About the All Faiths Initiative for Peace, Freedom and Justice
The first proposed name was The Coalition of Jews, Christians and Muslims for Peace. Then Freedom and Justice were added. Then All Faiths and Humanitarian were added, naturally, because it all fits. We are One Family of religions, races and nations called Humanity, and we should treat each other as such.
Members of this Coalition will consider all human beings who want peace, freedom and justice as members, regardless of race, creed, religion, or nationality. For all of us are created equal and we should celebrate our diversity rather than let it divide us.
The Coalition has no visible leader or organization, so it is unknown at this point whether its membership is only a few people, or millions. But during the last 12 years many tens of thousands of people all over the world have become aware of the message it promotes.
Its members, whoever and wherever they are, are completely independent. They do not serve the interests of or promote any particular group, whether political or religious, but instead promote a message calling for reform of government and religion to remove outmoded, divisive, inequitable and counterproductive elements in order to fulfill the greater ideal of mutual respect, peace, freedom, equality, and justice for all.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote:
"Religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions." Therefore, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and state."
The message is based on this prayer:
"Dear God in heaven, bless the whole world and every person, every religion, every nation, every race, and every culture. Let no one keep clinging to the misguided notion that theirs is superior to all others. And let the proud and militant realize that the humble and meek shall inherit the earth."
Therefore, it is our responsibility and duty to tell the truth and point out and refute the misguided religious doctrines of men which divide us and produce conflict. For when good people remain silent, hypocrites who pay lip service to God and feign religiosity gain and abuse power.
However, members should not be confrontational about it, nor should they bother to argue with skeptics and critics. That is not merely fruitless. It would be defeating the purpose of building an Interfaith and All Faith Coalition, which is to promote religious tolerance and complete freedom of religion and freedom from any theocratic or Dominionist political agenda.
Each in our own way, we should do what we can to celebrate our diversity and demonstrate compassion and understanding. But we must be firmly resolved that we cannot condone bigotry, whether it is based on race, religion, partisan political ideology, or nationalism. We must expose bigotry in all its forms, and refute it -- not by being confrontational or retaliatory or personal, but by just telling the truth.
Since 2002 members of The Humanitarian and All Faiths Coalition for Peace, Freedom and Justice have been inviting individual people, groups and organizations through emails, Internet discussion forums and social networking sites to join this Coalition. Thousands of high profile, influential individuals and groups have been notified, and tens of thousands of individuals are aware of the message.
However, because there is no leadership or organization, it is impossible to tell how many people have joined. It may very well be that our success will be as a grass roots, bottom-up movement that becomes immense before you hear about it on television or radio.
It is likely, though, that the number of members is still not very large, because even though the mission of the Coalition is to advocate religious freedom, religious pluralism, equality, peace and justice, it is also to promote the message of a man who claims prophetic prerogative. That is, he asserts he is the prophet or messenger of God prophesied by many religions. Thus most people are skeptical, suspicious and wary, and most people dismiss and reject his assertion and his message -- and that is very understandable.
Skepticism and suspicion are understandable because there have been many false messiahs, many false shepherds, and many false prophets -- some of whom are obviously pretenders, and some of whom are not obvious and are in fact revered by their blind flocks as genuine.
But, you should know that the genuine one helps us understand the true purpose of religions. He submits that the God of Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad is the same God, which is also known as Brahman by Hindus, The Supreme or Cosmic Consciousness by Buddhists, and different names that other religions have for the "Creator" or "Divinity." He himself, having actually witnessed the real God, calls it the eternal, infinite, omnipresent Essence of all life and form and the Divine Light-Energy-Source of our existence.
He believes that it is the message and not the messenger that is important, and it is the truth, and nothing but the truth that will liberate and empower all human beings –– and free us all from those who want to rule over us in the name of religion and/or patriotism.
He submits that we need to progress and advance beyond nationalism and theocracy, and become as a world family of nations, religions, races and cultures.
However, even though it is the message and not the messenger that is important, the messenger must establish his authority, and the message must deliver fair but righteous judgment. It must address the largest religion in the world, which is Christianity, and it must explain Christian prophecy in a way that Christians may understand. It must also address Judaism, because it is the foundation of both Christianity and Islam, which is the second biggest religion in the world, and it must explain the prophecies of Judaism in a way that Jews may understand.
We believe the message is legitimate, valid, and much needed in this world of conflict and division. For as it is, we are divided, and divided we are falling, as a nation and as a world. And those who are speaking from behind podiums and pulpits claiming that they know how to save the world, do not. That should be obvious by now.
To continue following them would be to keep repeating the mistakes of history. Instead, we need to learn the lessons of history.
The humble, gentle, peaceful people of the world shall inherit the earth. But we cannot inherit the earth until the agressive, proud and militant forces of greed and self-interest who have produced so much conflict and division are thoroughly exposed, rejected and rebuffed.
That is why the new covenant with God provides us with a new way to choose who represents us in government -- so that we may finally have government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Therefore, you have a choice: Continue following leadership that produces conflict, divides us and serves the wealthiest few, or unite under a universal banner of peace, freedom, independence, and justice for all.
Your choice will determine how soon this terrible tribulation ends and a new era begins, opening the door to a much brighter future.
Those who help spread the word about the message may share any of the information in articles provided on this site and those linked to it. But, again, please do not push it, or impose in any way. Remember, the meek shall inherit the earth.