If everyone who comes here today (and tomorrow, and...) could take a moment to visit ReligiousTolerance.org, I would be truly grateful.
Advantages to visiting this site:
- It is user-friendly. They even have a page for first-time visitors.
- It's enormous. They are trying to write balanced essays (as balanced as humanly possible) on an amazingly wide range of topics. I've used their material a lot for various ESL classes -- discussions on Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, etc. But, in their opinion, they are nowhere near done:
Completeness: Although we first established our web site in 1995, and have been writing material ever since, we "only" have 2,801 essays as of early 2005. We estimate that we need at least another two thousand essays to fully cover all topics. You may well find topics on this web site which should be covered, but which are not.
- You will learn about other religions -- how they are similar to your own, and how they differ, and why.
- You can read their hate mail. It is utterly sad that a group of people who are attempting to spread tolerance are subject to the worst intolerance from the ones who need them the most:
Some of our visitors are quite disturbed at seeing their particular world view compared and contrasted with a different one. A few write us very angry letters. We even receive the occasional death threat. We don't see a solution to this problem. It is inherent in the type of work that we do. Still, we get about 3 or 4 positive Emails for each negative one.
Please go, and click on all their banners. Browse around, and read up on areas of interest to you.