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Interfaith Religious Worship and the Antichrist and the Abomination of Desolation and the End of the World

 

II Corinthians 6: [14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? [15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

     Most of the people of the world do not care, nor do they know about Truthful Godly Worship and they will be followers of the Worldwide Interfaith Religious movement that will eventually lead to the direct worship of the Devil/Satan in the body of the Islamic Leader of the Ten Arab Empire that will be established in the Middle East as an Islamic Caliphate...

 

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The goal of this study on this page  is to show how the False Religion of Christianity and Islam are being blended together into an Interfaith Worship of the Devil - Lucifer - Satan - The Islamic Antichrist who will be empowered by the Devil at the End of the World and will declare himself to be an object of worship. He is the Abomination of Desolation that will stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem at the End of the Great Tribulation Period.

With regards to the term: False Religion of Christianity; I simply mean the people who profess Christianity and truly might have been "Saved by Grace through Faith," yet they are in a heretical movement as a group of people of which are Falsely following the "Truthful Teaching" of the New Testament Scriptures pertaining the basic standards of which qualifies a group of Saved Individuals to be considered a "Scriptural Church". 

The vast majority of the followers under the term: Christianity are totally False and they will unite with the Religion of Islam, because the Devil desires to be worshiped by human beings and the best way to get this accomplished is to Falsely deceive the massive amount of people in all these False Churches.


These type of False Religion of Christianity are virtually any group under the phrase "Christianity" that does not believe in the "Truthful Teachings of the New Testament" regarding what a Local New Testament Church should be like.

If you are a "True Christian Believer" and you are not in a True Local Assembly/Church, then you personally will have to give an account to the Lord Jesus Christ on the:  Day of Evaluation as to why you were not...




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The Abomination of Desolation


Matthew 24: [14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. [15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  [16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: [17] Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: [18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. [19] And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! [20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: [21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Mark 13: [13] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. [14] But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: [15] And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: [16] And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. [17] But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! [18] And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. [19] For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. [20] And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. [21] And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: [22] For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. [23] But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. [24] But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, [25] And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. [26] And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

 

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The Lord Jesus Christ - The Son of Man

The Son of Man will return after the Abomination of Desolation sets himself up as an object of worship at the very end of the Great Tribulation Period. This man will be the Islamic Antichrist; the Arab leader of the Ten Arab Confederation/Empire of the Book of  who is the Abomination of Desolation, will be indwell or possessed with the spirit of the Devil will be destroyed by the Son of Man.

Most people throughout the world have no understanding concerning this subject and just like people in the days of Noah, will be totally consumed with the earth life they have in the flesh, they will be caught be unaware and the destruction of the earth with Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis will destroy most of humanity, just like the Biblical Flood destroyed everyone on earth, except Noah and his family.

Matthew 24:

  1. [27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
  2. [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
  3. [37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
  4. [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
  5. [44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.
Matthew 25:

  1. [13] Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.
  2. [31] When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matthew 26: [64] Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 13: [26] And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 14: [62] And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Luke 9:  [26] For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

Luke 12: 
  1. [8] Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God:
  2. [40] Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Luke 17: 
  1. [24] For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of Man be in his day.
  2. [26] And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.
  3. [30] Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Luke 21: 
  1. [27] And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
  2. [36] Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 22:  [69] Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.

Acts 7:  [56] And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.

Revelation 14:  [14] And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

You should only worship the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Revelation 19:  [11] And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

You should find  place to worship, such as:

Zion Baptist Church of Northwest Arkansas






THIS WILL BE THE LAST GENERATION
THE END OF THE WORLD; KNOWN AS THE END OF THE AGE OF GRACE

All of the Interfaith False Religious Followers of Islam, False Christianity and various False Religious Followers will unite and which will eventually lead to the worship of the Devil/Satan as he indwells the Islamic Leader of the Ten Arab Confederation of Nations; the ten Arab Empire in the Middle East. To the greatest degree, more so at the very end of the 3 1/2 year Empire, the Arab Leader will become possessed by the power of Satan and declare himself to be a god to be worshiped. When this happens, it will become the End of the World or the End of the Age of Grace...


II Thessalonians 2: [1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.


Revelation 13: [1] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  [2] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  [3] And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  [4] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  [5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  [8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.


An Islamic Religious Leader will arise in the Middle East and declare this Arab Leader to be an object of worship. Those individuals in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Eurasia who do not worship this Arab Leader of the Ten Arab Empire will be killed...


Revelation 13:  [11] And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  [12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  [13] And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  [14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.  [15] And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  [16] And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  [17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  [18] Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.


End of the World

 

Matthew 24 [ 1 ] And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. [ 2 ] And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. [ 3 ] And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

The English word: world, in verse 3, is from the Greek word:   αἰῶνος   -   aiōnos – and means: to the age or a space of time, an age. It really means: The end of the age of grace or the end of the assembly/church age.

