It is time for the power of interfaith works to transform fear, anger, and hatred into positive human relationships.
Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, and other minorities are increasingly targets of hate in America. These attacks are sanctioned by a political culture that tolerates hate speech and promotes xenophobia. In 2012, the Parliament of the World’s Religions recognized that hate was on the rise considering:
The number of active hate groups in the U.S. topped 1,000 for the first time (Southern Poverty Law Center)
The number of armed militias have doubled (TIME)
2.5 million more Americans bought guns for the first time in 2011 (FBI)
President Obama is receiving 400% more death threats than President Bush (Secret Service)
In the wake of the August 5, 2012 massacre in Oak Creek, Wisconsin where six Sikhs were gunned down by a white supremacist, citizens began to realize the fracturing bedrock of American values and that fear, anger, and hate too often prove fatal. The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions enacted a multi-tiered Faiths Against Hate campaign to transform fear and anger into peace, love, and interreligious harmony.