During this month of Ramadan, which ends around Sunday, July 27, ING, the nation-wide educational organization with its founding offices in San José, has been publishing a series of reflections on “First Principles of Religion.”
Along with their educational Islamic Speakers Bureau, ING for many years has offered an Interfaith Speakers Bureau, bringing representatives of five religious traditions to speak to congregations, schools, and other groups about the shared values among diverse religions. From those experiences, they have offered five key principles for supporting peace among traditions:
- Respect for Life
- Respect for Human Dignity
- Respect for Freedom of Thought and Expression
- Respect for Freedom of Religion and Conscience
- Respect for Others: The Golden Rule
What do you think? How do these principles fit in your own religious tradition? How might they serve as common ground for cooperation with other traditions? What other principles would you add?
You can read the introduction to the series and further development of each of the principles at the ING website.
[The introductory essay also appeared on Patheos on Day One of their special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which they showcase the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, and writers. The article also appears at the Huffington Post blog.]