 

Matthew 24: [ 5 ] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [ 6 ] And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [ 7 ] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. [ 8 ] All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 

Matthew 24: [ 21 ] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 

Matthew 24: [ 29 ] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [ 30 ] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [ 31 ] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

Matthew 24: [ 37 ] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [ 38 ] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [ 39 ] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


Mark 13: [ 1 ] And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! [ 2 ] And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. [ 3 ] And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, [ 4 ] Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? [ 5 ] And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: [ 6 ] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [ 7 ] And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. [ 8 ] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 

Mark 13: [ 19 ] For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

Mark 13: [ 24 ] But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, [ 25 ] And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. [ 26 ] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. [ 27 ] And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

 

Mark 13: [ 34 ] For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [ 35 ] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: [ 36 ] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. [ 37 ] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

Luke 21: [ 5 ] And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [ 6 ] As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. [ 7 ] And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? [ 8 ] And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. [ 9 ] But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. [ 10 ] Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: [ 11 ] And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

Luke 21: [ 25 ] And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [ 26 ] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [ 27 ] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [ 28 ] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

Luke 21: [ 34 ] and take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. [ 35 ] For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. [ 36 ] Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Isaiah 29:   [ 6 ] Thou shall be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake , and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

 

Matthew 24: [ 7 ] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquake s, in divers places.

 

Mark 13: [ 8 ] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquake s in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 

Luke 21: [ 11 ] And great earthquake s shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

Revelation 6: [ 12 ] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake ; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

 

Revelation 8: [ 5 ] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake .

 

Revelation 11: [ 13 ] And the same hour was there a great earthquake , and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [ 19 ] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake , and great hail.

 

Revelation 16: [ 18 ] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake , such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake , and so great.



 

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The following are some links to studies on this Website that provide some information about the Islamic Antichrist, who will become the Abomination of Desolation, who will declare himself to be an object of worship.

01.  How Large is the Antichrist's Kingdom?,
02.  WHAT IS THE NATIONALITY OF THE ANTICHRIST?
03.  THE FINAL EMPIRE OF ANTICHRIST
04.  The Antichrist's Empire,
05.  Who Will Be The Antichrist
06.  THE ANTICHRIST HORN WILL INITIALLY PREVAIL AGAINST ISRAEL
07.  Antichrist Islamic Attack Events up to the Second Advent of Christ
08.  Who Will Be The Biblical Antichrist

 

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The following are a few links about Interfaith Religious Worship.
Hopefully the links will open up to the correct page!!!
You can easily find religious groups that have Interfaith worship services, by simply doing a search for the words:
Interfaith Worship
Just click on this Link for starters:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=interfaith+worship&t=ffhp&ia=web

I strongly encourage you:
DO NOT become part of this type of Religious Worship.
This is all totally wrong, because these people are sharing in the path towards the worship of the Devil...



01.http://interfaithcommunitysanctuary.org/
02.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/07/interfaith-worship_n_952668.html
03.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interfaith_worship_spaces
04.https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/70931/muslim-christian-jewish-leaders-plan-interfaith-worship-center-jerusalem/#BlBMTL1h0cmeLC6l.97
05.http://interfaithcenter.org/
06.http://archive.episcopalchurch.org/eir/110055_53678_ENG_HTM.htm
07.http://universalist.org/event/sunday-worship-hour-11/
08.https://cathedral.org/initiative/interfaith/
09.http://www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/
10.https://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/02/the-dangers-of-muslim-christian-interfaith-dialogue
11.https://lstcccme.wordpress.com/category/interfaith-worship/
12.http://wjla.com/news/local/muslims-christians-come-together-for-interfaith-service-66358
13.http://www.calvin.edu/chimes/2015/02/26/opinion-muslim-christian-interfaith-dialogue-is-important/
14.http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/buffett-fortune-used-to-push-interfaith-mosque/
15.https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9716/christian-clergy-islam
16.http://www.tparents.org/UNews/Unws0504/muslim-angelika.htm
17.http://www.nminterfaithdialogue.org/
18.http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_nostra-aetate_en.html
19.http://www.christiancatholicmormonjehovahwitnessislam.com/catholics/
20.https://duckduckgo.com/?q=interfaith+worship&t=ffhp&ia=web

There is a massive movement at College/Universities to Interfaith Worship. Those in leadership positions are brain washing the students into this false religious system... There are literally thousands of links you can find, but I've only listed a few:
01.https://www.holycross.edu/faith-service/interfaith
02.https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/multi-cultural-interfaith-worship-service-abbey-memorial-chapel-mount-holyoke-college-sunday
03.http://www.wellesleyvillagechurch.org/event/2548


President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

Since his inauguration, President -------- has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service – “interfaith service” for short – as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good.


Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together – for example, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Jews, and Muslims and non-believers — building a Habitat for Humanity house together. Interfaith service impacts specific community challenges, from homelessness to mentoring to the environment, while building social capital and civility.


American colleges, community colleges, and universities have often been at the forefront of solving our nation’s greatest challenges. The White House is encouraging institutions of higher education to make the vision for interfaith cooperation and community service a reality on campuses across the country.


The White House is launching the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus. This programming might take the form of diverse campus groups working together to implement a specific year-long service project. It might also involve students from a college or University partnering with local religious groups to tackle a specific community challenge together.




