|Campaign: Hand to Hand||
One of the most important results to come out of the ILRS Congress was the formal launch of the first project of our Campaign Against Religious and Political Extremism.
The Hand to Hand project puts forth five common principles and five common actions that believers of all faiths can unite round to build understanding and tolerance in the community, as well as to advance a progressive-minded perspective within each faith group. The way to deal with the religious right is not with the secular left, but with the religious left inside of our secular parties, said ILRS Secretary General Andrew Hammer. The religious left is the only force that can effectively debate and challenge the arguments used by the religious right, because we know exactly where and how the religious right has gone wrong.
The following document was presented to the Congress by Cedric Mayson, representative of the Commission for Religious Affairs of the African National Congress (ANC). Many delegates felt that this document captured the essence of the theme by its combination of both practical and theoretical points.
Who is our God? The Basis of Religious Socialism
|Documents on the theme Who Is Our God?
Collection of Motivating Interventions
Here we offer an Acrobat PDF file containing some of the motivating interventions on the theme, as presented by representatives of various Swiss religious socialist groups. (Readers can read a more extensive article on the ideas which motivated this theme in both English and German by Urs Eigenmann, which was published on this site in 1999.)
|Austrian Resolution on Peace
||(Man kann hier dieser Artikel auf Deutsch lesen.)
The following resolution comes from our Austrian organisation, ACUS (Arbeitsgemeinschhaft Christentum und Sozialdemokratie). It is not a resolution of the ILRS, but was distributed to our member organisations on behalf of ACUS.
'Peace is not everything, but without peace everything is nothing'
The wars against the people in Afghanistan and Iraq have not solved any problem at all. These wars have only resulted in new victims, chaos and have not brought about any hope for a better life. Billions of US Dollars have been spent for these wars.
The Christian churches, the leading representatives as well as the grassroot activists as well as the representatives of all world religions have stated against these wars.
We express in accordance with the tradition of the international labour movement and the world religions
A CLEAR-CUT NO TO WAR!!!
As religious socialists we advocate in the United Nations Decade of Peace and Nonviolence for the Future of the Children of the World and in the Decade of the World Council of Churches to Overcome Violence the following:
- abstention from violence, as enshrined in the United Nations Charta;
- the strengthening and democratisation of the United Nations;
- the abolition of all nuclear weapons, as first step for the extension of
nuclear weapon free zones;
- the abolition of all bacteriological and chemical weapons;
- the observance and implementation of all international disarmament
- against militarisation of outer space;
- zones of peace and disarmament in place of military blocs;
- against the new and enhanced armament of armies as offensive and
intervention armies; the successive reduction of armies with a view to
realising the concept of a non violent world;
- the implementation of the world wide ban of landmines;
- the worldwide right of conscientious objection;
- conversion programmes for the arms industry, as a first step towards a
stricter control of arms trade;
- the support of non-violent methods of conflict resolution like peace
brigades, civil non-violent interventions and social defence;
- re-education programmes for child soldiers;
- peace education and a culture of peace that includes all areas of living.
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