Do not cross the hot line: iLIVE
The saga surrounding hot cross buns deserves a sober analysis. We must not let a clash of symbols become a clash of civilisation.
Tread warily when we cross religious fault lines.
In the eyes of history, religious tolerance is the highest evidence of culture in a people.
Religious intolerance leads to some of the most degrading violations of human rights. These violations severely threaten regional and international security.
Recognising the divisive effect of religious intolerance, the UN has sought to protect and promote freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief. Hot cross buns must not be used to divide the great religions of the world.
Because antagonisms are often born of ignorance and limited understanding, education can reveal the common spiritual values underlying various beliefs and practices .
Through cooperative efforts, people of different religious and spiritual traditions can work together for peace and justice in the world.
The hot issue of hot cross buns must not become a simmering topic of cross- religious division.