARIAN VOTARY ASSOCIATIONS: Consists of 1,000 Votaries (Precints) but can fluctuate apportionmently from 750 – 1500, splitting at the 1500 Marx/Max into 2-two Assoc’s of 750 Each, so that the Waxing & the Waning of the population will be Enumerated accordingly, includes Changes of Domicile/residence, very similar to the “Growth Process” which occurs in the Human & HU{e}MATE body & throughout ALL, EVERY & ANY (2) EMiSSARIAN TEAMS: The (3) GRiDARIAN AUCOURANCY: like The President [AUCOURANT], Vice President [V. AUCOURANT] & their Constituant parts thereat..(4) EGiS TEAM: The Sponsors whom PROTEC the Structure of the G.-D. System of Government!Remember also the Commentary: There are t stages: (2)the Over & Over & Over … between the

  • Counterww

    As usual you have it wrong Colin.Reasonable minded people can see that when you emphasis greed, hatred, and malice in your life, even the religious can twist their lives to make it seem okay to be that way.The trend will ALWAYS be for people to believe in a higher power – God. It ‘s those that can’t or won’t see that, that are deficient- common sense IS to believe in God. Faith , hope and love go together, and without all three, the world would be a very sad place indeed.

  • EarlC

    I still like Tony Blair. It was too bad that he got suckered by George Bush. Launching a war of choice is very hard to explain on Christian terms.I heard John Hagee today putting the worst light on Muslims. It seems as it he does not believe that they can be moderate. He says that they are charged to defeat the Christians and Jews. It seems to me that Christians are supposed to defeat the rest of the world. Am I missing something?

  • InterfaithNation

    1,000 Wedding = 1,000 curses SUASAN JACOBY et al or CO.,!

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    Wow! Such Jealous “MODERATOR’S” on this Entire Curseth/Sineth WAPO; aka NEWSCORP. EVIL Syndicate! WOW!Amazing, NO GRACE():PS: You allowed i {WE] to blog because Ye was soo soo lost foer a NEW Philosophy, aka a “NEW SONG” that Ye Lowered Ye Seklves To The SATAN/JIN/KALi/….!Rich People?/folk? yet POOR, POOR & Ye Posterity! Same Shiat!

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    Susan Jacoby [Plagerizer] ten Face & Tongues:1st Deteted Post: Jacoby’s; SDtate or Clergy MARRIAGE Ceromony essay etc..–We art Not Alone. So, let’s get down to Earth aye.Truth (opposite MYTH): If any Individual potential HU{e}MATE – of S.S. Earth, aka S.S. GAiA, S.S. GEOiD aka S.S.Houston/U.N., Not Churches; YE/they hath NO Worries on Guest Voices: The Globalization of Tolerance – On Faith at washingtonpost.com Page 11 of 132) “Let there be NO Abuse of LOVE to forgive3) “Let there be NO Hassling over a NAME for G-d!”4) “Let there be NO Denial of FREEDOM OF EKLAH-T-iONity} as APOCALYPTIC Religion et al!”5) “Let there be NO D6) “Let there be NO Unjustifiable HOMICIDE or HURTING!”7) “Let there be NO Sex with Non-CONSENTERS or8) “Let there be NO Theft from NON-THIEVES or NONUSERERS!”9) “Let there be NO False WITNESSING or Un-JUST Judging!”10) “Let there be NO Envy of {HU} {MATES} or Folks keeping these FIATS of O.U.R.12) “Let there be NO Procrastination nor LAZYNESS nor Idleness & Sloth!”13) “Let there Be NO Denial To Self Nor Others inPOSTED BY: INTERFAITHNATION | JUNE 9, 2009 11:31 AM —–

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    Continued SUSAN JACOBY PLAGERIZING Essay’s by Deleting #3:—

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    Susan Jacoby Racist & PLAGERiZING’s by DELETION of Essays #5—

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    Susan Jacoby & WAPO, aka “NEWSCORP” Delete & Then Steal & Plagerize Essay’s as if thiers!??%6:

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    SUSAN JACOBY & Jealous WAPO & NEWSCORP delted Essays & PLAGERIZIZED Novel & NEW IDEAS etc..

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    So, Based on the Global Gridarian Democracy Movement:

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    Susan JACOBY & WAPO SU{CKS! They Plagerize & Work for George Town, Catholic Garbage! Wapo/onfaith/postglobal et al are’ S-A-T-A-N-S

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    Before i [WE] begin please admitt to Crainials that LiFE is a

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    oooppssa: Before i [WE] Depart CYBER EARTH again &

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    Dear SUSAN JACOBY [Moderator; aka Atheist/Agnostic big mouth] et al, WHY DID YOU & CO.? DELETE i [OUR] Work???Sha{me Sha{me on You & Co., aka Partners in Crime:PREJUDICE, RELIGiOUS JEALOUSY , RACISM of Etc..!Please Do Not Reprint Nor Recycle nor Plagerize The Essays i [WE] PostedHere & at Englands ex-Prime, Tony Blaire (Guest Speaker etc..)!Notice: As Warnen Many Times Before: YOU & WAPO, NEWSCORP, CORP. & Divisions will be suide in FEDERAL COURT!Please restore or it will happen! ASAP! FOOLS!POSTED BY: On SUSAn JACOBYs site but JEALOUSLY DELETED!Suddenly: Now Interfai{Nation needs a Curly Bracket to Trick Them in order to Pst & Scrabble The Language .. etc..! What EVIL! So Evil With Evil Here Ye Cometh, not US!INTERFAITH{NATION | JUNE 10, 2009 7:21 PM

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    Note: “DEEPAK CHOPRA” is another Jealous PLAGERIZER!

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  • AbuNawas

    Tony Blair is a war-criminal and should be tried for war-crimes.This is insulting to the memory of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who lost their lives.The Washington Post which rooted for the war obviously condones and promotes this impunity.Convict Tony Blair. Put this war-criminal on trial.

  • phillinehan1

    Tony Blair Does GodTony Blair has confessed that, before he decided Iraq to invade,When his chum George had made up his mind,The name of the Almighty he never did mentionOnce Tony had left the Primer Minister’s homeNow his ever increasing displays of religiosityAs there his intervention was no resounding successHe who said the media acted like a feral beast when they did not toe his line, Tony stated that he wanted it well understood Its first task, he suggested, should be to donate mosquito netsIf any are offered by donors who do not in religion believe,What is his ultimate goal as he sets out to do good?