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August 2019
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Speeches

When the opportunity for peace arises, Muslims are encouraged to be forgiving and to seek reconciliation, for mercy and compassion are God’s chief attributes: “Whoever pardons [his foe] and makes peace, his reward rests with God” (42:40). This is why Muslims are taught to dedicate themselves constantly to God’s service with the words, “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.” Since the word Islam means “submission,” from the same root as salam, “peace,” a Muslim is simply a person who attempts to find inner peace by submitting to God’s will: “He guides to Himself all those who turn to Him—those who believe, and whose hearts find their rest in the remembrance of God—for, truly, in the remembrance of God hearts do find their rest” (13:27–28).

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When we talk about peace and the situation in the Middle East, remember that the Lord, or God, or Allah created man to be really brothers, to live in this world under real peace. If we lose true peace in the Middle East, we will lose peace in most of the world, and if we keep peace in the Middle East, we will keep peace in the entire world.

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The central concerns of Ambassadors for Peace in many African countries are the human beings who are left after the bombs have exploded, the warriors have marched off, the rivers polluted, and the farmlands wasted. Invariably they are widows and orphans, while among the male adults who still breathe, many are blind, limbless, or living with multiple other incapacities. These conditions, which are prevalent in many African countries, have engaged the attention of the volunteers of the African Refugees Foundation.

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Declaring the world to be at a pivotal "historic turning point," Reverend Dr. Sun Myung Moon asked an international peace gathering to consider, "Can everlasting world peace take root, or are we doomed to repeat the 20th century's dark and oppressive history of war and conflict?" Addressing a standing-room-only house in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Father Moon spoke on the topic, "God's Ideal Family: The Model for World Peace." The address marked the inauguration of the Universal Peace Federation. Read on to find the address.

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Reconciliation is a subject we can talk easily about, but is very difficult to carry out. It demands deep personal work to be able to bring about reconciliation through words or through deeds. Total honesty and integrity is vital. No matter how beautiful the words we say or how great the deed, if it does not come from a place of integrity and honesty it is not better than no action.

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To have blocks of nations in the global village competing for power, wealth and influence, one at the expense of another, remains a most disturbing factor insofar as the future of peace is concerned. Is there not a compelling urgency in view of the many appearing crises to find extra inspiration and determination to turn ourselves into citizens of the world rather than remaining as citizens of just one of the blocs.

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The Ugandan experience has seen a reduction in the infection rate from about 31 percent to 5 percent. This has been a hard-earned accomplishment. The government spends about $35 million a year on HIV/AIDS prevention, and we are thankful for the global fight against AIDS and other diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.

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The focus of the ongoing pilgrimages has been the coming together of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as the basis for building peace. I reflected on what it took, or might take, for these three brothers of faith to unite.

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All religions teach peace, just as surely as all people desire peace. Yet people from time immemorial have legitimated war, oppression, and occupation with sacred scripture and with reference to religious obligation. Is there something in religion that is inherently antithetical to peace, or there is something in us that baffles our own efforts to bring about peace – even though it is patently in our own interest?

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For several weeks beginning in September, 2003, groups of South Korean tourists flew directly from South to North Korea for five-day visits. These were first South Koreans to visit Pyongyang purely for the purpose of tourism. For many — especially those whose homeland is the northern half of the peninsula — this was not an ordinary vacation.

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Reporting on the background and progress of the Philippine proposal to establish an interreligious council at the UN, including statements of support by Philippine President Arroyo, U.S. President George Bush, and others.

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Democracy has its place. Where is that place? That place essentially is national politics. National politics is for electorates and national governments. International politics is and should be, essentially an intergovernmental affair, wherein negotiations are the main method of decision making. NGOs should alleviate suffering from sicknesses, fill the mouth of famine, and leave politics to elected officials. Unelected officials need to know their place, which, in the words of Winston Churchill, is to be both civil and servants. And the job of the media is to report on all of these fallen creatures, without fear or favor. If these various cobblers all stick to their particular tasks, then the world will indeed be a better place.

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