Bahai News -- Hudersfield - Religious leaders unite for peace message
Religious leaders unite for peace message
Jan 29 2003
By The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
LEADERS of six religious faiths are getting together to promote a message of peace through understanding.
The Interfaith Council for Huddersfield will be launched next Tuesday by representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and
The Rev Catherine Ogle, vicar of Huddersfield and a member of the new council, said: "At this time of international tension it
is more important than ever that people of faith learn about each other and work together for the good of our community."
Chairman of the council and vicar of Woodhouse, the Rev Mel Garside, echoed her words: "Religion both brings people together and
He said all religions must strive for peace.
"This is to show different faith bodies can work together for positive effects, not negative effects."
Education, he believes, is the key.
He said: "We are arranging speakers for local schools from different faiths.
"If you put information out and raise people's level of awareness you remove the fear factor."
He thinks the media is very much to blame for much misunderstanding.
"The media will report on something like the extremists al-Qaida but that gives a very, very slanted view. They are a very small
percentage of people of a particular faith."
He said genuine asylum seekers fleeing persecution were largely connected in the public perception with religious fundamentalism
"When that happens people like the British National Party profit. I firmly believe the BNP won in Halifax last week because the
media coloured people's minds."
The launch of the council takes place at 7pm at the Methodist Mission in Lord Street.
Tickets are available from Mr Garside on 01484 424669.
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