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Interfaith Ahimsa: A New Toolbox for Responsible Engagement

Interfaith Ahimsa A New Toolbox for Responsible Engagement

The interfaith movement is an attempt to create dialogue and harmony among various religions. It is especially active and well-funded in Western countries. Though its intentions are noble, my contention is that this movement really sits on quicksand because it is based on political correctness and over-simplifications. Its narrative is fictional, highlighting humanity’s shared political and economic interests and emphasizing religious similarities. It ignores the deep rooted differences that cause interfaith conflict in the first place, making the movement a comfort zone where the regulars can feel good. A well-known cast of characters dominate many conferences and this coterie of prophets of ‘world peace’ frames the conversation to perpetuate their roles.

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