Are you disgusted by terrorists using religion to recruit suicide bombers? Are you moved to take a stand against extremists who are misrepresenting your faith? This post tells the story of a retired Presbyterian pastor who heard that spiritual call. You, too, can make friends across faith lines, and use the internet for good. Read on!
How I Became an Online Interfaith Peacemaker
Even before the internet came along I loved communicating online, using “bulletin boards” where I left messages by modem. By today’s standards this was a VERY slow way of communicating, but it still made global conversations possible. I’ve been an avid telecommunicator ever since.
After 9-11, Interfaith Reflections.com Was Born
When did I start using the internet for interfaith peacemaking? After 9-11 I saw that the internet would be used by religious extremists to spread hatred and recruit terrorists. On the other hand, I recognized that the internet would help peacemakers find each other, and create a prophylactic fabric of good will to prevent evil-doers from spreading suspicion and ill will. That’s when I launched Interfaith Reflections.
Twitter has helped me easily find interfaith co-workers on the other side of the planet. Because of the brevity of tweets, the speed of a Twitter stream, and the ease of making new contacts, I find Twitter unbeatable for expanding my mind and increasing my contact list.
Two weeks ago a new Twitter follower direct-messaged me this request: “Would I like to be on Channel A9 TV in Istanbul, Turkey, on a program called “Building Bridges Gateway“? I checked out the URL she sent, and tweeted “Yes!”
The video below records my conversation with channel 9, using Skype. I offer it to show how the internet can be used to meet and collaborate with peacemakers all over the planet.
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