The following are some links about the issue:

01.
https://sites.ed.gov/fbnp/presidents-campus-challenge/

02. https://sites.ed.gov/fbnp/files/2013/07/Campus-Challenge-Statistical-Data-for-2014.pdf



The U.S. Department of Education Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships works with the White House, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to lead the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to interfaith and community service programming.

History

President ----- issued the Challenge in 2011 by sending a letter to all presidents of institutions of higher education in the United States. Read more about the first two years of the Challenge in The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Years Report 2013. To read about what we have done from 2013 to the present, please see our President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge 2013-2015 Biannual Report. A program overview can be found here.

Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together – for example, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Jews, and Muslims and non-believers — building a Habitat for Humanity house together. Interfaith service impacts specific community challenges, from homelessness to mentoring to the environment, while building social capital and civility.

Join the Challenge

Currently more than 400 institutions of higher education have responded to the Challenge. They include community colleges, public and private universities, and professional schools. Schools indicate their participation by having the Chief Executive Officer or President appoint a staff member to be campus lead. Each institution designs its own program of interfaith/community service. When the sign-up form is returned to edpartners@ed.gov, the institution will be invited to regional and national gatherings, webinars, and other opportunities to share what the institution is doing and learn from others.

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Honor Roll

Additional recognition is available to participating institutions through the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Here is a list of all the 2014 awardees. The 2015 awardees are forthcoming, stay tuned!

Annual Gathering in Washington, D.C.

We hope you will join us September 22-23 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The theme for the conference is “Where Do We Go From Here?” The Campus Challenge Gathering offers an opportunity for students, staff, and administrators to share experiences, learn from experts, and meet ----- Administration officials who share a commitment to community service with an interfaith engagement component. Again this year, we are inviting guests from other countries to join us for this Gathering to explore more models of interfaith service and engagement. The event is designed to be helpful for institutions of higher education that are just beginning programs in interfaith community service and for those with long traditions in this work. An important part of the program is celebrating the work happening on campuses across the country to provide students with opportunities to develop lifelong skills in interfaith cooperation and a commitment to community service. Please access the Welcome Packet and Program Agenda for details around the conference.

Program Agenda

Gallaudet University Welcome Packet

The Fifth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering was held at Howard University on September 10-11, 2015. For the first time ever, the Gathering hosted international participants and expanded the President’s Campus Challenge to global corners. Please see our complete 2015 agenda.

The Fourth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering occurred on September 22-23, 2014 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This year, about 480 students, faculty, staff, and network organizations traveled from across the United States and territories. There was also an exclusive White House Forum on Monday morning that 50 university and college presidents attended. A brief summary gathered from social media can be found on Storify.




 

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The following are articles about Blasphemy. It appears that the people who are mostly opposed to Blasphemy against their religion are the followers of Islam. It is very amazing that the people who are going to worship the Antichrist, who will be empowered by the Devil/Satan will be the followers of Islam in the Middle East…


They are trying to make all the people of the world to accept their belief and have all countries to forbid any degree of blasphemy towards their religion, yet in reality, they are the ones who directly worship the Devil/Satan…

 

Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God, to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable (The definition of inviolable:   is something that has to be kept sacred, or that is unable to be broken or dishonored.).


Some religions consider blasphemy as a religious crime.   As of 2012, anti-blasphemy laws existed in 32 countries, while 87 nations had hate speech laws that covered defamation of religion and public expression of hate against a religious group. Anti-blasphemy laws are particularly common in Muslim-majority nations, such as those in the Middle East and North Africa, although they are also present in some Asian and European countries.


The word "blasphemy" came via Middle English blasfemen and Old French blasfemer and Late Latin blasphemare from Greek βλασφημέω, from βλάπτω "injure" and φήμη "utterance, talk, speech". From blasphemare also came Old French blasmer, from which English "blame" came. Blasphemy: 'from Gk. blasphemia "a speaking ill, impious speech, slander," from blasphemein "to speak evil of."'  


"In the sense of speaking evil of God this word is found in Ps. 74:18; Isa. 52:5; Rom. 2:24; Rev. 13:1, 6; 16:9, 11, 21. It denotes also any kind of calumny, or evil-speaking, or abuse (1 Kings 21:10 LXX; Acts 13:45; 18:6, etc.)."


In some countries with a state religion blasphemy is outlawed under the criminal code. Such laws have led to the persecution, lynchings, murder or arrest of minorities and dissident members, after flimsy accusations.


As of 2012, 33 countries had some form of anti-blasphemy laws in their legal code. Of these, 20 were Muslim-majority nations – Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, the UAE and the Western Sahara. The other twelve nations with anti-blasphemy laws in 2012 were Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, the Netherlands (abolished in 2014), Nigeria, Poland and Singapore. Blasphemy was treated as a capital crime (death penalty) in many Muslim nations.


Other countries have removed the ban of blasphemy. France did so in 1881 to allow freedom of religion and freedom of the press and blasphemy was abolished or repealed in Sweden in 1970, Norway with Acts in 2009 and 2015, the Netherlands in 2014, and Iceland in 2015.


