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August 02, 2011

Oslo Killings Prove Need for "Faith Shared"

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In the aftermath of the attacks in Norway, this week's FirstCast features Human Rights First's Tad Stahnke who discusses the importance of promoting respect for religious differences and combating hatred and intolerance. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted to killing 76 people in Norway who he believes promoted “multiculturalism” and enabled “the ongoing Islamic colonization of Europe.” We also learn, from his 1500-page testament, that this self-proclaimed Christian nationalist was inspired to recreate a Knights Templar in Europe to fight a holy war against Islam and may have been further inspired by the rising anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States. This incident reminds us of the need for events like Faith Shared. Human Rights First and Interfaith Alliance organized Faith Shared events nationally on June 26, bringing dozens of congregations in 25 states to read scriptures from different religions and to highlight respect among people of different faiths.