Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against South African apartheid, asked the media on Wednesday to be more careful in their choice of words when reporting on religious conflict.
Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, said that broad understanding of trouble spots was often complicated by the language used to describe the activities of people or religions involved in them.[...]
Addressing journalists in the audience, Tutu called for tolerance and understanding of religions.
"I would hope that you in the media would be passionate about letting people judge for themselves, that you would be careful about some of the language that you do actually use," he said.
"'Muslim terrorism' - have you ever read anywhere 'Christian terrorism'? - as if Islam propagates violence, but you have never spoken about what happened in Northern Ireland as Christian terrorism," he said.
"Fundamentally there is no faith that I know that propagates violence, that says it's a good thing to oppress anybody."[...]
Tutu added, however, that understanding different religions required peoples of all faiths to understand different perspectives.
"We Christians ought to get off our high horse and learn to be a great deal more humble, when you look at our history, the bloody things that we did in the name of religion," he said.
Asking the conservative christian right to get off their high horse, after they've been lead for the last six years by Cowboy Bush riding the range, is pretty much a futile effort. These christian soldiers are quite happy with their pious position of power, and damn the hypocrisy that comes with it.
Pushing the right out of power in Washington is the only way we're going to change this nation's attitude towards the Muslim faith, and this is a vital, absolutely necessary step towards fighting terrorism. We need to show the world that we are no longer a nation being lead by religious bigots.
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