Where blasphemy is banned, it can be either some laws which directly punish religious blasphemy, or some laws that allow those who are offended by blasphemy to punish blasphemers. Those laws may condone penalties or retaliation for blasphemy under the labels of blasphemous libel, expression of opposition, or "vilification," of religion or of some religious practices, religious insult, or hate speech.


In Islamic literature, blasphemy is of many types, and there are many different words for it: sabb (insult) and shatm (abuse, vilification), takdhib or tajdif (denial), iftira (concoction), la`n or la'ana (curse) and ta`n (accuse, defame). In Islamic literature, the term blasphemy sometimes also overlaps with infidel (kufr, disbeliever), fisq (depravity), isa'ah (insult), and ridda (apostasy). There are a number of surah in Qur'an and sunnah in hadith relating to blasphemy, from which Quranic verses 5:33-34 and 33:57-61 have been most commonly used in Islamic history to justify and punish blasphemers.


  For example,

    The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned. This shall he a disgrace for them in this world, and in the Hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement. Except those who repent before you overpower them; so know that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    — Qur'an, [Quran 5:33–34]

 

    Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger - Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment. Truly, if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those who stir up sedition in the City, desist not, We shall certainly stir thee up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it as thy neighbours for any length of time: They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).

    — Qur'an, [Quran 33:57–61]

 

A variety of actions, speeches or behavior can constitute blasphemy in Islam. Some examples include insulting or cursing Allah, or Muhammad; mockery or disagreeable behavior towards beliefs and customs common in Islam; criticism of Islam's holy personages. Apostasy, that is, the act of abandoning Islam, or finding faults or expressing doubts about Allah (ta'til) and Qur'an, rejection of Muhammed or any of his teachings, or leaving the Muslim community to become an atheist is a form of blasphemy. Questioning religious opinions (fatwa) and normative Islamic views can also be construed as blasphemous. Improper dress, drawing offensive cartoons, tearing or burning holy literature of Islam, creating or using music or painting or video or novels to mock or criticize Muhammad are some examples of blasphemous acts. In the context of those who are non-Muslims, the concept of blasphemy includes all aspects of infidelity (kufr).


In the early 21st century, blasphemy became an issue in the United Nations. The United Nations passed several resolutions which called upon the world to take action against the "defamation of religions".


The campaign for worldwide criminal penalties for the "defamation of religions" had been spearheaded by Organization of Islamic Cooperation on behalf of the United Nations' large Muslim bloc. The campaign ended in 2011 when the proposal was withdrawn in Geneva, in the Human Rights Council because of lack of support, marking an end to the effort to impose worldwide blasphemy strictures along the lines of those in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. This resolution had passed every year since 1999, in the United Nations, with declining number of "yes" votes with each successive year.


In July, 2011, the UN Human Rights Committee released a 52-paragraph statement, General Comment 34 on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1976, concerning freedoms of opinion and expression.[75] Paragraph 48 states:

 

Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a religion or other belief system, including blasphemy laws, are incompatible with the Covenant, except in the specific circumstances envisaged in article 20, paragraph 2, of the Covenant. Such prohibitions must also comply with the strict requirements of article 19, paragraph 3, as well as such articles as 2, 5, 17, 18 and 26. Thus, for instance, it would be impermissible for any such laws to discriminate in favor of or against one or certain religions or belief systems, or their adherents over another or religious believers over non-believers. Nor would it be permissible for such prohibitions to be used to prevent or punish criticism of religious leaders or commentary on religious doctrine and tenets of faith.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy

 

Defamation of religion and the United Nations

Defamation of religion is an issue that was repeatedly addressed by some member states of the United Nations (UN) from 1999 until 2010. Several non-binding resolutions were voted on and accepted by the UN condemning "defamation of religion". The motions, sponsored on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), now known as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, sought to prohibit expression that would "fuel discrimination, extremism and misperception leading to polarization and fragmentation with dangerous unintended and unforeseen consequences". Religious groups, human rights activists, free-speech activists, and several countries in the West condemned the resolutions arguing they amounted to an international blasphemy law. Critics of the resolutions including human rights groups argued that they were used to politically strengthen domestic anti-blasphemy and religious defamation laws, which are used to imprison journalists, students and other peaceful political dissidents.

 

From 2001 to 2010 there was a clear split, with the Islamic bloc and much of the developing world supporting the defamation of religion resolutions, and mostly Western democracies opposing. Support waned toward the end of the period due to increased opposition from the West along with lobbying by religious, free-speech, and human rights advocacy groups. Some countries in Africa, the Pacific, and Latin America switched from supporting to abstaining, or from abstaining to opposing.[1] The final "defamation of religions" resolution in 2010, which also condemned "the ban on the construction of minarets of mosques" four months after a Swiss referendum introduced such a ban, passed with only 20 supporting, 17 opposing, and 8 abstaining.


