In February, 2008, noted religious author Karen Armstrong was awarded the TED Prize, and her wish for the world was to gather a council of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other spiritual leaders to draw up a “Charter for Compassion.” Today, the Charter for Compassion web site was unveiled.
It’s worth a look. It also appears that everyone else in the world is trying to look, as the site is up and down today. So here, dear readers, is the Charter:
As Armstrong writes:
One of the most urgent tasks of our generation is to build a global community, where men and women of all races, nations and ideologies can live together in peace. Religion which should be making a major contribution to this endeavour is often seen as part of the problem; all too often the voices of extremism seem to drown those that speak of kindness, forbearance and mutual respect.
This charter is focused on the second great commandment, something I think is relatively easy to embrace. The first great commandment, in the hands of the various religions, tends to be the sticky wicket.
Is it possible to defuse the violence committed by those who think God has called them to protect God’s truth and anyone who assails it?
What do you think?