It is often said that religion, along with sports and politics, is a topic that is better left out of polite dinner party conversation. It seems we have reached a point where having a different view, or faith, is seen as a cause for conflict rather than opportunity for understanding and appreciation.
World Religion Day, an initiative started by the American Bahá'í Community, has been celebrated since 1950 and aims to remove religious prejudice and highlight the common foundations between all religions. The initiative supports the belief that all members of faith should be able openly share their views, and appreciate the views of others.
Now in its 62nd year, World Religion Day, is celebrated in hundreds of locations all over the world, including Brisbane. On Sunday 3rd February, representatives from at least nine of Brisbane's different religious groups will come together in a show of unity and support to celebrate World Religion Day.
Members of the local Bahá'í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Sikh and Zoroastrian communities will take part in the event at the Brisbane Bahá'í Centre of Learning.
The theme for this year's event will be "Eliminating Racism: the Role of Religion" taking inspiration from the recent Australian Human Rights Commission campaign "Racism. It Stops With Me".
Community leaders including a representative of the Governor of Queensland, the Queensland Police Commissioner, and a number of politicians from Federal, State and Local level have confirmed their attendance.
The event held at the Brisbane Bahá'í Centre of Learning will consist of a one-hour program including music and short presentations, followed by refreshments. This is a free event and all members of the community, from all faiths, are encouraged to attend.
I'm mystified that the theme of World RELIGION Day has to do with eliminating RACISM. Race is not religion. "Racism" is frequently a term of abuse hurled at critics of a parfticular religious group, but it's wrong. It is in fact part of the mantra of Cultural Marxism.