In 2011, with falling support for the defamation of religion approach, the OIC changed their approach and introduced a new resolution on "Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief" that received unanimous support. The UN Human Rights Committee followed this in July 2011 with the adoption of General Comment 34 on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) 1976 that binds signatory countries. Concerning freedoms of opinion and expression, General Comment 34 made it clear that "Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a religion or other belief system, including blasphemy laws, are incompatible with the Covenant".

United Nations resolutions

Defamation of religion resolutions were the subject of debate by the UN from 1999 until 2010. In 2011, members of the UN Human Rights Council found compromise and replaced the “defamation of religions” resolution with Resolution 16/18, which sought to protect people rather than religions and called upon states to take concrete steps to protect religious freedom, prohibit discrimination and hate crimes, and counter offensive expression through dialogue, education, and public debate rather than the criminalization of speech. Resolution 16/18 was supported by both OIC member countries and Western countries, including the United States.


1999

In April 1999, at the urging of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Pakistan brought before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights a resolution entitled "Defamation of Islam".[7] The purpose of the resolution was to have the Commission stand up against what the OIC claimed was a campaign to defame Islam.   Some members of the Commission proposed that the resolution be changed to embrace all religions. The Commission accepted the proposal, and changed the title of the resolution to "Defamation of Religions". The resolution urged "all States, within their national legal framework, in conformity with international human rights instruments to take all appropriate measures to combat hatred, discrimination, intolerance and acts of violence, intimidation and coercion motivated by religious intolerance, including attacks on religious places, and to encourage understanding, tolerance and respect in matters relating to freedom of religion or belief". The Commission adopted the resolution without a vote.


2000 to 2005

In 2000, the CHR adopted a similar resolution without a vote.[7][8] In 2001, a vote on a resolution entitled "Combating defamation of religions as a means to promote human rights, social harmony and religious and cultural diversity" received 28 votes in favor, 15 against, and 9 abstentions.[7][9] In 2002, a vote on a resolution entitled "Combating defamation of religion" received 30 votes in favor, 15 against, and 8 abstentions.[10] In 2003, 2004, and 2005, by similar votes, the CHR approved resolutions entitled "Combating defamation of religions".


In 2005, Yemen introduced a resolution entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions" in the General Assembly (60th Session). 101 states voted in favor of the resolution, 53 voted against, and 20 abstained.


2006

In March 2006, the CHR became the UNHRC. The UNHRC approved a resolution entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions", and submitted it to the General Assembly. In the General Assembly, 111 member states voted in favor of the resolution, 54 voted against, and 18 abstained. Russia and China, permanent members of the UN Security Councils, voted for the Resolution.


2007

On 30 March 2007, the UNHRC adopted a resolution entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions". The resolution called upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the activities of her office with regard to combating defamation of religions.


On 30 March 2007, the UNHRC adopted a resolution entitled "Elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief". The resolution called upon the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to report on this issue for the Human Rights Council at its sixth session.


In August 2007, the Special Rapporteur, Doudou Diène, reported to the General Assembly "on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the manifestations of defamation of religions and in particular on the serious implications of Islamophobia on the enjoyment of all rights". Among other recommendations, the Special Rapporteur recommended that the Member States promote dialogue between cultures, civilizations, and religions taking into consideration:


    (a) The need to provide equal treatment to the combat of all forms of defamation of religions, thus avoiding hierarchization of forms of discrimination, even though their intensity may vary according to history, geography and culture;


    (b) The historical and cultural depth of all forms of defamation of religions, and therefore the need to complement legal strategies with an intellectual and ethical strategy relating to the processes, mechanisms and representations which constitute those manifestations over time;


    (e) The need to pay particular attention and vigilance to maintain a careful balance between secularism and the respect of freedom of religion. A growing anti-religious culture and rhetoric is a central source of defamation of all religions and discrimination against their believers and practitioners. In this context governments should pay a particular attention to guaranteeing and protecting the places of worship and culture of all religions.


On 4 September 2007, the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported to the UNHRC that "Enhanced cooperation and stronger political will by Member States are essential for combating defamation of religions".


On 18 December 2007, the General Assembly voted on another resolution entitled "Combating Defamation of Religions".[19] 108 states voted in favor of the resolution; 51 voted against it; and 25 abstained.[20] The resolution required the Secretary General to report to the sixty-third session of the General Assembly on the implementation of the resolution, and to have regard for "the possible correlation between defamation of religions and the upsurge in incitement, intolerance and hatred in many parts of the world".


2008

On 27 March 2008, the UNHRC passed another resolution about the defamation of religion.

