How to get proof of peaceful intent
of Muslims, Christians, Jews, etc?
Here: Declarations of Peaceful Intent.
How do we identify who actually has peaceful intent? How do we identify who renounces any calls to violence found in their core religious texts? Three friends got together and are sure they've figured out how we can do it.
the extremely troubling passages in the Quran, calling for violence to non-Muslims;
the many instances of violence by Muslims against non-Muslims done in the name of Islam;
the extremely numerous assertions that none of the violence is related to Islam;
- and the assertion that there are at least as many passages in the Old Testament calling for violence, as in the Quran.
Most non-Muslims claim that only a tiny minority of Muslims have any non-peaceful intent.
How to get proof- instead of people saying what they believe about Muslims and Christians?
Assuming it is a high or low percentage is not useful. Proof is important.
Three friends - Harry Richardson, Keith Piper and a third person who prefers to stay unnamed - came up with what they are sure is a brilliant solution: the Declaration of Peaceful Intent, one for Muslims, and one for Christians and Jews.
They even tested the Declarations on a Muslim and on a Christian.
So how do we know which Muslims, and what percentage of Muslims, will declare that they consider passages in the Quran calling for violence to non-Muslims to be no longer relevant? One gives them the Declaration and they can choose to sign or not.
Likewise, how do we know which Christians and Jews, and what percentage of Christians and Jews, will declare that they consider passages in the the Old Testament calling for violence to non-Israelites to be no longer relevant? One gives them the Declaration and they can choose to sign or not.
We similarly verify regarding the peaceful intent of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.
In all cases, we use the scientific method. We go out and get results.
Needed: results from around the world. For that, we will be asking for your help. It's very simple. You download the Declarations (different declarations for different faiths), print, and ask people from different faiths to sign.
But first, you can see the initial result:
- the video of
the first Muslim faced with the Declaration;
- the video of
the first Christian faced with the Declaration.
an interview with Harry Richardson, one of the Declaration's creators.
The initial Muslim and Christian were not random choices. The Muslim is a self-defined moderate, very active in interfaith groups. In other words, he is the kind of Muslim who might be expected to sign a declaration of peaceful intent.
The Christian is a long-time minister - in other words someone very familiar with the Bible, including violent passages. Despite these, would he sign the Declaration? And if so, how would he justify doing this?
The 3 videos:
INTERVIEW with HARRY RICHARDSON about the DECLARATION: