Religious agreement

Forming a committee of 200 members of the world’s religions is one thing, but finding agreement on anything at all is quite an accomplishment.

From major world religions such as Christianity, Hinduism Islam, Judaism, Buddhism to witches and other fringe groups, there is generally agreement on one thing—their religion is the right one.

Religion is the one institution left where relativity in matters of morality and faith is usually discouraged, with good reason. Unfortunately, it has played a major role in war and destruction throughout the history of mankind.

Thousands have been gathering in Chicago this week for the 1993 Parliament of World Religions. The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, spoke in Grant Park one night before the Wicca witches danced under the full moon in the same spot.

It does, however, appear that some good could come out of this spiritual Tower of Babble after all.

The leaders are evaluating a nine-page document called “The Declaration of a Global Ethic” which condemns religious groups for “aggression, fanaticism, hate and xenophobia” to inspire and legitimize violent and bloody conflicts,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The document also contains cries for the environment and an end to sexual discrimination.

The creators of the declaration wisely managed to dodge the tougher issues for religious groups like homosexuality, abortion and euthanasia, knowing it would be impossible to find common ground.

The document itself is of little significance, but the fact that these leaders could find common ground while allowing each other to maintain their religious integrity is quite significant.

While matters of faith are sacred, we can all agree on the value of peace, human life and dignity.