The resolution:

    10. Emphasizes that respect of religions and their protection from contempt is an essential element conducive for the exercise by all of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;

    11. Urges all States to ensure that all public officials, including members of law enforcement bodies, the military, civil servants and educators, in the course of their official duties, respect all religions and beliefs and do not discriminate against persons on the grounds of their religion or belief, and that all necessary and appropriate education or training is provided;

    12. Emphasizes that, as stipulated in international human rights law, everyone has the right to freedom of expression, and that the exercise of this right carries with it special duties and responsibilities, and may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but only those provided by law and necessary for the respect of the rights or reputations of others, or for the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals;

    13. Reaffirms that general comment No. 15 of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in which the Committee stipulates that the prohibition of the dissemination of all ideas based upon racial superiority or hatred is compatible with the freedom of opinion and expression, is equally applicable to the question of incitement to religious hatred;

    14. Deplores the use of printed, audio-visual and electronic media, including the Internet, and of any other means to incite acts of violence, xenophobia or related intolerance and discrimination towards Islam or any religion;

    15. Invites the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance to continue to report on all manifestations of defamation of religions, and in particular on the serious implications of Islamophobia, on the enjoyment of all rights to the Council at its ninth session;

    16. Requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the implementation of the present resolution and to submit a study compiling relevant existing legislations and jurisprudence concerning defamation of and contempt for religions to the Council at its ninth session.


21 members were in favor of the resolution; 10 were opposed; 14 abstained.

2011

In early 2011, with declining support for the defamation of religion approach and at the time of the Arab Spring, which was in part due to a lack of freedom of speech, political freedoms, poor living conditions, corruption, and rising food prices, there was a real possibility that another resolution on the defamation of religion would be defeated. The OIC shifted position and opted to pursue an approach that would gain the support from both OIC and Western countries. [46] On March 24, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council in a very significant move shifted from protecting beliefs to the protection of believers with the unanimous adoption without a vote of Resolution 16/18 introduced by Pakistan.


Among its many specific points, Resolution 16/18 on Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief, highlights barriers to religiously tolerant societies and provides recommendations on how these barriers can be overcome. The resolution calls upon all member states to foster religious freedom and pluralism, to ensure religious minorities are properly represented, and to consider adopting measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief. Other recommendations include creating government programs to promote inter-religious tolerance and dialogue, training government employees to be sensitive toward religious sensitivities, and engaging in outreach initiatives.


At a meeting on July 15, 2011, hosted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the OIC/IRCICA premises in the historic Yildiz Palace in Istanbul and co-chaired by the OIC Secretary-General H.E Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and U.S. Secretary of State H.E. Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Secretary of State of the United States, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, together with foreign ministers and officials from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Sudan, United Kingdom, the Vatican (Holy See), UN OHCHR, Arab League, African Union, gave a united impetus to the implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 with the release of a Joint Statement.

  The text includes the following:

    "They called upon all relevant stakeholders throughout the world to take seriously the call for action set forth in Resolution 16/18, which contributes to strengthening the foundations of tolerance and respect for religious diversity as well as enhancing the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world.


    Participants, resolved to go beyond mere rhetoric, and to reaffirm their commitment to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression by urging States to take effective measures, as set forth in Resolution 16/18, consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address and combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief. The co-chairs of the meeting committed to working together with other interested countries and actors on follow up and implementation of Resolution 16/18 and to conduct further events and activities to discuss and assess implementation of the resolution."

 

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Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief The Human Rights Council, Reaffirming the commitment made by all States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote and encourage universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to, inter alia, religion or belief,

 

Reaffirming also the obligation of States to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion or belief and to implement measures to guarantee the equal and effective protection of the law,

Reaffirming further that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides, inter alia, that everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief, which shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching,

Reaffirming the positive role that the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the full respect for the freedom to seek, receive and impart information can play in strengthening democracy and combating religious intolerance,


Deeply concerned about incidents of intolerance, discrimination and violence against persons based on their religion or belief in all regions of the world,


The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council will be contained in the report of the Council on its sixteenth session (A/HRC/16/2), chap. I.

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Deploring any advocacy of discrimination or violence on the basis of religion or belief,


Strongly deploring all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, as well as any such acts directed against their homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers or places of worship,


Concerned about actions that willfully exploit tensions or target individuals on the basis of their religion or belief, Noting with deep concern the instances of intolerance, discrimination and acts of violence in many parts of the world, including cases motivated by discrimination against persons belonging to religious minorities, in addition to the negative projection of the followers of religions and the enforcement of measures that specifically discriminate against persons on the basis of religion or belief,


Recognizing the valuable contribution of people of all religions or beliefs to humanity and the contribution that dialogue among religious groups can make towards an improved awareness and understanding of the common values shared by all humankind,

Recognizing also that working together to enhance implementation of existing legal regimes that protect individuals against discrimination and hate crimes, increase interfaith and intercultural efforts, and to expand human rights education are important first steps in combating incidents of intolerance, discrimination and violence against individuals on the basis of religion or belief,


1.

Expresses deep concern at the continued serious instances of derogatory stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of persons based on their religion or belief, as well as programmers and agendas pursued by extremist organizations and groups aimed at creating and perpetuating negative stereotypes about religious groups, in particular when condoned by Governments;

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. Expresses its concern that incidents of religious intolerance, discrimination and related violence, as well as of negative stereotyping of individuals on the basis of religion or belief, continue to rise around the world, and condemns, in this context, any advocacy of religious hatred against individuals that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, and urges States to take effective measures, as set forth in the present resolution, consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address and combat such incidents;

3.

Condemns any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, whether it involves the use of print, audio-visual or electronic media or any other means;

4.

