[THERE IS A WEBSITE FOR THE REDUCTION OF RELIGIOUS BASED CONFLICT AND I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO POST IT HERE. IF YOU GO TO THE ACTUAL SITE, WHICH IS SAFE, IT IS INTERACTIVE AND YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION] WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE! We are a US charitable organization, tax exempt under US laws, dedicated to the reduction of religious-based conflict throughout the world through publicizing existing conflicts, their significance to all of us, and their causes as well as providing realistic long-term solutions. The Center is not a religion or church; nor in any way associated with any religion or church, but a truly independent organization which believes all religions are important. We do not seek to substitute or duplicate initiatives of religions or other organizations, but rather to compliment them. In our analysis of religious-based conflict we place no blame on any religion or church, preferring to simply objectively relate the circumstances and situation as they evolve. FOR THE FIRST TIME, a book completely covering the subject of religious-based conflict and its alarming costs to us all, with specific instructions as to what we must do IMMEDIATELY to reduce it! Though this book is now sold out, and temporarily out of print you can still find used copies in various ways. To learn more about this important book, Beyond Tolerance, and how you can still get it, click Here. NOW You can keep track of the current and growing costs of the conflict in Iraq by clicking on the "Iraq" button to the left and going down to the bottom of that page. Currently, there are at least 19 significant religious-based conflicts throughout the world as shown in red on the map above. OUR GENESIS The Center became a reality only after long and searching investigation by its founder and current director, Terry O. Trowbridge. But its seeds became embedded in his soul while he was living and working in Italy in 1978. It was during an early weekend afternoon on a beautiful summer day while he was following the delightful local custom of taking a siesta, and reading an article about the conflict in Northern Ireland between the Protestants and Roman Catholics. Pondering that article the question came to mind: why were there such problems in the world? Why hadn’t, during the ages, man or the religions themselves, been able to solve the problem of “religious-based conflict”? Why the dichotomy of these conflicts, continuing and even expanding in an otherwise increasingly more civilized world? Those seeds germinated through the years - during a half year’s legal project in Israel in 1979 observing first-hand the religious-based conflict in that part of the world; and later while continuously questioning why we (principally the religions themselves) had been unable to solve the problem. Why could we not become tolerant enough to live with each other in peace? Like so many others, Mr. Trowbridge believed that if we could just become more universally tolerant, we could solve the problem. Tolerance, like Space in Jean Luc Picard’s travels through the universe on the spaceship Enterprise, was in the opinion of so many, “the final frontier”, the solution to all problems of conflict - religious-based and otherwise. But, he soon learned that this was not the case. Continuing with his practice of international law where disputes are resolved amicably, rather than as they are in the USA, where they are more often than not, resolved in the courts, Mr. Trowbridge realized that tolerance alone could never work. Tolerance was not after all, as so many had for so long thought, the “final frontier”. This became an obsession, and he wondered why no one had come to this conclusion before, and proposed what appeared to him to be the logical next step past tolerance. Why did the world apparently remain in limbo about this problem? So in 1999 Mr. Trowbridge founded the Center - beginning the process of sensitizing the people to the problem and offering a practical, realistic, unique approach through which they themselves could substantially reduce this conflict. OUR VIEW The history of the human race is one of conflict, brutality, violence and wars, interspersed with periods of peace, creativity and technical growth. Today is no different. Otherwise, why would we now have police, military, intelligence services and other such protectors? Currently, there are at least 19 hotspots of religious-based conflict in the world - some new, some very old. And, as we all know, religious-based conflict is itself nothing new. Why is this so? From time immemorial conflicts have arisen because one did not like or agree with what another was doing or planning to do. Or, because he wanted to change what the other was doing or the way he was living. This scenario has been repeated millions of times in our history. But, we haven't learned from it. It's still happening today - all over the world. Why? Because we don't profit from history, though it begs us to learn. We haven't accepted why these things happen or what we must do to change them. In the final analysis, history is nothing more than philosophy teaching by examples. And here, what we are talking about is a philosophy of life and of living together on a highly populated planet. Too many in the world are taught - either by their parents, their school, their country or by custom or religion - to hang on their differences with others. Examples abound. Men and women easily see differences between themselves, but with more difficulty find their similarities. Racial problems and turbulence are based on one or both races placing too much emphasis on their differences. Ethnic differences can bring the same result. Different political approaches to governing where one kind of government attempts to impose its approach to governing on other states can bring a similar result. And it is so with religions as well. Each religion is based on the concept that it has the answer to the mystery of life and death. And since there is only one solution to any mystery, that means that when "my religion has the answer, all other answers are wrong". Thus, a major difference. Overemphasis of this difference, over a long period of time, will bring in too many instances conflict; and continued conflict can and often does bring violence, with its ensuing tragic results. We see it every day. But we are no closer to solving the problem now than we were hundreds of years ago. The Center For Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict was formed to fill this void - to sensitize, educate the people to the terrible costs of religious-based conflict, to explain why this is so; and to offer long-term solutions currently not being exercised in the world. The Center does not solve this problem. You do! We need your help in bringing our message to the peoples of the world so that we can begin to reduce and eventually eliminate religious-based conflict in the world. OUR MOTTO "What we do for ourselves dies with us: what we do for others remains and is immortal." The Center has initiated a unique, far-reaching, long-term activity - filling, what we think, is a void in the world today. For centuries, the world has seen a cornucopia of religious-based conflict, as yet unabated, though all religions work - to the best of their ability - to eradicate it. Our new and unique approach is an effort fill this void heretofore left barren. Won't you join us in our enterprise? Are you afraid of "going too far"? OUR MISSION To reduce and eventually eliminate religious-based conflict in the world by •first sensitizing the peoples of the world to the very real problem of religious-based conflict in the world, its causes and its costs, and •second by education - particularly of the children - to a new and unique realistic, long-term approach to the problem. The Center distributes a free quarterly newsletter, various brochures and other materials as well as provides speakers for seminars and symposiums on request. FROM: http://www.center2000.org/ To learn how your donations are spent, click HERE Interested in advertising on our Website? Contact us for terms. Forward This Website to a Friend Welcome Balkans Brazil Caucasus China Egypt Ethiopia India-Pakistan Indonesia Iran Iraq Malaysia Middle East Myanmar Nigeria Northern Ireland Philippines Sri Lanka Sudan U. S. A. 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