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Lili Chen

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Solution #1- Education Solution #2- Rewriting Religious Texts Solution #3- Creating New Laws Solution #4- Conferences Solution #5- Buildings and Architecture INTRODUCTION A conflict is rising in Spain... Why Religious Tolerance? Religious Tolerance Solution #1- Education Solution #2- Rewriting Religious Texts One possible solution could be to educate students about religious tolerance and to encourage it starting from a young age. We could have one class every day that teaches the children about other religions in a creative and fun way. Although it will be a mandatory class, we will find a way to teach it that is entertaining and not stressful so that children will look forward to this class. (It has to be mandatory, because if it is optional many could just choose not to take the class and we would not achieve anything). It would also be beneficial to have workshops for the teachers the last day of every month so they are fully equipped to teach religious tolerance. Here is one example of a class that could be taught to young children... PROS This prevents future conflict between the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Since the children will grow up to become the future of Spain, by teaching them to respect and tolerate other religions, they can then set an example for generations to come.

It follows the teaching of both the Bible and the Qur'an. As believers of Abrahamic faiths, we are called to love one another even if we disagree with their lifestyles. It’s beneficial if children learn this early on in their life.
By educating the children about religious tolerance, the hearts of the parents that were once filled with animosity and hate could be changed. It could be taught in a fun and interesting way, so children would want to learn it and be encouraged to treat others with respect. CONS Not all children could remember what they were taught, and could forget them when they grow up. Since this solution does not directly address the adults and ones who hold power, it might not have a direct effect on society. We are not influencing the decision makers themselves. Children could disagree with the teachings, influenced by their parents, and start a rebellion against the government. Likewise, parents could just choose not to send their children to school. We would need to find teachers who are willing to accept other religions and teach to the students of all different backgrounds. Some people may not allow room for change of their religious perspective and could possibly create rumors. This is a way of incorporating visuals and toys into learning about diversity and cultures. Another possible solution could be rewriting religious texts in languages that everyone can understand, including children and foreigners. Since not everyone speaks and reads Arabic, we could translate the Bible and the Qur’an into more languages so people can not only understand their own religions better but also the religions of others. For example, the Qur’an could be translated into European languages such as Latin so the Christians would be able to read it too. It could also be reworded so that people won’t misunderstand some of its teachings. PROS Much of the misunderstanding of other religions is caused by misinterpretation of one’s own religious texts. This can be resolved if people realize that God calls everyone to love one another, and doesn’t want people to force their religious beliefs onto others. People can read about the other religions and further understand their lifestyles, beliefs, and faith, which also eliminate misunderstanding of other religions. This forms communities between people of the three Abrahamic faiths, and inspires action to create change. Once people see what beliefs they have in common, they feel a sense of unity and a bond is created. One example of this is helping the poor. Both the Bible and the Qur’an encourage people to donate to the less fortunate, and people will want to work together to help others. This also creates a sense of selflessness, humility, and generosity. By rewriting religious texts people can learn to work together. People of different languages and cultures are going to come together to translate the Bible and the Qur’an, and in doing so become united with one goal. CONS We would have to find people who are willing to translate the religious texts. The books are very thick and would take a lot of time, money, and patience to translate. Many books are being burnt by religious extremists, and even if we went through the trouble to translate books, they could just get burnt in the end. Some people could be illiterate, or have no interest in reading religious books. Not all of the conflicts are caused by the misunderstanding of holy books. People’s hearts might not necessarily be changed just because what they read is reworded. It could cause even more hatred because people would be able to read about other religions and dislike their culture and lifestyles even more. DECREASED WAR When people are living in harmony, they are unlikely to fight over land or ownership. BETTER ECONOMY Allies also means trading partners, so the economy will flourish. GOD CALLS US TO LOVE God doesn't want us to hate each other. We might not agree with others' beliefs, but we have to respect it. Solution #3- Buildings and Architecture Museums are used to display artifacts of different cultures. Libraries contain books about other religions. We could get people to work together to build more libraries and museums so that cultures and beliefs are better understood by all. PROS CONS Sharing architectural advances with other religions while promoting religious tolerance at the same time is beneficial. Some religions have different styles of building and when others see the styles, it reminds them of the Abrahamic faiths. Some buildings can be built in honor of other religions and can be used to educate citizens of different religions It could help people understand the history of other religions and be able to relate and connect to others. Additional Solutions... We will talk about other possible solutions to this problem very briefly. We could also create a law that forbids religious persecution, with the reasoning that people should be punished for treating another person disrespectfully. While this is useful as it deters people from persecuting others for their beliefs, it is a strict and harsh response to the problem. We could also have conferences and meetings for religious leaders to discuss these issues. However, not everyone will want to travel to and attend a conference. Here are the solutions again... (in no particular order) We decided that education would probably be the most effective solution to the problem because it integrates children into the issue. This also is an interesting and nice way to ease people into the idea of religious tolerance, and does not force the idea onto society. Solving this problem of religious tolerance is like the water it takes for this tree of faith and community to grow. When it does grow, this relationship between Muslims, Christians, and Jews will flourish. We will see a diversity of cultures, languages, religions, and beliefs. Not all styles of architecture look appealing to the eyes and may put a bad first impression of the religion. It can cost a lot of money to build grand buildings that stand out from other buildings
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