Recognizes that the open public debate of ideas, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue, at the local, national and international levels can be among the best protections against religious intolerance and can play a positive role in strengthening democracy and combating religious hatred, and convinced that a continuing dialogue on these issues can help overcome existing misperceptions;

5.

Notes the speech given by Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the fifteenth session of the Human Rights Council, and draws on his call on States to take the following actions to foster a domestic environment of religious tolerance, peace and respect, by: (a) Encouraging the creation of collaborative networks to build mutual understanding, promoting dialogue and inspiring constructive action towards shared policy goals and the pursuit of tangible outcomes, such as servicing projects in the fields of education, health, conflict prevention, employment, integration and media education;


2A/HRC/RES/16/18 (b) Creating an appropriate mechanism within Governments to, inter alia,

Identify and address potential areas of tension between members of different religious

Communities and assisting with conflict prevention and mediation;

(c) Encouraging training of Government officials in effective outreach strategies;

(d) Encouraging the efforts of leaders to discuss within their communities the causes of discrimination, and evolving strategies to counter these causes;

(e) Speaking out against intolerance, including advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence;

(f)

Adopting measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief;(g) Understanding the need to combat denigration and negative religious stereotyping of persons, as well as incitement to religious hatred, by strategizing and harmonizing actions at the local, national, regional and international levels through, inter alia, education and awareness-building;

(h)

Recognizing that the open, constructive and respectful debate of ideas, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international levels, can play a positive role in combating religious hatred, incitement and violence;

6.

Calls upon

All States: (a) To take effective measures to ensure that public functionaries in the conduct

Of their public duties do not discriminate against an individual on the basis of religion or belief;

(b) To foster religious freedom and pluralism by promoting the ability of members of all religious communities to manifest their religion, and to contribute openly and on an equal footing to society;

(c) To encourage the representation and meaningful participation of individuals, irrespective of their religion, in all sectors of society;

(d) To make a strong effort to counter religious profiling, which is understood to be the invidious use of religion as a criterion in conducting questionings, searches and other law enforcement investigative procedures;

7. Encourages States to consider providing updates on efforts made in this regard as part of ongoing reporting to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights;

8.

Calls upon States to adopt measures and policies to promote the full respect for and protection of places of worship and religious sites, cemeteries and shrines, and to take measures in cases where they are vulnerable to vandalism or destruction;

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. Calls for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue for the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and diversity of religions and beliefs, and decides to convene a panel discussion on this issue at its seventeenth session, within existing resources.

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[On the report of the Third Committee (A/67/457/Add.2 and Corr.1)] 67/178. Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief


The General Assembly, Reaffirming the commitment made by all States under the Charter of the United Nations to promote and encourage universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to, inter alia, religion or belief, Reaffirming also the obligation of States to prohibit discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief and to implement measures to guarantee the equal and effective protection of the law,


Reaffirming further that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated,


Reaffirming that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides, inter alia, that everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief, which shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of one’s choice and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching,


Reaffirming also the positive role that the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and full respect for the freedom to seek, receive and impart information can play in strengthening democracy and combating religious intolerance, and reaffirming further that the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities, in accordance with article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,


Expressing deep concern at those acts that advocate religious hatred and thereby undermine the spirit of tolerance,

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Reaffirming that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,

Reaffirming also that violence can never be an acceptable response to acts of intolerance on the basis of religion or belief,

Welcoming


Human Rights Council resolutions 16/18 of 24 March 2011and 19/25 of 23 March 2012and General Assembly resolution 66/167 of 19 December 2011,


Deeply concerned about incidents of intolerance, discrimination and violence against persons based on their religion or belief in all regions of the world,


Deploring any advocacy of discrimination or violence on the basis of religion or belief,


Strongly deploring all acts of violence against persons on the basis of their religion or belief, as well as any such acts directed against their homes, businesses, properties, schools, cultural centers or places of worship,


Strongly deploring, further, all attacks on and in religious places, sites and shrines in violation of international law, in particular human rights law and international humanitarian law, including any deliberate destruction of relics and monuments,


Concerned about actions that willfully exploit tensions or target individuals on the basis of their religion or belief,


Expressing deep concern at the instances of intolerance, discrimination and acts of violence occurring in the world, including cases motivated by discrimination against persons belonging to religious minorities, in addition to the negative projection of the followers of religions and the enforcement of measures that specifically discriminate against persons on the basis of religion or belief,


Expressing concern at the growing manifestations of intolerance based on religion or belief that can generate hatred and violence among individuals from and within different nations, which may have serious implications at the national, regional and international levels, and in this regard emphasizing the importance of respect for religious and cultural diversity, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue aimed at promoting a culture of tolerance and respect among individuals, societies and nations,


Recognizing the valuable contribution of people of all religions or beliefs to humanity and the contribution that dialogue among religious groups can make towards an improved awareness and understanding of the common values shared by all humankind,


Underlining the fact that States, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, religious bodies and the media have an important role to play in promoting tolerance and respect for religious and cultural diversity and in the universal promotion and protection of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief,

