1. Introduction notes
“Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don't make me wear your shoes.” George Carlin
2. Definition of tolerance:
1. The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. 2. The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with. 3. Definition of tolerance according to the 19th century British historian Arnold Toynbee: for a religious establishment to persecute another religion for being "wrong" ironically puts the persecuting religion in the wrong, undermining its own legitimacy.
"A person born in Egypt or Pakistan is very likely to be a Muslim; one born in Burma or Tibet is very likely to be a Buddhist; one born in most parts of India is very likely to be a Hindu; and one born in Britain or the U.S.A. is likely to be a Christian. If God is omni benevolent and just ... he would not put a newborn to a disadvantage. This seems to mean only one thing: All religions give a person the same chance for salvation.”
3. Tolerance comes from our recognition of the following
a. The dignity of the human beings,
b. The basic equality of all human beings,
c. Universal human rights, and
d. Fundamental freedom of thought, conscience and belief
4. Present scenario of religious intolerance in Pakistan
Religious intolerance is a term that is discussed between two different religions. But same is not the case with as far as Pakistan is concerned. It is used here for different Islamic sects, frankly speaking. a. Shias are targeted rest of the country especially in Quetta. Sunnis are too a targeted sect in Pakistan. b. Christians feel themselves insecure in certain terms.
c. Hindus are compelled to leave the country because they are, perhaps, the most mal-treated community with regards to religious intolerance. d. Islam is being used as a tool to get personal goals.
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