...there is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies...
...As leaders and citizens, particularly people in public life, everybody talks about how we draw strength from the example of our faith communities – but not enough people actually translate those words into actions or policies or life philosophies... I have talked at length with people like King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, or even King Abdullah, Prince Ghazi of Jordan, and others who are engaged in interfaith efforts, all of whom recognize that their religion, Islam, has to a large measure been hijacked by people who have no real depth with respect to what the faith in fact preaches, but who interpret it in ways that lead people to conflict and even to violence. So it’s not really enough just to talk about a better dialogue. I think we have to stand up and deliver one.
August 7, 2013