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Underlining also the importance of raising awareness about different cultures and religions or beliefs and of education in the promotion of tolerance, which involves the acceptance by the public of and its respect for religious and cultural diversity, including with regard to religious expression, and underlining further the fact that education, in particular at school, should contribute in a meaningful way to promoting tolerance and the elimination of discrimination based on religion or belief,


Recognizing that working together to enhance the implementation of existing legal regimes that protect individuals against discrimination and hate crimes, increase interfaith and intercultural efforts and expand human rights education is an important first step in combating incidents of intolerance, discrimination and violence against individuals on the basis of religion or belief,

Welcoming the inauguration of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna, established on the basis of the purposes and principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of

Human Rights and acknowledging the important role that the Centre is expected to play as a platform for the enhancement of interreligious and intercultural dialogue,


Welcoming also, in this regard, all international, regional and national initiatives aimed at promoting interreligious, intercultural and interfaith harmony and combating discrimination against individuals on the basis of religion or belief, including the launching of the Istanbul Process, and noting the recent initiative of the chairmanship of Albania of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe under the theme “United in diversity” and the holding of five regional workshops by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Austria,

Chile, Kenya, Morocco and Thailand on related issues,


1.

Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on steps taken by States to combat intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief;

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2.

Expresses deep concern at the continued serious instances of derogatory stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of persons based on their religion or belief, as well as programmers and agendas pursued by extremist individuals, organizations and groups aimed at creating and perpetuating negative stereotypes about religious groups, in particular when condoned by Governments;

3.

Expresses concern that the number of incidents of religious intolerance, discrimination and related violence, as well as of negative stereotyping of individuals on the basis of religion or belief, continues to rise around the world, which may have serious implications at the national, regional and international levels, condemns, in this context, any advocacy of religious hatred against individuals that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, and urges States to take effective measures, as set forth in the present resolution and consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address and combat such incidents;

4.

Condemns any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, whether it involves the use of print, audiovisual or electronic media or any other means;

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Resolution 217 A (III).

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Recognizes that the open public debate of ideas, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue, at the local, national and international levels can be among the best protections against religious intolerance and can play a positive role in strengthening democracy and combating religious hatred, and expresses its conviction that a continuing dialogue on these issues can help to overcome existing misperceptions;

6.

Also recognizes the strong need for global awareness about the possible serious implications of incitement to discrimination and violence, which may have serious implications at the national, regional and international levels, and urges all

Member States to make renewed efforts to develop educational systems that promote all human rights and fundamental freedoms that enhance tolerance for religious and cultural diversity, which is fundamental to promoting tolerant, peaceful and harmonious multicultural societies;

7.

Calls upon all States to take the following actions, as called for by the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to foster a domestic environment of religious tolerance, peace and respect by:

(a) Encouraging the creation of collaborative networks to build mutual understanding, promoting dialogue and inspiring constructive action towards shared policy goals and the pursuit of tangible outcomes, such as servicing projects in the fields of education, health, conflict prevention, employment, integration and media education;

(b) Creating an appropriate mechanism within Governments to, inter alia, identify and address potential areas of tension between members of different religious communities, and assisting with conflict prevention and mediation;

(c) Encouraging the training of Government officials in effective outreach strategies;

(d) Encouraging the efforts of leaders to discuss within their communities

The causes of discrimination, and developing strategies to counter those causes;

(e) Speaking out against intolerance, including advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence;

(f) Adopting measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief;

(g) Understanding the need to combat denigration and the negative religious stereotyping of persons, as well as incitement to religious hatred, by strategizing and harmonizing actions at the local, national, regional and international levels through, inter alia, education and awareness-raising;

(h) Recognizing that the open, constructive and respectful debate of ideas, as well as interfaith and intercultural dialogue at the local, national, regional and international levels, can play a positive role in combating religious hatred, incitement and violence;

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Also calls upon all States:

(a) To take effective measures to ensure that public functionaries, in the conduct of their public duties, do not discriminate against an individual on the basis of religion or belief;

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(b) To foster religious freedom and pluralism by promoting the ability of members of all religious communities to manifest their religion and to contribute openly and on an equal footing to society;

(c) To encourage the representation and meaningful participation of individuals, irrespective of their religion or belief, in all sectors of society;

(d) To make a strong effort to counter religious profiling, which is understood to be the invidious use of religion as a criterion in conducting questioning, searches and other law enforcement investigative procedures;

9.

Further calls upon all States to adopt measures and policies to promote full respect for and protection of places of worship and religious sites, cemeteries and shrines, and to take protective measures in cases where they are vulnerable to vandalism or destruction;

10.

Calls for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue for the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and diversity of religions and beliefs;

11.

Encourages all States to consider providing updates on efforts made in this regard as part of ongoing reporting to the Office of the United Nations High

Commissioner for Human Rights and in this respect requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to include those updates in her reports to the Human Rights Council;

12.

Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session a report that includes information provided by the High Commissioner on steps taken by States to combat intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief, as set forth in the present resolution.

60th plenary meeting

20 December 2012


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http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=%20A/RES/67/178