hat reason, he says, is a rise in hate crimesagainst Jews in Malmö, and a sense that local authoritieshave little desire to deal with a problem that has exposeda crack in Sweden's image as a bastion of tolerance and ahaven for distressed ethnic groups. Anti-Semitic crimesin Europe have usually been associated with the far right, but Shneur Kesselman, an Orthodox rabbi, says the threatin Sweden now comes from Moslems. "In the past fiveyears I've been here, I think you can count on your handhow many incidents there have been from the extremeright," he said. "In my personal experience, it's 99 percentMoslems."
s those of you who periodically visit our website know, we have a digital counter there whichshows the financial costs of the Iraq/Afghan conflicts tothe United States alone as they occur; and are conflictswhich are listed as two of our Hotspots of religious-basedconflict. In the Afghanistan conflict, the USA alonespends more than $250 billion a year including militarycosts and civilian aid. While this figure, which changes by the second, may not be 100% accurate, and whilesome may disagree with its totals or the way they arecalculated, it is fair to say that the figure is an astonishingone and certainly, in general, adequately reflects the coststo the United States alone of this one out of manyconflicts. As of September 1
, 2010 this cumulative costto the United States alone was more than $743 billion, upfrom $714 billion in April, 2010.
ABOUT THE CENTER
hat the Center, as a totally independentinstitution, does is unique. No other such organizationhas as its sole goal the reduction of religious-basedconflict through a practical and specific approach whichgoes beyond tolerance. We believe this problem is larger than religions themselves, not within their total control,and cannot be solved by them alone. They need our help. Non-believers and governments alike must work tosupport them in this effort.
n this respect, the Center’s primary mission iseducation. To educate, we must first publicize the problem of religious-based conflict and show how itaffects all of us - either directly or indirectly; either physically or financially - and in many instances, both.We then educate by offering an approach towards itsreduction not heretofore recognized, showing how wemust go beyond tolerance, the current mantra for its so-called resolution, if we are to succeed. We describe thisstep in practical, realistic, not altruistic, terms.
he Center does not purport to be able to
this problem; rather we show how the people and their governments can approach it and eventually cause changein the direction of its reduction. Since humans areimperfect, we cannot expect to totally resolve the problemof religious-based conflict, but we can, through thismethod, substantially reduce it - to at least manageable proportions.
ou can help reduce religious-based conflict inthe world – probably more than you think you can. Eventhough individuals have limited power when acting alone,when they act as part of a group with a common purpose,this power increases geometrically. By supporting theCenter – morally, actively or financially, you do just that – have more impact. For those of you who provide your moral support, we thank you. For those who either asformal Volunteers or as individuals discuss with othersthe Center’s work, we cannot be more appreciative. For those who have the financial means and make charitablecontributions, we are forever grateful to you.
ur cause is unique. Our message is spreadingdaily to more and more people and governmentsthroughout the world. Our work continues to receive praise from those who know of it.
ut we must reach more people and moregovernments in order to increase our impact. And in this process, we must not only publicize the problem of religious-based conflict, as well as its astonishing andgrowing costs to us all; but we must also explain whytolerance is not the answer to this problem. And, finally,we are leading the way towards
the people andtheir governments, showing them
to attain this goalwith a practical and realistic plan.
his, in brief, describes who we are and how wework to achieve the crucial goal of reducing religious- based conflict in the world.