Religious Intolerance

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Religious Intolerance

“In every religion, there are those who would drape themselves in the mantle of belief and faith only to distort its most sacred teachings—preaching intolerance and resorting to violence”- Hillary Clinton. Religious intolerance is widely spread and is exploiting religion for its personal and rather destructive gains; thus, terminating it is very important. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is known for its multiple and diverse religious groups. In an attempt to prevent conflicts, it believes that one's right to practice his or her religious beliefs should be protected. The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan is one of the countries that are struggling with religious intolerance; consequently, it is trying to eliminate this problem by taking radical steps.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan refuses to stand still in the face of the threat of bigotry; therefore, it has implemented on the local level articles 14 and 16 of the constitution. Article 14 provides citizens with the freedom to practice their religion without fear of oppression while article 16 refuses religious discrimination of any kind.

Although the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Islamic Country, it is constantly striving to increase the role of Christians in the country. On January 21, 2009, the Council of Church Leaders, which plays an ever increasing role in the Jordanian society, was announced. Also, four Christians were selected for the upper house of Jordan in November 2007.

Not only did Jordan try to terminate religious intolerance on the national level, but it has also helped in eradicating it internationally. An international interface conference was held by Prince Hassan in Jordan concerning the interfaith dialog between Iraq's religious communities and was attended by various religious leaders.

Furthermore, Jordan signed numerous treaties regarding fanaticism, of which was the treaty between Jordan and Israel. The treaty signed on October 24, 1996 manifests how religious tolerance in Jordan is advancing by allowing citizens from both countries to enter historical and religious sites found in Jordan or Israel. Last but not least, the “right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion” was declared in article 18 of the ICCPR[1] which was both published and approved by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1976. Jordan was also a participant in the inter-religious meeting that was held by Saudi Arabia at the UN in New York City. The main goal of the meeting was to advocate tolerance among all religions and sects.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan urges the international community to instigate the attendance and participation of the world countries in UN conferences which tackle the issue of religious intolerance. It also urges all countries with religiously diverse populations to put the preservation of religious rights high up in their list of priorities. It encourages the UN to participate in sending peace-keeping scouts to conflict areas in order to resolve arising clashes and protect oppressed minorities. Finally, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan believes that awareness campaigns and educational programs notify people of their rights to practice their religion, hence promoting development of a new generation with a mentality of acceptance, tolerance, and respect for the different.

[1] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights