The time will come when we’ll be people again and not just Jews!” This is how Anne Frank echoes her hallucination during the dark days of the the Holocaust for justice, peace and humanity. Nearly six million Jews were killed by Hitler and the Nazi party, one of worst genocides in history. Hitler’s antisemitism stemmed from his hatred of Jews.
During his “Address in Killineer, Ireland” in Sept. 1979, His Holiness Pope John Paul II asserted, “Violence is a lie for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity.” Religious freedom does not exist at all in many communist countries such as North Korea and, to some extent, China.
The Kandhamal district in India, which is home to many Christians, has also experienced brutal attacks by hard-line Hindus. It’s become a common phenomenon for religious extremism to foster mass destruction and longstanding hatred.
There is a chance to combat the language of hatred by combating the abuse of religion. Religious pluralism is the way to combat religious extremism. Religious pluralism enhances mutual understanding and acts for the common good in order to promote religious cooperation for peace and justice.