New York, NY (PRWEB) September 1, 2005
Pave the Way Foundation today called for September 9th, 10th, and 11th to be designated as three days of unity and prayer. On the fourth anniversary of 9/11, many memorial services will be held throughout the world.
While recognizing the past and remembering those who died on that day, we encourage all of the religions to acknowledge the root cause of every conflict on earth. Please join us in this symbolic cause to bring an end to murder and suicide in religionÂs name. These prayers should be offered Friday for the followers of Islam, Saturday for the followers of Judaism, and Sunday for Christians. Followers of all other religions as well as peace-loving Agnostics and Atheists, are encouraged to come together on September 11th to acknowledge the laws of human behavior common to all of the religions as embodied in the Ten Commandments.
ÂWe call upon persons of good will, of all religions, and to those who follow no religion at all, to embrace their similarities and savor their differences on this occasion,Â said Gary Krupp KCSG, President of Pave the Way Foundation. ÂWhen religion is used as a tool to commit horrific acts of violence, all the worldÂs religions are desecrated and all people of the world are victimized. It is obvious that governments cannot respond to religious extremists; only the religions themselves can. Only the silent majority of good people, in a unified voice, can bring an end to the terror and death being used as an evil tool in almost every conflict on this planet."
ÂI do not want to live in a world where death and destruction, especially in the name of religion, is commonplace,Â said 13-year-old Johanna Doreson of Illinois. ÂIn my ideal world, good people communicate, listen, and understand. We donÂt have to kill each other. On these three days, I vow to reach out to people of other groups and other religions. I call upon young people all over the world to do the same, and to speak out to your parents and your religious leaders. Communicate. Tell them that it can be changed and we demand that they do their part. We want a world of peace.Â
Others also commented on the days of prayer.
- ÂOn Friday, September 9th, we will pray that Allah, the almighty, the most beneficent and merciful, bless the souls of all those who lost their precious lives in the most horrific tragedy of September 11, 2001,Â said Sheikh Syed Agha Shaukat Jafri, American Muslim Leader ÂMore importantly, may Allah, the almighty, guide to the right path those hatemongers and terrorists who have perpetrated one genocide after another against fellow humans in the name of religion and create peace, harmony and brotherhood amongst all people of this universe who belong to many tribes and different faiths.Â
- ÂSince terrorism seeks to separate us, the best response for the faith community is to stand closer to one another,Â said Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis and Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department ÂOn September 10th, we will be looking hopefully toward the future, remembering these words from Isaiah Âthey shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.Â
- ÂOn Sunday, September 11th, my congregation will come together in fellowship to ask God for guidance and strength,Â said Michael Davis of Mount Olive Ministries in Tarpon Springs, Florida, ÂWe will pray for the strength to join our Muslim and Jewish brethren in speaking out against violence in the name of any religion.Â
Click on http://www.pavethewayfoundation.org Â3 Days of Unity and Prayer buttonÂ to find out how individuals, churches, groups can participate in the three days of unity and prayer.
Pave the Way Foundation will provide special recognition for any community wherein members of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other groups embrace their similarities and savor their differences with gestures of good will.
About Pave the Way Foundation
PTWF has a simple yet monumental goal Â to enhance the relations between the worldÂs religions through gestures of good will and thereby embracing their similarities and savoring their differences. In today's world, some individuals try to achieve their agenda 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 or Neil Berro
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3805
New York, NY 10118