|World asked to help craft online charter for religious harmony|
|Nov 14 05:14 PM US/Eastern|
A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.
The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at http://www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a “wish” granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.
“Tedizens” include Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin along with other Internet icons as well as celebrities such as Forest Whittaker and Cameron Diaz.
Wishes granted at TED envision ways to better the world and come with a promise that Tedizens will lend their clout and capabilities to making them come true.
Armstrong’s wish is to combine universal principles of respect and compassion into a charter based on a “golden rule” she believes is at the core of every major religion.
The Golden Rule essentially calls on people to do unto others as they would have done unto them.
“The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony,” Armstrong said.
“If we do not achieve this, it seems unlikely that we will have a viable world to hand on to the next generation.”
Charter for Compassion invites people from “all faiths, nationalities, languages and backgrounds” to help draft statements of principles and actions that should be taken. (END OF ARTICLE)
“In fact, these were mostly ordinary people who joined the temple because they wanted to help their fellow man and be part of something larger than themselves.”‘-Yulanda Williams (Survivor of Jim Jones Cult)
The point of Christianity is not compassion, it is Christ… The point of our generation is to Glorify HIM (and through this we will be more compassionate and loving than anyone could even attempt to imagine)… This is why I want to preach Christ alone…