Tolerance is created when people from different social groups celebrate their commonalities and their differences as positive things. Establishing connections with the diverse range of people around you makes it difficult to hold onto deep-rooted prejudices and yet being connected to the world online isn’t a cure-all for intolerance, hatred, and bigotry.
US pastor Terry Jones has apparently said that we should all “Hold Islam accountable” for the murders that have happened in retaliation for his book burnings. At least seven United Nations staff were murdered (with reports suggesting that up to 20 people may have actually been killed) after extremists stormed their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The murderers beheaded two U.N. guards, seized their weapons and began shooting those inside the compound after a demonstration against the Koran burnings in the U.S. turned violent. Continue reading