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Pave the Way Foundation Issues Call to Action for All World Religions

Pave the Way Foundation Issues Call to Action for All World Religions

Pave the Way Foundation commends 58 Pakistani clerics who condemn violence in the name of Islam. The organization calls upon all the religions and all people of good will to condemn those who commit acts of violence in the name of religion.

(PRWEB) June 6, 2005

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 6, 2005 – Pave the Way Foundation commends the 58 Pakistani clerics who recently condemned violence in the name of Islam. Their statement is an important step in bringing an end to the chain of violent events that now endanger every human being on the planet. The organization now call upon all world religions to forward their own message condemning those who falsely invoke God’s name to convince others to commit murder and suicide.

This month, in Lahore, Pakistan, fifty-eight clerics issued a fatwa (decree) declaring that those who believe that suicide attacks are meant to earn blessings would be considered out of Islam. Mufti Mohammad Khan Qadri, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal MNA, Maulana Abdul Malik and other prominent clerics were present on the occasion. The edict says that Islam forbids suicide attacks on Muslims and that those committing such acts at places of worship and public congregations cease to be Muslims. The decree said that killing innocent people was haram (forbidden) in Islam.

“The world’s major conflicts are based in religious extremism,” said Gary Krupp, Founder and President of Pave the Way Foundation. “It’s time that the world’s religions take responsibility for these extremists. Governments cannot respond to religious zealots, only the religions can denounce their misguided interpretations. Only the world’s religions, in a united voice, can stop the evil people who victimize others by promoting violence by using the name of God.”

Pave the Way Foundation calls upon the leaders and all members of the worldÂ’s religions to stand with these brave clerics of Pakistan. The organization calls upon them to make the following statements, true to all the worldÂ’s religions:

  • Our religion does not condone murder.
  • Our religion does not condone suicide.
  • We must take responsibility to help our fellow man.

History is replete with stories of “religious” people harming and killing others in the name of god. These stories have sullied the good name of religion. Yet, history has neglected to report on the true perpetrators, evil individuals who have usurped the name of religion in order to wage war against other individuals and groups.

Pave the Way Foundation is the one organization worldwide dedicated to inter-religious action, by eliminating the obstacles between the faiths through gestures of good will. The group organized and conducted an audience with Pope John Paul II containing the largest number of Jewish persons to ever meet with a pope. Pave the Way arranged to have the works of Maimonides (a 13th-Century Jewish philosopher) loaned from the Vatican to the Israel Museum, the first time in history these writings will be on Israeli soil. It is arranging a mission of peace loving Muslim leaders to travel to Israel to show the world that Muslims do not hate Jews and Israelis and Israelis and Jews do not hate Muslims.

The Pakistani clerics have planted a seed. This growing trend of Muslims, who wish to defend their religion against those who defile its name by acts clearly forbidden in the Holy QurÂ’an, must be encouraged. www. Freemuslims. org is another group, which should be encouraged. The religions must be bonded in their common message and should stand shoulder to shoulder in supporting these benevolent statements.

“Destructive extremists exist in all of our religions,” said Krupp, “When their deeds cause harm to others, the religions must bond together loudly and in unison, with their common message, to condemn these acts. The religions have created these monsters of extremism and must be collectively assume the responsibility of dealing with them.”

About Pave the Way Foundation

Pave the Way has a simple yet monumental goal -- to enable all world religions to achieve their goals by embracing their similarities and savoring their differences. In today's world, some try to achieve their goals through violence, in the name of religion. To silently allow this to happen defames every faith. Our vision is that the unified voice of the world's great religious leaders condemning violence and promoting trust will pave the way to peace.


Gary Krupp

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3805

New York, NY 10118

(212) 629-0046

Http://www. pavethewayfoundation. org (http://www. pavethewayfoundation. org)


Research and Markets: China's Outbound Tourists Reached 20.22 Million in 2003, Overtaking Japan for the First Time

Research and Markets: China's Outbound Tourists Reached 20.22 Million in 2003, Overtaking Japan for the First Time

Research and Markets (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c19308) has announced the addition of China Outbound Tourist Market to their offering

Dublin (PRWEB) June 21, 2005

Research and Markets (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c19308 (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c19308)) has announced the addition of China Outbound Tourist Market to their offering

China's tourism industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the national economy and is also one of the industries with a very distinct global competitive edge. The total revenue of China's tourism industry reached USD 67.3 billion in 2002, accounting for 5.44% of the GDP. It dropped, largely due to Sars, to USD 59 billion in 2003. Nevertheless, for areas rich in tourism resources, tourism has become the main source of tax revenue and the key industry for economic development.

Outbound Market: A large middle class population with strong consumption power is emerging in China, especially in major cities. China's outbound tourists reached 20.22 million in 2003, overtaking Japan for the first time. Currently there are 65 countries/areas open to Chinese tour groups. Putting aside the threat of Sars and other unexpected events, based on the current economic growth situation and the social development of China, China's outbound tourism is poised to achieve a new growth peak.

Travel Agencies: In 2003, there were a total of 11,522 travel agencies in China, among which, 1,349 were international ones and 10,203 were domestic ones. While overall tourism market concentration rose, there was a drop in the market position of the traditional three key travel agencies. As competition heightened, China's tourism industry on the whole, had begun to start earning low profits, even while it was expanding its scale of operations.

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