Conservatives Stack Christian And Jewish Faith Leaders For Forming Office Of Religious Freedom

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No Representatives From Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, And Native Spirituality Among Panel

It shows that the political leaders of the Federal Government – the Christian-dominated PM Stephen Harper Conservatives – outwardly are being found in blowing the trumpet of cultural mosaic and beating the drums of religious inclusiveness but inwardly perhaps they don’t believe in it. Those who believe in multi-faith, universal brotherhood, fairness and equality should raise their voices against the hypocrites.

By Acharya S.P. Dwivedi

SURREY – Recently the Federal Government of Canada in Ottawa moved to explore the possibility of forming an Office of Religious Freedom to address issues and concerns related with the religions and to promote harmony. The six panelists were:

(1)          Thomas Farr, first director of the US Office of the International Religious Freedom.

(2)          Father Raymond De Souza, Roman Catholic priest.

(3)          Anne Brandner of the Global Peace Initiative and formerly of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

(4)          Don Hutchinson, Vice-President with Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

(5)          Frank Dimant, CEO of Bnai Birth Canada.

(6)          Susanne Tamas of the Baha’i Community of Canada.

The above six official panelists were invited to questions and discussions from some 100 participants who were largely from one religion.

No doubt it’s a terrific idea to have an Office of Religious Freedom but the first close door consultation meeting called by organizers showed their deep rooted bias and prejudice. It is quite explicit that the team of panelists is drawn from western religions and mostly from Christians.  Surprisingly, there was no representative of Hindu, Buddhist, Islam, Sikh and Native Spirituality among them.

It shows that the political leaders of the Federal Government outwardly are being found in blowing the trumpet of cultural mosaic and beating the drums of religious inclusiveness but inwardly perhaps they don’t believe in it. Those who believe in multi-faith, universal brotherhood, fairness and equality should raise their voices against the hypocrites.